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Terrains of Media Work: Producing Amateurs and Professionals in the 19th-Century United States Jay Hamilton

Abstract: One of the most habitual assumptions about media work today is that it consists of the realms of amateur and professional. But, precisely because it is so habitually assumed, it deserves sustained analysis. This article investigates the reproduction of the foundational terrain of media work as that composed of amateur and professional realms. A specific lens on this process is the youth […]

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What US Spanish Language TV’s Primetime Tells Us about Latinx/Hispanic Culture Carolina Acosta-Alzuru

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 […]

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Asia’s shifting television landscapes Anandam Kavoori

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 […]

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Will it travel? The Local vs. Global Tug-of-War for Telenovela and Turkish Dizi Producers Carolina Acosta-Alzuru

ABSTRACT: Long-established telenovela production powerhouses face new opportunities and threats that complicate the differences between their local and global audiences. In addition, new non-Latino-American players, such as Turkey, have been displacing telenovela producers in several markets, including on their own turf. Turkish dramas—dizis—have made a global footprint giving Turkey a 25% share of the international […]

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Aşk is Amor: The Turkish Drama Goes to America Carolina Acosta-Alzuru

ABSTRACT: Once upon a time, the primetime grids of Latin American countries were populated only by telenovelas, a genre that was watched in over 130 countries around the world. At that time, distributors of Turkish content would attend television global markets and sell nothing.  Those times are gone. Today, Turkish dramas (dizis) have taken the place […]

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Media Imports and the One-Inch Barrier: Translation Debates in the Pose-Parasite Era Laurena Bernabo

Abstract: This chapter aims to explore popular discourses surrounding Parasite and other media imports in the U.S. vis-à-vis translation practices like dubbing and subtitling. I use Parasite as an entry point to critically examine how the public, be it in the form of online articles or tweets, makes sense of translation practices through the privileged lens of U.S. culture […]

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From Riches to Rags: The Decline of Venezuelan Telenovelas Carolina Acosta-Alzuru

ABSTRACT: In 1994, economist Abdel Güerere classified telenovelas as Venezuela’s most important non-traditional export and envisioned a prosperous future for this media product. In 1999 the country produced 8–12 telenovelas a year. Today no telenovelas are produced in Venezuela and the country’s once powerful telenovela industry is virtually invisible in the international market. Based on […]

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Hollywood Unions Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: Hollywood Unions is a unique collection that tells the stories of the unions and guilds that have organized motion picture and television labor: the DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, and WGA. The Hollywood unions represent a wide swath of the workers making media: from directors and stars to grips and make-up artists. People today know some […]

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Hollywood Shutdown: Production, Distribution, and Exhibition in the Time of Covid Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: Hollywood Shutdown examines how the COVID-19 pandemic affected film and television production, influenced trends in distribution, reshaped theatrical exhibition, and altered labor practices. From January movie theater closures in China to the bumpy September release of Mulan on the Disney+ streaming platform, Fortmueller probes various choices made by studios, networks, unions and guilds, distributors, […]

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Below the Stars: How the Labor of Actors and Extras Shapes Media Production Kate Fortmueller

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 […]

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