WATCH| TMZ's Harvey Levin has been breaking the biggest stories in Hollywood for more than a decade. He talked to us about how he beat every other celebrity outlet in the business and why he's now expanding his studios to offer more shows beyond TMZ.
I'm not doing more TMZ shows. I mean we've got TMZ, TMZ live, and TMZ sports. That's it for me on TMZ, I feel like that covers the landscape.
Levin says some of his shows unrelated to TMZ include game shows, reality shows, and his new interview series "OBJECTified", which premiered to big ratings on Fox News Channel.
WATCH| Years ago, when Levin worked as a legal correspondent at CBS, I was his intern. During our interview we revisited some of the advice he gave to me as a college student to avoid journalism classes in favor of other subjects. This is why.
Levin tells young journalists to not focus on the skill of reporting, because that comes with practice. It's a trade. Instead, he says study politics, history, culture so when you report you have some knowledge and perspective.
WATCH| Levin says he came up with the idea for his new show "OBJECTified" after Steven Spielberg put his home up for sale. He and his producers wondered what it would be like to go through all the objects Spielberg had in his house, and that's when he realized a show was born.
TMZ launched in 2005, with a name that's familiar to people in showbiz. TMZ is short for Thirty Mile Zone. That's the 30 mile section of Los Angeles where most films are made.
While Levin says the main focus of TMZ is entertainment, he believes many of the celebrity stories that they've broken have contributed to important national discussions about racism, domestic violence, drug abuse, and more.
Levin says he also decided early on that TMZ would not cover red carpets, but instead only authentic celebrity moments that provided a more realistic glimpse into their lives.
However, he says Harvey Levin Productions is a full blown studio now with reality shows and other unique content in the works. As for his time on camera, he expects most of it will be in his new show "OBJECTified". The rest of the series will air in the fall on Fox News Channel.