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Gawker Media's Denton Replaces Gawker Editor Snyder with CityFile's Stern

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 17, 2010 at 6:26AM

I respect Nick Denton, although I hear he's a tough taskmaster. I've been watching him a long time: he's ruthlessly competitive and astute about what's happening in the online media market. And he's kept his Gawker Media blog empire growing against all odds. He shuts down sites that don't work, doesn't pay people too much, folded Defamer into Gawker, and brought in as editor ex-Variety reporter Gabriel Snyder, who grew traffic.
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Thompson on Hollywood

I respect Nick Denton, although I hear he's a tough taskmaster. I've been watching him a long time: he's ruthlessly competitive and astute about what's happening in the online media market. And he's kept his Gawker Media blog empire growing against all odds. He shuts down sites that don't work, doesn't pay people too much, folded Defamer into Gawker, and brought in as editor ex-Variety reporter Gabriel Snyder, who grew traffic.

Now the NYT's David Carr reports that Denton has sacked Snyder in order to bring in new acquisition CityFile and its editor, Remy Stern. Why? Denton never rests on his laurels, never settles. He hears all the noise in the blogosphere and frets. According to Gawker insiders, Denton pushes on traffic--and each day's all-important breaking news--relentlessly, without much concern for whether stories turn out to be real or not. Fix it later, is the Gawker mantra. As Russ Meyer would say, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.