HBO and Feature Film-quality TV

Back in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s, HBO became a major enemy of the motion picture industry. This was primarily due to the fact that HBO bought the rights to so many films owned by the studios, using the guise of convenience and lower price of subscription television to deliver the films to their viewers. HBO […]

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 […]

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 […]

United Hollywood

While reading Cynthia Littleton’s TV on Strike: How Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet, I became interested to see how the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike effected popular shows at the time. In chapter 5, titled “United Showrunners,” I found it interesting how guild members used the Internet to their advantage, just as […]

“Ugh.”

Within the book TV on Strike by Cynthia Littleton, I discovered the intricacies of The Writers’ Strike that began in November of 2007– which was a time I was watching a significant amount of television. It was my sophomore year of high school. To put this in perspective of my personal timeline, I got my […]