Billboard magazine on Monday named Tony Gervino its new editor-in-chief.
Gervino, who begins the role on April 28, will report directly to Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group.
As executive editor of Hearst Magazines International, Gervino oversaw the editorial direction of all magazines across several groups. His 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 and Popular Mechanics.
Gervino also contributed to the New York Times, writing features, columns and conducting interviews for its Sports section. He also wrote artist profiles for the Arts & Leisure section of NYTimes.com, and essays and Q&A’s for the New York Times Magazine.
In 2010 and 2011, Gervino served as a contributing editor to the New York Times Magazine, where he helped relaunch, conceptualize and edit sections including “The Ethicist.”
“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.”
“Billboard is the platform that the music business speaks from,” Gervino added. “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.”
Current Billboard editor Joe Levy will assume a new role as editor-at-large, returning 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 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 vice president of digital content. Bruno previously worked at Entertainment Weekly, where he 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 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.