In Hollywood's search for cheap, distinctive, and authentic locations, producers and directors are taking their business to foreign soil. Only one of the five 2002 Best Picture nominees was shot in the United States—The Hours, filmed in Hollywood, Florida. Contracting Out Hollywood addresses the American trend of "runaway productions"—the growing practice of producing American films and television programs on foreign shores. Greg Elmer and Mike Gasher have gathered a group of contributors who seek to explain the phenomenon from historical, political, economic, and cultural perspectives, using case studies, challenges to contemporary screen, media, and globalization theories, and analyses of changing government politics toward cultural industries.
Greg Elmer is the Bell Globemedia Research Chair of the Rogers Communications Centre/School of Radio-TV Arts at Ryerson University, Toronto. Mike Gasher is associate professor in the Department of Journalism at Concordia University, Montreal.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Catching up to Runaway Productions Part 2 Part I: Contemporary Televisual Production: Markets and Studios Chapter 3 1 Divide and Conquer: Regional Competition in a Concentrated Media Industry Chapter 4 2 The Policy Environment of the Contemporary Film Studio Part 5 Part II: Digital Displacement: Animating Post-Production Chapter 6 3 OffShore Pot o'Gold: The Political Economy of the Australian Film Industry Chapter 7 4 Hollywood's Effects, Bollywood FX Part 8 Part III: International Cities, Spaces, and Audiences Chapter 9 5 Projecting Placelessness: Industrial Television and the "Authentic" Canadian City Chapter 10 6 The Ice Storm: Ang Lee, Cosmopolitanism, and the Global Audience Chapter 11 7 World-Class Budgets and Big-Name Casts: The Miniseries and International Coproductions