Hollywood Shutdown: Production, Distribution, and Exhibition in the Time of COVID
(University of Texas Press)
Abstract: Hollywood Shutdown examines the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Hollywood beginning with the closure of movie theaters in China over Chinese New Year and ending with Mulan’s bumpy September release on the streaming platform Disney+. One goal of this book is to answer the question: What happened when the coronavirus closed Hollywood? In order to answer this question I look at the pandemic’s effect on production of film and television, the various changes and trends in distribution, and finally the influence on the theatrical exhibition. In each section I consider different aspects of the business and examine studio, network, distributor, and exhibitor choices made during the evolving crisis. This book will be short (30,000 words) and aimed at a general audience.
The maternal health crisis in the U. S.: Communication for survival.
Abstract: Maternal mortality is becoming a “normal” experience in the U.S. as more women die from pregnancy-related complications. Though prevalent in Black women experiences, pregnancy-related complications cut across every race. This panel seeks to discuss communication factors that interplay with pregnant women’s healthcare experiences in the U.S. Specifically, our panel examines different areas of pregnancy-related […]
Mixed methods to examine communication crises: Combining a case study with the experimental method
Additional authors: Manu Bhandari & Kyung Jung Han Abstract: In 2013, U.S. television chef Paula Deen faced a public relations crisis following news reports of a court deposition in which she had admitted using a racial epithet in the past. To investigate questions related to her effectiveness at image repair on issues of race and study the […]