Pandemic Hollywood: Global Media Industries in the Time of COVID-19
(University of Texas Press)
Abstract: In 2020, widespread shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted how we make, distribute, and watch media. Around the world businesses, cities, and borders closed in order to quell the spread of the virus, while Hollywood adapted to many of the changes often relying on its global reach for production networks and distribution. Pandemic Hollywood examines the impact of the pandemic on film and television content, production, workers, distribution, and theatrical exhibition. This book argues that the pandemic revealed existing weaknesses and contradictions of industry production methods and hiring pipelines, while also accelerating the reliance on foreign markets and digital distribution that had been in motion throughout the 21st century. In contrast to Hollywood Shutdown, this book will rely on qualitative interviews and will be aimed at a scholarly audience.