Guest blog

  • THE WRITERS’ ROOM ON TWITTER: DISMANTLING TV AUTEURISM?...

    On October 10th, 2013, Entertainment Weekly reported a curious incident. A “Twitter feud” had erupted between the official accounts run by writers’ rooms of two US dramas: Elementary (CBS, 2012-) and Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 2013-). T
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  • ROLES THAT ARE SIMPLY NOT THERE: DIVERSITY AND...

    I wasn’t going to write another blog about diversity—or the lack of it—in contemporary television. But when Viola Davis became the first woman of colour to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, during the same week that I met our n
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  • QUALITY TIME by Geoff Lealand

    I have been thinking about quality television and high-end drama quite a bit recently, in wake of reading an MA thesis on the adaptation and re-versioning for American television of the Danish drama series Forbrydelsen (The Killing) and the Israel drama
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  • SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE TELEVISION WORKPLACE by James Bennett

    In 2011, the BBC’s social media guidance was simply “don’t do anything stupid”, equally Channel 4 adopt an approach of ‘if you wouldn’t say it on air, don’t post it online’ (Broadcast, 23/02/12). Yet as the recent ‘Queen has died’ (June, 2015) Twitter blu
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  • CONFERENCE REPORT: TV IN THE AGE OF TRANSNATIONALISATION...

    I am currently sitting in a Café at Heathrow Airport, in that sort of limbo that you automatically enter between check-in and actual flight call… and finally, I find myself with enough time to relax a bit and to reflect on the exciting last days…
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  • Console-ing Passions: International Conference on...

    This year’s Console-ing Passions took place on the Dublin quayside in the Marker Hotel, a luxury setting for some cutting debate about television, new media and feminist politics.
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  • CHILDISH MEMORIES by Toby Miller

    I’ve been thinking about childish memories. Just as I now turn to obituaries before sports in my morning paper, I frequently think in childish terms. ‘Childish memories’ signifies something pejorative, as opposed to ‘childhood memories,’ right? It means
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  • IT'S NOT ALL CONTENT: TELEVISION AS TELEVISION IN INDUSTRY...

    I pick up on what might be considered a quite dated quote spoken by Kevin Spacey at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in 2014. Referencing the ways in which platform delivery detached film and television from their traditional viewing contex
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  • THE PLEASURES OF STEVEN UNIVERSE by E. Charlotte Stevens

    Steven Universe, a Cartoon Network series which premièred in 2013, is about a boy named Steven who lives with a trio of female warrior/superheroes from space. It came to my attention via Twitter friends’ enthusiasm for the many, diverse, and dimensional f
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  • PRIVATE EQUITY AND PEOPLEMETERS by Geoff Lealand

    The past week has seen the demise of the primetime (7pm) current affairs programme Campbell Live on the commercial channel TV3 in New Zealand. Fronted by a very popular host John Campbell, this half-hour show had been running for ten years but was put t
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