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Nick Denton

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    This Is What It Costs When a Tech Billionaire Declares War on YouThe weird saga of Gawker, Hulk Hogan, and Peter Thiel comes to a close.
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    A Muted Celebration (and a Gamergate Heckler) at Gawker’s $1,000 WakeThe feeling of last night’s party was, unlike the product that Gawker puts out, understated.
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    Gawker Founder Nick Denton Will File for BankruptcyHulk Hogan has left him no choice.
  4. interview
    Gawker’s Nick Denton on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media“Defiant journalism has never had that great a business model.”
  5. Gawker Founder Nick Denton May File for BankruptcyNick Denton is liable for $10 million in the Hulk Hogan case.
  6. Gawker Files for Bankruptcy Protection in Preparation for SaleThe company already has an offer from PC Magazine publisher Ziff Davis.
  7. #hulkvsgawk
    Jury in Gawker Case Asks Jezebel Editor If She’s Ever Slept With Her BossesWeird they didn’t ask the male defendants the same question.
  8. media
    Gawker’s Existential CrisisIs the notoriously snarky media growing up, or falling apart?
  9. blog-stained wretches
    Gawker Media to Be Ruled by Consensus Instead of just by Nick Denton.
  10. blog-stained wretches
    A.J. Daulerio Out As Gawker Editor; John Cook to Step UpNick Denton to change directions again after a year.
  11. blog-stained wretches
    Nick Denton Using His Own Love Life to Plug Hulk Hogan Sex TapeThe Gawker Media way!
  12. blog-stained wretches
    Nick Denton Goes Soul-Searching in Gawker CommentsFittingly, it’s about a New York article on Mark Zuckerberg.
  13. blog-stained wretches
    Gawker Is Egregiously Trolling for Traffic in an Open ExperimentNew editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio has something to prove.
  14. blog-stained wretches
    A.J. Daulerio Replacing Remy Stern at Gawker [Updated]Nick Denton has done it again.
  15. party chat
    Gawker Boss Nick Denton Is ‘a Little Tired’ of Being Jaded, and Yes, He Wants to Get MarriedThe new-media guru hosted a marriage-equality event last night.
  16. blog-stained wretches
    Rumors of Blogs’ Demise Have Been Greatly ExaggeratedThe ‘Observer’ pronounces a thriving medium to be over.
  17. secrets secrets are no fun
    WikiLeaks-Style Info Dump on Gawker Coming?That’s what has staffers worried.
  18. gawker
    FBI Investigating Gawker Hack“The kind of attention we got — which spiked Gawker.com traffic — is the kind we can do without,” said Denton.
  19. blog-stained wretches
    The Aftermath of the Gawker Hack [Updated]Nick Denton has something on his face.
  20. blog-stained wretches
    So a Couple of Things Are Happening to Gawker MediaSome of it you’ll see, some of it you won’t.
  21. blog-stained wretches
    Nick Denton’s Own Employees Give Him the Gawker TreatmentAnd it ain’t entirely pretty.
  22. blog-stained wretches
    Nick Denton’s Gawker Siren Song“We must steer clear of the Sirens, their enchanting song, their meadow starred with flowers.”
  23. finder's keepers
    Lost iPhone Is Bad News for Apple, Awesome for Nick DentonGizmodo paid $5,000 for the device.
  24. blog-stained wretches
    So, Wait, What Happened to Cityfile, Again?It’s not a part of Gawker yet, for sure.
  25. blog-stained wretches
    Gawker Staff Mystified by Cityfile Purchase, Management Shake-upWell-liked editor Gabriel Snyder is out, and Cityfile’s Remy Stern is in, at Nick Denton’s flagship website.
  26. media deathwatch
    Oops! The Media TweetedThis is getting ugly, folks.
  27. blog-stained wretches
    Backlash at Gawker Over Travolta Coverage SpreadsThe London ‘Independent’ and commenters start the fruitless ‘Gawker’s jumped the shark’ cycle again.
  28. creative underclass
    Nick Denton Explains How to Correctly BlogThe Gawker Media chief recommends booze and ‘ludes, of course.
  29. media deathwatch
    Media Slaughter Leaves Anna Wintour Thus Far UntouchedAs if they could take her down as easily as, say, some Gawker editors and a scrapbooking Website.
  30. blog-stained wretches
    Nick Denton Shutters ValleywagThe Silicon Valley gossip blog will be folded into flagship gossip site Gawker.
  31. webemies
    Blake Lively More Popular Than Dorky Econ Major’Gossip Girl’ is a far hotter topic than the struggling economy.
  32. blog-stained wretches
    Nick Denton on Media: We Are All ‘Sleepwalking Into Economic Extinction’According to the Gawker Media chief, there’s hope for quick-thinking Internet companies. Big conglomerates, sorry, it’s too late.
  33. Economist Nouriel Roubini Has Vaginas on His WallsVaginas. On his walls.
  34. blog-stained wretches
    Gawker Media Fires Nineteen EmployeesOwner Nick Denton, in an e-mail to staff, predicts that people will call this the end of ‘the golden age of the blog.’
  35. Media and Hollywood Writer Gabriel Snyder Tapped As New Gawker Managing Editor?We hear Snyder, who has written for ‘Us Weekly,’ the ‘Observer,’ ‘Variety,’ and ‘W,’ was Nick Denton’s choice to run Gawker.com after a long search.
  36. early and awesome
    ‘Bastards. Bastards All.’Michelle Malkin confirms that Sarah Palin’s e-mail account was indeed hacked this morning, and has some wise words for those who would mess with the Alaska governor.
  37. company town
    Gawker Media Spins Off Wonkette, Gridskipper, and IdolatorSting buys a new place, the West Side is in jeopardy, and Wachovia raises $7 billion in our daily news roundup.
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    Nation, Gird Your Loins! The Lopez-Anthony Twins Cometh!Jennifer Lopez has checked into her private room at Long Island’s North Shore University Hospital, presumably so that she can give birth to the babies that have been making her look majorly fat lately. This very important news comes to us courtesy of “Page Six,” and since the Post went to press last night, this could mean that babies are bursting out of J.Lo’s vagina right this very second. Not that we would know if they were, because the hospital is on lockdown. According to the esteemed New Zealand Herald, Lopez has “banned staff from entering the room where she is due to give birth.” This is likely due to the fact that People magazine has reportedly offered $6.5 million for pictures of the twins, the most money a baby has fetched since the magazine paid $4 million for pics of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt in 2004. However, since there are two Lopez babies, it’s really only $3.25 million per twin, and that’s is kind of a slap in the face if you think about it. In any case,* the black-market number for purloined photos is said to be significantly higher. We hear Star is offering an undisclosed but gargantuan sum to anyone who can bring them a photo of the twins with the umbilical cord still attached, and Nick Denton, of Gawker, will pay $7 per second of streaming video to anyone who has the gumption to film the actual birth scene, complete with a sweaty, screaming J.Lo and a pallid and revolted Marc Anthony. Placenta, of course, will be auctioned on eBay starting at midnight the day of the birth. J.Lo Checks In [NYP] *From here to the end everything we say is lies
  39. in other news
    How to Be a Gawker“We need to put back the Gawkeresque angry-creative-underclass glint to our voice.”
  40. company town
    Being Filthy Rich Means Never Having to Say You’re SorryFINANCE • Fortune searches Davos for financiers to express contrition over the current credit crisis but comes up empty. The closest anyone has come, the magazine notes, is the chairman and chief executive of Moody’s Corp, who said, “We and others have to retool our processes … In hindsight, it’s clear to us that there were fundamental failures in key assumptions supporting our analytical models.” Quoth Fortune: “That’s probably a little too mealy-mouthed and much too late to console people who bought the mortgage-backed commercial paper to which Moody’s and its rival Standard & Poor’s gave a top-notch AAA rating — only to discover it was actually junk.” Snap! [Fortune] • Just how big a fraud did Jérôme Kerviel, the rogue French trader, pull off? Before the bank caught him, he had taken out positions worth 50 billion euros. But some argue that he was responsible for only 1.5 billion euros in losses, and the bank’s board lost the other 3.4 billion euros unwinding his positions way too fast. Meanwhile, top executive Jean-Pierre Mustier told the Times: “I was speaking to a competitor, this competitor called me and said, ‘You are living what is a banker’s worst nightmare.’” Imagine how dramatic that must have sounded in French. [FT, NYT] • Bonuses now in the bank, Goldman rewarded bankers for a record-setting year with a special surprise: layoffs! [Deal Journal/WSJ]
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    At Least Sam Zell Is Pragmatic About the Fact That Most Journalists Are Functional AlcoholicsMEDIA • Sam Zell, the real-estate tycoon turned media mogul, took his brusque, fake-folksy style to his minions at the Tribune with a new employee manual. A few samples: “7.1. If you use or abuse alcohol or drugs and fail to perform the duties required by your job acceptably, you are likely to be terminated. … Coming to work drunk is bad judgment. 7.2. If you do not use or abuse alcohol or drugs and fail to perform the duties required by your job acceptably, you are likely to be terminated.” Also, “You may want to think twice before you enter into an intimate relationship with a co-worker. When you start, it might seem like a good idea. It’s when you stop, or the wrong people find out (and they will) that you could discover that perhaps it wasn’t.” [WP, Tribune] • Judith Regan on Giuliani: “Is he getting uglier? Is his face looking more twisted? What happened to him?” Don’t feel too bad, Rudy. You know what they say: When someone teases you like this, it means she likes you. [Mixed Media/Portfolio] • Facebook threatened to revoke Nick Denton’s account after the blog-lord posted pics of Steve Brill’s recent-college-grad daughter Emily. [Gawker, Daily Brief/Portfolio]
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    Gawker Writer Quits After Just One Day of WorkAll is not well in the house of Denton. We hear that just one day after media reporter Richard Morgan began at Gawker.com, he’s already quit. Just yesterday, site owner and (new) managing editor Nick Denton made much ado about the Website’s brave new image for 2008, including a role for Morgan covering the TV networks. But it turns out Denton’s pledge to elevate more serious journalistic work on the blog wasn’t as fulfilled as Morgan had hoped. “I believed what Nick said about making the site more reported, making it more mainstream, and, vainly, thought that’s why he hired me,” Morgan told us over IM just now. The former freelance writer has covered science, media, ideas, and lifestyle for publications like New York (woot woot!), Forbes, the Times, Discover, and Slate. “[Denton] is erratic,” he told us. “There is no vision beyond page views. I was announced as being some kind of television beat writer. And I spent the day reading TV blogs and e-mailing and calling and meeting with TV folks. And Nick would tell me to post, like, something about Us Weekly getting Ashlee Simpson’s engagement wrong. And then he wanted me to do another on Playgirl.” “He is obsessed with the gay mafia,” Morgan added, which is confusing, because we never thought of Denton as being self-obsessed. Big-headed maybe, but in a purely physical way only. “Jesus spent three days in Hell,” Morgan said. “I could only handle one.” Richard Morgan [Official site] Update: Denton IMs with a response! “Richard Morgan didn’t so much quit as splutter out. We did manage to get two publishable posts out of him before that happened. I wish him luck at a more leisurely institution.” Related: Everybody Sucks
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    The ‘Times’ Touches Upon Checkbook Journalism — With Two Fingers, Of CourseMEDIA • “OK!, the celebrity magazine, could not possibly have purchased all the attention it enjoyed in late December after it got the scoop that Jamie Lynn Spears, the younger and until then less sensational sister of the troubled pop queen Britney Spears, was three months pregnant. Or could it?” [NYT] • Josh Stein isn’t actually leaving Gawker; Emily Gould will write for Jezebel; Choire Sicha will continue contributing columns; and recently departed Wonkette editor Ken Layne returned after just a few months off the job. Can anyone escape the tentacles of Nick Denton? [HuffPo] • The Writers Guild plans to picket Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan O’Brien as the three late-night hosts return to the air. Letterman gets off easy since he struck a deal with the writers and may get a big boost since big stars (like Robin Williams, natch) won’t have to cross the pickets to go on his show. [NYO, NYT]
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    Gawking at the Gawkers JPRESS: Hey Chris! It’s Friday, so instead of writing up the Gawker book parties we went to last night, how about we just IM about it and publish our whole conversation? Because, as you know, our readers are interested in our every thought and social maneuver. CHRISTAL: That sounds great! Because you know I am so hung-over I don’t even know how I’m going to get through the day. JPRESS: Isn’t that always the way with blogging? So! You were at Nick Denton’s, which in my head I was calling the “adult party” because like, none of the editors were invited. But I guess they crashed? CHRISTAL: You couldn’t crash. There were three girls guarding the door. It was totally awkward when people who were uninvited showed up. Like me.
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    How Much Does a Blog Mogul Make?Yesterday, someone calling himself Shylock slapped together some data on the traffic over at Gawker Media, the network of blogs run by immensely cranium’d publisher Nick Denton and written by a rotating cast of editors. Sparing you the calculations on page views and ad rates, we’ll cut to the chase: Shylock figured that Gawker Media was making some $52 million in annual revenue. It’s okay: We oopsied a little too. But blogger Greg Allen then took a far more sensible take, deducting all sorts of things from that massive retail number (like ad space that goes unused, probably discounts for advertisers who buy in bulk, commission for sales staff, etc.) and came up with a mere $20 million in annual revenue. We’re skeptical Allen is exactly correct, but his figure sounds more reasonable, and, hating math as we do, we’ll stick with his number. But, even so, that’s still only revenue. When expenses are considered, just how many dollars does the chinny cherub actually get to stuff in his big, British pockets? Let’s investigate!