This was the year that Donald Trump dominated and demonized the media. That magazines built around news and analysis (New York, The New Yorker, Time) made the biggest impact, and produced the most eye-catching covers. That The People v. O.J. Simpson, Stranger Things and Samantha Bee ruled the tube—and Megyn Kelly found herself on both sides of the news.
This was also the year that digital platforms, players, obsessions and innovations—from Snapchat to Pokemon Go, Facebook Live, DJ Khaled and Chrissy Teigen—commanded our attention.
Here, we present our annual Hot List, featuring Adweek editors' picks for the year's top magazines, TV and digital media and the executives and content creators who dictate where the business is and where it's headed. Take Amazon's Jeff Bezos, our Media Visionary for 2016, who not only has changed the way we shop but, via his ownership of The Washington Post, is helping to save journalism in a perilous time of real-vs.-fake news.
Here, we also present the winners of our annual Hot List Readers' Choice Poll, which this year generated more than 1.2 million votes at Adweek.com.
As ever, all the terrific content being produced is made possible by the smartest, most creative leaders in the business—aside from Bezos, individuals like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (our Digital Executive of the Year), FX's John Landgraf (TV Executive of the Year), and Hearst's David Carey and Michael Clinton (Magazine Executives of the Year). It is on them that we cast praise, and that a vibrant media industry depends.
Check out all this year's honorees:
- Hottest Magazines
- Media Visionary: Jeff Bezos
- Magazine Executive Team: Hearst's David Carey and Michael Clinton
- Magazine Editor: New York's Adam Moss
- Hottest TV Shows and Networks
- TV Executive: FX's John Landgraf
- TV Creator: Full Frontal's Samantha Bee
- TV News Anchor: Fox News' Megyn Kelly
- Hottest Digital Brands and Products
- Digital Executive: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg
- Digital Creator: Casey Neistat
This story first appeared in the November 28, 2016 issue of Adweek magazine.