About Us

Media Play News is the voice of the home entertainment industry. We cover all aspects of personal entertainment from the moment it leaves the movie or TV screen and is readied for viewing in the home, in the car, on a tablet or on a smartphone.

We give you exclusive, insightful industry information and act as your personal content aggregator. From the latest industry trends to product news and market intelligence, we tell you what’s important and what it means to your business.

Media Play News delivers your message to all segments involved in getting entertainment into the hands of the consumer – through a 24/7 website, a daily e-newsletter, breaking news alerts, and a monthly magazine that is available both in print and in digital editions.

We reach major studios, independent suppliers, technology companies such as Microsoft and Roku and a growing number of distributors of digital content. Each year, our print publication reaches further outside our industry as well as to consumers through bonus distribution at such major conventions as the International CES in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Entertainment Summit (LAES) and the American Film Market (AFM) conference.

Media Play News stories and research are cited in top consumer publications such as USA Today and The Wall Street Journal and in reports from some of Wall Street’s top financial analysts. We get picked up by leading news services, websites and bloggers, and many of our stories appear simultaneously in Media Play News and Variety.

Meet the Team:

Thomas K. Arnold, Publisher and Editorial Director, Media Play News: Thomas K. Arnold has been covering the home entertainment industry for nearly three decades. For more than 12 years he was the Publisher and Editorial Director of Home Media Magazine, the home entertainment industry’s weekly trade publication. He joined Video Store Magazine, Home Media’s predecessor, in 1991. Arnold is a frequent contributor to Variety and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, summits and other events, including CES and Digital Hollywood. He has written for The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times, and appeared on television to talk about home entertainment issues on CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and the G4 network’s “Attack of the Show.” Arnold also served as the executive producer of The Home Entertainment Summit, a key annual gathering of studio executives and other industry leaders, and has given speeches and presentations at a variety of other events, including Home Media Expo and the Entertainment Supply Chain Academy. Arnold is an alumnus of San Diego State University, where he majored in Business Management and minored in Journalism.

PrangeStephanie Prange, Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief, Media Play News: Stephanie Prange since 2007 has been Editor in Chief of Home Media Magazine. The Yale University graduate joined what was then Video Store Magazine in 1993 and was instrumental in transitioning the publication into a tabloid newsweekly. She spearheaded the publication’s reviews section, as well as aggressive coverage of the home video sales market. She also helped launch the magazine’s Web site in 1996. In her position as editor-in-chief since 2006, she has spearheaded the launch of such projects as the daily blast, transmitted via email each day to readers, and Agent DVD, a consumer publication aimed at genre enthusiasts who attend Comic-Con International in San Diego. She has freelanced for The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times and several different parenting publications. She has an Master of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California.

BoezingerIIJohn Boezinger, Associate Publisher and Advertising Director, Media Play News: John Boezinger has been the Associate Publisher of Home Media Magazine since 2010, managing the print and digital sales teams and magazine circulation. Before joining Home Media Magazine in  September 2007 as an Account Executive, Boezinger worked for Advanstar Communications, Home Media Magazine‘s former parent company, for 10 years. He worked in sales management as well as in inside and outside sales for three different vertical industry groups: Automotive, Powersports and CRM. Boezinger graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has an MBA from California State University at Long Beach.

LatchemJohn Latchem, Executive Editor, Media Play News: A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, John Latchem worked as a newspaper editor and did freelance work for such publications as The Hollywood Reporter before joining Home Media Magazine in 2005. As Executive Editor he oversees editorial production of our monthly print and digital editions and also has oversight of the market research department. In addition, Latchem manages and edits our reviews. While at Home Media Magazine Latchem was responsible for the launch of Agent DVD, a consumer publication published during the annual Comic-Con International trade show and convention in San Diego.

ErikErik Gruenwedel, Senior Editor, Media Play News: Erik Gruenwedel for more than a decade was Senior Editor at Home Media Magazine, serving as the publication’s key news reporter. He continues to hold this role today, spearheading our news coverage and also writing news features. Before joining Home Media Magazine in 2003, Gruenwedel was a reporter at music industry trade publication Billboard, focusing on the legal issues. During his 15-year print career, Gruenwedel has written for trade publications covering the bicycling, homecare, advertising (Adweek), and spa and pool industries. He has a degree in journalism from California State University at Northridge, as well as an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Mike Clark, Contributor, Media Play News: Mike Clark is our veteran classic movie buff, contributing reviews on a regular basis of newly issued Blu-ray Discs and DVDs of celebrated theatrical blockbusters as well as more obscure movies from the golden days of Hollywood and before.  From 1985 to 2009, Clark was senior film critic and home entertainment columnist for USA Today. Before that, Clark programmed approximately 150 film series and 5,000 individual titles over eight years as program planner, and eventually director, of the American Film Institute Theater (then located in Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts).  He also spent a year as film critic for the Detroit Free Press. A contributing editor to Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide since 1973, Clark also is an elected member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Allison Gritton, Creative Director, Media Play News: Allison Gritton joined Media Play News in time to produce our first print issue in January 2018. She has spent most of her career self-employed, working as creative director, art director/graphic designer and web developer. She has served clients throughout the United States in multiple industries producing corporate identity packages, marketing and advertising materials, large format and point-of-sale packaging and display, publications and catalogs. She also has  developed websites. Gritton and her team have worked on projects for colleges and universities, hospitals and clinics, medical device inventors, not-for-profit organizations, food service corporations, retailers, multi-national corporations and entertainment companies.

Sara Lesher, Social Media Marketing Manager, Media Play News: Sara Lesher is the newest member of our team, joining us in January 2019 as a Social Media Marketing Manager. She is currently a student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, studying English and Integrated Marketing Communications. She has internship experience in the digital marketing field along with specialized coursework. Sara currently manages the Instagram account for Media Play News and will be graduating from Cal Poly in June 2019.