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Grantland Launches Redesign

Grantland finally got around to fixing the incredibly tacky banner ad situation that had plagued it since its launch last June. The site debuted a complete redesign today.

“As much as we loved the first design, it was a real struggle sometimes to showcase the big pieces, things we really wanted to make sure the readers saw,” Grantlant Deputy Editor Dan Fierman tells Sports Business Daily. “The original look sort of seemed static, but in reality, things fell out of that main river really quickly. Having this more visual presentation is going to give us a much better platform going forward.”

We’re not in love with the redesign. But we definitely agree with Fierman that the new look does a much better job highlighting the site’s content–instead of tacky Subway ads.

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Grantland Loses an Editor

Grantland editor Lane Brown is heading back to New York magazine. Brown left New York last February to help Bill Simmons start up his then-unnamed literary web venture. Seven months later, with Grantland up and underway, Brown must feel like his job is done.

Grantland deputy editor Dan Fierman had nothing but kind words to say of Brown in a farewell post: “Lane was instrumental in building this site into what it is today, and as hard as it is to imagine this office without him, we appreciate everything he did and wish him luck in the brave new frontier of ‘print.’ Call us crazy, but we think it has a future.”

Lane Brown Heads Back to New York

Lane Brown is leaving Grantland and returning to New York magazine. He left the magazine back in February, but a post on Grantland announced that he was returning to New York as its new Culture Editor.

Grantland’s Deputy Editor, Dan Fierman, said of Brown’s departure, “We couldn’t be happier for him. Lane was instrumental in building this site into what it is today, and as hard as it is to imagine this office without him, we appreciate everything he did and wish him luck in the brave new frontier of ‘print.’”

Mary Kaye Schilling Leaves New York for GQ

Mary Kaye Schilling is leaving New York magazine to become a Senior Articles Editor, replacing the spot vacated by Dan Fierman, who left GQ for Grantland, the new site backed by Bill Simmons. According to WWD, Schilling said that she was ready for a change:

Doing a weekly section for three years and having to produce anywhere from 13 to 16 pages a week plus doing features and working on packages, it’s pretty relentless. Also, there wasn’t really any place to move as an editor, to do, say, just a feature well because there are really good editors now who have been there for a long time and don’t have any intention of leaving.

Since she’s headed to GQ, WWD asked her about that now infamous cover story by Edith Zimmerman. You know, that one we kind of hated. Turns out, Schilling agrees with us:

Knowing where Edith is in her career, I thought it was quite amazing. But I thought it was too much Edith and not enough Chris.

Bill Simmons’ New Site Grantland Coming Into Shape

More details are coming out about ESPN blogger Bill Simmons‘ new sports/pop culture online startup. Yesterday, ESPN announced the site will be called Grantland.com, named after the famous sportswriter Grantland Rice. Grantland will make its debut in June and has already signed up a roster of heavy hitters. Chuck Klosterman has been on board from the start, but now it appears both David Eggers and Malcolm Gladwell have signed up to be contributing editors. Former Vulture.com editor Lane Brown is also on staff as the site’s new deputy editor while former GQ editor Dan Fierman will be leader editor under Simmons.

Not a bad lineup. Especially all the print heavyweights who are apparently willing to have their work appear online only.

Details Emerge on Bill Simmons’ Website

Love him or hate him, Bill Simmons is a name writers know. And now that he is launching his own website – called Grantland – he’s going to be even more prevalent than ever before. Before going further, if you’re a hater, we suggest you stop reading now. The all-star lineup of writers he has assembled is only going to make you hate him even more.

According to ESPN, Grantland – named after Grantland Rice, a legend in the sports journalism world – will not only house all of Simmons’ columns and podcasts, but also a slew of columns, blogs and long-form features from contributors.

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