The Association of Talent Agents: A Light in the Dark that is the Entertainment Industry

As far as guilds and unions go in the entertainment industry, it seems that you only really hear about a few of them. During various strikes, organizations such as the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild have gained public interest, and therefore have become slightly more familiar to the average American. What […]

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 […]

Josh Friedman, The Terminator and The Strike

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was a continuation of the Terminator series. It ignored the third installment of the series – Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) – and picked up where Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). At the time, it was a relatively successful drama. It was rated as the most popular original scripted drama series of the 2007-2008 season. Fox picked […]

We deserve it.

Rights and money have crossed paths in various forms of history, whether it being undeserved, deprived, or in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) during 2007-2008 case, credit. A guild is an association of artisans or merchants who oversee the practice of their work in a particular area. “Guilds have historically been seen by actors, […]

Writing and Editing Reality

Despite the fact that me and many of my friends and relatives would consider me a cinephile, I still love reality TV. I’d probably consider it one of my guilty pleasures – it’s not smart entertainment, but it’s entertainment nonetheless. To be clear, the types of shows that I like to watch don’t include those […]

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 […]

If Video Killed the Radio Star, What Killed the Video?

  The near-extinction of Blockbuster came as a surprise for many. It wasn’t long ago that “Blockbuster was practically untouchable,” says Jennifer Holt, author of Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996. According to her, it once dominated the home video market, owning 25% of existing video stores and still earning […]

“Empires of Entertainment”: The War on Studios

HBO, the premium TV network that made its debut in 1972, harbors some of TV’s most groundbreaking and renowned programs. Over the past few years, it has gained even more attraction due to the popularization of shows such as Game of Thrones, and the many additional features that come with the HBO packet, such as […]

“You’ve Got to Censor Television, You Fools!”: Why the FCC Regulates Content on Radio and Broadcast TV

One of the things that first struck me when reading Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment was the key decision the federal government made about cable television in regards to regulation: to regulate it in the same manner as the print and film industries, rather than in the manner of broadcast television and radio. It’s an easy […]

The Monopoly in the Home: Television Regulations – 1950’s to Now

There’s a lot to consider when you talk about the world of entertainment and the companies and conglomerates that run the industries that comprise that world. Jennifer Holt’s book, Empires of Entertainment, touches on many of these industries, their major players, and the history of their regulations and rules. One area that’s been all the […]