Writer denied credit for Thor: Ragnarok

The purpose of writers guild of America is to negotiate contract terms with writers for movies and shows. Writers should be paid for their work ethically but the guild is a contract and whatever the contract states, should it be followed? Credits are an indicator to who did the most of the work on a […]

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility (to please the fans and not be greedy)

The last decade has redefined the capabilities of a movie franchise with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In an unprecedented cinematic event, The Avengers (2012) was a culmination of five years of stand-alone superhero films starting with Iron Man (2008) in which all those heroes fought side by side in a big budget production. Seeing […]

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 […]

In the Form of Crunching Numbers: Data at Its Most Inisidious

“The 21st Century is a digital book… Your bank records, medical histories, voting patterns, emails, phone calls, your damn S.A.T. scores… [the] algorithm evaluates people’s past to predict their future.”

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 […]

The Success and Failure of the Movie Sequel

When you think of movie sequels, does the word profit come to mind? When you begin to type into Google “why do sequels…”, the first word the site suggests to complete the sentence is “fail”, so for most people, the answer to that question is probably no.  Yet it generally depends on the franchise, as […]

Mutant Freaks and Movie Geeks: How Franchises Harness the Power of Niche “Nerd” Communities

Film franchises are not all action figures and video games; there is a complex web of financial agreements underpinning the lucrative Hollywood industry. According to author Derek Johnson in his book Media Franchising: Creative License and Collaboration in the Culture Industries, film franchises have not always been the moneyhouses they are today. The practice claims […]