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Posts Tagged ‘Nick Denton’

Gawker Offers VICE a Sincere Mock Apology

GawkerThis is pretty funny. Responding to a weekend interview in The Guardian that relayed some harsh words from VICE co-founder Shane Smith for Nick Denton and co. (“Gawker is a bunch of bitches…”), Hamilton Nolan has posted the following:

CORRECTION TO ALL PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED STORIES:
VICE does not do branded content — rather, it does content sponsored by brands. VICE may also wear some North Face shit, sometimes. We regret any perceived insinuation that VICE is not as cool as VICE would lead you to believe.

In the Guardian interview, Smith said that rather than branded content, VICE sticks to “content sponsored by brands.” In other words, he maintains that the site preserves the integrity of faraway hangs with natives, even when the content appears on the surface to be edging into native advertising territory.

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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.”

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.

The Next Step for Gawker’s ‘Ethical Viral Engineering’

NeetzanZimmermanThis will stand as the new benchmark of success for a Gawker employee. Start working for Nick Denton; get your own website vertical 18 months later.

Per a great little interview feature today by Capital New York’s Matthew Lynch, that is the plan for in-house clicks wizard Neetzan Zimmerman. And who can blame Denton? As Capital New York frames it, Zimmerman currently outpaces, on his own, blog networks with tens of employees :

Under this plan, Zimmerman would get both his own landing page and an intern (Gawker calls them “fellows,” and pays them by the hour) whom he can train in his “dark arts,” a phrase that comes up a lot among legacy editorial types discussing Zimmerman and his counterparts in the increasingly brutal game for attention spans on the Internet.

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Michael Wolff: Business Insider Should Sell Now

BusinessInsiderLogoMichael Wolff has an opinion on pretty much everything. Does that make him right? No. Does his take matter more than someone else’s? Not really, my friend. But because he talks/writes a lot about media, we end up paying attention. Wolff’s latest target is Business Insider, the business and technology site edited by Henry Blodget. Wolff says it’s time for BI to sell. Before it’s too late.

According to Wolff, BI wants $100 million in cash, and that’s just not going to happen. He says BI should sell for less and do it now, because relying on digital ad dollars to support a business isn’t a good idea:

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Nick Denton Thinks About Things

A hot rumor currently circulating is that Nick Denton (Gawker’s founder) and Henry Blodgett (Business Insider’s founder) will merge their sites into what we can only imagine would be an endless stream of snarky and/or sanctimonious slideshows. However, according to Denton, there’s nothing to the rumor; he has merely thought about it.

When Gigaom asked Denton if there was any truth to the merger, Denton replied, “No. I told Henry to get in touch if they ever decide to sell. I’m a fan of their editorial management. That’s about it.” Gigaom pressed anyway, asking if BI was going to sell — which they’re not, as far as anyone knows — would he consider buying? “Yes,” replied Denton, via IM.

So there you have it. Denton has thought about something, and might think about something again. Media news!

Media Experts Weigh in on Who Should Buy The New York Times

The New York Times is not for sale. The New York Times is not for sale. Okay, one more time: The New York Times is not for sale, dammit. Now that we’ve repeated this already repeated fact, let’s be straight here — it doesn’t matter if the Times is for sale or not, because media people love talking about it anyway.

The New Republic knows that this is a subject that just won’t go away, so they went ahead and asked several experts who they think should buy the paper of record. Below are some of their answers. Click through for their expanded answers.

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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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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