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NYT: Hollywood Reporter Nikki Finke Banned from Online Journalism for 10 Years

From Ravi Somaiya writing at the New York Times:

With a combination of tenacity and intimidation, Ms. Finke generated scoop after scoop on the entertainment industry at Deadline, the website she started in 2006. Mention of her name still elicits a blend of terror and fascination from the coterie of agents, executives, stars and others who were her sworn enemies or closest allies, depending on the day.

But now at 61, Ms. Finke finds herself facing a daunting new chapter in her career: a plan to leave journalism and write and publish fiction about the entertainment industry.

She recently came to a lucrative legal settlement with Jay Penske, the owner of Variety and Women’s Wear Daily, who bought Deadline in 2009, only to clash with Ms. Finke, forcing a split. She is now barred from practicing journalism about the entertainment industry online for about a decade, according to a person with detailed knowledge of the settlement. Ms. Finke declined to discuss the settlement for fear of violating it.

Read the rest of the story at the New York Times.

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