Spencer Brown And David Landau Partner With VC Michael Rolnick To Launch DGital Media
May 27, 2015 at 4:02 AM (PT)
SPENCER BROWN and DAVID LANDAU, the former co-CEOs of DIAL GLOBAL/WESTWOOD ONE, have partnered with VC MICHAEL ROLNICK to form DGITAL MEDIA. The company’s first venture will be the creation of the RE/CODE RADIO NETWORK in partnership with REVERE DIGITAL LLC.
Founded by technology journalists WALT MOSSBERG and KARA SWISHER, RE/CODE is an independent tech news, reviews and analysis website. MOSSBERG and MOSSBERG are also co-executive producers of the annual CODE CONFERENCE, a gathering of technology and media leaders that is taking place this week in RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA; VOX MEDIA announced TUESDAY (5/26) that it will acquire RE/CODE.
Announced yesterday evening at the CODE CONFERENCE, the RE/CODE RADIO NETWORK will feature a portfolio of programs starting with RE/CODE DECODE hosted by KARA SWISHER, which is slated to go live in JUNE. MOSSBERG and SWISHER created RE/CODE after leaving the WALL STREET JOURNAL, where they headed that paper's ALL THINGS D technology site and conferences.
According to REVERE DIGITAL COO LIA LORENZANO KENNETT, “With the proliferation of mobile devices and the popularity of podcasts, we want to make sure our content is available to our audiences wherever they are -- in the car, in the office, etc. By partnering with DG MEDIA, RE/CODE will be able to leverage our authoritative content and brand with outstanding audio programming, distribution and monetization.”
“Partnering with RE/CODE as a brand accomplishes exactly what we set out to do -- which is to amplify media brands through audio. The RE/CODE RADIO NETWORK will bring the same excellence in reporting and analysis to readers through the spoken word,” said DGITAL MEDIA Co-founder DAVID LANDAU.
According to Co-founder SPENCER BROWN, “By leveraging the unique audio assets of media brands like RE/CODE, we are expanding its brand footprint, attracting new audiences and new revenue opportunities.”
Said DGITAL MEDIA Chairman MICHAEL ROLNICK, “Our team’s experience in audio product management, programing, distribution and monetization skills is an attractive value proposition. We look forward to working with leading branded content partners to create digital audio programming that will complement a brand’s other content products be they print, web or video.”
Also joining the company as Chief Content Officer is former DIAL GLOBAL/WESTWOOD ONE EVP/Content CHRIS CORCORAN and former DIAL GLOBAL/WESTWOOD ONE VP/Sales GRACE CARRICK as EVP/Sales and Strategy.
The RE/CODE RADIO NETWORK will be accessible through recode.net and other distribution partners.