This was the year Breaking Bad, Candy Crush and BuzzFeed commanded our attention, Cosmo went from the bedroom to the boardroom, and Jimmy Fallon got a big promotion. Also, Rolling Stone stoked fury (and newsstand sales) with the most controversial magazine cover of the year, Netflix did its damnedest to put TV out of business, and we learned what it means to "lean in." In our annual list of the most sizzling media brands and media people, these did the most outstanding job building audience, business and buzz in 2013. From ratings to unique visitors and circ, from ad sales to cultural influence, our editors spent months eyeballing a range of metrics (and yes, arguing with each other) to determine these picks. Here's to the winners, and to bringing the heat.
Hot List Gala
This year’s winners are toasted at the first Hot List Gala, held Dec. 2 at Capitale in New York and hosted by Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong.
The inaugural Media Visionary Award goes to the CEO of Clear Channel and creator of MTV. Read a profile of Pittman in the Dec. 16 issue of Adweek.