What Is Entertainment? The Value of Industry Definitions

  • Christy Collis
Part of the Palgrave Entertainment Industries book series (PAEI)


Entertainment is a significant industry, but there is no clear definition of the term ‘entertainment’. Before we can study and understand the entertainment industry, a definition of the term is required. Collis draws on her research with entertainment industry professionals to determine the industry definition of ‘entertainment’. From an entertainment industry perspective, entertainment is defined and characterised by its audience-centred, commercial nature, rather than by its content, its genre, its audience, or the kind of emotional response it may or may not elicit from its consumers.


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  • Christy Collis
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  1. 1.Creative Industries FacultyQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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