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A New Generation, A New Look

12 Sep, 2011 By: Stephanie Prange

Putting together our “40 Under 40: The Under 40 Hot List” for the magazine this week was a revelation. In such an established business, it is interesting to see how many executive up-and-comers are working on the digital frontier as well as in the established packaged-media business.

The home entertainment industry is undergoing more change than perhaps it ever has, with a growing cadre of delivery options to bring entertainment directly to the consumer, both physically and digitally. A new generation of future leaders is helping the veterans chart a new course for the home entertainment business, and Home Media Magazine is proud to honor them.

From digital, marketing and sales executives working at the major studios and independent suppliers to siblings in the family DVD business, our “Under 40” list runs the gamut of the home media business. Also included are executives from the retail front, both in the physical and digital realm. There are Ph.D.s and M.B.A.s and executives long on experience for their relative short stint in the business. We also included some executives who oversee such creative ventures as disc extras, as well as some with pure technical know-how, who have helped push home entertainment into the digital age.

It is fitting that our celebration of the under-40 set coincides with the launch of a new, more sleek and updated design for the magazine. In updating our look, we attempted to make the content pop on new technologies such as mobile phones and iPads, as well as in physical form. The magazine is now easier to hold and read, I think. The new logo calls out the “ME” in Home Media Magazine, and that’s intentional. It’s a nod to the increasingly personal nature of home entertainment. Dad can watch an action blockbuster on the giant flat screen, while mom catches a TV episode on her iPad as she waits in line at the store. Meanwhile, the kids can catch a flick on a phone or iPod as they fly to see Grandma.

Media consumption is changing, but what doesn’t change in the value of good content.

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