TV on Strike

TV on Strike

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TV on Strike examines the 2007 upheaval in the entertainment industry by telling the inside story of the hundred-day writers' strike that crippled Hollywood. The television industry's uneasy transition to the digital age was the driving force behind the first significant labor dispute of the twenty-first century. The strike put a spotlight on how the advent of new-media distribution platforms is reshaping the business models that have governed the entertainment business for decades. The uncertainty that sent writers out into the streets with picket signs laid bare the depth of the divide, after years of industry consolidation, between the media barons who rule Hollywood and the writers whose works support the industry. With both sides afraid of losing millions in future profits, a critical communication breakdown spurred a brief but fierce fight with repercussions that continue today. In the years since the strike ended, the rise of digital distribution has changed the business landscape in ways that few could have predicted.--From publisher description.... screen makes it much more functional and palatable to many viewers than watching on a tiny iPod or iPhone screen. ... and satellite-TV providers to pay high carriage fees for the most popular cable channels, such as USA Network, ESPN, ... the fundamentals of the cableprogramming and distribution business, which is rooted in selling channel packages. ... its subscribers-only model, which has proven vexing in trial runs even for leading-edge cable provider Comcast Corporation.

Title:TV on Strike
Author: Cynthia Littleton
Publisher:Syracuse University Press - 2013

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