RD Recap: Bill Simmons Grows His Media Empire; Bill Wackermann Is Out at Condé

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

The Bill Simmons media empire continues to take shape as the Grantland founder and former ESPN star hires Eric Weinberger to serve as president of the Bill Simmons Media Group. Weinberger, who had been executive producer at NFL Network and previously worked at Fox Sports, will serve as an ep on Simmons’ new HBO show, while also building out a website, podcast network and other forms of content. “He’s a talented guy with an impeccable reputation, someone who is uniquely equipped to help me build an innovative multi-media company from scratch,” Simmons said in a statement. Elsewhere in the Grantland disaspora, Robert Mays signs on with Monday Morning Quarterback for the remainder of the NFL season…

Bill Wackermann gets whacked at Condé Nast Traveler, losing his job as publisher and chief revenue officer while on a cruise with his sales team. That is harsh. Brendan Monaghan, a former business-side man at GQ and Vogue and most recently NYT’s svp of advertising and publisher of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, takes Wackermann’s place… Men’s Journal says goodbye to Peter Stevenson, the deputy editor who moved over from The New York Observer just two months ago… Read More