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Want a List of the Internets best and most popular digital media groups? You have come to the right place as this is an ongoing updated list of the web’s best and most popular media groups which own/operate blogs and various digital Media.
The Digital groups generally grow from a flagship website to either acquiring or creating additional brands for varying niches Some may even have their origin stemming from print media such as Conde Nast, Future Plc, etc.
Tiny Boards creates and acquires job boards. A typical cost for posting a job on job boards within the network is $299 for 30 days. If you have a job board with around 200K -1mm+ monthly visitors then Tiny Boards would potentially be interested in acquiring your job board.
The network consists of:
- Designer News (News for designers) – a community for Design and tech enthusiasts to share and discover the latest industry-relevant information. Beyond it Reddit like design, the website also has a podcast and Jobs board.
- We Work Remotely (Remote job board) – a popular Remote job board which receives over 2.5 Million monthly visitors on average. Jobs are posted to the job board from a wide set of professional categories such as Remote jobs in design, programming, marketing and more.
- Unicorn Hunter (Startup job board) – This is a European startup dedicated job board which list jobs your typical professional startup positions such as Back-end Developer, Front-end Developer, Full Stack Developer, Mobile Developer, Data Science, DevOps, Designer, Sales, Marketing, Product and Project Management. Listing a job on this site can cost anywhere from between £0 to £249.
- Fresh Gigs (Marketing job board) – A Canadian marketing job board which has social media, marketing, graphics Design and communications jobs for Canadian locations such as Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver. Posting a job to this job board costs $199 for 30 days.
- Future Jobs (Job board of the future) – This domain simply redirects to We Work Remotely.
This media group stems from Bustle, a online American women’s magazine founded in August 2013 by Bryan Goldberg.
The Bustle Digital Group (BDG) consist of 9 media brands which boast an average of 84 million readers and 42 million social fans.
Before I list the media brands within this group, I would like to note the group’s acquisitions of The Outline on March 27, 2019. Founded by Joshua Topolsky, The Outline was an online publication focused on “power”, “culture” and the “future”. The site was still run by its founder after its acquisition by BDG. The publication was later shuttered after laying off much of its entire editorial team on April 3, 2020. It is evident that The Outline’s operations were not meeting expectations.
The 9 Brand which make up the BDG include:
- Bustle(Women’s Magazine) – A online American women’s magazine founded in 201 and the origin of the media group. It covers topics such as news and politics alongside articles about beauty, celebrities, and fashion trends.
- Elite Daily(The Voice of Generation Y) – Launched in 2012, The Elite daily is an American online news platform founded by four guys (David Arabov, Jonathon Francis, and Gerard Adams) targeted at millennials. The website was acquired from the DMG Media on April 17, 2017, by Bustle with the aim to increase Bustle’s original video content.
- Input(Consumer Tech Magazine) – Launched on December 16 2019, Input is “a groundbreaking consumer technology and lifestyle publication that will focus on the intersection of tech, design, style, and culture.”
- Inverse(science and entertainment) – Launched in by Dave Nemetz, co-founder of Bleacher Report. The popular website which covers technology, science, and culture(entertainment) for a millennial audience. The website was acquired by BDG in July 2019.
- Mic(millennial-focused news) – Originally known as PollyMic, Mic is a website founded in 2011 by Chris Altchek and Jake Horowitz, two high school friends from New York. The website rebranded from PollytMic back in 2014 to Mic with the purchase of the mic.com domain name for a reported value of $500,000. The website is popular for its coverage of the 2011 Tunisian Revolution and Facebook videos. On November 28, 2018, The site had to layoff most of its staff after facebook cancelled its video deal with the company. It was then announced on the same day that BDG had acquired Mic for under $5million, a noted fraction of its reported value.
- Nylon(Lifestyle Magazine) – Purchased by BDG back in June 2019 with the aim to publish print magazines under the Nylon brand name. Nylon is a lifestyle magazine that focuses on pop culture and fashion. Nylon was co-founded in 1999 by writer-editor Mark Blackwell, advertising veteran Madonna Badger, Kung Faux creator Mic Neumann, supermodel Helena Christensen, and the husband and wife publishing team of Marvin and Jaclynn Jarrett, with investment from businessperson Sam Waksal.
- Romper(Millennial Parenthood) – BDG launched Romper in 2015 and initially led by Margaret Wheeler Johnson who has formerly helped The Huffington Post launch its women’s section in 2011.
- The Zoe Report(fashion, beauty and lifestyle) – Is a Fashion and Beauty magazine created by American fashion designer, businesswoman, and writer, Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig. She founded the site as a newsletter based free daily newspaper in August 2019 with over 750,000 subscribers. The website was acquired by the BDG in May 2019.
The Future PLC is a Publishing and Digital media Megalith, The company has over 133 brands which publish content across fields such as video games, technology, films, music, photography, home and knowledge. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
The British media company, Future PLC began back in 1985 as Future Publishing by Chris Anderson. Based in Somerton, Somerset, England, the companies the first magazine was the monthly English computer magazine, Amstrad Action.
The company is divided into three subsidiaries; Future US(originally GP Publications before 1994), Future Publishing and Future Australia.
Some of the most notable Brands:
- TechRadar(Tech Buying advice), Kotaku UK(Gaming), Gizmodo UK (tech) and Lifehacker UK (digital hacks)
- PCGamer(PC Gaming) and GameRadar+ (Gaming, Films and TV)
- Mobile Nations – Android Central(Focused on Mobile/Android OS), iMore(Focused on Apple), Windows Central (Focused on Windows/Microsoft) and Thrifter(Shopping Deals).
- Toms Guide (Tech Buying/Solving) and Toms Hardware (Hardware Enthusiasts)
- Barcroft Studios (Digital video & TV Studio)
- Space.com (Space)
Founded in 1999, The Gamer network is a family of the most popular websites dedicated to video game-related content. This extends to gaming events such as gamesindustry.biz-events, EGX, EGX Berlin, EGX Rezzed, MCM Comic-con, Star Wars Celebration and PAX.
They also operate the YouTube Channels: Eurogamer(gaming), Digital Foundry(Tech), Outside Xbox(Xbox), Outside Xtra(Gaming) and RPS/Rock Paper Shotgun(PC Gaming). Partner channels include VG247(gaming) and Family Gamer TV, Arekkz Gaming Gaming) and Westie(First Person Shooter Games).
The Family consists of websites such as Eurogamer(European Independent Games website), USG/USGamer(Video games), Cosplay Central / ReedPop (cosplay focused), Dicebreaker (board games), Jelly Deals(Gaming Deals), Metabomb (e-sports news & guides), VG247/Video Games 24/7(Video games), GamingIndustry(Industry resources for people who make and sell games) Rock, Paper, Shotgun / RPS(PC Gaming) and Road to VR(VR).
Founded in 1998, DBolical also operates partner sites such as ModDB(video game modding showcase), IndieDB(independent gaming showcase), GameFront(best mods, maps, skins, tools, and utilities since 1998) and modularity(Video Game Publisher).
You can learn more about partner site under the Nlife Media umbrella such as Nintendo Life, Push Square and Pure Xbox in our next entry.
Formed in 2010, the company is an online media publisher focused on “creating vibrant and informative websites with a strong community-based focus”. Nlife Media is a partner of the previous entry, the gamer network. Nlife Media’s websites are really popular, they have attracted a combination of over 9 million unique visitors and 16 million page views a month.
Design Technica is a privately funded and owned corporation which operates Digital Trends, Digital Trends en Español, and The Manual. The company has offices in New York City, Portland, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Founded in 2006 by Ian Bell and Dan Gaul in Lake Oswego, Oregon, The Digital Trends is technology news, lifestyle, and information website that publishes news, reviews, guides, how-to articles, descriptive videos, and podcasts about technology and consumer electronics products.
The Manual is a men’s lifestyle blog aimed at “show men how to live a life that is more engaged”.
PMC is an American digital media, publishing, and information services company based in Los Angeles and New York City. It publishes more than 20 digital and print brands, including Variety, Rolling Stone, WWD, Deadline Hollywood, BGR, and others. PMC’s Chairman and CEO since founding is Jay Penske.
On April 2, 2020, PMC announced that it would launch Sportico—a new vertical focusing on the sports industry, later in the year.
Penske has brands such as:
- Variety(Entertainment Business)
- WDD(Fashion Business)
- Robb Report ( an American, English-language, luxury-lifestyle magazine featuring products, including automobiles, aviation, boating, real estate and watches. )
- BGR/Boy Genius Report(Tech, Entertainment & Mobile Gadgets)
- Indiewire(film, TV, and entertainment)
- Deadline Hollywood / Deadline.com (Hollywood entertainment news)
- Rolling Stone (Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage).
- SheMedia (Digital Media for Women) – sites (SheKnows.com, STYLECASTER, #BlogHer, Hollywood Life and Soaps.com) and key programs (The #Femvertising Awards, Hatch, The Pitch, Voices of the Year and more)
- Hollywood Life (Hollywood News) -launched in 2009 and has quickly become a top online destination for millennial women ages 18 to 34. The site covers celebrity, fashion, beauty, entertainment and baby news.
- Stylecaster (Style News, Fashion Trends & Beauty Tips) – an accessible, inclusive, ahead-of-the-trend destination for the millennial woman who wants to live with style and substance.
- SheKnows (All Things Parenting)- a progressive, inclusive space for women to find the practical information they need and the daily inspiration they want to live full, authentic lives — on their own terms.
- Blog Her (Celebrating Female Content Creators) – Conferences and Educational Content for Bloggers.
- ARTnews (Art Magazine) – Founded in 1902, ARTnews is the oldest and most widely circulated art magazine in the world..
- Hollywood Life (Footwear fashion news) –
- Footwear News/FN (Shoe News and Fashion Trends) – Footwear News is the publication of record for senior footwear and fashion executives, providing an insider’s perspective on top news, trends and strategies.
- Sourcing Journal (a trade publication for apparel and textile executives focused on sourcing and manufacturing) – founded in 2009, Sourcing Journal swiftly took the lead as the top-tier voice for sourcing and manufacturing industry thought leaders.
- Spy (gadgets, gear, style, media, and experiences) – Spy.com is a leading buyer’s guide for Millennials with discerning tastes in must-have gadgets, gear, style, media, and experiences.
- TVLine (TV News, Previews, Spoilers, Casting Scoop, Interviews) – launch in January 2011, TVLine has become a household name in trusted television content.
- GoldDerby (Preddict Holywood races)
G/O is a digital media group that manages former Gawker Media properties. The company was formed in April 2019 when Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm, purchased the websites from Univision for $20.6 million.
Prior to the sale, the former Gawker Media properties had operated as Gizmodo Media Group after being acquired by Univision following the conclusion of the Bollea v. Gawker lawsuit and subsequent bankruptcy in 2016.
The group consists of Gizmodo (Gadgets), Kotaku(gaming), Jalopnik(cars), Deadspin(sport), Lifehacker(Life tips/hacks), Jezebel(Women focus), The Root(African American online magazine), The A.V. Club(online entertainment/film newspaper), The Takeout(food-focused), The Onion, and The Inventory(Deals).
Conde Nast is global american-origin media company which mostly operates print magazines focused on Fashions, Music, Entertainment & Lifestyle but also includes digital components such as Wired, Ars Technica and Pitchfork. The company prides its self for having some of the worlds leading print, digital, video and social brands.
Founded in 1909, Conde Nast was created by a popular American publisher, Condé Montrose Nast who launched his magazine empire with the purchase of Vogue. Conde Montrose Nast Published the Magazine under the Vogue Company Banner until incorporating Conde Nast in 1923. Vogue was created in 1892 as a New York weekly journal of society and fashion news.
The Company has grown over the years via a combination of new magazine launches and acquisitions. One example is its acquisition of Pitchfork back in 2015.
Notable Brands include:
- Ars Technica(Technology) – Ars Technica’s mission is to provide the greatest insight into what’s at stake in technology today, through a comprehensive understanding of all the facets that surround and contribute to it.
- The New Yorker(News Magazine) – a New York based news magazine which delivers unparalleled reporting and commentary on politics and foreign affairs, business and technology, popular culture and the arts, along with humour, fiction, poetry, and, of course, cartoons.
- Food Innovation Group: Epicurious (Recipes) – Started 1995, Epicurious is a cooking brand which creates videos on Youtube and hosts the Bon Appétit and Gourmet recipe archives. The website has grown to include original recipes from the Epicurious Test Kitchen, daily advice from the cooking-savvy Epicurious staff, and some of the fastest-growing food video series on YouTube.
- Food Innovation Group: Bon Appétit (food) – Bon Appétit is where food and culture meet. The award-winning No. 1 food lifestyle brand covers food through the lens of cooking, fashion, travel, technology, design and home
- PitchFork (online music magazine) – Pitchfork.com is the preeminent resource for highly-engaged fans looking to discover and experience new music in a thought-provoking way.
- Self (self-help) – a multiplatform self-help content creator initially launched as a magazine back in 1979. You can find their content not just at their website but also at Snapchat, newsletters, consumer products and events.
- Wired (Tech Magazine) – Inclusive of the US Edition, the Magazine has 5 editions: Italy, Japan, South Korea and the UK.
- Other Brands
The 9to5 family of Sites are a network of blogs which covers various tech companies and focuses such as Apple, Google and Electric vehicles. The 9to5 sites origin stems from its flagship blog, 9to5Mac which was founded in 2013 by Seth Weintraub, an IT stranded in Paris.
The 9to5 family of websites has a unique way of paying its writers/contributors, each contributor has their own AdSense banners. The network comprises of 9toMac.com (covers Mac/Apple), 9to5Google.com(Google), 9to5Toys.com(Gadgets/Tech), Electrek.co (Telsa/Electric Vehicles) and DroneDJ.com (Drones).
Mansueto Ventures was founded in 2005 when Joe Mansueto acquired the assets of Inc and Fast Company Magazine from Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing Company.
Joe Mansueto is an American billionaire and the founder, majority owner and executive chairman of Morningstar, Inc.
Eric Schurenberg is the current CEO of Mansueto Ventures. He has previous experience as the editor of CBS MoneyWatch.com and BNET.com and managing editor of Money.
Original know as Business Insider Inc., Insider Inc is an American online media company which focusses business and finance stories across its websites. The company changed its name back in 2017 with the aim to branch out to different subjects on social media.
Founded in 2007 by Henry Blodget and Kevin P. Ryan (Silicon Alley Insider Inc), Business Insider is the flagship website of the group and covers business and finance. The company has received funding from Jeff Bezo’s investment company Bezos Expeditions (2013). Axel Springer SE acquired 88% interest back in 2015, improving their ownership 98% with Bezos owning the rest of the shares. As of 2018, Axel Springer SE owns 100% of Insider Inc.
Apart from its flagship brand, Business Insider, The group also includes:
- Insider – Launched in 2015, Insider is a general news site akin to Buzzfeed.
- Markets Insider – Launched in 2016, Markets Insider is a globally-focused markets data and news service with data provided by Germany-based finance portal Finanzen.net, another Axel Springer holding.
- Business Insider Intelligence – a paywalled daily email product which provides business intelligence industry briefs and more.
- BI Prime – The official subscription services for which BI Prime subscribers receive unlimited access to Business Insider and the BI App stories, news, analysis, exclusives, and more.
- Insider Studios – The branded content studio for Insider Inc., parent company to Business Insider and Insider. We collaborate with marketers on stories that inform and inspire.
- Business Insider Today – A Facebook Page which produces news stories which are likely produced by Insider Studios.
- Ignition– Ignitionis insiders flagship conference event which brings together speakers who explore the world of business, media, society, culture, technology and transformation.
BuzzFeed is the leading independent digital media company delivering news and entertainment to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
Known for its online quizzes, “listicles”, and pop culture articles, the company was founded in 2013 by Jonah Peretti and John S. Johnson III with the aim of on tracking viral content. The company has seen a steady growth into a global tech media company, covering topics such as politics, DIY, animals, and business.
In 2006, while working at the Huffington Post, Peretti started BuzzFeed (originally called BuzzFeed Laboratories) as a side project, in partnership with his former supervisor John Johnson. In the beginning, BuzzFeed employed no writers or editors, just an “algorithm to cull stories from around the web that were showing stirrings of virality.”
Buzzfeeds brands include:
- Buzzfeed – The is the flagship brand/website which is focused on viral content such as quizzes, listicles, pop articles and videos.
- Buzzfeed News – Originally a section on the Buzzfeed, Buzzfeed new is An award-winning online news website which was headed by former Politico editor-in-chief, Ben Smith. The site was later given its own domain on July 18, 2018, with features such as a Trending News Bar and programmatic advertisements.
- Tasty – Made for Facebook, Tasty is a comfort food video series where it has 100 million followers as of December 2019.
- As / Is – Launched back in April 2019, As / Is is a YouTube channel which posts daily videos & series about beauty, fashion, style, body positivity, women’s experiences and lifestyle.
- Goodful – A partnership between Macy’s and Buzzfeed, Goodful is a wellness-oriented lifestyle brand designed to promote wellness and mindfulness among consumers. The brand write articles and make videos across Buzzfeed, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
- Bring Me – A Buzzfeed channel/brand focused on Travel Discovery which creates written and video content for the Buzzfeed, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms.
- Nifty – “From canvas totes to a full-on wagon for groceries, here are alternatives that the BuzzFeed Community loves. “. The channel creates both video and written content.
- Playfull – Playfull yet another BuzzFeed channel/brand “the go-to parenting brand for millennials”. It provides both written and video content which gives viral stories, hacks, advice and more.
- Worth It – Founded on September 18, 2016, Worth It is a web series where hosts Steven Lim and Andrew Ilnyckyj, along with cameraman Adam Bianchi visits visiting three different restaurants to try similar foods at three “drastically different price points”—affordable, mid, and luxury.
Ziff Davis is a subsidiary of j2 Global, Inc., is a leading global digital-media company operating in three core verticals: Technology, Gaming, and Shopping. Ziff Davis delivers advertising, performance marketing, data services and licensing solutions to thousands of clients worldwide. Ziff Davis publishes in 26 languages and successfully partners with local publishing operators across 115 countries.
Ziff Davis was founded in 1927 by William Bernard Ziff Sr. and Bernard George Davis as a hobbyist print magazine publisher in Chicago, Illinois. On November 12, 2012, Ziff Davis Inc., was acquired by cloud computing services company J2 Global of Hollywood, California, U.S.A. for $167 million cash.
According to an October 2015 Fortune article, Ziff Davis comprises 30% of parent company J2 Global’s $600 million annual revenue (2014) and is increasing 15% to 20% each year. Analyst Gregory Burns of Sidoti & Company calculates that Ziff Davis is worth $1.9 billion.
Popular Ziff Davis Brands include:
- PC Magazine (Personal Computing/technology buying) – First started in 1982 as a print magazine, PC Magazine launched its first digital edition 1998. PC Labs is a unit of PC Mag which has a 5,000-square-foot testing facility in New York City, where their staff develops and performs accurate and reproducible testing with the intent to identify the best (and worst) products so their readers can make the smartest buying decisions.
- IGN Entertainment (video game and entertainment) – Launched on September 29, 1996, It is a group of entertainment, Gaming and Men Focused Brands. The flagship brand of IGN.com does Gaming & entertainment while AskMen is a web portal for all things men. It was acquired Ziff Davis on February 4, 2013, from News Corporation,
- Mashable (culture and tech) – Launched in 2005 by Pete Cashmore, Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company which covers a wide range of entertainment, culture and technology content. Mashable was acquired by Ziff Davis on December 2017 for a value of $50 million. The acquisitions were due in large part to is lacklustre losses in September.
- Ookla SpeedTest.net (Internet Speed Tool) – Founded in 2006, this is a web service that provides free analysis of Internet access performance metrics, such as connection data rate and latency. In December 2014, Ziff Davis acquired Ookla, owner of Speedtest.net.
- Humble Bundle(digital storefront) – Humble Bundle is a digital storefront for video games, ebooks, and software. Visitors to Humble Bundles website can buy via monthly subscriptions, set-your-own-price bundles, and a la carte Store sales. Initially ran by WolfireGame in 2010, The Humble Bundle Company was spun out with the sole purpose of managing the promotions, payments, and distribution of the bundles. In October 2017, the company was acquired by Ziff Davis through its IGN Entertainment subsidiary, though operates as a separate subsidiary.
- Offers.com (Deals) -Initially started in 2009, Offers.com is a leading coupons & deals website featuring offers from more than 16,000 of the internet’s best stores & brands.
- Geek.com (Tech News) – an online resource and community for technology and culture since 1996. Geek.com sorts through and makes sense of each day’s tech and culture news, featuring the most relevant and useful stories with a unique voice. Ziff Davis acquired the site on January 2011 for an undisclosed sum.
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Founded in 1992, CBS Interactive is a subsidiary of the CBS Entertainment Group division of ViacomCBS. The company is a content network of information and entertainment websites which covers news, sports, entertainment, technology, and business.
CBS Interactive is origin is contingent on its CNET Networks acquisition on June 30, 2008, although its acquisition of music website, last.fm predates the CNET Network acquisition by a year, on May 30, 2007.
- CBS.com (News/Television) – manages the digital aspect of various local CBS affiliates and the obvious nationwide digital management.
- CNET (Product Reviews, Deals, how-to and the latest Technology news) – Founded by Halsey Minor and Shelby Bonnie in 1994, CNET (stylized as c|net, formerly Computer Network) publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts, and videos on technology and consumer electronics globally.CBS acquired CNET Networks on June 30, 2008, its assets were then merged into CBS Interactive, including Metacritic, GameSpot, TV.com, and Movietome.
- Gamespot (video games) – Original launch on May 1, 1996, by Pete Deemer, Vince Broady and Jon Epstein, Gamespot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information on video games.
- TV Guide (Entertainment and Television)- a bi-weekly American magazine that provides television program listings information as well as television-related news, celebrity interviews and gossip, film reviews, crossword puzzles, and, in some issues, horoscopes. The print magazine is owned by NTVB Media, while its digital properties are controlled by the CBS Interactive division of ViacomCBS; the TV Guide name and associated editorial content from the publication are licensed by CBS Interactive for use on the website and mobile app through an agreement with the magazine’s parent-subsidiary TVGM Holdings, Inc.
- CBS ALL Access(Streaming Service)- Launched on October 28, 2014, it is a video streaming service which offers original content, content newly aired on CBS’s broadcast properties, and content from CBS’s library. the service also offers a live stream of the local CBS affiliate’s main channel in various United States markets. It boasts around 4 million subscribers as of February 2019. The service is priced low as $5.99 per month and is also known as 10 All Access in Australia.
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DotDash is the Digital Media subsidiary of IAC, an American holding company which owns internet/media brands.
The company stems from Mining Company founded in 1996. Founded by the owner of General Internet, Scott Kurnit, Bill Day and a group of New York City Entrepreneurs. Its initial focus was on maintaining 1,800 topic areas, but after five years of operation, this number was reduced to around 700.
The Mining Company later became About Inc.”, and the website address from “miningco.com” to “about.com” in May 1999.
The company was then acquired by Primedia in the early 2000s. It was then acquired by the Times Company (Holding company of New York Times). It was then finally acquired by IAC through its Answer.com brand which was a knowledgebase exchange which offered similar content.
On the 2 of May 2020, About.com was relaunched/rebranded as DotDash with a new strategy. CEO Niel Vogel lead the charge to refocus Dotdash’s Marketing Strategy and business model. The new model was now content focused on niche-specific vertical markets.
Today these niche specific-websites consist of :
- The Balance (personal finance)
- Lifewire (tech)
- The Spruce (home and food)
- VeryWell (health)
- TripSavvy (travel)
- ThoughtCo (education).
- In July 2018, Investopedia joined the Dotdash family of brands.
- On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Dotdash announced the acquisition of Byrdie (beauty) and MyDomaine (women’s lifestyle) from Clique Brands.
- On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Dotdash announced the acquisition of Brides from Conde Nast.
- On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, Dotdash announced the acquisition of Liquor.com.
- On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Dotdash announced the acquisition of TreeHugger and Mother Nature Network.
Vox Media is a digital media company that began back in 2005 as SportsBlogs Inc. The company was founded by Jerome Armstrong, Tyler Bleszinski, and Markos Moulitsas. The company later rebranded as Vox Media in 2011.
The company’s lines of business include the publishing platform:
- Chorus – a proprietary content management system for its brands.
- Concert – a publisher-led marketplace for advertising.
- Vox Creative – a branded entertainment business.
- Vox Entertainment – a Production arm form in 2015 to expand the company’s presence in developing online video programming.
- Vox Media Studios – form in 2019, it is an umbrella for the Vox Entertainment, Vox Media Podcast, and simultaneously acquired Epic units.
- The Vox Media Podcast Network – A non-fiction audio programming business and has a broad portfolio of audio programming across business, technology, news and policy, sports, and dining.
Vox Media brands consist of:
- TheVerge (Tech News) – a Technology news website launched on November 1, 2011 by the former employees of Engadget, including former editor Joshua Topolsky and the new site’s editor-in-chief Nilay Patel.
- Vox (News/Explanatory Journalism) – launched in April 2014, this is a new website that employs explanatory journalism.
- SBNation (Sports) – the Origin Brand, SBNation is a sports blogging network, founded by Tyler Bleszinski and Markos Moulitsas in 2005.
- Eater (Food/Dining) – a food and dining network of sites, offering reviews and news about the restaurant industry. founded in 2005 by Lockhart Steele and Ben Leventhal with the initial focus on dining and nightlife in New York City, it expanded to additional cities.
- Polygon (Gaming) – launched in 2012, Polygon is a video game website which publishes news, culture, reviews, and videos.
- Curbed (Real Estate/Home) – founded in 2014, Curbed is a real-estate and home website that reaches beyond New York City to publish in 32 markets across the U.S. Curbed became a Vox Media brand when the company acquired its parent company, Curbed Network, in November 2013 for $20–30 million in cash and stock.
- Recode (Tech Business News) – Founded in Januery 2014 by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Recode is a technology news website that focused on the business of Silicon Valley. Acquired by Vox Media in May 2015, Recode was integrated into Vox on May 2019 under the name Recode by Vox .
Yahoo Inc. (previously Verizon Media, also previously Oath Inc.) is the media and online business.
The company was the end result of Verizon’s acquisition of AOL in 2015 and the core assets of Yahoo! in 2017 which were merged to form Oath Inc. The company was later renamed Verizon Media in January 2019 while maintaining its AOL and Yahoo! brands and Dual headquarters.
On May 3, 2021, Verizon announced that 90 per cent of the division would be acquired by Apollo Global Management for roughly $5 billion, and will simply be known as Yahoo as soon as the agreement comes to a close. Verizon is set to retain a minor 10% stake in the new group.
- AOL (web portal) – AOL is essentially a web portal with syndicates the latest news (breaking news, entertainment, sports, finance, human interest stories and much more) and offers a webmail service. AOL has a long historical origin spanning from a venture known as Control Video Corporation (or CVC), a short-lived venture founded by William von Meister in 1983 to its current name, AOL which it adopted in 1995.
- Autoblog (Automotive/Cars) – This blog was launched in June 2004 by Weblogs Inc (a blog network which AOL purchased in 2005) as an Automotive news and car shopping website based in Birmingham. It produces daily articles and videos covering various facets of the auto industry as well as a weekly video podcast.
- BUILD – BUILD is a live interview series with today’s biggest names in entertainment, tech, fashion and business.
- Built By Girls – #BUILTBYGIRLS prepares the next generation of female leaders to step boldly into their tech careers.
- Engadget(Tech) – tech news and reviews, producing the best industry videos and features.
- Flurry (Mobile Analytics) – a mobile analytics, monetization, and advertising company founded in 2005.
- HuffPost (news aggregator & Blog) – an American news aggregator and blog, with localized and international editions. It has been described as mostly liberal or liberal-leaning. The site offers news, satire, blogs, and original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women’s interests, and local news featuring columnists
- MAKERS (Woman Empowerment) – “MAKERS accelerates the women’s movement through stories of real-life experiences that ignite action.”
- Rivals (college football/basketball recruiting) – a leading authority on college football and hoops recruiting with highlights, interviews and rankings.
- RYOT (Content Studio) – an award-winning content studio and innovation lab that creates top storytelling experiences and tech.
- Techcrunch (tech industry) – credibility, insider access, and journalistic integrity make it a top source for breaking tech news.
- Yahoo! (web portal) – the is a web portal which creates and syndicates news, entertainment, sports and finance content. It also has:
- Yahoo! Mail is a free/premium email provider.
- Yahoo! Finance is a Financial News sub-portal.
- Yahoo! News is sub-portal for Original and syndicated news content.
- Yahoo! Sports is a sub-portal for Original and syndicated news content.
- Yahoo! Entertainment is a sub-portal for Original and Syndicated content on TV, movies, music, and celebrity news, including interviews, trailers, photos, and first looks.
- Yahoo! Lifestyle is a sub-portal for original and syndicated content on style, beauty, and wellness, including health, inspiring stories, and the latest fashion trends.
- Yahoo! Fantasy is a Fantasy Sports platform which offers “Comprehensive Fantasy news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumours, and more”
- Yahoo! Mobile is a Mobile Plan offered by Verizon which offers unlimited data, text and talk on Verizon’s 4G LTE Network, along with ad-free Yahoo Mail. It is also a term used to group all of the Yahoo Mobile apps.
So there you have it, That was not little research of the webs best and most popular digital media groups. Have i forgotten any Digital Media group? leave us a suggestion below.