Below the Stars: How the Labor of Actors and Extras Shapes Media Production
Austin: University of Texas Press.
Abstract: Despite their considerable presence in Hollywood, extras and working actors have received scant attention within film and media studies as significant contributors to the history of the industry. Looking not to the stars but to these supporting players in film, television, and, recently, streaming programming, Below the Stars highlights such actors as precarious laborers whose work as freelancers has critically shaped the entertainment industry throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. By addressing ordinary actors as a labor force, Kate Fortmueller proposes a media industry history that positions underrepresented and quotidian experiences as the structural elements of the culture and business of Hollywood.
What US Spanish Language TV’s Primetime Tells Us about Latinx/Hispanic Culture
ABSTRACT: According to the Pew Research Center, the Hispanic population in the US reached 62.1 million in 2020, a 23% increase from 2010. This increase is faster than the nation’s growth rate of 7%. These numbers warrant and do get attention, but the nuances of the culture that underpins them and that is present under […]
Chadha, K. & Andy Kavoori (forthcoming). “Asia’s shifting television landscapes” in Kim. Y (ed.) Media in Asia (Routledge). This article explores television landscapes in Asia. Exploring both past and emergent trends it argues that whereas nation-states in Asia originally saw foreign, particularly Western, media flows as an existential threat to local culture and identity, and […]