A Companion to Media Authorship

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Jonathan Gray, Derek Johnson
John Wiley & Sons, Feb 12, 2013 - Social Science - 576 pages

A Companion to Media Authorship offers 28 groundbreaking chapters which investigate the practices, attributions, and meanings of authorship. Revitalizing the study within media and cultural studies, this diverse and global collection provides the definitive work on the subject.

  • Rethinks cultures of authorship and challenges the concept of auteurism across multiple media forms
  • Moves beyond notions of the individual to focus on how authorship is collaborative, contested, and networked, examining cultures of authorship and the practicalities of how it works
  • Draws on the cutting-edge research of scholars and practitioners whose work has produced significant new insights into the field
  • Examines a wide range of media, including television, social media, radio, videogames, transmedia, music, and comic books
  • Offers an impressive global focus, including pieces on Mexican music, amateur film production in Nairobi slums, tele-serial production in Kinshasa, Hong Kong film, and the marketing of Bollywood

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Authorship and the Narrative of the Self
The Return of the Author
Making Music
When is the Author?
Hidden Hands at Work
Participation is Magic
Telling Whose Stories?
Transmedia Architectures of Creation
Dubbing the Noise
Authorship BelowtheLine
Production Design and the Invisible Arts of Seeing
Scoring Authorship
Bowdown to Your New
Collaboration and CoCreation in Networked
Dawn of the Undead Author

Never Ending Story
From Chris Chibnall to
Comics Creators and Copyright
Benny Hill Theatre
Cynical Authorship and the Hong Kong Studio System
The Authorial Function of the Television Channel
The Mouse House of Cards
Authoring Hype in Bollywood
Auteurs at the Video Store
Authorship and the State
Scripting Kinshasas Teleserials
We Never Do Anything Alone

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Jonathan Gray is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is author of Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality (2006), Television Entertainment (2008), Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts (2010), and Television Studies (with Amanda Lotz, 2012). He is co-editor of amongst others, Battleground: The Media (with Robin Andersen, 2008), and Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era (with Jeffrey P. Jones and Ethan Thompson, 2009).

Derek Johnson is Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on production cultures and creative identities in the media industries. He is the author of Media Franchising: Creative License and Collaboration in the Culture Industries (2013), as well as the co-editor of the forthcoming Intermediaries: Management of Culture and Cultures of Management (with Avi Santo and Derek Kompare, 2014).

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