Billboard Hires Conniff As Executive Editor

Tamara Conniff is joining the staff of Billboard as executive editor, effective Aug. 23.

Tamara Conniff is joining the staff of Billboard as executive editor, effective Aug. 23.

Conniff will co-manage the global editorial staff of Billboard with Ken Schlager, who continues in his role as executive editor. The publication's search for an editor-in-chief continues.

Conniff comes to Billboard from fellow VNU Business Media publication The Hollywood Reporter, where she has served as music editor for the past four years. Earlier this year, she added the title of senior editor of Amusement Business in charge of all music and touring coverage.

In addition to overseeing the print publication, Conniff and Schlager will have editorial responsibility for online properties, and Entertainment Law Weekly; the Billboard conferences; and Billboard's ambitious slate of digital entertainment, touring, Hispanic and global music initiatives.

For her new post, Conniff will relocate from Los Angeles to New York. Like Schlager, she will report to John Kilcullen, president and publisher of Billboard Information Group.

"Tamara will be very active in the market to keep our readers in tune with the talent, trends, insights and deals impacting their businesses today and in the future," says Kilcullen. "Her fluency in five languages, her in-depth knowledge of touring, digital entertainment and the global music business will be invaluable as we expand the scope of Billboard's services to our worldwide readership."

Conniff says of the move, "I am honored to be joining the Billboard team. I have the greatest respect for the magazine and the expertise of its writers and editors, who have been my colleagues for years. I believe my inside knowledge, diverse experience, and insights into the industry will bring relevant perspectives, depth and access to Billboard at a time of enormous change and equally exciting opportunities in the music industry. I can't wait to get started."

Prior to joining VNU, Conniff was a member of the launch team of Entertainment Drive, one of the first entertainment Web sites delivering daily information. At Entertainment Drive she oversaw all editorial and Web production.

Conniff has covered all aspects of the music industry. She has written for the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe and has been interviewed as a music expert on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, MTV, VH1 and BBC Television.

A classically trained pianist, Conniff is the daughter of Ray Conniff, the late composer, arranger, trombonist and bandleader.