The term “Thirty Mile Zone” originated in the 1960s, when due to the growth of location shoots, studios established a “thirty mile zone” to monitor rules for filming in Hollywood. The center of the zone was the offices of The Association of Motion Pictures and Television Producers, formerly at Beverly and La Cienega Boulevards in Los Angeles. TMZ reinvented the thirty mile zone and now serves as the Internet’s premiere address for entertainment news.
Launched in 2005, TMZ’s meteoric rise followed its exclusive on two of the biggest stories in entertainment: Mel Gibson's DUI arrest and subsequent encounter with law enforcement, and Michael Richards' ill-fated trip to the Laugh Factory. TMZ also broke the news of the breakup of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's marriage.
TMZ altered the entertainment news landscape by changing the way the public gets its news. Frequently referenced by various media, TMZ is one of the most-cited entertainment news sources, utilized by national network and local newsgathering organizations across the country.
In 2006, Time magazine named TMZ one of the coolest websites. Newsweek named TMZ the “Breakout Blog of 2007.”
Harvey Levin, Executive Producer Harvey founded TMZ in 2005 and has been the Executive Producer of TMZ.com ever since. Harvey has been a lawyer, a law professor, a radio personality, a columnist for the L.A. Times and an investigative reporter for the NBC and CBS affiliates in Los Angeles. He has won nine Emmy awards, and has received numerous other journalism awards.
Charles Latibeaudiere, Executive Producer Charles is Executive Producer and Managing Editor of TMZ and TMZ.com. He’s been with the company since the 2007 launch of TMZ on TV. For the record, he does love pina coladas, but hates getting caught in the rain.
Michael Babcock, Executive Producer TMZ Sports Michael is the Executive Producer of TMZ Sports. He oversees TMZSports.com and co-hosts the TMZ Sports TV show on FS1. Babcock also contributes to TMZ on TV and TMZ Live TV shows. He’s worked for TMZ Sports since 2013. Babcock studied at Seton Hall University in NJ.
Brad Appleton Brad is the News Director for TMZ.com. Brad joined TMZ in 2011 as an intern, and has worked his way up the TMZ.com news desk ever since. Brad holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
Managing Editor, Weekends
Fabian Garcia Fabian is a producer for TMZ.com. Fabian joined TMZ in 2016. He holds a BA in Journalism, obtained at California State University, Sacramento.
Senior Investigative Producer
Dennis Broad Dennis is the Senior Investigative Producer for TMZ, and one of its first employees. Dennis has been in the entertainment business for over 20 years. Dennis has also had a career as a licensed Private Investigator. In his free time Dennis likes to try to play guitar.
Senior News Producers
Jennifer Delgado Jenn Delgado is a Senior News Producer, covering court-related stories. Jenn has a B.A. and J.D. from the University of La Verne, and has worked in legal news since 2008. She enjoys the Dodgers, Broadway, poetry, iced lattes, dogs, cats, and is embarrassingly obsessed with Dateline and 90 Day Fiancé.
James Eckhardt Jr. Jim is a Senior Producer for TMZ. After graduating from Scripps College at Ohio University with a BA in Video Production, Jim went on to work in local news in Birmingham, Alabama before moving to L.A.. He produces video and digital content across all of TMZ’s sites and social media platforms, as well as daily producing with field producers. On the weekends you can catch him on a hiking trail somewhere in SoCal.
Brendon Geoffrion Brendon is a senior news producer at TMZ. He began his professional career with an internship at Boston radio station WROR and moved to Los Angeles at 19-years-old where he took a role at CBS Radio. He joined TMZ in 2013 before working at Entertainment Tonight for 4 years. He returned to TMZ in May 2020.
Edward Lewis Edward is a Senior Producer for TMZSports.com. Edward joined the TMZ team in 2018 after covering the NFL, the Pac-12, and UCLA sports for years. Edward holds a BA in Journalism from San Diego State University and is a slightly above-average beach volleyball player and a well-below-average golfer.
Charlie Neff Charlie is a Senior News Reporter for TMZ. Charlie has reported for the news desk since 2013 and also appears on both TMZ TV and TMZ Live. Charlie holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of La Verne. On her time off, she loves traveling the world and cuddling with her cats Pretzel and Miss Kitty.
Deven Rall Deven is a Senior News Reporter for TMZ.com. Deven joined TMZ as a PA for TMZ Sports in 2015. He has reported for the news desk since 2016 and also appears on both TMZ TV and TMZ Live. Deven holds a BA in Journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University.
Jamie Schram Jamie is a Senior Producer for TMZ.com in the New York Office. Jamie joined TMZ in 2017 with a focus on law enforcement and courts, but he also reports on celebrity news. Jamie began his career at the New York Post, where he spent 24 years as a reporter and police bureau chief. He also worked the federal beat in NYC and Washington D.C, while also covering the United Nations.
Lucas Widman Lucas is a Senior News Producer for TMZ Sports from Sandusky, Ohio. Lucas joined TMZ in 2015 as an intern and has worked on the TMZ Sports desk ever since. Lucas has a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in partying from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and is a devoted Justin Bieber, Cleveland sports, Blackpink and Cedar Point fan.
Jacob Wasserman Jacob is a Senior News Producer for TMZ. Jacob joined the news desk in 2019, after graduating from Tulane University. He is a contributor on both 'TMZ on TV' and 'TMZ Live.' Prior to TMZ, Jacob worked in local news in New Orleans.
Courtney Doucette Courtney is the Post Production Supervisor for TMZ on TV, TMZ Live, and TMZ Sports. Courtney joined TMZ in 2013 as an intern, and has worked her way up in Post ever since. She graduated with honors from ASU, Go Devils!
Austin Laymance Austin is a producer for TMZ.com. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Laymance started his career at MLB.com and covered baseball for 7 years before moving to TMZ. Austin's also had bylines in the Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Liam Connaughton Liam joined TMZ in 2021, not long after graduating from Columbia College Hollywood with a BFA in Film & Television Studies. He's a born-and-raised L.A. native, and when not working with the TMZ team, Liam's writing and directing his own passion projects, and taking them on the film festival circuit.
Shirley Troche Shirley is a News Producer for TMZ.com. Shirley joined TMZ in 2018 as an intern and has worked on the TMZ.com news desk ever since. Shirley holds a BA in Communications & Spanish Language & Literature with a concentration in New Media from Fordham University.
Senior Web Editors
Jacob Stern Jacob Stern is a Senior Web Editor for TMZ.com and TMZSports.com. Jacob started at TMZ as an intern in the Digital department in 2017, and joined the Web Edit team in 2018 after graduating from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Radio/Television/Film and a B.S. in Sociology.
Christopher Jackson Chris is a Web Editor for TMZ. Chris joined TMZ in 2019 as a logger and soon joined the news desk as an editor, where he’s been ever since. Chris has a BA in Studio Arts with a Multimedia emphasis from Loyola Marymount University. In his free time, Chris’ hobbies include creating music, programming and gaming with friends.
Alex Rene Alex is the Art Director of TMZ, where he has worked for the past 11 years. He lead the Webart Team that works on the TMZ news desk, and helps develop and maintain the TMZ brand and look. Alex has a B.A. in Graphic Design, and UX Design.
Kurumi Kato Web graphic designer for TMZ since 2018. Educational background in photography, and currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Previous experience designing in the music and skateboard industry. #1 Gene Simmons fan at TMZ.
Roger Corral Roger is a Senior Producer for TMZ. Originally from El Paso, TX, Roger joined TMZ in 2016. Roger holds a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas, and a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University.
Nikki McGrew Nikki McGrew is a senior clearance producer for TMZ. Nikki joined TMZ in 2013 as an intern. Nikki has worn many hats at TMZ over the years and is now the supervisor of the clearance team. In her free time, Nikki loves to cook and bake new recipes!
Wyld Marrow Wyld is the Producer for the TMZ Audio Network. Wyld joined TMZ in 2021 as a graduate intern at our news desk, before transitioning to the podcast department. Prior to joining TMZ, Wyld worked as an on-air radio personality and producer at iHeartRadio Philadelphia and Curtis Media in North Carolina. Wyld holds a BA in Communication from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Journalism degree from Temple University.
Senior Court Producers
Michael Amormino Michael R. Amormino is a Senior Court Producer for TMZ.com. Michael joined the TMZ staff in 2008 as a Court Researcher and works with the legal department producing court-related stories. Michael is a native to Southern California and enjoys traveling, writing, and cooking.
Prescilla Phan Priscilla is a Senior Court Producer for TMZ.com. Priscilla joined TMZ in 2007 as a Court PA and has worked on the court staff ever since. Priscilla holds a MA in Broadcast Journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.
David Harbatkin David is a Court Producer for tmz.com. David joined TMZ in 2019 working for the court staff. David holds a BA in Political Science/History from Rutgers University and a JD from the City University of New York School of Law.
Head of Research
Rob Deleon Rob is the head of the research department at TMZ. Rob joined TMZ in 2008 as a production assistant, before moving into the research department. Rob also worked as a producer, helping launch TMZ Live and TMZ Sports on FS1, before ultimately returning to his passion for research and breaking news online.
Scarlett Sanchez Scarlett Sanchez joined the research team at TMZ in 2021. Scarlett graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Communication Studies and Business Administration degree. She previously worked at CBS News and Snapchat.
Eric Sinsley Eric Sinsley is a producer for TMZ.com. Eric joined the TMZ staff in 2022. Eric holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Georgia State University. He previously worked at NBC and ABC.
Jessica Truong Jessica Truong is an Associate Producer for TMZ.com. Jessica joined the TMZ staff in 2022. Jessica got her degree in Marketing and Information Systems from California State University Long beach. Jessica is a big foodie and enjoys going to live music events.
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