TMZ boasts a cast and crew of more than 100 people. Among them are director Paul Nichols and writers Johnny Lopez and Matthew Cole Weiss, as of 2015.
Brian McDaniel, Ryan Satin, and Harvey Levin have appeared in more than 1,000 TMZ episodes. Additional cast members who have made hundreds of appearances on TMZ include Dax Holt, Stacey Santiago and announcer Jim Goldenberg. There have been numerous producers of the series, the most notable being Ryan Satin. From 2008 to 2013, Michael Makins was the show's cinematographer, shooting 896 episodes of the series. Animators, graphic artists and camera operators also make up the crew for TMZ.
TMZ is a celebrity news website that first aired Nov. 8, 2005. As a collaboration between AOL and Telepictures Productions, it was produced by Warner Bros. until Time Warner and AOL parted ways in 2009.
TMZ's name is a reference to the 30-mile zone that studios and entertainment unions established in the 1960s in order to oversee rules for filming in Hollywood. TMZ claims to be the Internet's prime address for entertainment news. Supporting this claim is TMZ's own account of having had the exclusive on Mel Gibson's DUI arrest and following encounter with law enforcement, and Michael Richards' infamous journey to the Laugh Factory.