Dr. Kate Fortmueller

Assistant Professor, Entertainment & Media Studies

About: Kate Fortmueller teaches courses in media studies and media writing. Her research focuses on media industry studies with an emphasis on labor.

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Ph.D., Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
M.A., Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
B.A., Government and Italian Studies, Smith College

Research Interests and Activities
Dr. Fortmueller’s work combines political economy, media industries studies, and cultural studies. Her research on actors and below the line talent utilizes both archival evidence and ethnographic methods to explore historical and contemporary issues for people working in film, television, and digital production. Her work appears in Television & New Media, Spectator, and is forthcoming in The Journal of Film and Video, and Film History.

Encounters at the Margins of Hollywood Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: After World War II, changes in film production finance encouraged US studios to take advantage of foreign financial incentives and locations. Bhowani Junction (1956) typifies many of these runaway productions, but an explanation of its financial logic provides only a US-centric perspective, failing to account for Hollywood’s increasingly global position. Archival material provides the […]

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Pay to Play Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: This article examines the often-overlooked industrial ecosystem of performer labor. A complex economy surrounds the work of “being an actor” in Los Angeles. In their quest to be cast in film and television roles, many actors come in contact with ancillary businesses, which support and facilitate the central production and distribution goals of the […]

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Teaching Specialties
Dr. Fortmueller’s courses are designed to help students understand the relationship between media studies and media making while giving them a fuller understanding of media histories. Prior to teaching in Grady College, she taught in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and at Fairfield University.

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New EMST faculty member researches media industry labor

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