This Business of Television

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The essential reference for anyone working in the television or video industries, This Business of Television is a comprehensive guide to the inner workings of the business. This book examines how television programming is financed, produced and distributed; how FCC regulations and federal law shape the form and content of broadcast, cable and satellite television; and how producers, networks, cable companies, and local stations work together to create or acquire programming. This Business of Television has 50 ...
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Overview

The essential reference for anyone working in the television or video industries, This Business of Television is a comprehensive guide to the inner workings of the business. This book examines how television programming is financed, produced and distributed; how FCC regulations and federal law shape the form and content of broadcast, cable and satellite television; and how producers, networks, cable companies, and local stations work together to create or acquire programming. This Business of Television has 50 chapters and includes three useful appendixes: legal documents and forms; concise boilerplate contract forms for the most common business transactions in television; and a list of useful industry contracts and addresses. The legal documents and the ready-to-use contract forms are included on the enclosed disc, so they can be easily accessed for home use.
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A comprehensive, practical guide to the TV/video industries for producers, directors, writers, performers, agents, and executives. Examines how television programming is financed, produced, and distributed; how FCC regulations and federal law shape the form and content of broadcast and cable television; and how producers, networks, cable companies, and local stations work together to create or acquire programming. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641023927
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1991
  • Pages: 660

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
Pt. 1 Distribution Systems
1 U.S. Commercial Network Television 2
2 Local Television 15
3 Syndication 30
4 Public Television 46
5 Cable Systems 61
6 Basic Cable Networks 69
7 Pay Television and Pay-Per-View 82
8 Satellite Distribution 93
9 Home Video 97
10 New Technologies 109
Pt. 2 Regulation of Distribution
11 FCC Basics 118
12 The FCC and Broadcast Regulation 124
13 The FCC and Cable Regulation 138
14 FCC Regulation of Satellite Broadcasting, Telephone, Video and Other "New Technologies" 150
Pt. 3 Regulation of Programming
15 Content Regulation: An Introduction 160
16 Copyright and the Protection of Creative Properties 163
17 Protection of Personal Rights 180
18 Protection of Society 190
Pt. 4 Programming and Production
19 Program Development: Overview and Prime-Time Fiction 202
20 News, Magazines and Documentaries 212
21 Local News Programming 220
22 Sports 228
23 Children's Programming and Animation 238
24 Daytime Drama 248
25 Game Shows 252
26 Talk Shows 255
27 Religious Television 259
28 Music Video 265
29 Variety Shows and Specials 271
30 Home Shopping 275
31 Production Financing and Deal-Making 286
32 Production Companies 314
33 Production Staff 322
34 Performers 337
35 Agents, Attorneys and Business Management 350
36 Location and Studio Production 357
37 Post-Production 368
38 Design 374
39 Music 383
Pt. 5 Audience Measurement and Advertising
40 Television Marketing 396
41 Audience Measurement, Research and Ratings 402
42 Advertising 416
43 Regulation of Advertising 429
Pt. 6 Legal and Business Affairs
44 Contracts 440
45 Work Relationships, Unions, Legal Entities and Tax Issues 455
Pt. 7 International Television
46 An Introduction to Global Television 470
47 Canada 475
48 Europe 486
49 Asia and the Pacific 513
50 Mexico and South America 524
App. A Legal Documents and Forms 531
App. B Contracts 533
App. C Resources 598
Index 658
App. A (Disc) Legal Documents and Forms
App. B (Disc) Contracts
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    The Best Business Overview of the TV Industry

    This book explains the business and operational relationships between content producers, distributors, and broadcasters which can be very complicated. It covers local stations, syndication, TV networks, cable TV systems, satellite, and other TV industry distribution channels. You will learn about the trends of studio and network content production and licensing and they seem to be rising at a growing rate. The history of the television industry from the transition from radio broadcasting to television broadcasting to non-broadcast (cable TV) is provided. The ownership and affiliate relationship of local television stations is explained. It describes how advertising is sold by networks and at local stations. It covers how the cable TV industry evolved and the companies that have been and continue to be important to the CATV industry. Key TV regulations are explained including broadcast restrictions, advertising limitations, copyright, and privacy. You will learn about the different types of programming including news, documentaries, sitcoms, sports, children's, and others are explained along with their basic production methods, Industry contracts are explained and the book includes many sample contracts such as releases, distribution agreements, production and use licenses, and others.

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