So now we know why Nikki Finke’s site didn’t launch on June 2nd: Penske Trying To Shut Me Down
For those not in the know, Penske owns Deadline Hollywood which I founded and ran until our Fall 2013 dust-up. As you know, I dutifully sat out months because of the non-compete. That ended on April 1st when Penske did not pay the 6-figure sum I was owed. So I was able to start work again on June 2nd.
Meanwhile, Penske was negotiating with me to come back to Deadline! He was throwing money at me — nearly $500,000 a year to not even write a word — plus other good stuff. But every time I accepted his settlement, he would change terms adverse to me, and then we’d have to negotiate all over again. So on the night of June 11th, we reached an impasse. And I started up NikkiFinke.com the next day.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Really, anyone in Hollywood who has the idea of not feeding news to Nikki, here’s a clue. Deadline Hollywood is now DEAD-line Hollywood.
Only the cowards feed it and read it.
Those of us who once went there weren’t reading it. We were reading Nikki Finke.
Now we can again.