AT&T and Time Warner: Attack of the Corporate Giants

If you consume your current events and worldly affairs with a hint of humor and sarcasm, than you may have heard of a man named John Oliver. In Sn 4 Ep 24 of his show, Last Week Tonight, which aired on September 24, 2017, he addresses the rise in corporate mergers which makes big business […]

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 […]

Crowds Contra Creativity and the Re-Imagination of Media Franchises

The schema for media franchising in America leaves a lot to be desired when observed closely. Derek Johnson, the author of Media Franchising: Creative License and Collaboration in the Culture Industries, extensively outlines the evolution of conglomeration and franchising in a Hollywood context. As a disclaimer, Johnson states that the variety of sources he interviewed […]

Deregulation & Disruption: A Tyrannical Cycle

Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996 presents a case-by-case narrative of rampant and farcical capitalism through an American lens, packed with media moguls and expansive conglomerates. Holt rightly states that: “[This was a] Gilded Era for the entertainment industry — one that witnessed unprecedented growth, new developments, and […]

Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch, Media Consolidation, Globalization, and catchy titles.

Jennifer Holt, assistant professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the author of Empires of Entertainment. Her novel provides an in-depth look at the political tactics and corporate maneuvers executed by heavy players within the film, broadcast, and cable industries, respectively. Holt meticulously traces their histories from the 1980s […]

Deregulation and the Politics of Convergence

Empires of Entertainment by Jennifer Holt provides an in-depth description of the recent history of cable conglomerates. Throughout the conclusion, however, she references the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which is one of the largest changes in US telecommunications law since the Communications Act of 1934. This significance applies to the underlying foundation of our senior […]