Finding a “Space” for Fandom

Fandom exists all around us and can be found in many different forms of media. It is a feeling that everyone has or will experience in their life, whether it pertains to music, sports, TV shows & film, literature or even individual celebrities. Mark Duffett explains in Understanding Fandom An Introduction to the Study of […]

The Remote Control: The First Handheld Device

It’s interesting to think that the first handheld media device ever to be invented is considered to be the remote control. It was a new piece of technology that drastically changed the experience of watching broadcast television by allowing users the opportunity to control what and how they watched television and in turn, enables passive […]

Digital & Visual Effects with Performance Capture

The development of digital and visual effects in films has progressed drastically through the years. Stephen Prince explains in Digital Visual Effects in Cinema how filmmakers have used technology to create new worlds and characters that were once unimaginable to recreate on film. Within the first chapter of Prince’s book, he explains how Terminator 2: […]

Media Franchising & TV Spin-offs

The franchise exists everywhere around us and is well within our media. Franchises can be found on screen, making the food we eat, the toys and video games we play with, or even the books we read. The franchise business model, as explained by Derek Johnson in Media Franchising – Creative license and Collaboration in […]

Miramax and the new Hollywood Dimension

The rise and fall of Miramax is known throughout the media world as an excellent case study of how a small independent distributor could not only rise up to compete in the big leagues with major motion picture studio films, but also produce a series of independent films and/or niche-products that were able to attract […]

TV On Strike: What led to the growth of Product Placement

Cynthia Littleton’s TV on Strike Why Hollywood Went to War over the Internet is an informative look on how the Writers Guild of America (WGA) banded together to go on strike over the ever-growing media changes brought on to the television industry by the Internet. Starting in 2005, after a series of media innovations, the […]

Empires of Entertainment: Road to Success

Jennifer Holt’s examination of the media industries in relation to each other within her book, Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996, is a very informative and close look at how policies and relationships drastically shifted within the media industries, starting with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the film industries […]