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The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry

The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry

Paul McDonald (Editor), Janet Wasko (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-13387-6

Feb 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

348 pages

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$127.95

Description

The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry is a collection of essays by leading scholars that examines the state of the U.S. film industry, from the l980s to present day.

  • Includes important discussions of the industry’s labour and star systems, as well as intellectual property and state relations
  • Considers the role of independent producers, the global marketplace for Hollywood product, corporate changes, and various new media windows, including video, DVD to cable, satellite, and online channels of delivery
  • Brings together an international team of leading film scholars
  • Offers a balanced and fresh approach to this important contemporary period in Hollywood
About the Contributors.

Figures and Tables.

Preface.

Introduction.

Part I: The Structure of the Industry.

1. The Studio System and Conglomerate Hollywood.

Tom Schatz.

2. Finance and Production: Creating the Film Commodity.

Janet Wasko.

3. Distribution and Marketing in Contemporary Hollywood.

Philip Drake.

4. Theatrical Exhibition: Accelerated Cinema.

Charles Acland.

5. Ancillary Markets – Television: From Challenge to Safe Haven.

Eileen R. Meehan.

6. Ancillary Markets -- Video and DVD: Hollywood Retools.

Frederick Wasser.

7. Ancillary Markets -- Video Games: Promises and Challenges of an Emerging Industry.

Randy Nichols.

8. Ancillary Markets – Recorded Music: Charting the Rise and Fall of the Soundtrack.

Jeff Smith.

Part II: Industry Dynamics.

9. Hollywood Labor Relations: The Effects of Media Concentration on the Film and Television Workforce.

Susan Christopherson.

10. The Star System: Producing Hollywood Stardom in the Post-Studio Era.

Paul McDonald.

11. Hollywood and the State: The American Film Industry Cartel in the Age of Globalization.

Manjunath Pendakur.

12. Hollywood and Intellectual Property.

Ronald V. Bettig.

Part III: International Territories.

13. Hollywood and the World: Export or Die.

John Trumpbour.

14. Britain: Hollywood UK.

Paul McDonald.

15. France: A Story of Love and Hate.

Joel Augros.

16. Germany: A Very Special Relationship.

Peter Kramer.

17. Italy: The Rise and Fall of the Italian Market.

Krishna P. Jayakar and David Waterman.

18. Latin America: How Mexico and Argentina Cope and Cooperate with the Behemoth of the North.

Tamara L. Falicov.

19. East Asia: For Better of Worse.

John A. Lent.

20. India: Hollywood’s Domination, Extinction and Re-animation (with thanks to Jurassic Park).

Nitin Govil.

21. Australia and New Zealand: Expats in Hollywood and Hollywood South.

David Newman.

Index

"Its purpose is to explain the Hollywood 'industry' with industrial-strength clarity. Mission accomplished." (CHOICE)

  • A student-friendly text that examines the state of the Hollywood film industry from the 1980s to present day and charts its development

  • Includes important discussions of the industry’s labour and star systems, as well as intellectual property and state relations

  • Considers the role of independent producers, the global marketplace for Hollywood product, corporate changes, and various new media windows, including video, DVD to cable, satellite, and online channels of delivery

  • Brings together an international team of leading film scholars

  • Offers a balanced and fresh approach to this important contemporary period in Hollywood