The Paradox of Neoliberalism

When reading Empires of Entertainment (Holt) I was struck by one particular quote; “Robert Britt Horwitz explains in The Irony of Regulatory Reform (1989) that deregulation incorporated a “surprisingly heterogeneous” political coalition that was aligned against continued government regulation.” (Holt, 12) The phrase “surprisingly heterogeneous” regarding the state of media landscapes rings true even almost […]

Viacom’s Empire History

Viacom is one of the top entertainment companies in the entertainment industry. Viacom began as a spin off media entertainment company from CBS in 1971. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Viacom was becoming bigger and bigger with the strategy of merging with other programs. During this time, Viacom owned television and radio stations as […]

Is Disney Still On Top?

    According to Jennifer Holt’s book, Empire of Entertainment, Walt Disney dominated the box office since nearly 1984 when Jeffrey Katzenberg left Paramount to lead Disney. Holt calls this a renaissance period for Disney. Between 1991 and 1996, Disney was still top of the box office and Warner Bros. was the only other close […]