Seven months prior to the official launch of TMZ, America Online (AOL) had hinted that it was planning to launch a Hollywood and entertainment-centric news site that would be produced in conjunction with Telepictures Productions and had shown interest in launching a website featuring a focus mainly on celebrities.
At the time of the launch, AOL confirmed that the site would primarily feature and consist of Hollywood gossip, including interviews, photos and video footage of celebrities and information pertaining to industry news on movies, television shows, etc.
And in keeping with the new TC policy of pointing a camera at all of our visitors, I bullied him into a video interview. And despite the fact that his English is far better than my Russian, his accent – coupled with my ineptitude as an interviewer – did not make for the most gripping viewing.
These are typically younger folks have grown up in a completely digital world.
This involves people recording your actions on webcam and then threatening you with extortion.
In some cases, they will attempt to extort additional sexual activities on camera or in person. In relationships, there is a risk of emotional abuse from a partner.
Levin has acknowledged that TMZ pays sources, but in the form of a "tip fee".
Levin stated that TMZ pays for photos and for 'tips' and or leads on stories, and defended TMZ's position by stating that the sources and tips are verified before being used and or reported.
The name TMZ stands for thirty-mile zone, the historic "studio zone" within a 30-mile (50 km) radius centered at the intersection of West Beverly Boulevard and North La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.