Gawker Is Undead Once More—As a Potential Apple TV+ Series


It’s been roughly a year given a much-talked-about though rarely diligent rebirth of went kaput. Bustle Digital Group, that snatched adult a domain in a 2018 failure auction, pronounced during a time that it was postponing a skeleton to reboot a mythological website, following a P.R. fallout from a disorderly crew controversy. Given a state of a media business—BDG is among a many players that have reckoned with coronavirus cuts—it’s doubtful we’ll see it occur anytime soon.

Plans for a reconstruction of another sort, however, are relocating along. Apple TV+, now building adult a arsenal in a streaming wars, is in a early stages of building a array about Gawker, several people informed with a plan told me. The uncover was recognised and pitched by dual former Gawker staffers, Max Read and Cord Jefferson, who have been operative on scripts for a past integrate of months with a writers room that apparently includes some other Gawker alumni. Read was Gawker’s editor in arch during one point, though stepped down in 2015 amid a debate associated to a post about an executive during Condé Nast (which owns Vanity Fair). He afterwards landed during New York magazine, though quiescent recently to combine on a show. Jefferson is a former Gawker author and editor who went on to work in TV, where he has racked adult credits on shows including Watchmen, Succession, and Master of None.

Jefferson and Read declined to comment, so sum are scant. But a array was described to me as a dramedy about Gawker’s climb and a impact on a media landscape, as it remade from an insidery report blog into a vital force in a form of broadcasting that skewers celebrities and a powerful. Skewering power, of course, is eventually what brought about a passing of a website’s primogenitor company, Gawker Media, that was sued into unconcern by Hulk Hogan, with assistance from Peter Thiel.

The Gawker array isn’t a initial media- or journalism-centric tract to enter Apple’s flourishing apartment of strange programming, that is competing with a likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+. The company’s lineup also includes The Morning Show, desirous by Brian Stelter’s book about morning TV, and Home Before Dark, formed on a real-life story of youth contributor Hilde Lysiak, whom we profiled in 2015. Apple declined to comment.

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