The Evolution of the Entertainment Industry

It is quite remarkable how the entertainment industry has evolved over the years as time has passed from decade to decade. Films are now at our fingertips with online streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video and Xfinity. Broadcast has also evolved as well as they are even channels that show films on a regular basis like FX or […]

Response to Empires of Entertainment

In Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996, Jennifer Holt aims to sketch a broad, yet detailed trajectory of the political, legal and economical changes as well as their consequences on the formation and transformation of the media industry in the United States. Holt’s arguments stress on the claim that telecommunications, […]

The Regulation of Entertainment

Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996 addresses the main concerns and issues while giving a detailed history of the deregulation and convergence. This time period of 1980 to 1996 was a very important time of rapid growth and controversy for the entertainment industries, with mergers and antitrust violation disputes […]

The Cable Wars: The Primordal Cable War for Dominance

Empires of Entertainment allows for the readers to delve into the world of television before the cable era and the changes that were brought about by the new market. The 1980s helped to shape the face of modern television by forming television into a more profitable medium. Amongst the various events and acquisitions that she […]

Reaction to “Empires of Entertainment” and the Rise of HBO

Jennifer Holt’s book Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996 traces the deregulation and development of the media industry. Her first chapter 1980-1983: Film Versus Cable was of particular interest to me. It is interesting to follow along the growth of HBO, especially knowing the tremendous success and growth they have […]

Thoughts on “Empires of Entertainment”

Jennifer Holt’s Empire of Entertainment presents an overview of rapid and widespread vertical integration of the cable and film industries in the 80s and 90s. Prior to the drastic restructuring of the industry described by Holt, film studios operated under strict anti-trust regulations imposed by the federal government. The Paramount decrees of 1948 hit the […]

Empires of Entertainment

Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment is a detailed history of the control of the markets, and large media conglomerates came to be. The book details the ongoing debates between the cable companies, and the Hollywood studios and broadcasters leading up to the Telecommunications act of 1996. This act, ultimately, deregulated market rules for media conglomerates, […]

Empires of Entertainment (continued)

I found Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment to be filled with relevant, and overall fascinating information about the conglomerates that provide us with film and television, and the ever-changing landscape they inhabit. While the legal disputes between studios and things of that nature discussed in this book have never been a topic I have been […]

My Reactions/Thoughts: Empires of Entertainment

Through reading Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment, I learned a number of interesting, and at times, unsettling things about the media industries and the policies (or lack there of) that allowed media conglomerates to form and thrive to this day. Four discussions throughout various chapters in the book were of particular interest to me and […]

Reactions to “Empires of Entertainment”

My primary concern when reading “Empires of Entertainment” was that the system was inherently unfair, regardless of the time period or media focus. Deregulation focus (and thus economic advantage, in many cases) moved between cable, networks, distributors, film producers, etc. Not only was the deregulation directed at whoever had the most money or strongest alliances, […]