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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.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

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.

Nick Denton Explains Google, Probably Hates This Headline Because It’s Too Long

Nick Denton, the man behind the Gawker Media empire, schooled some people today. Pay attention now, students.

The First Lesson: Headlines 101, Bitch. Denton sent a memo (as in, posted it on Gawker) that said the company’s writers were too long-winded with their headlines. Beginning tomorrow, all Gawker posts must have headlines of 70 characters or under. Or else!

“Our wordy headlines are a growing disadvantage,” wrote Denton. “That’s why from tomorrow we’re going to warn you in the Kinja editor to keep your headlines below 70 characters — and we’re going to only display 70 characters on the front page even if you go longer.”

The Second Lesson: Google 210, Mothef*ckers. The savvy Denton noted that the reason for the headline change was that Google cuts headlines off at 70 characters, and pieces with longer headlines won’t get as much traffic as shorter ones. ”Google demotes search results that don’t get clicked on,” the media maven explained.

Class is dismissed, fools.

Gaby Darbyshire, Veteran of Gawker Media, Departs Company

Gaby Darbyshire has left Gawker Media. Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media, had been with the company since 2004. Prior to her time at Gawker she helped launch Oriel Wines in 2003.

While details as to what Darbyshire will do next are scarce, she told All Things D in an email that her departure was necessary:

I had a great run with Nick [Denton] at Gawker, but I want to do some other projects. Given that the company has matured into a well-oiled machine, it was the right time for me to move on, and change is a good thing for everyone.

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