In honor of vinyl, the medium that along with radio cemented Billboard‘s place in the media firmament, we’ve got an A-side and B-side for this story.
The A-side is a gargantuan press release (and mirrored article version) blasted out last night announcing that Janice Min has been promoted to co-president/chief creative officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media. In partnership with John Amato, formerly overseeing Backstage, her duties will now also encompass the re-invigoration of Billboard:
“The combination of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter under one editorial voice creates a true entertainment super-brand,” said Min. “I’m excited to be at the center of two organizations so influential in driving the conversation in popular culture. The breaking news, personalities and glamour — all wrapped in a sophisticated media environment – that the two brands deliver make for a thrilling combination.”
The B-side is outgoing Billboard editorial director Bill Werde’s Twitter feed. Befitting a B-side, the sounds are sweeter, more intimate:
It would have been nice if the A-side had found room for a quote of thanks and mention of Werde, who in his own way had been capably revitalizing the brand. Meanwhile, among the many questions now are: 1) How will this Min move impact the day-to-day of Guggenheim Digital Media CEO Ross Levinsohn?; 2) Will Min spend more time in New York?; and 3) What sort of staff changes will be forthcoming at Billboard?
In his piece about the big Billboard news, David Carr addresses 3) in his final para:
Asked about changes in staff at Billboard, Ms. Min pointed out that most of the employees who were at The Hollywood Reporter when she took over remained there.
Previously on Mediabistro:
So What Do You Do, Shirley Halperin, Music Editor for The Hollywood Reporter?