Television Production in Transition: Independence, Scale and Sustainability

Television Production in Transition: Independence, Scale and Sustainability

ESRC Logo newTelevision production is a vital component of the UK creative industries and a sector whose performance has important cultural and economic ramifications. This project is about crucial transformations in the structure of ownership of the UK television production industry. Recent transformations in ownership, characterized by increasing consolidation, have raised concern about the ability of the ‘independent’ production sector to survive and flourish in an increasingly globalized and competitive environment for television. This three-year project funded by the UK Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) investigates the relationship between independence, scale and economic sustainability in the television production sector and related implications for public policy.

The project commences in April 2017 and is led by Gillian Doyle (Principal Investigator), Professor of Media Economics and Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow working with Co-Investigator Richard Paterson, Head of Research and Scholarship at the British Film Institute and Honorary Professor of the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow. Key objectives for the research are to contribute to improved strategic business knowledge in the television production industry and to find out how the UK policy environment can better support the success and competitiveness of UK independent production businesses.

Using case studies, the scope of the investigation will cover:

  • the relationship between, on one hand, size and corporate configuration and, on the other, the ability of production companies to maximise the value of their IPRs and to achieve sustained economic success;
  • the conditions that govern creative decision-making and content in the television production industry and how these are affected by differing corporate configurations;
  • the role of changing digital distribution technologies in encouraging consolidation and strategies of horizontal, vertical and transnational expansion in the television production industry;
  • implications for public policy and regulation.

Project contact:
Professor Gillian Doyle (PI): Gillian.Doyle@Glasgow.ac.uk

Publications/Articles

Paterson, P (forthcoming - 2017), ‘Early independent production entrepreneurs in UK television: pioneering agents of neoliberal intervention’, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing.

Doyle, Gillian (2017), Television production: configuring for sustainability in the digital era, Media, Culture & Society (forthcoming).

 


Conferences

Gillian Doyle (2017), ‘Value Creation and Sustainability in the Television Production Sector’, presentation at the European Media Management Association (EMMA) annual conference at University of Ghent on May 11-13, 2017. 


Engagement

Gillian Doyle (2017), Invited address on 'Ownership, Data, Power and Content' at the international symposium on Private Television in Europe organized by Vrije Universiteit Brussel, SMIT/imec and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) in Brussels on 8th June 2017.