Best known as Editor-in-Chief Emeritus and Founder of Deadline Hollywood, veteran journalist Nikki Finke is an authority on the business, politics and culture of the entertainment industry. Now, on May 18, 2015, she has announced the founding of the new innovative website HollywoodDementia.com to showcase her own and other insiders’ showbiz-based fiction writing.
Her long reporting and editing career has included positions around the world writing about national, political and international news with the most powerful and influential media outlets. As an Associated Press foreign correspondent, she was posted to the Moscow and then London bureaus. As a Newsweek correspondent in Washington DC, she covered politics, government, wars, social issues and occasionally the White House. A native New Yorker and Wellesley College graduate, she moved to the Los Angeles bureau in 1986 where she wrote her first Hollywood business stories as a correspondent for Newsweek and then as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. By 1994 she was West Coast Editor and Hollywood columnist for the New York Observer and then for New York Magazine. She also hosted her own entertainment industry show on Southern California public radio.
Nikki joined LA Weekly as its ‘Deadline Hollywood’ columnist in 2002 when a lawsuit she waged against Disney, News Corp and the New York Post rendered her near-unhireable. In March 2006, she started DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com, the online version of her print column. For the next three years the media alternated between glee and scorn for her many major scoops. Dow Jones’ Marketwatch called her the Hollywood "must-read." A profile in Los Angeles magazine claimed she’d “become essential reading for those who follow the Industry”. Her ability to break news during the writer’s strike cemented her status as the most powerful journalist covering Hollywood, according to media organizations. The New York Observer named her ‘Media Mensch Of The Year’.
In 2009, Nikki’s blog was purchased by a small digital media company. She went from being her own boss to Deadline’s General Manager, Editor-In-Chief, and Founder. Slowly Nikki and the site’s new owner began to recruit stellar staff. At the same time, Nikki and Deadline became regularly included on lists of top entertainment websites by prestigious media outlets including Vanity Fair and Time magazines. Influential industry leaders and key decision-makers across many fields tracked Nikki’s Deadline several times a day as it became the authoritative source for breaking news and insider analysis/commentary in the entertainment industry. Its postings regularly received more reader comments than all of the showbiz trades combined. Finke knew that she and her site had arrived when the HBO show Entourage devoted many episodes to her and her website. Nikki has been featured on the front pages of both The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times as well as in New York Magazine. Not only is she one of the listed opinion-makers on The Drudge Report, but she became the subject of a 10,000 word profile in The New Yorker. When Forbes came out with its list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”, Nikki was #79 – higher than the presidents of Iceland, Costa Rica, and Liberia.
Finke and Deadline ended their working relationship on November 5, 2013. She briefly wrote about the entertainment industry at Nikki Finke.com from June 12-August 12, 2014. Her Twitter account with 265,000+ followers is @NikkiFinke. (Nikki Finke photo by LA photographer Jen Rosenstein copyrighted 2015.)