Television production: configuring for sustainability in the digital era

Doyle, G. (2018) Television production: configuring for sustainability in the digital era. Media, Culture and Society, 40(2), pp. 285-295. (doi: 10.1177/0163443717717634)

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Over recent years leading independent television production companies in the UK and internationally have become prime targets for corporate activity and many have been subject to takeover, often by US media groups. Why is it that nurturing the development of television production companies which achieve scale but, at the same time, remain independent appears to be so challenging? This article considers which factors are crucial to the success of television production businesses and argues that, aside from the ability to make compelling content, two key variables which strongly affect commercial success and sustainability in this sector are, first, effective management and exploitation of intellect property rights (IPRs) and, second, scale and configuration of activities. Focusing primarily on the latter, it analyses how changing technological and market conditions are affecting the advantages conferred by size and by adopting differing cross-ownership configurations thus, in turn, fuelling current processes of industrial re-structuring

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Television production, independent producers, scale, ownership structure, vertical integration, corporate configuration, intellect property rights (IPRs).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Doyle, Professor Gillian
Authors: Doyle, G.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Media, Culture and Society
Journal Abbr.:MCS
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1460-3675
Published Online:11 July 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Author
First Published:First published in Media, Culture and Society 40(2):285-295
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
714001Television Production in Transition: Independence, Scale and SustainabilityGillian DoyleEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/N015258/1CCA - THEATRE FILM AND TV STUDIES