Celebrity entertainment news and gossip just got a whole lot bigger for media giant Fox Entertainment. The popular TMZ show changed the way we hear about celebrity news. In a newsroom style approach, reporters also take to the outside catching celebrities in the moment being taped and later reported on TMZ.
The popular show is known for getting celebrity gossip out first. Stories include Mel Gibson’s DUI arrest and subsequent encounter with law enforcement. TMZ was the first to break the news of the breakup of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline’s marriage. Their unique style of reporting celebrity news has captured fans loyalty with comedy and banter between reporters and staff in the newsroom making TMZ a household name in entertainment news.
FOX Entertainment has acquired the entertainment platform TMZ and all its media properties from WarnerMedia, it was announced today by Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment.
Harvey Levin, TMZ Founder and Managing Editor will remain with TMZ overseeing the day-to-day operations for the brand. He will report to Rob Wade, FOX Entertainment’s President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials. TMZ was founded in 2005 by Levin and the late Jim Paratore.
“The unique and powerful brand Harvey has created in TMZ has forever changed the entertainment industry and we’re excited to welcome them to FOX,” said Lachlan Murdoch, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Corporation. “TMZ has been an impactful program for our FOX television stations and broadcast partners for many years and I know Jack Abernethy and Charlie Collier will find creative ways to utilize and expand this content in effective and compelling ways for our audiences.”
“Harvey Levin created a groundbreaking destination for entertainment news, and for the past 15+ years TMZ has celebrated great success. TMZ will now be more closely aligned with the distributor of the popular content they create, and WarnerMedia wishes Harvey and everyone on the team the best as they venture into a new partnership with the talented team at FOX,” said Channing Dungey, Chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group. Source Fox Entertainment