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 current structure of these industries has evolved and how this structure impacts the production and distribution of cultural products. Providing a critical view without taking a political stance, Kunz focuses on film and TV in order to give an in-depth portrait of these industries and their dynamic relationship to each other. Ideal as a supplement for a variety of media courses_such as media and society, policy, economics, and criticism_this student-friendly text includes synopses of key media regulations and policies, discussion questions, a glossary, and interesting sidebars.

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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. 


Why Ownership Matters
Conglomeration in the Motion Picture Industry
Conglomeration in the Broadcast Television Industry
Patterns of Ownership in Motion Picture Distribution
Patterns of Ownership in Prime Time Network Programming
Conglomeration in Cable and Satellite Television Systems and Services
Why Ownership Matters Revisited
Discussion Questions
Terms and Concepts
Selected Bibliography
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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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