Flexibility, Innovation, and Precarity in the Television Industry

Dwyer, P. 2019. Flexibility, Innovation, and Precarity in the Television Industry. in: Deuze, Mark and Prenger, Mirjam (ed.) Making Media: Production, Practices, and Professions Amsterdam Amsterdam University Press. pp. 347-359

Chapter titleFlexibility, Innovation, and Precarity in the Television Industry
AuthorsDwyer, P.
EditorsDeuze, Mark and Prenger, Mirjam
Abstract

In TV production, there has been a worldwide move from a system based on established broadcasters, to a system requiring outsourcing to independent producers. The theory of flexible specialisation suggests this change should increase flexibility and innovation In TV production. Testing these claims in the UK market – which has a large Independent sector and an international reputation for innovative reality TV formats – this chapter find the claims for flexibility and innovation to be largely unsupported by the evidence.

Keywordsflexible specialisation
innovation
TV formats
independent producers
Book titleMaking Media: Production, Practices, and Professions
Page range347-359
Year2019
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Publication dates
PublishedJan 2019
Place of publicationAmsterdam
ISBN9789462988118
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvcj305r.28
Web address (URL)https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789462988118/making-media
JournalMaking Media

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