TMZ runs any celebrity gossip that it legally can, including celebrity feuds, legal woes, family drama, revealing pictures and scandals. The TMZ brand includes a website and a corresponding television news show hosted by Harvey Levin, the founder of TMZ.com.
TMZ is an acronym for the old Hollywood code phrase "thirty-mile zone." The concept of a thirty-mile zone came about in the 1960s, during a growth in popularity of location shoots in Hollywood.
The Association of Motion Pictures and Television, which was then located at the center of the zone, established the rule in order to monitor filming in Hollywood, and each studio had to film on a location within the zone.
Today, TMZ presents itself as the metaphorical center of a virtual zone of celebrity news product and all things Hollywood. Its network of contributors encompasses full-time paparazzi and amateurs. Individuals with tips on celebrity gossip or sightings have the option of contacting TMZ directly via a toll-free number or TMZ.com
The website also hosts a directory of celebrities that includes constantly updated gossip, interest stories, personal anecdotes and photos. The video section includes member-contributed sightings and encounters with celebrities, and the site contains a collection of links to affiliated entertainment news websites, such as JustJared.com and Extra.com