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Tony Gervino Named Editor of Billboard

TonyGervinoPicTony Gervino has been named the new editor-in-chief of Billboard. Janice Min, chief creative officer and co-president of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, tweeted the news.

Gervino is a contributor to the New York Times and has served as Hearst Magazines International’s executive editor since 2011. He tweeted that he was “so excited” to join the magazine.

Here’s the internal memo from Min:

Dear Staff:

I am pleased to announce that Tony Gervino has been named editor-in-chief of the Billboard brand. Tony comes to us from Hearst Magazines International, where he was the executive editor overseeing the direction of titles in the company’s Home Design, Men’s Enthusiast, Teen and Women’s Network Groups. Among the brands in that stable are the international editions of Esquire, Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Seventeen, Robb Report, Veranda and Cosmopolitan.

Additionally, Tony has contributed widely to the New York Times, and between 2010 and 2011, he also served as a contributing editor to the New York Times Magazine, where he worked closely with the editor-in-chief. Before that, he was the editor of two cult-favorite publications in New York publishing: Slam (basketball) and Antenna, a men’s fashion and lifestyle magazine. He was the founding executive editor of XXL.

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Former Billboard Editorial Director Points to Egregious Example of ‘Echo Chamber Reporting’

LadyGagaARTPOPOn Monday, BuzzFeed’s Myles Tanzer introduced a whole new audience to Angela Cheng, a pseudonymous music blogger who recently shifted her very questionable act from examiner.com to the URL popmusicgadfly.com.

Entangled in this trail is former Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and industry superstar Lady Gaga. The publication of the BuzzFeed story led Werde to reluctantly chime in via Tumblr and sparked a follow-up post from Cheng on April 1. We’re going to focus on Werde’s post, since it addresses the “Culpability of the Media” and what appears to be some very lazy reporting:

On November 17, 2013, “Sabrina O’Connor” [another mysterious examiner.com blogger byline] posted a story on Examiner.com that claimed Lady Gaga’s Interscope label had spent $25 million to promote her album ARTPOP, which had been released 11 days earlier.

Within days that number had been repeated in seemingly any outlet that could credibly cover such a matter: Business Week; New York magazine; Business Insider. A couple of weeks later, the New York Post published a razor-sharp hatchet job on Gaga, once again, floating the $25 million figure.

(Credit where it’s due: the only outlet I could find that called bullshit, and did it the very next day, was Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411.)

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Turkey Blocks YouTube | NBC Ends Two Sites | Twitter on The Charts

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Turkish Telecoms Authority Moves Against YouTube After Twitter Ban (Reuters)
The Turkish telecoms authority TIB said on Thursday it had taken an “administrative measure” against YouTube, a week after it blocked access to microblogging site Twitter. NYT / The Lede The Turkish government blocked access to YouTube after an audio recording was uploaded to the platform in which the foreign minister and senior military and intelligence officials could be heard discussing the security situation in Syria. WSJ The leaked recording published anonymously purported to show a conversation in which Turkey’s foreign minister, spy chief and a top general appear to discuss scenarios that could lead to a Turkish attack against Jihadist militants in Syria. After the two-part voice file was published, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the TIB requesting that it shutter YouTube. The content represents a “first degree threat to national security,” the ministry said, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency. CNN Turkey’s top media regulating agency announced a similar ban on the broadcast of the conversation to television and radio channels. Turkey’s political elite has been battered by a campaign of wiretap leaks recorded by unknown operatives and distributed daily for more than a month on the Internet. Until Wednesday, all of the wiretaps seemed to be recordings of phone conversations between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his inner circle, government officials and some top corporate executives. Politico The move comes just days before significant local elections. Turkish residents decried the Twitter blockage, which prevented them from using the site in any way. A Turkish court overturned the ban on Wednesday, although it could stay in place until after Sunday’s elections. The Twitter crackdown came after similar information appeared on the site questioning the government’s credibility.

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Idina Menzel Says She and John Travolta Are Now ‘Buddies’

Billboard is teasing its upcoming Idina Menzel cover story, which will be online Monday.

Menzel told reporter Suzy Evans that John Travolta‘s epic Oscars flub threw her for a minute. But only a minute. She has since benefited as much as Slate. On all fronts, it has turned out to be a royale flub with cheese.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Viacom, Google Settle | KOMO Helicopter Crash | CNN Ratings Surge

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Viacom, Google Resolve Copyright Lawsuit (MarketWatch)
Google and Viacom jointly announced Tuesday the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The Associated Press New York-based Viacom filed the $1 billion suit in 2007, claiming that YouTube was aware that thousands of videos on its site were stolen from its TV networks such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. Mashable Viacom later released conversations with Google executives that it claimed showed disregard for copyrights. Google countered that Viacom was uploading its content to YouTube. The case dragged on for years. In 2010, Google’s CFO said the company had spent $100 million on the case. GigaOM The case has been seen as a landmark test of copyright law’s so-called “safe harbor” rules, which can protect website owners from copyright infringement committed by their users. Google won a series of major victories in the case, including last April when a court threw out the case for a second time on the grounds that Google did not have “red flag” knowledge of the infringing shows. The judge had initially dismissed the case in 2010 but an appeals court partially reinstated it, leading to the second dismissal in April. Viacom filed an appeal once again last year, but the sides have now laid the matter to rest, citing a desire for collaboration. LostRemote Before the settlement, Google and Viacom made strides on dealing with piracy. The two companies have inserted filters that flag unauthorized Viacom content and allows the company to take it down from YouTube. SocialTimes Regarding the resolution of this lengthy litigation between them, the two companies made the following statement: “Google and Viacom [Tuesday] jointly announced the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation. This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together.”

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Billboard Adds Chart-Topping Staffers

BillboardLogoThe sweeping hand of Janice Min is at it again. In a memo to staff, the Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group co-president and chief creative officer announced an impressive roster of Billboard hires.

Starting today, Rob Hewitt is the publication’s new design director. He comes to Billboard after three years with Conde Nast Traveler. Hewitt once worked with Min at InStyle and has also held positions at Premiere, GQ and New York magazine.

Joining Hewitt as Billboard art director is Frank Augugliaro, previously with Esquire, alongside several recognizable new reporter and editor names. It’s great for example to see Frank DiGiacomo back in the front-line entertainment journalism mix.

Full memo after the jump.

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Guggenheim Media Makes Changes

Janice Min, co-president/chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, continues to make moves. According to the New York Post, Min has named Mike Bruno Billboard.com’s VP of digital programming, and Will Lee THR.com’s VP of digital content and programming.

Bruno comes to Guggenheim Media from Entertainment Weekly, where he served as EW.com’s assistant managing editor. Lee joins from Penske Media, where he served as VP of strategy.

In other Guggenheim Media news, Shirley Halperin, The Hollywood Reporter’s music editor, is taking on the same role at Billboard.

Billboard Revamps Cover

Here’s the revamped Billboard magazine, featuring “The coolest weirdo,” Beck. Not sure if that’s a compliment or not, but we do like the new look cover.

Janice Min  — who was recently promoted to co-president/chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group — tweeted that Shanti Marlar, Austin Hargrave and Jennifer Laski were behind the redesign. Congrats all, it looks great.

Paul Simon, Sting Kick Things Off in Houston

You know how often it’s the most trivial, youth-driven stuff that goes viral? Well, here’s a potential antidote to all that to start off your February 10-14 week.

Sting and Paul Simon kicked off their two-month tour this weekend in Houston. At one point, they teamed for a great version of the Simon & Garfunkel song “The Boxer,” ending with Sting kissing Simon on the forehead. Enough said.

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Janice Min Announces First Major Billboard Hire

DanaMillerHeadshotWhat better time than Grammy week to share the first big staffing move of the Janice Min-Billboard era? Think of this one as the outright winner of Guggenheim’s Segue of the Year.

That’s because Dana Miller (pictured) is not only crossing over to the very impressive title of executive vice president, marketing/brand development for Billboard. Her responsibilities as such also encompass The Hollywood Reporter, pushing her to the immediate fore of Madison Avenue assistant call lists. From this morning’s announcement:

In this position, effective immediately, Miller will oversee all marketing, events, conferences, partnerships and brand initiatives for the two iconic media brands. Miller will report to Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group, and co-president John Amato.

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