Gizmodo Media Group

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Gizmodo Media Group
Predecessor Gawker Media
Founded 2016
Key people
Raju Narisetti
Owner Univision Communications
Parent Fusion Media Group
Subsidiaries Deadspin

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]


Univision acquisition (2016)[edit]

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[edit]

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


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]


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]


  1. ^ a b c "Univision to Buy Gawker Media for $135M". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  2. ^ Balakrishnan, Anita (2016-06-10). "Gawker Media auction starts with Ziff Davis bid amid bankruptcy". CNBC. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  3. ^ Tani, Maxwell (June 9, 2017). "10 months ago, Univision bought Gawker in a fire sale, and it's been messy ever since". Business Insider. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  4. ^ Villafañe, Veronica. "Univision Rebrands Gawker Media As Gizmodo Media Group; Starts Translating Content For". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  5. ^ Sterne, Peter. "Univision deletes six controversial Gawker Media posts- POLITICO Media". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  6. ^ Todd Spangler (2016-09-21). "Univision Hires Raju Narisetti to Run Sites Acquired From Gawker Media". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Univision Hires News Corp Vet to Lead Former Gawker Media Sites". Hollywood Reporter. 2016-09-21. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Gizmodo Media Group Announces Very Smart Partnership". Associated Press. 2017-07-17. 
  9. ^ "New site aims for 'brutally honest' environmental news". Columbia Journalism Review. 2017-10-03. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  10. ^ Univision's Fusion Media Group Strikes Deal With Televisa For Expansion To Mexico - Veronica Villafañe, Forbes, 7 December 2017