Gawker Media is eyeing an international expansion to harvest licensing revenue from its shiny, new commenting system, according to an internal memo sent out by proprietor Nick Denton Wednesday afternoon.
“Our international efforts warrant greater attention,” Mr. Denton wrote in the email, which delineated a handful of related job shuffles.
Well, it wasn’t long, but Gawker’s Fox News Mole, Joe Muto, was nabbed. Meanwhile, sometime after Fox News chief Roger Ailes joked to the New York Times‘ David Carr about the incident (“‘I am the Fox Mole,’ he told me, then quickly added. ‘Who cares? We have nothing to hide.’”) Roger Ailes and Fox News demonstrated just how much they care. By sending to Gawker a vague legal threat with the clear aim of scaring the blog posts back into Muto’s id, where they will never emerge from again.
Naturally, Gawker published that legal threat (alongside an old picture of Bill O’Reilly with topless women, of course). Entertaining as it is, we’ve taken the liberty of annotating the best parts of Fox’s legal letter to Gawker, right here:
Late last night Gawker editor in chief A.J. Daulerio announced on Twitter that Rich Juzwiak will join the blogging team on Monday.
“More additions…soon,” he added.
Mr. Juzwiak currently writes for the arts section of The Daily, but even iPad have-nots are well-acquainted with the one-time Toddlers in Tiaras Read More
In a private email between Brian Williams, the NBC News anchor always eager to prove quite how with-it he is, and Nick Denton, Gawker honcho, Mr. Williams asked just why Lana Del Rey’s outing on Saturday Night Live hadn’t gotten coverage on the site. As reported by Gawker editor AJ Daulerio himself, Mr. Read More
Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton occasionally sends out missives for his company that usually contain a little bit of insight into the way his company is trending, which media watchers tend to obsess over like it’s The Bible Code, looking for prophecies about the future of their industry from the blog network’s fearless leader.
This one, released two hours ago, is already no different.
The Observer was just forwarded the memo, in full. It reads (favorite-parts-emphasis ours):
The Observer has just learned that Gawker blogger Seth Abramovitch was dismissed after a post that invoked a racial slur many considered to be in generally poor taste. Gawker.com editor A.J. Daulerio has confirmed: “Yes, he was fired.”
The Real Estate
Two of Gawker Media’s more niche titles are getting a change-up.
Brian Crecente— the longtime editor of the company’s video game site Kotaku, and one of the longest-serving site-leads in the history of the company—is out. Mr. Crecente has been with the company for seven years.
“On the West Coast, they call it the Stanford swivel,” said serial entrepreneur Nihal Mehta. “Like when you’re at Stanford, you kind of have to look around to make sure other people aren’t hearing. I find myself doing the Stanford swivel at Soho House, just to make sure that folks aren’t eavesdropping.”
Mr. Mehta, whose latest venture, LocalResponse, helps brands find and reward consumers posting about them on social media, was discussing the downside of talking shop in the recently refurbished sixth-floor drawing room of Soho House. “I was kinda joking around last time I was there that we’d have to sign N.D.A.’s,” said Mr. Mehta.
The notion that members of the tony, $1,800-to-$2,400-a-year private club would have to worry about techies stealing their start-up idea—rather than, say, an I-banker squirreling away a stock tip—has to do with the changing demographics of Soho House. Where a seat at the bar once meant overhearing talk about “taking helicopters to the Hamptons,” as one member told The Observer, these days, depending on the hour, the sixth floor might have more in common with a start-up hub than the lunch crowd at Michael’s or Bull and Bear.
off the record
NBC Nightly News anchor and regular cut-up Brian Williams is currently having lunch at the Gawker offices right now, when he’s not staring at their televisions (shout out to the early hominids). How’d he end up there?
Gawker boss Nick Denton sounds like a remorseful Dr. Frankenstein in an interview in the latest issue of Media Magazine, a little-read but not bad glossy from MediaPost (Contributors this month include Paul Ford, Maura Johnston and Anil Dash). It appears all of Mr. Denton’s Internet creations have become self-obsessed little terrors.
For instance, Read More