CBS Interactive

CBS Interactive Inc. (formerly CBS Digital Media Group) is an American media company and is a division of the CBS Corporation. It is an online content network for information and entertainment. Its websites cover news, sports, entertainment, technology, and business.[1] It is headed by Jim Lanzone.[2][3]

CBS Interactive coordinates with CBS Network Sales to bring together ad sales operations, as well as the corporation's television, sports, and news groups, who will continue to be involved in program development.

CBS Interactive Inc.
IndustryOnline media
Headquarters235 Second Street, ,
Key people
Jim Lanzone (President)
RevenueUS$602 million (CBS, 2009)
Number of employees
2,080 (CNET, 2006)
ParentCBS Corporation


On May 30, 2007, CBS Interactive acquired for £140 million (US$280 million).[4]

On June 30, 2008, CNET Networks was acquired by CBS and the assets were merged into CBS Interactive, including Metacritic, GameSpot,, and Movietome.[5]

On March 15, 2012, it was announced that CBS Interactive acquired video game-based website Giant Bomb and comic book-based website Comic Vine from Whiskey Media, who sold off their other remaining websites to BermanBraun. This occasion marked the return of video game journalist Jeff Gerstmann to the CBS Interactive division of video game websites, which includes GameSpot and GameFAQs, and has Gerstmann once again working directly with some of his former peers at GameSpot under the same building at the CBS Interactive headquarters.[6][7]

On April 17, 2012, it was announced that Major League Gaming and CBS Interactive would be entering a partnership alongside TwitchTV to be the only exclusive online broadcaster of their Pro Circuit competitions, as well as for advertising representation.[8][9]


General entertainment

The CBS Interactive entertainment brands are, the online home of CBS, an American network television channel and its OTT service, CBS All Access; TV Guide, the ultimate listings guide for any Service Provider; CHOW, recipes, discussions, reviews, videos, and stories all related to food;, discussions, show guides, reviews, and videos all about television;[5] Metacritic,[10] a review aggregation website for games, music, television and movies; Comic Vine, news, reviews, and forums about comics; and GameRankings,[11] a review aggregation website for games.

General news

CBS Interactive's news brands are, the online home of CBS News,[5] the news division of CBS Corporation; and CBSN,[12] a 24-hour news channel based completely online and on smart devices, a division of CBS News.


CBS Interactive's sports brands are, the online home of CBS Sports, with news, scores, video, and discussion about professional sports along with the streaming sports network CBS Sports HQ; College Network, the online home of CBS Sports College Network with news, scores, video, and discussion about collegiate sports; CBS Sports Fantasy, a website featuring fantasy sports; and MaxPreps, a website including information, recruiting, news, video, and discussion about high school sports. CBS Sports also manages an advance media division that hosts college and high school sports digital presence to both design the websites and manage the ads on each of those 250+ properties.[13]


CBS Interactive's technology brands are CNET, an American media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts, and videos on technology and consumer electronics globally; CNET Content Solutions, content solutions related to technology and consumer electronics;, a website for free software; TechRepublic,[14] news, information, resources, and forums for IT professionals; and ZDNet,[15] technology news, reviews, and videos for technology and business professionals.

Video games

CBS Interactive's video games brands are GameFAQs,[16] a community driven website with guides and forums about video games; GameSpot,[5] news, reviews, and guides about video games; Giant Bomb,[6] videos, podcasts, and reviews about video games; and onGamers, news analyses, and columns about the eSports scene.


CBS Interactive's music brands are,[5] the music discovery service and listening service; and MetroLyrics,[17] lyrics, videos, and news for music.

Former brands

BNET, founded in 2007, was an online magazine dedicated to issues of business management. It merged into CBS MoneyWatch in 2012.[18]

See also



  1. ^ "All Brands - CBS Interactive". Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Leena Rao. "CBS Acquires TV Guide For Online Video Clicker, Jim Lanzone Named President Of CBS Interactive". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "CBS Interactive hires Jim Lanzone as president". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Music site bought by CBS". BBC News. May 30, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e "CBS CORPORATION COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF CNET NETWORKS; MERGES OPERATIONS INTO NEW, EXPANDED CBS INTERACTIVE BUSINESS UNIT". CBS Corporation. June 30, 2008. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Giant Bomb, Comic Vine join CBS Interactive
  7. ^ Kara Swisher. "BermanBraun Buys Most of Shelby Bonnie's Whiskey Media". AllThingsD. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Major League Gaming Partners with CBS Interactive". Major League Gaming. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  9. ^ Alex Wilhelm (April 17, 2012). "CBS Takes Esports Big with and MLG". The Next Web. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "CNET Networks Acquires". 8 August 2005. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  11. ^ "What happened to GameRankings in February 2009?". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  12. ^ Weprin, Alex. "CBS News readies 24-hour 'CBSN' digital network". POLITICO Media. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  13. ^ "CBS Interactive". Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Heim, Sarah J. "CNET Acquires TechRepublic". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  15. ^ staff, CNET News. "CNET Networks completes ZDNet acquisition". CNET. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  16. ^ "GameFAQs is moving to a new domain in February". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  17. ^ Shaw, Gillian (11 October 2011). "MetroLyrics acquisition by CBS Interactive a high note for Canada's new media". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  18. ^ Jack Otter (March 27, 2012). "BNET is now CBS". CBS News. Retrieved January 15, 2017.

External links

247Sports is an American network of websites that focus mainly on college football and basketball recruiting.

CBS MoneyWatch

CBS MoneyWatch, a division of CBS News and property of CBS Interactive, is a personal finance website that provides advice on retirement, investing, money, work and real estate. Launched in April 2009, the site was originally an extension of, formerly known as the CBS Interactive Business Network. In November 2011, BNET and CBS MoneyWatch merged and migrated to the platform. The executive editor of CBS MoneyWatch is Glenn Coleman.

CBS MoneyWatch offers original feature stories, unique daily commentary, original videos, and daily business and financial news.

The MoneyWatch name comes from a long-running series of business-oriented segments on the CBS Evening News.


CNET (stylized as c|net) is an American media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts and videos on technology and consumer electronics globally. Founded in 1994 by Halsey Minor and Shelby Bonnie, it was the flagship brand of CNET Networks and became a brand of CBS Interactive through CNET Networks' acquisition in 2008. CNET originally produced content for radio and television in addition to its website and now uses new media distribution methods through its Internet television network, CNET Video, and its podcast and blog networks.

In addition, CNET currently has region-specific and language-specific editions. These include the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Japan, French, German, Korean and Spanish. According to third-party web analytics providers, Alexa and SimilarWeb, CNET is the highest-read technology news source on the Web, with over 200 million readers per month, being among the 200 most visited websites globally, as of 2015.


Chowhound or is a food website brand maintained by CBS Interactive.


GameRankings is a website that collects review scores from both offline and online sources to give an average rating. It indexes over 315,000 articles relating to more than 14,500 video games.

GameRankings is owned by CBS Interactive. Similar websites include GameStats, Metacritic (also owned by CBS Interactive), MobyGames, and TopTenReviews.


GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information on video games. The site was launched on May 1, 1996, created by Pete Deemer, Vince Broady and Jon Epstein. It was purchased by ZDNet, a brand which was later purchased by CNET Networks. CBS Interactive, which purchased CNET Networks in 2008, is the current owner of GameSpot.

In addition to the information produced by GameSpot staff, the site also allows users to write their own reviews, blogs, and post on the site's forums.

In 2004, GameSpot won "Best Gaming Website" as chosen by the viewers in Spike TV's second Video Game Award Show, and has won Webby Awards several times. The domain attracted at least 60 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a study.

Guilty Gear

Guilty Gear (ギルティギア, Giruti Gia) is a series of fighting games by Arc System Works and designed by artist Daisuke Ishiwatari. The first game was published in 1998, and spawned several sequels. It was adapted to other media such as manga and drama CD. Guilty Gear has generally received praise from video game reviewers for its highly technical gameplay, graphics, soundtrack, and for its characters. Another fighting game franchise by Arc System Works, BlazBlue, is considered a spiritual successor of the series.

List of coaches in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches, referees, and other major contributors to the sport. Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Basketball Hall of Fame is named after Dr. James Naismith, who invented the sport in 1891; he was inducted into the Hall as a contributor in 1959. The Coach category has existed since the beginning of the Hall of Fame. For a person to be inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach, they must either be "fully retired for five years" or, if they are still active, "have coached as either a fulltime assistant or head coach on the high school and/or college and/or professional level" for 25 years.As part of the inaugural class of 1959, three coaches were inducted (Forrest C. "Phog" Allen, Henry Clifford Carlson and Walter E. Meanwell); in total, 100 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame as coaches.

Six coaching inductees were associated with teams that were inducted to the Hall of Fame as units. Don Haskins, inducted in 1997, was the coach of the 1966 Texas Western basketball team, which was inducted in 2007. Dutch Lonborg, inducted in 1973, was manager of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team that was inducted in 2010. Three coaching inductees were members of the staff for the 1992 U.S. Olympic team that was also inducted in 2010—head coach Chuck Daly (1994) and assistants Lenny Wilkens (1998) and Mike Krzyzewski (2001). Cathy Rush (2008) was the head coach of the Immaculata College women's team of 1972–1974 that was inducted in 2014.Ten of the inducted coaches were born outside the United States: Cesare Rubini, Aleksandr J. Gomelsky, Antonio Díaz-Miguel, Aleksandar "Aza" Nikolić, Geno Auriemma, Alessandro "Sandro" Gamba, Mirko Novosel, Pedro Ferrándiz, Lidia Alexeeva, and Lindsay Gaze. Ten of the inducted coaches are women: L. Margaret Wade, Jody Conradt, Pat Head Summitt, Sandra Kay Yow, Sue Gunter, Rush, C. Vivian Stringer, Tara VanDerveer, Alexeeva, and Sylvia Hatchell. Four coaches have also been inducted as players: John Wooden, Bill Sharman, Wilkens, and Tom Heinsohn. The most recent inductees in this category, who entered the Hall on September 9, 2016, are Tom Izzo and John McLendon. The latter, who was inducted as a contributor in 1979, is the first individual ever to be inducted as both a coach and contributor.Unlike recent years (such as 2015), in which individuals directly elected by special Hall committees were announced separately from the rest of the class, all 2016 inductees were announced at the same event. Specifically, the announcement of the class of 2016 was made on April 4 during the festivities surrounding the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four in Houston.

List of members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts, honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches, referees, and other major contributors to the sport. It is named after Dr. James Naismith, who conceived the sport in 1891; he was inducted into the Hall as a contributor in 1959.To be considered for induction, nominees must meet certain prerequisites. Players must have been retired for at least three years before becoming eligible. Referees must have either been retired for at least three years, or, if they are still active, have officiated for at least 25 years at high-school-level programs or higher. Coaches must have either been retired for at least three years, or, if they are still active, have coached for at least 25 years at high-school-level programs or higher and from 2020 on must have coached for at least 25 years after reaching the age of sixty years. Those being considered for induction as contributors may be inducted at any time; the Hall of Fame and its committees evaluate whether contributions are significant enough for the nominee to be inducted as a contributor. Teams are also inducted at the committees' discretion.

As of the induction of the Class of 2016 on September 9, 2016, the Hall has formally inducted 354 individuals (174 players, 95 coaches, 4 as both players and coaches, 66 as contributors, one as both coach and contributor, and 16 referees) and 10 teams. The 2016 class consisted of six players, two coaches (one of whom had previously been inducted as a contributor), one contributor, and one referee.The finalists for the class of 2017 were announced on February 18, 2017. The finalists were players Tim Hardaway, Tracy McGrady, Sidney Moncrief, and Chris Webber, coaches Robert Hughes, Rollie Massmino, Bo Ryan, Bill Self, Rudy Tomjanovich, Muffet McGraw, Kim Mulkey, referee Hugh Evans, contributor Rebecca Lobo, and team Wayland Baptist University.

List of players in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts, honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches, referees, and other major contributors to the sport. It is named after Dr. James Naismith, who conceived the sport in 1891; he was inducted into the Hall as a contributor in 1959. The Player category has existed since the beginning of the Hall of Fame. For a person to be eligible on the ballot for Hall of Fame honors as a player, he or she must be fully retired for three years. If a player retired for a short period, then "his/her case and eligibility is reviewed on an individual basis".

As part of the inaugural class of 1959, four players were inducted; over 150 more individuals have been inducted as players since then. Four players have also been inducted as coaches: John Wooden in 1973, Lenny Wilkens in 1998, Bill Sharman in 2004, and Tom Heinsohn in 2015.

Of the inducted players, 25 were also members of teams that have been inducted into the Hall as units.

Henry "Dutch" Dehnert, Nat Holman, and Joe Lapchick were members of the Original Celtics.

William "Pop" Gates and John Isaacs were members of the New York Renaissance. The induction category of another former player for the team, Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton, is subject to dispute; he was originally announced as a contributor, but is now listed with player inductees by the Hall.

Marques Haynes and Reece "Goose" Tatum were two of the most famous players of the Harlem Globetrotters. Three other players who made their greatest contributions with other teams—Wilt Chamberlain, Connie Hawkins, and Lynette Woodard—were members of the Globetrotters at some point in their professional careers. Furthermore, longtime member Meadowlark Lemon has been inducted as a contributor, and the aforementioned Clifton, who briefly played for the team, is (depending on definitions) a member as either a player or contributor.

Walt Bellamy, Jerry Lucas, Oscar Robertson, and Jerry West were members of the 1960 United States Olympic Team.

Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, and John Stockton were members of the 1992 United States Olympic Team, better known as the "Dream Team". In fact, all but one of the players on the "Dream Team" roster (Christian Laettner) have been inducted in the Hall of Fame as individuals.


MaxPreps is an American website that specializes in coverage of American high school sports. The site is owned by CBS Interactive and is a division of CBS Sports.


Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged (a weighted average). Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.Metacritic's scoring converts each review into a percentage, either mathematically from the mark given, or which the site decides subjectively from a qualitative review. Before being averaged, the scores are weighted according to the critic's fame, stature, and volume of reviews.


MetroLyrics is a lyrics-dedicated website, founded in December 2002. The MetroLyrics database contains over 1 million songs performed by over 16,000 artists.

Monolith Productions

Monolith Productions is an American video game developer based in Kirkland, Washington.

Nik Stauskas

Nikolas Tomas Stauskas (born October 7, 1993) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Stauskas played two seasons of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition for the Michigan Wolverines ending with the 2013–14 team before declaring for the NBA draft. Stauskas was drafted eighth overall in the 2014 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings, for which he began his NBA career. Towards the end of his rookie season, Stauskas was tagged with the nickname Sauce Castillo after a closed captioning error resulted in a social media meme. Stauskas, whose family is of Lithuanian heritage, is a member of the Canadian national basketball team.

Stauskas divided his high school years between Loyola Catholic Secondary School, South Kent School and St. Mark's School, leading the latter to back-to-back New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AA Championship Games. The team won the NEPSAC championship in Stauskas's 2012 senior season, and he was the championship game's Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was also selected to the NEPSAC All-Class AA team.

As a freshman for the 2012–13 Michigan Wolverines, he was named Sports Illustrated National Freshman of the Week once, Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week three times and to the Wayman Tisdale Award, United States Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Year, top 12 midseason list. During the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, he earned South All-Regional Team recognition. As a sophomore for the 2013–14 team, Stauskas went on to be named a 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball consensus All-American and was named Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year for the 2013–14 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season. is a website owned by CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation). The site covers television and focuses on English-language shows made or broadcast in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. It emphasizes user-generated content. Australia and UK versions of the website are also available, at and, respectively.


TechRepublic is an online trade publication and social community for IT professionals, with advice on best practices and tools for the day-to-day needs of IT decision-makers.It was founded in 1997 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States by Tom Cottingham and Kim Spalding, and debuted as a website in May 1999. The site was purchased by CNET Networks in 2001 for $23 million.TechRepublic is part of the CBS Interactive business portfolio alongside ZDNet, BNET, SmartPlanet and CBS MoneyWatch.

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