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 writes a weekly column for 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,” Starz, The Hollywood Reporter 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, Boezinger worked for Advanstar Communication for 10 years, 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 and also has oversight of the market research department. 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. Before joining Home Media Magazine in 2003, Gruenwedel was a reporter at Billboard, focusing on the legal issues. During his 15-year print career, Gruenwedel has written for 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.