The 2019 Hot List: The Digital, Publishing and TV People and Brands That Shined Brightest

Adweek's picks for the year's best in a crowded media space

The annual list also includes our Media Visionaries; Game Changer of the Year; Publishing, Digital and TV Executives; TV and Digital Creators; and Editor of the Year. Adweek
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Despite all the buzz surrounding TikTok, Snap, Netflix and Fortnite, this year’s Hot List honorees also include OGs, as some legacy media brands continue to show new players who’s boss.

Adweek’s Media Visionaries, who grace our cover, are the executive producers of Friends—David Crane, Marta Kauffman and Kevin Bright. Yes, that’s right, Friends. The beloved NBC comedy classic that just celebrated its 25th anniversary continues to find new fans, thanks to Netflix (and in 2020, WarnerMedia’s HBO Max).

Meanwhile, our TV Creator of the Year, Chuck Lorre, has a 20-year winning streak that won’t quit. He wrapped up CBS’ The Big Bang Theory 12-year run in May and has four TV shows in play, including Big Bang prequel Young Sheldon and Netflix’s The Kominsky Method.

Then there’s The New York Times’ Meredith Kopit Levien, evp, COO, who’s our Publishing Executive of the Year. Kopit Levien has had a banner year, focusing on growing digital subs and innovations with brand partners.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Hot List, which honors many other digital, publishing and TV people and brands that shine bright in the crowded media space. —Lisa Granatstein

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This story first appeared in the Oct. 21, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.

@lgranatstein Lisa Granatstein is the editor, svp, programming at Adweek.