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 […]

Sequels Everywhere: Contextualizing the Fast-Burn of Recent Blockbuster Films

On July 30th, 2008, Zach Beane published a series of interactive stream graphs that display the box office earnings of major Hollywood films on a weekend-to-weekend basis. These graphs offer some interesting insight into the box office trends of a given year, especially regarding the staying power of certain films over others. Indeed, this ongoing struggle […]

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 […]