Josh Dickey’s Tenure at TMZ Lasts All of Three Months

TMZ founder Harvey Levin can be a demanding boss. His ability to ferret out stories, sources and exclusives in a telephone manner that is second-to-none creates exceedingly high expectations for all those who work alongside him in the 24/7 newsroom.

Did the Levin horizon of journalism deliverables have something to do with the exit in late June of Josh Dickey (pictured), hired as managing editor just a few months earlier? Probably.

This morning, just as TheWrap provided a friendly, familiar home for fired Variety film reporter Jeff Sneider, it is now also the new place of re-employ for Sneider’s old boss. Dickey has rejoined Sharon Waxman’s operation as managing editor, bumping Joseph Kapsch up to Lisa Fung’s vacated executive editor slot.

West Coast media folks constantly make fun of TheWrap staff turnover. Recently, for example, the site reportedly lost its CFO CTO.*

But say what you will about Waxman. She is still finding creative ways to pull in gross annual revenues in the millions and convince people like Dickey and Sneider to come back to the fold.

For FishbowlNY, the most exciting aspect of all this is that Dickey and Sneider, once conjoined at the Variety social media hip (and giving Mike Fleming Jr. regular guff), are now officially side-by-side once again for more Twitter Hollywood trade shenanigans. Congrats to Dickey, Kapsch.

[Photo courtesy @NotoriousJLD]

*Clarification – 07/08/13: The author of this article meant to type CTO, not CFO. FishbowlNY apologizes for this careless typo.