SpinMedia Appoints Stephen Blackwell as CEO

Future performing at SPIN's SXSW party, Friday March 14th 2014

Chad Wadsworth

Death and Taxes founder Stephen Blackwell has been named CEO of SpinMedia, the digital publishing company announced on Monday.

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Blackwell will be responsible for day-to-day operations leading SpinMedia's slate of brands including Spin, Vibe, Celebuzz, Idolator, and Stereogum, among others. The company acquired Death and Taxes, Blackwell's indie music and pop culture site, in July.

"I am thrilled to lead SpinMedia into an exciting new era," said Blackwell in a statement. "Our audience is young, vibrant and fully engaged in all forms of media and our brands, scale and digital assets have perfectly positioned Spin to capture the benefits of mobile and social growth across the web."

Blackwell succeeds Dale Strang, who'll remain as chairman.

SpinMedia was acquired by new investors in February, which followed a tumultuous year-and-change for the web-focused company. In early 2014, Hype Machine and Just Jared jumped ship for Townsquare Media. Strang took over as CEO in September 2013, outing Steve Hansen, and the company's renaming in May of that year (it was formerly BuzzMedia) came on the heels of drastic layoffs two months earlier.