Books on the Media Industries

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This semester, my graduate students are doing a book review for their mid-term assignment. They are being asked to follow the instructions of a particular publication that actually would publish such a review. To help them get started, I pulled together this list of recent books on the media/cultural industries.

You’ll see that my definition of both “industry” and “recent” is a bit loose (some books below were published about five years ago, and thus wouldn’t be considered viable for actual publication). Nonetheless, I think this is a useful exercise to undertake. I have included both trade and academic publications on this list as well.

I am not aware of a place online where book-length publications on the media industries are located — if you do know of a place, please let me know! The most recent list I have seen is Jason Mittell’s on Amazon, which is quite helpful but a few years old at this point.

I hope that you will add suggestions of other books to this comments section — I am sure I have missed many titles, and would love to continue to build this list as an online resource. At some point I will try to create a separate Amazon list as well.

It is exciting to see so much compelling work coming out these days!

Chris Anderson, Free: The Future of a Radical Price
Ken Auletta, Googled: The End of the World as We Know It
Robert Babe, Cultural Studies and Political Economy: Toward a New Integration
Sarah Banet-Weiser, Kids Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship
Christine Becker, It’s the Pictures that Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars on 1950s Television
Yochai Benkler, The Wealth of Networks
Alex Ben Block and Lucy Autrey Wilson, George Lucas’s Blockbusting
Georgina Born, Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the Reinvention of the BBC
Megan Brown, The Cultural Work of Corporations
John Caldwell, Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film & TV
Bill Carter, Desperate Networks
Michael Curtin, Playing to the World’s Biggest Audience: Globalization of Chinese Film & TV
Mark Deuze, Media Work
Mara Einstein, Media Diversity: Economics, Ownership and the FCC
Edward Jay Epstein, The Hollywood Economist: The Hidden Reality Behind the Movies
Des Freedman, The Politics of Media Policy
Jeff Jarvis, What Would Google Do?
John Hartley, editor, Creative Industries
Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald and Ava Seave, The Curse of the Mogul
Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture
Eric Klinenberg, Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media
Derek Kompare, Rerun Nation
William Kunz, Culture Conglomerates: Consolidation in the Motion Picture and TV Industries
Lawrence Lessig, Remix: Making Art and Culture Thrive in a Hybrid Economy
Amanda Lotz, The Television Will Be Revolutionized
Amanda Lotz, editor, Beyond Prime Time
Alison Macor, Chainsaws, Slackers and Spykids: Thirty Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas
Denise Mann, Hollywood Independents: The Postwar Talent Takeover
Paul McDonald, Video and DVD Industries
Toby Miller, Nitin Govil, John McMurria, Ting Wang and Richard Maxwell, Global Hollywood 2
Barbara Selznick, Global Television: Co-Producing Culture
Beretta Smith-Shomade, Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy: Selling Black Entertainment Television
Lynn Spigel, TV By Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television
David Suisman, Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music
Kristin Thompson, The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood
Serra Tinic, On Location: Canada’s Television Industry in a Global Market
Chuck Tryon, Reinventing Cinema: Movies in the Age of Media Convergence
Joseph Turow, Niche Envy
Siva Vaidnyathan, The Anarchist in the Library
Patrik Wikstrom, The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud
Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet – and How to Stop It

Also in the interest of keep this list “complete,” these are our assigned readings for the class this semester, in the order they are being read:

* David Croteau & William Hoynes, The Business of Media (2nd edition)
* Jennifer Holt and Alisa Perren, eds., Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method
* Michele Hilmes, Hollywood & Broadcasting: From Radio to Cable
* Tom Kemper, Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents
* Vicki Mayer, Miranda J. Banks and John Thornton Caldwell, eds., Production Studies: Cultural Studies of the Media Industries
* Paul Grainge, Brand Hollywood: Selling Entertainment in a Global Media Age
* Charles Acland, Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes and Global Culture
* Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity
* Stephen Kline, Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig De Peuter, Digital Play: The Interaction of Technology, Culture and Marketing

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