Denton's Own Hit-Woman: "Gabby"

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Gabrielle Darbyshire

Principal, Framestore Ventures

Greater New York City Area
Online Media
  1. Framestore,
  2. The Daily Dot,
  3. Weber Shandwick
  1. Gawker Media,
  2. Performance Space 122,
  3. Datevine, Inc
  1. Inns of Court School of Law
  1. Company Website
  2. Blog


A Chief Operating Officer with more than 15 years of extensive strategic, legal and operational experience in digital media, content and communications companies.

Specialties: COO, Board of Directors, executive leadership, general and startup management, legal, marketing, strategy, strategic sales, business development, corporate development, fundraising, project management, M&A, licensing, ecommerce, operations, finance, international, human resources, facilities, conference speaking.



  • Principal, Framestore Ventures

    June 2014 – Present (2 years 3 months)Greater New York City Area

    Principal of Framestore Ventures, the incubator/venture arm of Framestore, Inc.
    Developing original IP in the animation, TV, and VR space.

  • Board Director

    The Daily Dot
    April 2016 – Present (5 months)
  • Innovation Council Member

    Weber Shandwick
    April 2016 – Present (5 months)Rochester, New York Area
  • Advisory Board Member

    2014 – Present (2 years)
  • Advisor, Investor

    March 2013 – Present (3 years 6 months)

    * Consultant to digital media companies including Framestore, Storyverse Studios, and Magic Leap.
    * Investor in various start ups in the digital media and technology sectors.
    * Board Advisor at a number of startups including Kanvas Labs (sold to AOL 2015), Serious Eats (sold to Fexy Media 2015).

  • Executive Producer

    February 2013 – Present (3 years 7 months)Greater New York City Area

    Executive Producer of “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” (2015, directed by Alex Gibney)

  • Chief Operating Officer

    Gawker Media
    May 2004 – March 2013 (8 years 11 months)

    Co-Founder and COO of Gawker Media from 2004 until 2013, responsible for Finance, Legal, HR, Business & Corporate Development, Strategy and Operations.

    Involved in all aspects of the business including the launch of new titles, design and product development.

    Launched all non-advertising business lines in international licensing, e-commerce, TV and books.

  • Member of the Board

    Performance Space 122
    April 2007 – June 2012 (5 years 3 months)Greater New York City Area

    Performance Space 122 provides incomparable experiences for audiences by presenting and commissioning artists whose work challenges boundaries of live performance. PS122 is dedicated to supporting the creative risks taken by artists from diverse genres, cultures and perspectives. We are an innovative local, national and international leader in contemporary performance. – See more at:

  • Founder

    Datevine, Inc
    2007 – 2009 (2 years)

    The Datevine was a local recommendation engine which launched in six cities in the USA and Europe.

  • COO

    Oriel Wines
    January 2003 – April 2004 (1 year 4 months)

    Chief Operating Officer at Oriel Wines, responsible for all aspects of the launch of a new global wine brand – including production and distribution operations and package design and sales – of wines from more than a dozen regions in four continents.

  • Director of Strategy
    September 2000 – July 2002 (1 year 11 months)San Francisco Bay Area

    Director of Strategy at, managing multi-million dollar projects building technology platforms for the non-profit industry, typically United Ways and Community Foundations.

  • Director of Business Development and Legal Affairs

    March 2000 – September 2000 (7 months)San Francisco Bay Area

    Director of Strategy and Legal Affairs at eGroups (now Yahoo!Groups), responsible for company strategy, corporate and business development.

  • Management Consultant

    The COBA Group
    May 1997 – February 2000 (2 years 10 months)

    Management consultant in London advising Fortune 500 clients in the high tech, pharma and financial services industries across Europe, specialising in strategy and M&A.

  • Barrister-at-Law

    UK Bar
    September 1994 – April 1996 (1 year 8 months)

    General common law barrister (litigator) specialising in environmental, civil, criminal and human rights law.

  • Co-Founder

    1992 – 1995 (3 years)

    LINK was a charity created to help support the appeals of inmates on death row in the Commonwealth.

    Working with the legal profession throughout the UK to donate recent copies of standard law practitioners textbooks, and with the Jamaican Council of Human Rights as our partner in the Caribbean, we provided thousands of copies of one or two year old texts to colleges and students free of charge in Jamaica, and sold copies at affordable prices ($10-20 instead of $450) to practitioners who otherwise had no access to valuable materials: and used the proceeds to pay for the appeals of death row inmates in Jamaica.


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  • Inns of Court School of Law

    Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law; Harmsworth Scholar, Barrister-at-law, Bar of England and Wales
    1993 – 1994
  • City University

    Dip.Law, Law; Harmsworth Scholar
    1992 – 1993
  • Cambridge University

    BA Hons, MA Hons, Natural Sciences (Maths, Chemistry, Philosophy); Shell Scholar
    1988 – 1991

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Causes Gabrielle cares about:

  • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Human Rights