Of Webisodes and Writer’s Guilds: ABC’s “Lost” and the 2007 Writers’ Strike

I grew up in a family of Lost fans. While the series was airing on ABC from 2004-2010, I distinctly remember witnessing my parents, my older brother, and even my aunts and uncles excitedly discussing theories and episode recaps with one another. While I didn’t watch the show until years after that contentious finale was […]

A Closer Look at the Disney vs. Netflix Debacle

Jennifer Holt remarks in her book Empires of Entertainment that “just six conglomerates now dominate the global media marketplace, sharing the common traits of convergence, consolidation, and a major international presence along with the apparent drive to ‘control everything’…” (2) Disney is one of these six key players—as has been remarked upon in other posts […]

Sequels Everywhere: Contextualizing the Fast-Burn of Recent Blockbuster Films

On July 30th, 2008, Zach Beane published a series of interactive stream graphs that display the box office earnings of major Hollywood films on a weekend-to-weekend basis. These graphs offer some interesting insight into the box office trends of a given year, especially regarding the staying power of certain films over others. Indeed, this ongoing struggle […]

Talk Shows that Talk Bros: the McElroys, the Greens, and the Appeal of the Advicecast

What is it about brothers giving dubious advice that the Internet loves so much? Enter John and Hank Green, and Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, prominent artists in their own right and all-around digital renaissance men. Of the latter label, Michele Hilmes writes in On a Screen Near You: The New Soundwork Industry that “a Media […]

Issa Rae, Crowdfunding Queen

Like many a creative in today’s entertainment industry, Issa Rae wears a lot of hats: producer, writer, actress, and most recently, Covergirl, just to name a few. You may know her best as the creator and star of the HBO series Insecure, a comedy-drama that explores the contemporary black female experience through the best friendship of […]