TMZ is a celebrity news website that debuted on November 8, 2005. It was a collaboration between AOL and Telepictures Productions, a division of Warner Bros., until Time Warner divested AOL in 2009. However, it remained affiliated with AOL News and has the AOL News logo affixed in the upper right corner. The name TMZ stands for thirty-mile zone, the historic "studio zone" centered at the intersection of West Beverly Boulevard and North La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles.
TMZ's managing editor is Harvey Levin, a lawyer-turned-journalist who was previously a legal expert for the Los Angeles television station KCBS-TV. The site claims that it does not pay for stories or interviews; however, Levin has admitted that TMZ does "sometimes pay sources for leads on stories". Levin has stated that "everything is researched and vetted for accuracy." A companion TV series, TMZ on TV, debuted on September 10, 2007.
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