“In a dramatic move that may strike more fear into the heart of Hollywood than any President Trump executive order, Nikki Finke is back in business,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports. “Sources exclusively tell Page Six that Finke was about to start as a columnist with Mediaite, but her former boss Jay Penske — who was suing her over her new role — ‘swooped in and made her a massive offer,’ a source told Page Six.”
Finke reportedly updated her Twitter page Wednesday night to add “Penske Business Media: Sr. Editorial Contributor, Entertainment/Media” to her bio, along with “Deadline.com Founder/Editor Emeritus.”
Finke wasn’t commenting, and reps for Penske Media hadn’t returned calls to comment for the story.
The report quotes Mediaite founder Dan Abrams saying: “Nikki is a great addition to any site and while I’m sorry to lose her, I salute Jay Penske for paying what must be big bucks to steal her away before she even started.”
The Post adds: “Finke’s new role is designed to see her breaking Hollywood news once again back at the site she founded, Deadline Hollywood, where her relentless reporting earned her a reputation as the most feared reporter in town.”