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Jezebel Staffers Disappointed with New Editor

Jezebel’s incoming editor — Emma Carmichael — doesn’t start until September, but she’s already involved in some drama. According to Capital New York, several of Jezebel’s staffers are upset that Carmichael (who is white) was chosen over Jezebel’s deputy editorDodai Stewart (who is black).

Stewart has been with Jezebel since 2007, and apparently many thought she was the perfect choice to take over the site from Jessica Coen. “I know we were all really rooting for her,” said one staffer. Instead, Nick Denton opted to bring in Carmichael, and the rumblings began:

I wouldn’t say that we’re unhappy with Emma at all, but… we had like a really optimal choice that they passed over.

Translation: We’re unhappy they picked Emma.

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Gawker Media ‘Kegerator’ Has Its Own Website

JoyrideKegeratorThere’s an interesting factoid in the latest bit of press for Queens-based and now bi-coastal company Joyride Coffee Distributors. According to freelance Post contributor Maridel Reyes, employees at one NYC media company have the option of making sure – before they get out of their chair – that a trip to the iced cofee “kegerator” will be worth the walk:

Joyride’s first kegerator was installed at Gawker last May — and the media company’s kept it ever since. It even maintains a website where workers can check if the keg is empty or not.

The list of media companies running on Joyride coffee is long and impressive. Besides Gawker, their product adorns the offices of Twitter, BuzzFeed and Mashable.

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Michael Kuntz Leaves Hearst for Gawker Media

Michael KuntzMichael Kuntz is leaving Hearst Magazines for Gawker Media, where he’ll serve as VP of sales. Kuntz had been with Hearst for only a little over a year, serving as publisher and chief revenue officer of Popular Mechanics.

The time with Popular Mechanics was Kuntz’s second stint with Hearst, as he head worked there from 2006 to 2009, serving as a director of sales for SmartMoney.

In a tweet, Nick Denton, founder of Gawker, described hiring Kuntz as a “big get.”

Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker

ShutterstockQuentinTarantinoQuentin Tarantino — the man responsible for bringing us great films like Reservoir Dogs and awful films like Death Proof — is suing Gawker Media.

According to Deadline, Tarantino filed a legal complaint against Gawker for posting a link to the leaked script to The Hateful Eight, a western Tarantino was planning to release. Tarantino announced that he was canceling the film because someone made the script public, so naturally he’s mad at Gawker too.

Tarantino’s complaint charges Gawker with copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. Here’s a snippet from the filing, in which Gawker is labeled as “predatory journalism:”

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Nick Denton to Marry in May

nick_dentonNick Denton is getting hitched. The New York Post reports that Denton, the man behind the Gawker Media empire, will marry Derrence Washington — an actor — on May 31. The two have been dating for a little over a year.

Apparently save the dates for the wedding went out this week. While ours must have been lost in the mail, we can tell you that the ceremony will be at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium.

Now you know where to go to crash it.

Joel Johnson Named Gawker Media Editorial Director

GawkerJoel Johnson, founder of Consumerist and former editor of Gizmodo and Kotaku, has been named editorial director of Gawker Media.

Johnson had most recently served as an editor-at-large for Gawker. He has previously served as an editor at Boing Boing, Wired and Animal NY.

Johnson tweeted that he was “Happy to return to my ancestral homeland Gawker Media.”

Gawker Launches Redesign, Readers Hate It


Gawker Media has revamped its website layout once again, and once again, readers are voicing their disapproval. For the record, we agree with the readers, the design sucks. However, it was changed because of that thing called money.

The most recent version of Gawker sites featured a lot of large images and space. The new look is much more dense, replacing the big photos — most of which were great — with smaller ones. The other big change is a box ad on the left side of the page, which sort of sticks out. Nick Denton, Gawker’s CEO, expects everyone to get used to it. “Viewability is increasingly important to advertisers,” he told Digiday. “And like it or not, the 300 x 250 is the most common ad on the web.”

Just like every other Gawker redesign, readers greeted the change with irrational anger.

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Nick Denton Talks to Nieman About Gawker Media’s ‘Most Significant’ Tech Investment

It rhymes with “ninja” and Denton tells Nieman Lab’s Adrienne LaFrance that for the past year, a team of 30 full-time tech staffers has been working hard to integrate it across Gawker Media properties. Tonight, that Kinja coolness is being fully implemented.

It’s the latest bold attempt by Denton to reinvigorate the experience of commenting on and sharing breaking news, gossip. Among the more notable aspects of what LaFrance refers to as an embedded “reblogging platform” is the ability for readers to create new, customized headlines and teasers for a Gawker, Jezebel or other site story:

“For instance, say a story was written for gamers — they can translate it for a more general audience,” Denton said. “And, if that URL is shared, it is shared with the new headline and intro.”

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Interns Sue Gawker for Unpaid Wages

Three former Gawker interns are suing Gawker Media, claiming that the company broke the minimum wage law. Bloomberg reports that the filing claims the interns worked for Gakwer — writing and editing posts, etc. — from 2008 to 2010, without pay. The lawsuit seeks compensation for unpaid wages and overtime.

“Gawker employs numerous other ‘interns’ in the same way, paying them nothing or underpaying them and utilizing their services to publish its content on the Internet, an enterprise that generates significant amounts of revenue for Gawker,” explains the court document.

The action comes at a good time, considering that a judge just ruled that former Fox Searchlight interns should have been paid for their work. Also, Gawker does pay interns now, so you’d think the three former staffers have a real chance at getting some cash.

Nick Denton in Fleshbot Payment Dispute

Nick Denton wants his porn money. The head of Gawker Media has filed papers with New York’s Supreme Court claiming that he still hasn’t been paid for the sale of Fleshbot, the porntastic site that used to be under the Gawker umbrella.

The New York Post reports that Denton alleges Noa Gottlieb signed a promissory note to pay $100,000 Fleshbot. The total would be paid in four installments that were supposed to begin May 1 of last year. But Denton and his legal team claim that never happened. “Fleshbot made none of the $25,000 payments and despite repeated requests for payment still owes Gawker $100,000 plus interest,” read a court filing.

Gottlieb’s position (Haha!) on the matter is that “actions” by Denton and Gawker Media voided the promissory note.

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