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Entertainment Industry: A Reference Handbook

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Entertainment Industry: A Reference Handbook casts the spotlight on the evolution of the entertainment industry over the entire span of the 20th century, covering everything from vaudeville to radio and from sports to television and movies. It explores how the entertainment industry stands apart from other high-dollar, big-business enterprises with regard to how its economy is sustained, and it serves as a handy source for more in-depth information that general readers will find...

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Overview

Entertainment Industry: A Reference Handbook casts the spotlight on the evolution of the entertainment industry over the entire span of the 20th century, covering everything from vaudeville to radio and from sports to television and movies. It explores how the entertainment industry stands apart from other high-dollar, big-business enterprises with regard to how its economy is sustained, and it serves as a handy source for more in-depth information that general readers will find fascinating.

An extensive annotated bibliography guides reader through their research, while a historical overview of the economics of the industry, a series of short biographies of the impact makers in the industry, and sources of more current information makes this work essential reading for anyone seeking comprehensive and specific information about the entertainment industry.

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"Written so a high school student can understand but also at an interest level for college students, the brief entries are an excellent overview or starting point for further research on any aspects of the entertainment industry and its effect on culture."

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"The author covers a broad topic through the lenses of both economics and technology, yet achieves his goal of providing a go-to reference for all readers. Useful, intuitive glossary."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598845945
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Background and History 1

Introduction 1

Vaudeville 4

Recorded Sound 8

The Movies 14

Radio 20

Television 24

Spectator Sports 33

Conclusion 37

References 39

2 Problems and Solutions 45

The History of Entertainment: A Brief Review 45

Technology and Entertainment 46

The Speed of Change 48

The Cost of Leisure 49

Developments in the Twenty-First Century 51

What to Expect in the Future 65

References 69

3 Entertainment around the World 73

Television 73

The Movie Industry 75

Bollywood 75

Importance of Foreign Box Office 77

European Cinema 78

Asian Film 79

Piracy Issues 79

Spectator Sports 80

Live Performance 83

Conclusion 83

References 84

4 Chronology 87

5 Biographical Sketches 111

Muhammad Ah 111

Roone Arledge 112

Howard Armstrong 112

Lucille Ball 113

P. T. Barnum 114

Milton Berle 115

Enrico Caruso 115

Pierre de Coubertin 116

Lee de Forest 117

Walt Disney 118

Thomas Edison 119

Shawn Fanning 119

Philo Farnsworth 120

W C. Fields 121

William Fox 121

Bill Gates 122

Berry Gordy 123

George Halas 123

William H. Hays, Sr. 124

Harry Houdini 125

Eldridge Johnson 126

Al Jolson 126

Benjamin Franklin Keith 127

Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly) 128

Ethel Merman 129

Arthur C. Nielsen 129

William S. Paley 130

Tony Pastor 131

Mary Pickford 131

Elvis Presley 132

Jackie Robinson 133

Lillian Russell 134

David Sarnoff 135

Ted Turner 135

Oprah Winfrey 136

Tiger Woods 137

Babe Didrikson Zaharias 138

6 Data and Documents 141

Data 141

Television and Radio in the United States 141

Consumer Expenditures on Consumption 143

The Movie Windows 143

Variables Affecting Leisure Time 144

Broadway Theaters 144

Top-Rated Television Shows 145

Longest Running Television Shows 147

All-Time Domestic Box Office Champions 147

Longest Running Broadway Shows 148

Best-Selling Albums Worldwide 149

Best-Selling Singles Worldwide 150

Highest Paid Actors: 2011 150

Highest Paid Athletes: 2011 151

Largest Season Attendance at Spectator Sports 151

American Professional Sports Stadiums 152

Sites of the Olympic Games 156

The World Cup 157

Documents 158

Thomas Edison on the Phonograph (1878) 158

P. T. Barnum: "The Art of Money-Getting" (1880) 167

The Modern Olympics (1896) 169

Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide (1910) 171

Vaudeville Program (1921) 173

Television Patents (1923 and 1927) 175

Theater during the Harlem Renaissance (1939) 176

Statement by Representative Henry A. Waxman on the Use of Steroids in Baseball (2005) 177

7 Directory of Organizations 183

Sports Leagues 183

Recording Studios and Licensing 189

Movie Theater and Cinema Chains 194

Theaters 197

Broadway Theaters 197

Movie Studios 211

Television Networks 214

Labor Unions 216

Cable Companies 220

Satellite Companies 222

Major Symphony Orchestras 223

Licensing Plays 226

8 Resources 229

Sports 229

Television 242

Recorded Sound 246

Movies 248

Stage Shows 262

Radio 264

Websites 267

Time Use/Leisure and Work 268

General 271

Glossary 275

Index 277

About the Author 289

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