Jim Spanfeller is a media executive best known for running Forbes.com from 2001–2009. He is currently the CEO of G/O Media which is comprised primarily of sites that were previously part of Gawker Media. Spanfeller was hired by private equity firm Great Hill Partners to run the company after it was purchased from Univision. He is also a past Chairman of the IAB and longtime executive board member of Digital Content Next (DCN).
Spanfeller took over as CEO of G/O Media when Great Hill Partners purchased the company, formerly known as Gizmodo Media Group, and The Onion from Univision on April 8, 2019, and combined the companies. Great Hill Partners did not disclose the financial terms of the private, all equity transaction but stated in a press release that Spanfeller is an investor.
In 2019, G/O Media's sports blog Deadspin received media attention when all of its writers and editors resigned. In this context, a Deadspin post that mocked Spanfeller as a "herb" and that was later suppressed by G/O Media was widely shared on social media.
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