Handmaidens of consolidation in the UK television production sector

Paterson, R. (2021) Handmaidens of consolidation in the UK television production sector. Journal of Media Business Studies, (doi: 10.1080/16522354.2021.1952037) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

This article analyses the role of intermediaries in the evolution of the UK TV production sector tracking the processes which in the past two decades have underpinned consolidation in the UK TV production sector. The research involved elite interviews with executives at ten UK Independent production companies and two financial intermediaries as well as trade bodies and civil servants. The epistemic work of intermediaries shape transactions in a way that aligned with the buyers’ desire to grow their portfolio of companies by establishing the fitness of companies for acquisition. Through classification, clustering and sorting, they confirm the notion (Knorr Cetina and Preda 2001, 30–31) that knowledge can be treated as a commodity – ‘a more or less valid representation of the world which is “inscribed in and constitutive of economic objects as relevant to the practical activities of economic agents” and purposefully assembled.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paterson, Mr Richard
Authors: Paterson, R.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts
Journal Name:Journal of Media Business Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:1652-2354
ISSN (Online):2376-2977
Published Online:19 July 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Author
First Published:First published in Journal of Media Business Studies 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
173128Television Production in Transition: Independence, Scale and SustainabilityGillian DoyleEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/N015258/1Arts - TF&TV Studies - Professor Carl Lavery