It's too bad HBO's Tilda will never make it to air. The show, which was to star Diane Keaton as a "powerful and reclusive Hollywood blogger" much like Nikki Finke of Deadline.com, would have had a field day with a little episode Finke found herself in earlier this week after Finke got into a nasty email spat with a spokesperson for the Motion Picture Association of America. Fortunately, we have a bit of the script that can tell you what the show would have been like.
But first that spat: Howard Gantman, the MPAA's vice president for corporate communications, had written to Finke to complain about the coverage of an MPAA event. Finke's response was harsh and lengthy and eventually found its way into the inbox of Gawker's John Cook, who called it "comically out of proportion to the email from Gantman that sparked it." One of the things that struck our eye about the exchange was the length Finke went to lay out her job history. She currently holds the titles General Manager, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Deadline.com, after selling the growing Hollywood trade site to Jay Penske's MMC in 2009. But in demanding Gantman apologize for talking "to one of my reporters, let alone my Executive Editor like this," she leaned heavily on her time at Newsweek:
That said, I edited David's piece and I was a political science major at Wellesley, an AP correspondent in Moscow and London covering world political news, and a Washington DC staff correspondent for Newsweek covering a multitude of world and U.S.and Congressional and White House political news. During my time at Newsweek I reported alongside such Washington DC media names as Howard Fineman, Gloria Borger, Tommy De Frank, Eleanor Clift, and Margaret Warner before i moved to LA. Here, I continued covering such news when it was relevant to my positions as Los Angeles Bureau staff correspondent for Newsweek as well as many years as staff writer/reporter for the Los Angeles Times in its heyday.
Coincidentally, Newsweek also plays a big part of Tilda's resume. But in the first draft of the Tilda pilot, which was written by Bill Condon (director and writer of Dreamgirls) and Cynthia Mort (writer of Tell Me You Love Me), it is presented in a very different light. Towards the end of the half-hour comedy, Tilda is on the phone with a reporter from the L.A. Times named Brian Sheen who is interviewing her for a profile.