PHOENIX, AZ — (Marketwire – June 23, 2009) – Village Voice Media, publisher

of 15 alternative weekly papers in major metro areas throughout the U.S.,

today announced that Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily blog, which has

been anchored out of Village Voice Media's (VVM) for close to

three years, is leaving the company for Media Corporation.

“We've had a great run with Nikki and we wish her every success in the

future,” Village Voice Media CEO Jim Larkin said. “She's a top-notch and

unerringly accurate reporter with great sources. We will miss her and are


“We are actively searching to fill the void in our daily movie coverage,

albeit with a less trade and more populist bent — because we know, as we

have known for three years of working with her, that no one can touch

Nikki,” added Bill Jensen, director of new media of Village Voice Media. “But

as with all of our markets, we have assembled a very strong Web team at, and the site has seen tremendous growth in the areas of food,

music and nightlife over the past three years. That trend will only


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