After the gold rush: industrial re-configuration in the UK television production sector and content

Doyle, G. and Barr, K. (2019) After the gold rush: industrial re-configuration in the UK television production sector and content. Media, Culture and Society, 41(7), pp. 939-957. (doi: 10.1177/0163443719857640)

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Recent technological and market changes in the television industry appear to have transformed the corporate configurations which conduce to economic success in the production industry. As a result, many leading independent television production companies in the United Kingdom and elsewhere across Europe have become prime targets for corporate activity and many have been subject to takeover, often by the US media groups. Does this matter? Does the concept of ‘national’ television content still have any relevance in the digital era? Drawing on a multiple-case-study-based analysis of several UK-based television production companies over recent years, this article examines how corporate takeovers in the production sector may affect creative decision-making and impact on the nature and quality of television content. Against a background of increased investment interest from multinationals in indigenous players in the United Kingdom and across Europe, the analysis presented makes a timely and policy-relevant contribution to knowledge.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Doyle, Professor Gillian and Barr, Dr Kenneth
Authors: Doyle, G., and Barr, K.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Media, Culture and Society
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1460-3675
Published Online:20 August 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Media, Culture and Society 41(7): 939-957
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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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