Another Take on Synergy

What it is? Where do we see it? And how has it influenced our access to media? The first image that appears in my mind upon hearing the word synergy, is the act of working together. I think about that harmonious scene from Elf  when the camera zooms onto the table in the middle of Santa’s work shop […]

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 […]

Work It Out: Company Culture and the Construction of Entertainment Empires

In her book, Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, Jennifer Holt discusses the development of broadcasting networks and cable in the modern age, specifically focusing on the process of deregulation. Beginning with the presidency of Richard Nixon in 1969, the elimination of regulatory rules that limited entertainment companies’ ability to integrate […]