Tony Gervino Named Billboard Editor-in-Chief

Tony Gervino
Tony Gervino
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Tony Gervino has been named editor-in-chief of Billboard, it was announced Monday.

Gervino was previously executive editor of Hearst Magazines International, where he oversaw the editorial direction of the international versions of magazines in Hearst's home design, men's enthusiast, teen and women's network groups, including Esquire, Seventeen, Popular Mechanics and Robb Report.

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Gervino starts April 28 and will report to Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group.

Current Billboard editor Joe Levy will assume a new role as editor-at-large, in which he will return to writing as well as editing and developing feature reporting, covers and special content for the magazine and website.

Billboard recently launched real-time Twitter tracking charts in partnership with the microblogging platform.

"Tony has both the editorial vision and newsroom drive to lead Billboard into its next act," Min said in a statement. "His enthusiasm and knowledge for music and editing, plus a demonstrated track record in the creation of compelling content on both a niche and mass scale make him an excellent choice for Billboard."

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Gervino has also contributed widely to the New York Times, writing features, columns, Q&As and profiles, including serving as a contributing editor for the New York Times Magazine, working with The Hollywood Reporter's current acting editor Hugo Lindgren, who was then editor-in-chief of the Times Magazine.

"Billboard is the platform that the music business speaks from," Gervino said. "With millions of fans connecting to the artists, songs, labels, producers and albums they love through the Billboard brand, we're in the truly incredible position of being able to influence music around the world. I can't overstate how exciting an opportunity this is for me, both on a professional and personal level."

Gervino previously created and launched the award-winning Antenna magazine and, prior to that, oversaw NBA-license magazines like NBA Inside Stuff, Hoop and more than 200 official game-day publications.

Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter are both owned by Guggenheim Media.

Read the full release announcing Gervino's appointment below.


GUGGENHEIM MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP NAMES TONY GERVINO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF BILLBOARD

New York, NY (April 7, 2014) — Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group announced today that Tony Gervino has been named editor-in-chief of the iconic music brand. Gervino, who previously was executive editor at Hearst Magazines International, starts April 28 and will report directly to Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group.

"Tony has both the editorial vision and newsroom drive to lead Billboard into its next act, " said Ms. Min. "His enthusiasm and knowledge for music and editing, plus a demonstrated track record in the creation of compelling content on both a niche and mass scale make him an excellent choice for Billboard."

"Billboard is the platform that the music business speaks from," said Mr. Gervino. "With millions of fans connecting to the artists, songs, labels, producers and albums they love through the Billboard brand, we're in the truly incredible position of being able to influence music around the world. I can't overstate how exciting an opportunity this is for me, both on a professional and personal level."

As executive editor of Hearst Magazines International, Gervino was responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of all magazines in the company's Home Design, Men's Enthusiast, Teen and Women's Network groups. Those duties included oversight of all editorial staff decisions, the launch of new titles and the creation of brand initiatives for magazines including Esquire, Car & Driver, Popular Mechanics, Seventeen, Robb Report and House Veranda.

Gervino also has contributed widely to the New York Times, writing features, columns and interviews for its Sports section, artist profiles for the Arts & Leisure section of NYTimes.com, and essays and Q&A's for the New York Times Magazine. Between 2010 and 2011, Gervino also served as a contributing editor to the New York Times Magazine where he worked closely with then editor-in-chief Hugo Lindgren to reformat and relaunch the magazine, conceptualizing and editing sections like Food, "Look," "What They Were Thinking" and "The Ethicist."

In 2007 Gervino created and launched the award-winning Antenna magazine as well Scratch, Fuego and Striker while editorial director of Harris Publications and, during an earlier term at Harris, Slam, Blitz and Hardball magazines. Prior to that, as editor-in-chief and then vice president of editorial for Professional Sports Publications Gervino oversaw NBA-license magazines including NBA Inside Stuff and Hoop, as well as more than 200 official game day publications.

Current Billboard editor Joe Levy will assume a new role as editor-at-large, marking a return to writing, while also editing and developing feature reporting, covers and special content for the magazine and website. Levy was previously chief content officer of Maxim, where he led both editorial and brand strategy for the magazine, and, prior to that, editor-in-chief of music title Blender. Levy—considered one of the most influential and experienced editors in music journalism—also served as executive editor of Rolling Stone and senior editor at Details after stints as an editor at Village Voice and Spin.

Billboard also recently announced the hire of Mike Bruno as VP of digital content from Entertainment Weekly, where he had led content and launched the brand's digital news division as executive editor/news director.

Guggenheim Media recently announced a major restructuring of Billboard with Min leading all aspects of the brand—including its magazine, conference franchise and online platform, Billboard.biz—as co-president and chief creative officer of the company's Entertainment Group. In this capacity, Min continues to lead The Hollywood Reporter, another property of Guggenheim Media.

Billboard recently made headlines with the announcement of Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts, the industry's first-ever Twitter tracking charts. Under the multi-year partnership, Billboard will track U.S. music conversations each day via millions of Tweets.

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