Call for Submissions: Adweek’s Hot List 2020

We’re looking for the year's best in publishing, TV and digital content

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Adweek's annual Hot List honors standouts in the media, digital, TV and brand landscapes. Adweek
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The media landscape has been transforming dramatically in the past few years, but that was nothing compared to the seismic shifts that have occurred since the pandemic hit in March. Our iconic Hot List, which will be published in print and online on Oct. 26, will also be evolving to reflect the ways in which Covid-19 has transformed the industry.

As always, the Hot List will continue to honor the best in digital media and TV, along with spotlighting a Media Visionary and leading creators and executives.

But we’re introducing some new categories this year—most notably, Hottest Pandemic Pivot, to spotlight the companies that have most successfully adapted to this year’s upheaval—and temporarily retiring a few others for the duration of the pandemic, including publishing’s Hottest in Travel.   

While submissions are not required for consideration, we welcome your suggestions. Please send us no more than 500 words on why your brand is hot no later than Sept. 4. Your submission can be emailed to the following editors:




Here is the full list of this year’s Hot List categories in publishing, TV and digital.


  • Publishing Executive of the Year
  • Publishing Editor of the Year
  • Hottest Magazine of the Year
  • Hottest Magazine Cover of the Year
  • Hottest Design/Photography in a Magazine
  • Hottest Story of the Year
  • Hottest Conversation Starter
  • Hottest Website of the Year
  • Hottest in Business News
  • Hottest Celebrity/Entertainment
  • Hottest in Sports
  • Hottest in Health
  • Hottest in Home and Lifestyle
  • Hottest in Food
  • Hottest in News
  • Hottest in Social Media
  • Hottest in Virtual Events
  • Hottest in Podcasts
  • Hottest in Branded Content
  • Hottest in Subscription Services
  • Hottest in Ecommerce
  • Hottest Series in a New Format (new category)
  • Hottest Medium Expansion (new category)
  • Hottest Pandemic Pivot (new category)


  • TV Creator of the Year
  • TV Executive of the Year
  • Show of the Year
  • Hottest Drama
  • Hottest Comedy
  • Hottest Miniseries
  • Hottest Network for Drama
  • Hottest Network for Comedy
  • Hottest Animated Series (new category)
  • Hottest Kids Network
  • Hottest New Series
  • Hottest Streaming Service
  • Hottest Binge Series
  • Hottest News Network
  • Hottest Show on Social
  • Hottest Reality/Competition Series
  • Hottest Late-Night Host
  • Hottest Network for Unscripted
  • Hottest Branded Content
  • Hottest TV Franchise
  • Hottest Feud (new category)
  • Hottest Pandemic Pivot (new category)


  • Digital Executive of the Year
  • Digital Creator of the Year
  • Hottest Digital Obsession
  • Hottest App
  • Hottest Acquisition
  • Hottest Game
  • Hottest Platform
  • Hottest Gadget
  • Hottest Shopping Platform
  • Hottest Pandemic Pivot (new category)

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.