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We're Looking for Up-and-comers

10 May, 2007 By: Stephanie Prange

Home Media Magazine and Inc. magazine have formed a venture to look for up-and-coming digital entertainment companies.

We're seeking out private companies that will be the movers and shakers of tomorrow's home media business. We are searching for the 100 fastest-growing private companies in the digital-entertainment business, including video-on-demand Web and cable companies, as well as growing DVD companies.

Companies can enter at Inc5000.com.

Why is this important?

As our business changes and expands its modes of distribution, the next Blockbuster, Netflix or Genius may be just now making its name known.

We aim to catch these companies on the upswing.

This is in keeping with our philosophy at Home Media Magazine of tracking emerging trends. Rather than dread future technology, we will continue to embrace it in our coverage through our high-definition and electronic-delivery sections with an eye toward content suppliers and tech innovators alike.

Home media is going through some growing pains. The Google/YouTube vs. Viacom suit may ultimately decide how content creators and tech innovators are compensated.

But in the end, each will have to make peace with the needs of the consumer. As I've noted before, the younger generation has quite a different idea of home media than my generation. They don't see the means of getting content as uniform. They easily toggle between DVD, TV, DVR and YouTube. We just recently got a DVR from the cable company in our home and my 9-year-old is already more adept at navigating the device than I am.

Home Media Magazine and Inc. are looking for the top private digital-entertainment companies that will serve this growing audience profitably. These are the entrepreneurs that will lead the home media market into the future.

Visit Inc5000.com and see how your company stacks up. If you've got a great revenue story for the digital future, we want to hear from you.

The deadline is May 15.

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