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Independent Television Production in the UK

From Cottage Industry to Big Business

Authors: Lee, David

  • First comprehensive history of the UK’s independent TV sector
  • Presents qualitative insights into the nature of creative work in the UK indie sector
  • Includes interviews with a wide range of creative workers, from those in junior roles to senior figures in the industry
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About this book

This book is the first authoritative account of the UK’s independent television production sector, following the creation of Channel 4 in 1982. It examines the rise of a global industry, increasingly interconnected through format development, distribution, ancillary sales and rights. Drawing on case studies, interviews and policy analysis; the author considers the cultural politics behind the growth of the ‘indies’, the labour conditions for workers in this sector, and some of the key television programmes that have been created within it. Filling an important gap in our understanding, this book constitutes a comprehensive account of this vital cultural industry for students, academics and researchers working in the areas of the cultural and creative industries, media and cultural policy and television studies.


About the authors

David Lee is Lecturer in Cultural Industries and Communication at the University of Leeds, UK. He is the co-author of Culture, Economy and Politics: The Case of New Labour (2015) and co-editor of Advancing Media Production Research (2016). He has published extensively in refereed journals and his research has been funded by the AHRC and the ESRC.

Reviews

“As the first book-length academic study of the UK independent television production sector, this book will surely become a widely-cited resource for scholarship and teaching about present-day British television.  Grounded in theory and informed by interviews with practitioners, it offers a coherent examination of the changing contexts of labour and production within a sector increasingly dominated by ‘super-indies’.  So it deserves to be widely read by those interested in broadcasting history, the precarity of media work, and perceptions of profitability and value in UK media production.” (Peter Goddard, Department of Communication and Media, University of Liverpool, UK)

“This is a timely book and a landmark analysis. It charts the transformation of British ‘independent’ TV as the delivery of audio visual content and its consumption transform apace, and the legitimacy of public service broadcasting is questioned afresh amidst deep fractures in collective identity. David Lee firmly situates independent TV production in the debate on creative labour and cultural value, exposing the contradictions lived by those working in the industry.” (Philip Schlesinger, Professor in Cultural Policy, University of Glasgow)

“In studies of media industries it remains rare to find an analysis that takes history, structure, creative labour and questions of value equally seriously. In his study of the British independent television sector, David Lee achieves just that, providing a comprehensive account of the shifting dynamics of independent television production. This is an important book that will be of great value to students and researchers, as well as those who work in the industry.” (Anamik Saha is Lecturer in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London and author of Race and the Cultural Industries)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Situating Independent Television in the Cultural Economy

    Lee, David

    Pages 1-11

  • The Creation of the Independent Sector in the UK

    Lee, David

    Pages 19-42

  • New Labour, Creative Industries Policy and the Rise of the ‘Mega-Indies’

    Lee, David

    Pages 43-64

  • Creative Labour and Social Change

    Lee, David

    Pages 69-96

  • Working in the Indies: Precarity, Value and Burnout

    Lee, David

    Pages 97-126

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71670-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71669-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Independent Television Production in the UK
Book Subtitle
From Cottage Industry to Big Business
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71670-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71670-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71669-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 244
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