Culture Conglomerates: Consolidation in the Motion Picture and Television Industries

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Law - 262 pages
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This succinct overview explains conglomeration and regulation in the film and television industries, covering its history as well as the contemporary scene. Former producer William M. Kunz shows how the structure of these industries has evolved and how this structure impacts the production and distribution of cultural products. Ideal as a supplement for a variety of media courses, this student-friendly text includes synopses of key media regulations and policies, discussion questions, a glossary, and entertaining boxed features.
  

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Kunz is lost at sea like the Skipper. His monstrous ego shines thru with every sentence. But all you have to do is take a closer look at his resume to realize he is another TV industry washout and far from any sort of businessman - just a run of the mill professor publishing or perishing. Mergers and Acquisitions are a business trend and a necessity - all industries ride that wave at some point. He has solid command of the English language, I'll give him that at least. 

Contents

Why Ownership Matters
1
Conglomeration in the Motion Picture Industry
15
Conglomeration in the Broadcast Television Industry
55
Patterns of Ownership in Motion Picture Distribution
105
Patterns of Ownership in Prime Time Network Programming
133
Conglomeration in Cable and Satellite Television Systems and Services
165
Why Ownership Matters Revisited
217
Discussion Questions
226
Terms and Concepts
231
Selected Bibliography
245
Index
252
About the Author
262
Copyright

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William M. Kunz is assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington at Tacoma. He has also worked as a vice president and senior producer at Turner Broadcasting and as a producer with ABC Sports and NBC Sports.

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