Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996

Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996

by Jennifer Holt
     
 

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Empires of Entertainment integrates legal, regulatory, industrial, and political histories to chronicle the dramatic transformation within the media between 1980 and 1996. As film, broadcast, and cable grew from fundamentally separate industries to interconnected, synergistic components of global media conglomerates, the concepts of vertical and horizontal… See more details below

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Empires of Entertainment integrates legal, regulatory, industrial, and political histories to chronicle the dramatic transformation within the media between 1980 and 1996. As film, broadcast, and cable grew from fundamentally separate industries to interconnected, synergistic components of global media conglomerates, the concepts of vertical and horizontal integration were redesigned. Through the use of case studies that highlight key moments in this transformation, Holt skillfully expands the conventional models and boundaries of media history. Empires of Entertainment is a unique account of deregulation and its impact on political economy, industrial strategies, and media culture at the end of the twentieth century.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Jennifer Holt has written a concise, captivating, and much-needed history of industry and regulatory developments in U.S. television since the eighties. It will be required reading for scholars of industry history and anyone interested in contemporary media policy."

— Michele Hilmes

author of Firestorm: American Film in the Age of Terrorism - Stephen Prince

"Incisively argued and elegantly written, Empires of Entertainment shows the anti-democratic character of huge concentrations of media wealth and the manner in which an ideal of the public good has been sacrificed on behalf of unfettered corporate power."
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Michele Hilmes

"Jennifer Holt has written a concise, captivating, and much-needed history of industry and regulatory developments in U.S. television since the eighties. It will be required reading for scholars of industry history and anyone interested in contemporary media policy."

author of The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet - Thomas Streeter

“Holt elegantly details the twists and turns of the political economics of U.S. film and TV industries at the end of the twentieth century. With a keen eye for the subtleties (and sometime ironies) of corporate thinking, she reveals a process that is both very political and very human. Empires of Entertainment sheds new light on how the media really works.”

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ISBN-13:
9780813550527
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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