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Jim Spanfeller

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Jim Spanfeller is a media executive best known for running 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.[1] He is also a past Chairman of the IAB and longtime executive board member of Digital Content Next (DCN).[2]

G/O Media

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.[2]

In 2019, G/O Media's sports blog Deadspin received media attention when all of its writers and editors resigned.[3] 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.[4][5]

Daily Meal

In 2011, Spanfeller launched The Daily Meal with an estimated $2 million investment. The Daily Meal was acquired by Tronc in 2016.[6]

Spanfeller ran for 8 years from 2001 to 2009, when digital and print operations were run separately.[6][7]


  1. ^ Mullin, Benjamin. "Great Hill Partners Agrees to Acquire Gizmodo Media Group". WSJ. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  2. ^ a b "Great Hill Partners Acquires Gizmodo Media Group". Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  3. ^ Booker, Brakkton. "After Days Of Resignations, The Last Of The Deadspin Staff Has Quit". NPR. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  4. ^ Pompeo, Joe. "Deadspin Is Zombified—But Gawker's Content Warriors Fight On". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  5. ^ Feinberg, Ashley (1 November 2019). "The Media-Sensational Rise and Fall of "Jim Spanfeller Is a Herb"". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b "New Gizmodo boss Jim Spanfeller is an old school digital media vet". Digiday. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  7. ^ " CEO stepping down". Crain's New York Business. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2019-07-31.