Author: Tobias Steiner

SHOULD STREAMING SERVICES BE SUBJECT TO LOCAL QUOTAS? by Liz Giuffre

Local television outlets are essential places for the development and dissemination of local content. However, if you’re in a market that is anything other than America, the capitalist side of the industry has long fought against this – with commercial broadcasters in particular looking at cheap and reliable imports rather than necessarily investing in local productions. Cue another repeat of The Big Bang Theory. There are, of course ,exceptions to this- and nothing succeeds quite like a home grown version of a game, panel or reality show- what Frances Bonner so beautifully summed up as “Ordinary Television”. As streaming...

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A CRISIS IN BBC DRAMA? OR WHY I STOPPED WORRYING AND LOVED REALITY TV BY Elke Weissmann

Have you been watching Doctor Foster? Or Rellik? Or Strike? No? Me neither. Doctor Foster apparently drew over 8 million viewers to one of its episodes, but judging from my facebook feed, they were not impressed. Rellik scrapes around the 4 million mark, whilst Strike managed around 5 million. Other dramas such as Liar and Victoria on ITV are gaining similar figures. This means that most of these programmes reach between 20 and 30% of the available audience. These are respectable figures. However, in comparison to the soaps (Coronation Street is watched by approx. 8 million people regularly, EastEnders...

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ADVENTURES IN ACADEMIC PUBLISHING: IF YOU ONLY READ ONE BOOK THIS YEAR… by Richard Hewett

… don’t worry; you’re still doing better than most modern undergraduates. Welcome back everyone – and what better way to start the academic year than with a good read? After what seems (to me) like an eternity, my first book – The Changing Spaces of Television Acting – was at last published at the end of August, and I have since been busily promoting it via whatever means possible. This onslaught arguably began with a blog on this site back in May 2016, when I foolishly promised the world that the book would be out later that year. How...

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Call for Abstracts: “Broadcasting health and disease. Bodies, markets and television, 1950s-1980s” @Wellcome Trust, Feb 19-21, 2018. Deadline: Nov 1, 2017.

Date: 19-21 February 2018 Location: Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London, UK The conference is organized by the ERC funded research group BodyCapital, and hosted by Wellcome Collection. Throughout the age of television health and body-related subjects have been presented and diffused into the public sphere via a multitude of forms, ranging from short films in health education programmes to school television, from professional training to TV ads, from documentary and reality TV shows to TV news, but also as complementary VHS and similar video formats circulating in private and public spheres. From live transmission of daunting surgical operations...

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CfP: Celebrity Studies Journal, Special Issue: “Where is the Star?”. Deadline: Nov 3, 2017.

Where is the Star?: Special Issue of Celebrity Studies Journal (eds. Martin Shingler and Lindsay Sternberg)* The Celebrity Studies Journal is planning a special issue on film stars and stardom, co-edited by Martin Shingler and Lindsay Steenberg. This will explore the current state of celebrity studies and celebrity media culture by focussing specifically on the work of film stars within this arena. Given accessible platforms such as Instagram and Twitter permitting new forms of celebrity and notoriety, to what extent do film stars remain integral to public perceptions of fame across the globe? With contemporary transnational media culture in mind, this special issue aims to take stock of the concept of film stardom in relation to celebrity by asking the basic question, ‘where is the star?’ Essays of either 3500-4000 or 7000-8000 are sought that examine how film stars function as celebrities in various parts of the world and transnationally. This includes some studies of individual stars. Other essays might usefully consider theoretical and methodological approaches to film stardom for understanding and investigating how film stars operate within the wider arena of contemporary global celebrity. If this is of interest to you, please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief biographic statement to wheresthestar@gmail.com by November 3rd 2017. We will be in contact with prospective contributors in early December...

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