Hollywood awards publication GoldDerby.com has been acquired by Penske Media Corporation, the website announced on Tuesday.
Offering news and analysis on the horse races for the Oscars, Golden Globes and others, the site will operate as a standalone publication in the PMC space alongside similar holdings in Variety and Deadline.com.
“After 15 years of intense jockeying, sprinting and occasional spills, Gold Derby has finally reached an impressive finish line — we’ve been acquired by Penske Media Corporation. That’s the equivalent to winning the Kentucky Derby. Or, better, it’s like winning the Oscar,” O’Neil gushed in a blog post.
O’Neil went on to thank PMC chairman and CEO Jay Penske among other ranking executives. He also touched on a former business partnership with the Los Angeles Times.
“Our derby trotted along just fine until 2005 when the Los Angeles Times called one day, asking us to join their effort to help to launch their FYC franchise, The Envelope. We struck a license deal that resulted in Gold Derby and our message boards moving over to LATimes.com … but throughout it all I was frustrated by the fact that Oscar, Emmy and Grammy fans couldn’t make picks, too,” he wrote.
“So, in 2010, I made a bold, and rather expensive, decision. I relaunched GoldDerby as a stand-alone site with a heavy emphasis on prediction functionality. Over the past five years we’ve since worked hard to expand and refine the experience while continuing to polish up our edit coverage.”
19 Biggest Emmy Snubs and Surprises: 'Empire,' Tatiana Maslany, and 'The Big Bang Theory' (Photos)
Snub: "Empire," Fox Drama Series "Empire" skyrocketed to become TV's top-rated drama in its freshman year, but apparently that wasn't good enough for the Academy.
Surprise: Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black," Lead Actress - Drama Tatiana Maslany finally got an Emmy nod, and it only took her playing eight characters on one show to get it.
Snub: "The Big Bang Theory," CBS Comedy Series "The Big Bang Theory" has become almost an automatic nomination, and while it's nice to see new blood, we didn't necessarily expect it.
Surprise: Anthony Anderson (pictured left), "Black-ish" Lead Actor - Comedy Fresh off hosting the "BET Awards," Anthony Anderson scored his first Primetime Emmy nomination for the breakout ABC comedy. To be fair, "Hang Time" was on Saturday mornings.
Snub: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" Lead Actress - Drama It's 2013 all over again for last year's Best Actress winner Juliana Margulies. The Golden Globes didn't forget her -- what's up, TV Academy?
Snub: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" Lead Actor - Comedy Rough one for "BBT" and its resident all-star Jim Parsons and four-time winner. His six-year nomination streak ends exactly right there.
Snub: Terrence Howard, "Empire" Lead Actor - Drama Voters showed the love for Taraji P. Henson's Cookie, but nothing for Lucious? Terrence Howard had a super-busy year -- he has two TV shows on Fox alone -- but he's still seeking his first Emmy recognition.
Surprise: Keegan-Michael Key (pictured left), "Key & Peele" Supporting Actor - Comedy The chrome-domed comic gained fame for playing Luther, President Obama's "anger translator," and now he has an Emmy nod to show for it.
Snub: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey" Supporting Actress - Drama The veteran actress won the award for the first two seasons of the historical drama and earned noms for the last two -- but her Dowager Countess was abandoned after season 5.
Snub: Mandy Patinkin (pictured right), "Homeland" Supporting Actor - Drama Though "Homeland" returned to the Best Drama race, Patinkin was passed over after getting nominations for the last two years.
Surprise: Michael Kelly, "House of Cards" Supporting Actor - Drama The character actor scored his first Emmy nomination for playing political fixer Doug Stamper in Netflix's Washington, D.C.-set drama.
Snub: "Survivor's Remorse," Starz Drama Series Starz had high hopes for the LeBron James-produced drama about a rookie NBA player -- but fell short of the rim.
Snub: "Jane The Virgin," The CW Comedy Series The rookie series earned recognition from the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Television Awards, but the Emmys continue to have a bias against CW shows.
Snub: Judith Light, "Transparent" Supporting Actress - Comedy While "Transparent" stars Jeffrey Tambor and Gaby Hoffman both got noms, the Academy overlooked the former "Ugly Betty" nominee who plays the ex-wife of Tambor's late-in-life transgender woman.
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Surprise: Niecy Nash, "Getting On" Supporting Actress - Comedy The actress is the lone nomination for the critically acclaimed but low-buzz HBO sitcom, which is set in a hospital's geriatric care unit.
Surprise: Gaby Hoffman, "Transparent" Supporting Actress - Comedy The actress scored two nominations, for her guest role on HBO's "Girls" as the sister of Adam Driver's character as well as her role as the dysfunctional youngest daughter of transgender professor Maura Pfefferman
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Snub: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (pictured right) and Eric Stonestreet (left), "Modern Family" Supporting Actor - Comedy Though "Modern Family" scored its sixth straight nom for Best Comedy, several members of its much-honored cast got the could shoulder, including five-time nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson and three-time nominee (and two-time winner) Eric Stonestreet.
Surprise: Emmy's new "Two Percent Rule" leads to eight nominations instead of usual six Supporting Actress - Comedy Under Academy rules, the number of nominees can grow if additional contenders are within 2 percent of the votes of the sixth (and final) nominee. So an already competitive category is bursting with familiar names (Julie Bowen, Mayim Bialik, Allison Janney) as well as newcomers (Niedy Nash, Gaby Hoffman, Kate McKinnon).
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