CBS Interactive

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CBS Interactive Inc.
Subsidiary of CBS Corporation
Industry Online Media
Founded 1992
Headquarters 235 Second Street, San Francisco, California 94105
United States
Key people
Jim Lanzone, president
Revenue $602 million (CBS, 2009)
Number of employees
2,080 (CNET, 2006)
Parent CBS Corporation
Website CBSInteractive.com

CBS Interactive Inc. (formerly CBS Digital Media Group) is an American media company and is a division of the CBS Corporation. It is an online content network for information and entertainment. Its websites cover news, sports, entertainment, technology and business.[1] It is headed by Jim Lanzone.[2][3]

CBS Interactive coordinates with CBS Network Sales to bring together ad sales operations, as well as the Corporation's television, sports, and news groups, who will continue to be involved in program development.

History[edit]

On May 30, 2007, CBS Interactive acquired Last.fm for £140 million (US$280 million).[4]

On June 30, 2008, CNET Networks was acquired by CBS and the assets were merged into CBS Interactive, including Metacritic, GameSpot, TV.com, and Movietome.[5]

On March 15, 2012, it was announced that CBS Interactive acquired video game-based website Giant Bomb and comic book-based website Comic Vine from Whiskey Media, who sold off their other remaining websites to BermanBraun. This occasion marked the return of video game journalist Jeff Gerstmann to the CBS Interactive division of video game websites, which includes GameSpot and GameFAQs, and has Gerstmann once again working directly with some of his former peers at GameSpot under the same building at the CBS Interactive headquarters.[6][7]

On April 17, 2012, it was announced that Major League Gaming and CBS Interactive would be entering a partnership alongside TwitchTV to be the only exclusive online broadcaster of their Pro Circuit competitions, as well as for advertising representation.[8][9]

In April of 2014, CBS Interactive quietly acquired a site Modern Auto Reviews to roll it's extensive user database and current employees into the CNET On Cars division. It was never disclosed how much CBS Interactive paid for the acquisition but it likely to be in the 10-15 million dollar range.

Brands[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

CBS Interactive's entertainment brands are CBS.com, the online home of CBS, an American network television channel; CHOW, recipes, discussions, reviews, videos and stories all related to food; TV.com, discussions, show guides, reviews and videos all about television; Metacritic, a review aggregation website for games, music, television and movies; and GameRankings, a review aggregation website for games.

Video games[edit]

CBS Interactive's video games brands are GameFAQs, a community driven website with guides and forums about video games; GameSpot, news, reviews and guides about video games; Comic Vine, news, reviews, and forums about comics; Giant Bomb, news, reviews and guides about video games; and onGamers, news analyses and columns about the eSports scene.

Music[edit]

CBS Interactive's music brands are Last.fm, the music discovery service and listening service; and MetroLyrics, lyrics, videos and news for music.

News[edit]

CBS Interactive's news brands are CBSNews.com, the online home of CBS News, the news division of CBS Corporation; and CBSN, a 24-hour news channel based completely online and on smart devices, a division of CBS News.

Sports[edit]

CBS Interactive's sports brands are CBSSports.com, the online home of CBS Sports, with news, scores, video and discussion about professional sports; CBSSports.com College Network, the online home of CBS Sports College Network with news, scores, video and discussion about collegiate sports; CBS Sports Fantasy, a website featuring fantasy sports; and MaxPreps, a website including information, recruiting, news, video, and discussion about high school sports.

Technology[edit]

Logo of CNET

CBS Interactive's technology brands are CNET, an American media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts and videos on technology and consumer electronics globally; CNET Content Solutions, content solutions related to technology and consumer electronics; Download.com, a website for free software; TechRepublic, news, information, resources and forums for IT professionals; and ZDNet, technology news, reviews and videos for technology and business professionals.

Former brands[edit]

BNET, founded in 2007, was an online magazine dedicated to issues of business management. It merged into CBS MoneyWatch in June 2008 to become the anchor to CBS business-related content.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All Brands - CBS Interactive". cbsinteractive.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Leena Rao. "CBS Acquires TV Guide For Online Video Clicker, Jim Lanzone Named President Of CBS Interactive". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "CBS Interactive hires Jim Lanzone as president". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Music site Last.fm bought by CBS". BBC News. May 30, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "CBS CORPORATION COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF CNET NETWORKS; MERGES OPERATIONS INTO NEW, EXPANDED CBS INTERACTIVE BUSINESS UNIT". CBS Corporation. 2008-06-30. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  6. ^ Giant Bomb, Comic Vine join CBS Interactive - GameSpot.com
  7. ^ "BermanBraun Buys Most of Shelby Bonnie's Whiskey Media - Kara Swisher - Media - AllThingsD". AllThingsD. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Major League Gaming Partners with CBS Interactive". Major League Gaming. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Alex Wilhelm (17 April 2012). "CBS Takes Esports Big with Twitch.tv and MLG". The Next Web. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Dawn Kawamoto (June 30, 2008). "CBS closes CNET Networks acquisition". CNET. 

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