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 industries 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. The parameters and boundaries of market concentration, consolidation, and government scrutiny began to shift as America's politics changed under the Reagan administration. Through the use of case studies that highlight key moments in this transformation, Jennifer Holt explores the politics of deregulation, the reinterpretation of antitrust law, and lasting modifications in the media landscape.

Holt skillfully expands the conventional models and boundaries of media history. A fundamental part of her argument is that these media industries have been intertwined for decades and, as such, cannot be considered separately. Instead, film, cable and broadcast must be understood in relation to one another, as critical components of a common 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813550534
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Holt is an assistant professor of film and media studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the coeditor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: The Foundation of Empires 1

1 1980-1983: Film versus Cable 22

2 1983-1985: Broadcast and the Blueprints of Empires 44

3 1984-1986: Outsiders Moving in-Murdoch and Turner 69

4 1986-1988: Golden Era Redux 93

5 1989-1992: Big Media without Frontiers 115

6 1993-1995: The Last Mile 140

Conclusion: 1996 and Beyond-The Political Economy of Transformation 165

Notes 179

Bibliography 209

Index 217

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