Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-4065-1 • Hardback • June 2006 • $137.00 • (£105.00)
978-0-7425-4066-8 • Paperback • June 2006 • $46.00 • (£35.00)
978-0-7425-7606-3 • eBook • June 2006 • $43.50 • (£33.00)
William M. Kunz is assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington at Tacoma. He has also worked as a vice president and senior producer at Turner Broadcasting and as a producer with ABC Sports and NBC Sports.
Chapter 1 Why Ownership Matters
Chapter 2 Conglomeration in the Motion Picture Industry
Chapter 3 Conglomeration in the Broadcast Television Industry
Chapter 4 Patterns of Ownership in Motion Picture Distribution
Chapter 5 Patterns of Ownership in Prime Time Network Programming
Chapter 6 Conglomeration in Cable and Satellite Television Systems and Services
Chapter 7 Why Ownership Matters, Revisited
Chapter 8 Discussion Questions
Chapter 9 Terms and Concepts
10 Selected Bibliography
Culture Conglomerates: Consolidation in the Motion Picture and Television Industries...offers a new analysis of the growing consolidation in the visual media—film and television.
— Communication Booknotes Quarterly, December 2008
Kunz's book is a marvelous addition to the large body of literature on the media industries from a political economy perspective. He asks some fundamental questions about the high degree of concentration in film and television industries and its relationship to the failure of corporate media to create an informed citizenry. Equally important, Kunz demonstrates how the U.S. government and the dominant corporations have worked hand in hand since Ronald Reagan's presidency to create this situation in the United States. The book is well researched, well argued, and lucidly written. This is not 'abstract' empiricism but solid political-economic research that will be useful for researching and teaching for years to come.
— Manjunath Pendakur, Southern Illinois University
—A valuable supplement to courses in the political economy of the media, media institutions or the economics of the media.
—Offers a well-grounded, critical perspective on media conglomerates.
—Includes learning aids such as synopses of key media regulations and policies, discussion questions, a glossary, and boxed features.
—A unique in-depth view of the dynamics between the film and television industries.