Gawker names new editor-in-chief ahead of expected launch

Gawker names new editor-in-chief ahead of expected launch
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Bustle Digital Group has named Dan Peres as editor-in-chief of Gawker.com, with an expected reboot for the website anticipated for later this year.

The move reported Thursday by The New York Times comes eight months after Bustle and Elite Daily co-founder Bryan Goldberg purchased the Gawker.com domain name.

Peres, 47, was editor-in-chief of the Conde Nast-owned Details magazine for the past 15 years.

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Goldberg purchased the Gawker.com domain in July 2018 in an auction held in bankruptcy court. The front page of the website still leads with a post about the site going dormant.

Once a popular and provocative flagship site of Gawker Media, Gawker.com was forced to declare bankruptcy in June 2016 after the company lost a multimillion-dollar lawsuit to ex-pro wrestler Terry Bollea, known as Hulk Hogan, after publishing a leaked sex tape of him and Heather Clem, the wife of a former friend.

After court proceedings lasting almost four years, a Florida judge ruled that Gawker must pay Bollea $140 million in March 2016, which was eventually settled down to $31 million. Gawker Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June of that year.