Kim Masters co-authored the captivating Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood with Nancy Griffin. On her own, Masters wrote the dull and unoriginal book The Keys to the Kingdom: How Michael Eisner Lost His Grip.
A former reporter for the Washington Post, Masters has written for Time and Vanity Fair. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Masters also used to write for inside.com. She's better suited for magazine writing than daily reporting.
Kim takes no prisoners. She doesn't play around. She doesn't put up with baloney.
I laid down my $3.25 to buy the March issue of Esquire magazine to read Kim Masters article on private eye Anthony Pellicano, alleged to have been behind the intimidation of Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch. Despite weeks of work, Kim doesn't advance the story. There's nothing new here except that Pellicano called her back because he thinks he's her friend.
Kim writes that Pellicano's Hollywood career appears over. And that action star Steven Seagal and Pellicano don't like each other. According to the informant who fingered Alexander Proctor as the one who vandalized Busch's car, Pellicano was working on behalf of Steven Seagal.
Nikki Finke writes in the LA Weekly: "Time top editor Walter Isaacson once complained that, immediately after hiring Kim Masters just because of her take-no-prisoners style, she had the gumption to phone him at home and rant about her company computer not working. Masters tells the Weekly: ďI do remember making a fuss about it, but I donít remember that. [Vanity Fairís] Graydon Carter once said to me I was one of the lowest-maintenance reporters on his masthead.Ē)"
From Defamer 9/2/04: We hear a rumor that Hollywood reporter Kim Masters is out at Esquire after they failed to renew her contract. Says a source, "From what I hear, Esquire felt 1) she couldn't write and 2) wasn't generating any buzz with what she did write. Also, she kept complaining to them about everything, and they just got sick of her." Another source offers a capsule review of Masters: "Good reporter, bad writer, unpleasant person." L.A. Press Club members, start firing out those resumes! You might want to play up your cheery disposition if you're going to apply for the job.