About the Journal

Media Industries is a peer-reviewed, multi-media, open-access online journal that supports critical studies of media industries and institutions worldwide. We invite contributions that range across the full spectrum of media industries, including film, television, internet, radio, music, publishing, gaming, advertising, and mobile communications. Authors are encouraged to explore a range of industry-related processes, such as production, distribution, infrastructure, policy, exhibition, and retailing. Contemporary or historical studies may explore industries individually or examine inter-medial relations between industrial sectors employing qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodologies; of primary importance is that submissions adopt a critical perspective.

Editorial Collective

Media Industries is supported by an international collective of individuals representing six research universities:

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Georgia State University, Atlanta
Queensland University of Technology
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Nottingham
University of Texas at Austin


This distributed leadership takes maximum advantage of the power of online open-access publishing. While every collective member has input into the journal, editorial responsibilities are rotated among the collective members. Our diverse geographic locales allow maximum opportunities for the identification and dissemination of media industries research around the world.

Editorial collective members include:

Editorial Staff

Managing Editors: Graduate Student Manager: Graduate Student Web Designer and Administrator:

Editorial Board

Charles Acland, Concordia University (CA)
Mark Deuze, University of Amsterdam (NL)
Des Freedman, Goldsmiths University of London (UK)
Tejaswini Ganti, New York University (US)
Nitin Govil, University of Southern California (US)
Timothy Havens, University of Iowa (US)
David Hesmondhalgh, University of Leeds (UK)
Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin-Madison (US)
Dina Iordanova, University of St. Andrews (UK)
Aphra Kerr, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (IR)
Shin Dong Kim, Hallym University (KR)
Marwan Kraidy, University of Pennsylvania (US)
Shanti Kumar, University of Texas-Austin (US)
Amanda Lotz, University of Michigan (US)
Denise Mann, University of California-Los Angeles (US)
Rick Maxwell, Queens College, City College of New York (US)
Vicki Mayer, Tulane University (US)
Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University (IN)
Toby Miller, Cardiff University (UK), Murdoch University (AU)
Philip Napoli, Rutgers University (US)
Phil Oppenheim, SVP Programming, TNT & tbs, Turner Broadcasting
Yeidy Rivero, University of Michigan (US)
Thomas Schatz, University of Texas-Austin (US)
James Schwoch, Northwestern University (US)
John Sinclair, University of Melbourne (AU)
Jeanette Steemers, University of Westminister (UK)
Jonathan Sterne, McGill University (CA)
Joe Straubhaar, University of Texas-Austin (US)
Petr Szczepanik, Masaryk University, Brno (CZ)
Serra Tinic, University of Alberta (CA)
Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania (US)
Patrick Vonderau, Stockholm University (SE)
Jing Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)
Janet Wasko, University of Oregon (US)
Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town (SA)
Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh, Hong Kong Baptist University (HK)

Editorial Collective Bios

arsenaulticonAmelia Arsenault Arsenault is an Assistant Professor of communication at Georgia State University. She also serves as a research fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Media and Democracy Research Fellow at the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Arsenault’s work on global media ownership has appeared in edited volumes and in journals such as Information, Communication, & Society, International Sociology, and the International Journal of Communication. Her current book project explores the nascent industry of businesses offering online media advocacy services. She is also a member of the Atlanta Media Industries Project, a research collective dedicated to studying the evolving media ecology of Atlanta. Prior to her academic career, she served as the film coordinator for the Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust, a non-profit arts and culture organization dedicated to promoting visual literacy in Zimbabwe.

cunninghamiconStuart Cunningham is Distinguished Professor of Media and Communications, Queensland University of Technology, and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. He has played a leading role in the development of Australian film and television history and analysis; in the articulation of policy into media and cultural studies; and in shaping the debate and impact of the creative industries agenda in Australia and internationally. He was elected as an inaugural fellow in Cultural and Communication Studies in the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and has served in several leadership roles in advocacy, advice and governance in research and higher education, and in the screen and library sectors. His most recent books are Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves Online (edited with Dina Iordanova, 2012), Key Concepts in Creative Industries (with John Hartley, Jason Potts, Terry Flew, John Banks and Michael Keane, 2012), and Hidden Innovation: Policy, Industry and the Creative Sector (2013).

curtinicon Michael Curtin is the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also Director of the Media Industries Project at the Carsey-Wolf Center. His books include Playing to the World’s Biggest Audience: The Globalization of Chinese Film and TV, The American Television Industry, and Reorienting Global Communication: Indian and Chinese Media Beyond Borders. Curtin is currently at work on Media Capital: The Cultural Geography of Globalization and is co-editor of the Chinese Journal of Communication and the International Screen Industries book series of the British Film Institute.


EvansElizabeth Evans is Assistant Professor in Film and Television Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of Transmedia Television: Audiences, New Media and Daily Life (2011) and has published articles in a number of journals including Media, Culture and Society, Participations, The International Journal of Communication Studies , and the Journal of Pervasive Ubiquitous Computing. Her research explores the relationship between audiences, technology, and the screen industries with particular emphasis on interrogating the notion of "engagement" and transmedia content.


flewicon Terry Flew is Professor of Media and Communications in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His books include Global Creative Industries (Polity, 2013), The Creative Industries, Culture and Policy (Sage, 2012), Creative Industries and Urban Development: Creative Cities in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2012), Key Concepts in Creative Industries (Sage, 2012), and Understanding Global Media (Palgrave, 2007), and New Media: An Introduction (Oxford, 2008). He is also Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI). The CCI is the first ARC Centre of Excellence in the arts and humanities in Australia, and is a cross disciplinary, internationally-focused centre addressing key problems and opportunities arising for Australia from innovation in both the creative economy.

fungiconAnthony Y.H. Fung is Director and Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests and teaching focus on popular culture and cultural studies, gender and youth identity, cultural industries and policy, and new media studies. He is currently working on a project on Asian creative and game industries and cultural policy with a focus on China and Hong Kong. He has authored and edited more than 10 Chinese and English books. His recent books are New Television Globalization and East Asian Cultural Imaginations (Hong Kong University Press, 2007) (with Keane and Moran), Global Capital, Local Culture: Transnational Media Corporations in China (Peter Lang, 2008), Riding a Melodic Tide: The Development of Cantopop in Hong Kong (Subculture Press, 2009) (in Chinese), Policies for the Sustainable Development of the Hong Kong Film Industry (Chinese University Press, 2009) (with Chan and Ng), Imagining Chinese Communication Studies (Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, 2012) (in Chinese) (with Huang), Melodic Memories: The Historical Development of Music Industry in Hong Kong (2012) (Subculture Press, in Chinese), and Asian Popular Culture: the Global (Dis)continuity (Routledge, 2013).

holticonJennifer Holt is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Director of the Media Industries Project at the Carsey-Wolf Center. She is the author of Empires of Entertainment and co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method and Connected Viewing: Selling, Sharing, and Streaming Media in the Digital Era. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Film QuarterlyJump CutMoving Data and Media Ownership: Research and Regulation. Her current research explores media policy as it relates to cloud infrastructure and digital distribution.x


mcdonaldiconPaul McDonald is Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King's College London. Publications include Video and DVD Industries (BFI, 2007) and Hollywood Stardom (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and co-editing Hollywood and the Law (BFI, 2015) and The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry (Blackwell, 2008). Since 2001 he has co-edited the International Screen Industries series from BFI Publishing. He founded, and is now co-chair of, the Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), and founded and co-ordinates the Screen Industries Work Group in the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS). 

mcnairiconBrian McNair is Professor of Journalism, Media and Communication at Queensland University of Technology. He is the author of twelve books and many scholarly essays on topics including news and journalism, political communication, the media in post-Soviet Russia, and mediated sexuality. His most recent books are An Introduction To Political Communication (5th edition, 2011), Journalists In Film (2010), and Porno? Chic! (2013). His books have been widely translated, and are standard reading on media and communication courses across the world. He sits on the editorial boards of Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Journalism: theory, practice and criticism, International Journal of Press/Politics, and Sexualities. He is currently working on an ARC-funded study of Australian political media.

perreniconAlisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at The University of Texas at Austin. She is co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) and author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s (University of Texas Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in a range of publications, including Film Quarterly, Journal of Film and Video, Journal of Popular Film & Television, Managing Media Work, and Moving Data. From 2010 to 2013, she served as Coordinating Editor for In Media Res, an online project experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of scholarship. Her current book project is The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood, co-authored with Gregory Steirer for BFI’s International Screen Industries series.

sansoniconKevin Sanson is a lecturer of Entertainment Industries in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Previously, he was the Research Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Media Industries Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current book project focuses on the spatial dynamics of media production and examines issues of location, labor, and creative identity in “film friendly” media hubs. He most recently completed a critical study of the role film, television, and digital media production plays in the economic and cultural strategies of Glasgow, Scotland. He is co-editor of Connected Viewing: Selling, Streaming, & Sharing Media in the Digital Era (Routledge 2014) and Distribution Revolution: Conversations about the Digital Future of Film and Television (UC Press 2014). He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Editorial Staff Bios

Felschowicon Laura Felschow is a PhD candidate in the department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds an MA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a BFA in Film with a minor in Animation from Syracuse University. Her published work includes "'Hey, check it out, there's actually fans': (Dis)empowerment and (mis)representation of cult fandom in Supernatural" in Transformative Works and Culture and a chapter in TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map to Supernatural. She has also published book reviews in Cinema Journal and The Velvet Light Trap, and currently serves on the editorial board for The Velvet Light Trap. Her research interests include gender studies, production studies with a focus on franchising and transmedia storytelling, and comics studies.

wrathericon Kyle Wrather is a PhD student in the department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds an MA from Georgia State University. His master's thesis, "Comparitive Modalities of Network Neutrality" examines how different forms of regulation have affected network neutrality policy. He holds a BA in English and a BA in Communication with a focus on journalism and a minor in broadcasting from Mississippi State University. While at Mississippi State, he served as the Editor in Chief of The Reflector, the university’s independent student newspaper. His interests include media industries, new media technologies, media engagement and streaming television.

ISSN: 2373-9037