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Posts Tagged ‘Richard Blakeley’

GawkerTV Launches With Intern Workforce, Optimistic About Ad Sales

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Today’s launch of Gawker.TV is the product of Richard Blakeley‘s three years as Nick Denton‘s video editor. Now the This Is Why You’re Fat co-author is manning his own satellite site, which will be posting videos throughout the day, with the help of the 16 or so interns currently working under Blakeley.

The fact that so much (unpaid) manpower is going into this spin-off site isn’t exactly a surprise. Gawker‘s largest-generating posts have almost always been candid videos: Tom Cruise ranting about Scientology, the Eric Dane/Rebecca Gayheart/Kari Ann Peniche sex tape, and the video shot by Blakeley of Heath Ledger’s body being wheeled out of the apartment he was staying in Soho when he died in 2008.

Denton has also admitted that it will be easier to sell ads on a site that is not as specifically themed as some of his other off-shoots like Jezebel (for women) or Fleshbot (Gawker’s sex Web site). Sales of Gawker’s other sites — Wonkette, Idolator, and Gridskipper — were similarly explained to be the result of poor ad revenue.

Gawker.TV currently has a tip box at the top of the site for users to submit videos. We have yet to hear back from Gawker Media if the tip box will automatically filter into the new open forums, as they do on Gawker’s main site.

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Blogger-Penned This Is Why Your Fat Launches With Two Events

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Richard Blakeley and Nick McGlynn – Image via Random Night Out

Last night, media bar Destination (co-owned by Dan Maccarone of Hard Candy Shell, which has redesigned major media sites from Gawker to Eater) hosted a book release party for This Is Why You’re Fat, a meme-to-book deal in the six figures co-written by Gawker videographer Richard Blakeley and Buzzfeed‘s Jessica Amason. The event was co-hosted by Obliterati, a monthly media party started by Nick McGlynn of Random Night Out after Blakeley discontinued his Media Meshing soirees last year.

Earlier in the day, Amason hosted a book release celebration of her own, asking dedicated foodies to travel between six food trucks around the city, order a special This Is Why You’re Fat-inspired culinary creation and post pictures of themselves eating it to Twitter. The event, dubbed the “Eat N Tweet Challenge,” kicked off at 11 a.m., and by the time we made our way to the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream at 5th Ave and 23rd St. at 1 p.m., McGlynn had already claimed victory. His prize? A private party for 25 friends, catered by the food truck of his choice.

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Gawker’s Blakeley Arrested

blakeley.jpgIt took over a week for news to surface about Gawker video editor Richard Blakeley‘s arrest, but today Gawker and Blakeley himself confirmed that it is true.

Gawker says that Blakeley was arrested on domestic violence charges by ex-girlfriend Jessica Amason of BuzzFeed.com with whom he co-founded This Is Why You’re Fat and co-wrote the recent book derived from the site.

This blog has all the details, but Blakeley has denied the accusations on his Tumblr:

“Yes it’s true, I was arrested for assault. However the allegations against me are 100% not true. In cases of domestic abuse there’s an assumption not of innocence but of guilt so half of you won’t believe me. I hope we can put this behind us and move on with our lives as quickly as possible.”

Update: The New York County District Attorney’s office confirmed that Blakeley was arraigned on September 4 in criminal court on a misdemeanor charge. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail. He is due back in court on November 4.

Cannonball Run Generation 2.0

The spirit of Cannonball Run lives on! Via CNet’s Caroline McCarthy comes word (and video) of last week’s Rental Car Rally from New York to Montreal. The rule? No speeding. Also, it appears people had to dress up. Perhaps not surprisingly the Thrillist boys were involved in this, though no word on whether anyone was diverted to Rochester. Richard Blakeley, who shared a car with McCarthy and David Karp (they were dressed as the Royal Tenenbaums), made a video of the whole shebang, though sadly there are no appearances by either Burt Reynolds or Sammy Davis Jr. — basically the only two things we remember from the original Cannonball.


2008 NYC To Montreal Rental Car Road Rally from Richard Blakeley on Vimeo.