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Power and Sustainability in TV Drama Production

  • Ruth McElroyEmail author
  • Caitriona Noonan
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Abstract

This book focuses on the specific experiences and structure of local production and considers its relationship to global markets and domestic players such as PSBs. This leads us to conclude the book with a call for urgent and profound attention to power and sustainability. Power within the TV industry remains consolidated to a few key players and issues relating to the prominence and discoverability of content testify to the ongoing struggles and imbalances that characterise the television production landscape. We also critique the ubiquitous concept of sustainability as one which emphasises economic growth as the only view of progress or innovation. We propose the necessary conditions for creating a truly sustainable local production ecology and we argue for reinvigorating notions of television drama as a public good.

Keywords

Sustainability Prominence Discoverability Innovation Diversity Public service broadcasting 

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Filmography

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  6. Game of Thrones (Home Box Office (HBO)/Television 360/Grok! Studio/Generator Entertainment/Bighead Littlehead 2011–2019).Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Creative IndustriesUniversity of South WalesCardiffUK
  2. 2.School of Journalism, Media and CultureCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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