With scoops of Paris Hilton entering prison, Alec Baldwin’s rants, Michael Richard’s "comedy" routine and Anna Nicole Smith’s refrigerator, TMZ has become the most popular of the celebrity web sites.

The New York Times has a big business feature today of the Time Warner-owned property. The Times called it the "Web Site Celebrities Fear."

The scrappy LA publisher is preparing a daily television show that will be launched on September 10. The show will be syndicated for broadcast, but will have a big presence on the Web.

Alan Citron, former LA Times business reporter, is the brilliant editor behind TMZ where he holds the title of General Manager. We caught up with him in Hollywood last month. My buddy Dan Farber, editor in chief of ZDNet, was kind enough to interview Alan as I was heading home.

— Andy Plesser

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