Power doesn’t come easily in the digital content world.
Despite the buzz about the iPad or Foursquare, audiences and revenues generated by programming on PCs and wireless devices are still a pittance compared with such established media as film and TV. But, measured by the more intangible metric of influence, even the slightest innovation can portend big changes to come in the evolving media business.
Which makes the accomplishments of the 50 men and women highlighed in The Hollywood Reporter’s third annual Digital Power issue worth noting. To best reflect an industry sector that flouts tradition, Digital Power isn’t a traditional “power” list.
No amorphous quantifications of clout here; these simply are the people you need to watch if you want to stay abreast of how the content business is being revolutionized.
That guiding principle applies to execs at white-hot success stories like Twitter and turnaround specialists trying to work their magic on beleaguered assets like MySpace.
If there’s one quality that epitomizes all of these people, it’s ambition. Look no further than this year’s Digital Power Player honoree, David Eun, who left Google in March to head content efforts at AOL, a company that has reprioritized to make content its true focus.
If taking a business once known as the Internet’s gateway and remaking it into a Time Inc. for the 21st century doesn’t represent a power play, nothing does.
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President, AOL Media & Studiosread more
President, Warner Bros. Technical Operationsread more
Perrette president, digital and affiliate distribution, NBC Universalread more
Senior vp, digital networks, Sony Pictures Entertainmentread more
Partner and co-founder, Believe Entertainment Groupread more
President, East Coast, Alloy Entertainmentread more
Director of developer network, Facebookread more
Senior vp programming and advertising, Flo TVread more
Executive vp, global products, Fox Mobile Groupread more
Vp, business development, Rokuread more
Vp and GM, Sony Corp.read more
Vp, Internet services, Appleread more
Senior vp, digital media, business development & strategy, Starz Medi...read more
Senior vp and GM, CNN.comread more
Executive vp, digital media, MTV Networksread more
Senior vp and online entertainment, Comcastread more
President and CEO, Epixread more
Executive vp, digital distribution and business development, MTV Netw...read more