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First Look Media is an American media organization founded by Pierre Omidyar in October 2013 as a venue for "original, independent journalism".[1][2]

First Look Media
nonprofit organization Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryMass media
FoundedOctober 2013; 6 years ago (2013-10)
FoundersPierre Omidyar
ProductsInvestigative journalism, new media
SubsidiariesThe Intercept, The Nib, Field of Vision, Topic Studios, Press Freedom Defense Fund Edit this at Wikidata


The project is a collaboration with Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Laura Poitras with a promised $250 million in funding from Omidyar.[2][3][4] The organization has announced plans to support multiple publications, the first of which is The Intercept, which launched in February 2014. On March 10, 2014, the company announced the addition of Gawker editor John Cook as editor-in-chief of The Intercept,[5] as well as Natasha Vargas-Cooper and Andrew Jerrell Jones as writers for the site.[6] In June 2014, it was announced that Morgan Marquis-Boire was joining First Look Media as the Director of Security.[7]

A second publication was announced in February 2014 that would focus on financial and political corruption, headed by Matt Taibbi. Although the name of the publication has not been publicly announced, the name Racket has been reportedly chosen.[8] The publication was to be launched autumn 2014[9][10] but in October, it was reported that Taibbi was on leave after "disagreements with higher-ups".[11] On October 28, Omidyar stated in a press release that Taibbi had left First Look.[12]

In December 2014, First Look Media announced the launch of, a social media news service led by Andy Carvin.[13] However, in August 2016, said FLM has "chosen to part ways with us," and was planning to shut down.[14]

In February 2015, senior investigative reporter Ken Silverstein, who had been hired in December 2013, announced his resignation. Writing in Politico, Silverstein described First Look as "a slowly unfolding disaster, not because of editorial meddling from the top, but because of what I came to believe was epic managerial incompetence. …For all of the bean counting and expense account-approving that Omidyar's organizational structure imposed on us, they were shockingly disinterested in the actual journalism. …Top management was so aloof that it was hard to figure out who was in charge."[15]

In January 2015, Betsy Reed joined as the editor in chief of The Intercept, replacing John Cook.[16] Shortly thereafter, she hired Charlotte Greensit as managing editor in April 2015.[17]

In February 2016 First Look Media announced they would be partnering with Matt Bors to relaunch The Nib.[18]

In 2017, First Look Media launched the photo and video website[19] Topic Studios was also launched as part of this.[20] They have helped produce Roman J. Israel, Esq.,[21] Risk,[22] Spotlight and Leave No Trace.[23][24]

In May 2017, First Look Media relaunched the Press Freedom Defense Fund[25] to fund first amendment court cases.[26]

In June 2019, First Look Media decided to stop funding The Nib and laid off its staff as of the end of July 2019.[27]


First Look Media began partnering to produce podcasts in 2016.[28] Shows include:


  1. ^ "About - First Look Media". First Look Media. 2018.
  2. ^ a b Jay Rosen. "A First Look at NewCo's structure".
  3. ^ "The extraordinary promise of the new Greenwald-Omidyar venture (UPDATED)". Columbia Journalism Review.
  4. ^ "Here's Who's Backing Glenn Greenwald's New Website". Reuters via HuffPo.
  5. ^ Kafka, Peter. "Gawker's John Cook Joins First Look Media". Re/code. Retrieved 2014-03-10.
  6. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (2014-03-10). "The Intercept Welcomes Its New Editor and Two New Writers". The Intercept. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  7. ^ "Morgan Marquis-Boire Joins First Look Media as Director of Security". First Look Media.
  8. ^ Barr, Jeremy (2014-08-20). "Matt Taibbi's First Look Media project looks like it's called 'Racket'". Politico. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
  9. ^ Somaiya, Ravi (2014-02-19). "Start-Up Site Hires Critic of Wall St". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  10. ^ Taibbi, Matt (2014-08-12). "Matt Taibbi Expands Team for Upcoming Digital Magazine" (Press release). First Look Media. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  11. ^ Somaiya, Ravi, "Matt Taibbi Is on Leave Only Months After Joining First Look Media", The New York Times, October 28, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  12. ^ Omidyar, Pierre (2014-10-28). "Important Announcement" (Press release). First Look Media. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
  13. ^ Andy Carvin. "Welcome to". Retrieved 2014-12-08.
  14. ^ "Andy Carvin Talks About First Look Media Shutting Down". Fortune. 2016-08-08. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  15. ^ Silverstein, Ken, "Where Journalism Goes to Die: Glenn Greenwald, Pierre Omidyar, Adnan Syed and my battles with First Look Media", Politico, February 27, 2015. Retrieved 2015-2-27.
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  18. ^ "Matt Bors Brings The Nib to First Look Media - First Look Media". First Look Media. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  19. ^ First Look Media Launches as Visual Storytelling Destination (Exclusive)
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  28. ^ Wang, Shan (29 June 2016). "First Look Media is building a new platform that aims to include everything from films to podcasts". NiemanLab. President and Fellows of Harvard College. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  29. ^ Kedas, Jeannie; Michaels, Morgan; Friedman, Taylor; Wethington, Kari (15 February 2014). "First Look Media Announces Missing Richard Simmons". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway Company. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
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External linksEdit

  • Official website  
  • Field of Vision
  • My Next Adventure in Journalism, Pierre Omidyar. 16 Oktober 2013. Archiviert vom Original am 9 Februar 2014; retrieved, 10 February 2014. Quote: "As many of you know, I’ve had an interest in journalism for some time now. I’ve been working on Civil Beat for three years and through my philanthropic work at Omidyar Network and Democracy Fund, we’ve supported many efforts around the world related to media, citizen engagement, and government transparency and accountability."