TMZ on TV

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TMZ on TV
TMZLogo.svg
FormatTabloid/entertainment program
StarringHarvey Levin
Kelly Berning
Dax Holt
Charles Latibeaudiere
Evan Rosenblum
Shevonne Sullivan
Matthew Weiss
Mike Walters
Chad Weiser
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons5
Production
Executive producer(s)Harvey Levin
Jim Paratore (2007-2012)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)TMZ.com
Harvey Levin Productions
Paramedia
Telepictures Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelFirst-run syndication
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 10, 2007 – present
External links
Website
 
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TMZ on TV
TMZLogo.svg
FormatTabloid/entertainment program
StarringHarvey Levin
Kelly Berning
Dax Holt
Charles Latibeaudiere
Evan Rosenblum
Shevonne Sullivan
Matthew Weiss
Mike Walters
Chad Weiser
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons5
Production
Executive producer(s)Harvey Levin
Jim Paratore (2007-2012)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)TMZ.com
Harvey Levin Productions
Paramedia
Telepictures Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelFirst-run syndication
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 10, 2007 – present
External links
Website

TMZ on TV, or simply TMZ and TMZTV, is an American syndicated entertainment and gossip news television show that premiered on September 10, 2007. The program is generally aired on Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates, though a majority of the stations that carry the series are Fox affiliates. It is essentially a television version of its sister operation, TMZ.com, a news website with a heavy emphasis on gossip of celebrities' personal lives, which debuted in December 2005. The TV show and website are produced in a studio facility at 13031 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Los Angeles, California.[1] TMZ is an insider term ("thirty-mile zone" or studio zone) referring to the movie studio area of downtown Hollywood.

It was announced on October 23, 2013, that TMZ on TV has been renewed through the 2016-17 season on Fox Television Stations.[2]


Format[edit]

TMZ on TV is broadcast in two formats: the weekday edition is broadcast as a half-hour program; a one-hour weekend edition, composed of select stories featured in each of the weekday editions from the previous week, is also produced; during major holidays occurring on a weekday, that episode may feature a format similar to the weekend edition but featuring a compilation of stories from past editions centered around a particular theme (e.g., a Christmas episode may center on celebrities who have been bad or good in the past year).

Unlike most entertainment news programs, TMZ on TV does not use a format of anchors in a studio delivering the stories and correspondents reporting on many of the stories in each edition; instead, most story packages are delivered via an announcer, and "in-studio" segments are taped during a morning staff pitch meeting at TMZ's Sunset Boulevard headquarters, with some TMZ staffers delivering story pieces themselves.

The series delivers most of its stories in a humorous manner, mainly about certain celebrities, and features tongue-in-cheek jokes and double entendres, though more serious entertainment stories (e.g., breaking entertainment story, celebrity death) often warrant a serious tone. Pieces often feature archived clips from TV series and movies often for comedic effect, though they may sometimes be used to reference a project that an entertainer is known for performing in. Many pieces are shown in the "man on the street"-type question and answer format synonymous with paparazzi, though some celebrities do not answer certain questions asked to them by the videographer; a common recurring reference within the program is how certain TMZ videographers sometimes ask extremely trivial or bad questions to their subject.

In lieu of regular daily segments such as a rumor mill segment, the program often shows recurring segments that appear over several episodes that feature a humorous or satirical introduction (e.g., after the Tiger Woods adultery scandal broke in November 2009, all stories involving Woods began with the introduction: "TNN: The Tiger News Network", using a logo and name parodying that of cable news channel CNN, a sister company to TMZ.com and the TV series distributors' Warner Bros. Television and Telepictures, via Time Warner); however for the first few weeks of the show's run, the series carried a daily segment called "Full Frontal Fashion", featuring celebrity fashion blunders, but it was dropped after roughly one month.[citation needed]

On-air cast[edit]

Certain members of the TMZ website double as the on-air cast:

  • Harvey Levin – executive producer
  • Charles Latibeaudiere – co-executive producer
  • Evan Rosenblum – co-executive producer
  • Jarrett Gaeta - field producer
  • Tiffany Drucker – line producer
  • Dax Holt – clip clearance producer
  • Rick Mitchell – producer
  • Gary Trock - producer
  • Matthew Weiss – producer
  • Ryan Regan – producer
  • Brian Particelli – producer
  • Johnny Lopez – producer
  • Chris Reed – producer/announcer
  • Jim Goldenberg – producer/announcer
  • Noah Belson – producer
  • Van Lathan - producer
  • Christie Bear – assignment desk/associate producer
  • Karly Steinberg - news associate producer
  • Chad Weiser – post-production supervisor
  • Dennis J Broad - research director
  • Kelly Berning – editor
  • Brian McDaniel – editor
  • Eric Colley – editor
  • Casey Carver – TMZ publicist
  • Anna Kachikyan – tape librarian
  • Shevonne Sullivan – post production coordinator
  • Mike Walters – assignment manager
  • Raquel Harper – reporter
  • Jonny Walker – cameraman
  • Adam Glyn - cameraman
  • Peter O'Riordan – cameraman
  • Derek Kaufman - lawyer
  • John Viener – announcer
  • Jason Beckerman – lawyer
  • Ryan Naumann - reporter
  • Ryan Satin - reporter
  • Charlie Neff - reporter
  • Kristen Gill - desk research

Notable former cast members[edit]

Criticism[edit]

In October 2011, the staff was showing off Halloween costumes and one staff member was dressed with a garbage bag over her head. She stated she was "Slutty Caylee Anthony" a deceased two-year-old toddler. She then jokingly asked if it was "too soon?"[3]

Broadcasting stolen material[edit]

TMZ was criticized for purchasing stolen items pertaining to the fourth Indiana Jones film. On October 2, 2007, IESB reported that a number of production photos and sensitive documents pertaining to the production budget had been stolen from Steven Spielberg's production office.

According to IESB, TMZ.com obtained some of the stolen property and was on the verge of running the story on the TV show until Paramount lawyers stepped in. After IESB broke the story, TMZ on TV broadcast details about the Indiana Jones production budget on the October 3, 2007 program.[4][5]

Parodies[edit]

International broadcasting[edit]

References[edit]

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