Digital divides? UK film council strategy and the digital screen network

Boyle, R. (2015) Digital divides? UK film council strategy and the digital screen network. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 11(1), pp. 3-20. (doi: 10.1386/macp.11.1.3_1)

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In retrospect it is easy to identify digital technology and the disruptive nature of the internet as two key factors shaping the broader screen landscape over the last decade or so, but how did organizations deal with that process at the time? This article examines the role that digitization and its wider ramification across the UK film industry’s patterns of distribution and exhibition played in both the strategic thinking and operational practice of the UK Film Council (UKFC) during its lifetime (2000 – 2011). It draws on interviews with key policy shapers and asks was the UKFC too slow to identify the transformative impact that digital would have on all areas of the film industry? By focusing on the origins and implementation of the Digital Screen Network is examines the impact of this programme on the UK film industry. It also offers insight into the organizational challenges of shaping digital film policy in an international industry.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:digital media, film policy, UK Film Council, digital policy
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boyle, Professor Raymond
Authors: Boyle, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Research Group:Centre for Cultural Policy Research
Journal Name:International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics
Publisher:Intellect Ltd.
ISSN (Online):2040-0918
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Intellect Ltd.
First Published:First published in International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 11(1):3-20
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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