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Spin Names New Editor-in-Chief

Billboard.biz Editor Jem Aswad Succeeds Ousted Caryn Ganz

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SpinMedia has named Jem Aswad the new editor-in-chief of Spin, succeeding Caryn Ganz, who was ousted last week.

Jem Aswad is Spin's third top editor since its acquisition by BuzzMedia last summer.
Jem Aswad is Spin's third top editor since its acquisition by BuzzMedia last summer.

Mr. Aswad was most recently the editor of Billboard.biz and previously held editing jobs at MTV News and Time Out New York. "This is probably the job I dreamed about most when I first moved to New York as a 22-year-old freelance writer," Mr. Aswad said in a statement. Joining Mr. Aswad as deputy editor will be longtime Spin contributor Rob Harvila.

Since acquiring Spin magazine last July and shutting down the print edition, SpinMedia -- BuzzMedia at the time of the acquisition -- has seen two top Spin editors to the door. Weeks after the acquisition, the company laid off 11 employees at Spin, among them high-ranking editorial staffers including editor-in-chief Steve Kandell.

The company is not planning any new hiring or layoffs, a SpinMedia spokesperson said.

"We have great confidence that Jem's operational skills, diverse digital experience and vision will help drive Spin's performance even further," said Spin Music General Manager Jeff Leeds in a statement. "We're also enormously fortunate to have Rob's unimpeachable ear and sure hand to help guide our team forward."

SpinMedia owns or represents 46 sites including Stereogum and Celebuzz. In April it bought Vibe magazine with plans to operate it, like Spin, as a digital property.

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