CBS Interactive

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

CBS Interactive Inc.
CBS Digital Media Group
IndustryOnline media
Founded1992 (1992)
Headquarters235 Second Street, ,
Key people
Marc DeBevoise (President)
RevenueUS$602 million (CBS, 2009)
Number of employees
2,080 (CNET, 2006)
ParentCBS Entertainment Group

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.


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 within 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 Twitch to be the only exclusive online broadcaster of their Pro Circuit competitions, as well as for advertising representation.[8][9]

On November 4, 2019, Variety reported that Lanzone would leave CBSi after 9 years to become an executive in residence at Benchmark Capital, and would be succeeded by Marc DeBevoise.[10]


General entertainment

The CBS Interactive entertainment brands are, the online home of CBS, an American network television channel, the OTT services CBS All Access and Pluto TV; 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,[11] a review aggregation website for games, music, television and movies; Comic Vine, news, reviews, and forums about comics; and GameRankings,[12] 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; and CBSN,[13] 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.[14]


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,[15] news, information, resources, and forums for IT professionals; and ZDNet,[16] technology news, reviews, and videos for technology and business professionals.

Video games

CBS Interactive's video games brands are GameFAQs,[17] 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,[18] 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.[19]

See also



  1. "All Brands - CBS Interactive". Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  2. Cynthia Littleton. "Marc DeBevoise Named CEO of CBS Interactive as Jim Lanzone Joins Benchmark Capital". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  3. "CBS Interactive Chief Jim Lanzone To Exit, Marc DeBevoise Named New CEO". Forbes Media LLC. Forbes. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  4. "Music site bought by CBS". BBC News. May 30, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
  5. "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. 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. Littleton, Cynthia; Littleton, Cynthia (November 4, 2019). "Marc DeBevoise Named CEO of CBS Interactive as Jim Lanzone Joins Benchmark Capital". Variety. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  11. "CNET Networks Acquires". August 8, 2005. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  12. "What happened to GameRankings in February 2009?". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  13. Weprin, Alex. "CBS News readies 24-hour 'CBSN' digital network". POLITICO Media. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  14. "CBS Interactive". Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  15. Heim, Sarah J. "CNET Acquires TechRepublic". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  16. staff, CNET News. "CNET Networks completes ZDNet acquisition". CNET. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  17. "GameFAQs is moving to a new domain in February". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  18. Shaw, Gillian (October 11, 2011). "MetroLyrics acquisition by CBS Interactive a high note for Canada's new media". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  19. Jack Otter (March 27, 2012). "BNET is now CBS". CBS News. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
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