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The Format Age

Paperback By Jean K. Chalaby
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Few trends have had as much impact on television as formats have in recent years. Long confined to the fringes of the TV industry, they have risen to prominence since the late 1990s. Today, they are a global business with hundreds of programmes adapted across the world at any one time, from mundane game shows to blockbuster talent competitions, from factual entertainment to high-end drama. Based on exclusive industry access, this book provides an in-depth analysis of the complex world of the TV format from its origins to the present day. Chalaby delivers a comprehensive account of the TV format trading system and conceptualizes the global value chain that underpins it, unpicking the corporate strategies and power relations within. Using interviews with format creators, he uncovers the secrets behind the world’s most travelled formats, exploring their narrative structure and cultural meanings.

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Format: Paperback, 216 pages Language: English
Dimension: 23.11cm x 15.24cm x 2.03cm ISBN10: 1509502599
Weight: 386g ISBN13: 9781509502592
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2015 Publisher: Polity Press

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Jean K. Chalaby is Professor of International Communication at the Department of Sociology, City University London

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"The Format Age is the most exhaustive analysis yet undertaken of a modern TV phenomenon. It explores both the economy and the culture of a global entertainment business which delivers local value. And it explains why and how it came about."Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England"With his customary élan, Jean Chalaby has done a great service to our understanding of the international flow of culture. The Format Age is a judicious theoretical and empirical intervention. Bravo!"Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside

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