Gizmodo Media Group

Gizmodo Media Group
Subsidiary
PredecessorGawker Media
Founded2016
HeadquartersNew York City, U.S.
Key people
Raju Narisetti
(CEO)
OwnerUnivision Communications
ParentFusion Media Group
SubsidiariesDeadspin
Lifehacker
Gizmodo
Kotaku
io9
Jalopnik
Splinter
The Root
Jezebel
gizmodo.com

Gizmodo Media Group is an online media company and blog network operated by Univision Communications in its Fusion Media Group division. The company was created from assets acquired from Gawker Media during its bankruptcy in 2016.[1]

History

Univision acquisition (2016)

On June 10, 2016, Gawker Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the company was ordered to pay $115 million in compensatory damages and a further $25 million in punitive damages in Bollea v. Gawker.[2]

On August 16, 2016, Univision Communications purchased Gawker for $135 million.[1] The purchase did not include the flagship website Gawker.[1] It included the websites Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Kotaku, Jalopnik, and Lifehacker.[3] Univision named the unit Gizmodo Media Group after one of its blogs, Gizmodo, in an effort to distance itself from the Gawker name.[4]

On September 10, 2016, Univision removed six controversial posts from various Gawker Media sites, each with the note: "This story is no longer available as it is the subject of pending litigation against the prior owners of this site."[5]

On September 21, 2016, Raju Narisetti was named as CEO of Gizmodo Media Group.[6][7]

Very Smart Brothas

On July 7, 2017, Gizmodo Media Group acquired the blog, Very Smart Brothas.[8]

Earther

In September 2017, Gizmodo Media Group launched its first new stand-alone site since acquisition from Gawker Media, Earther, devoted to environmental news, with Managing Editor Maddie Stone.[9]

Televisa

In December 2017, Gizmodo Media Group announced a partnership with Mexican media conglomerate Televisa to launch Spanish-language editions of websites such as Gizmodo, Deadspin, Kotaku, Jalopnik and Jezebel.[10]

Struggles and sale

On May 8, 2018, the GMG Special Projects Desk published an article that highlighted various issues plaguing Univision.[11][12]

On June 28, 2018, The Daily Beast reported that over forty GMG staffers would be taking union-negotiated buyouts, thereby averting layoffs.[13]

On July 10, 2018, Univision announced that it would "explore" the option of selling all of the Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion websites under its ownership.[14]

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