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The Talent Industry

Television, Cultural Intermediaries and New Digital Pathways

Authors: Boyle, Raymond

  • Constitutes the first major study to look at the centrality of talent in the television sector in the digital era
  • Draws on original research from key stakeholders across the multiplatform television industry
  • Examines the key role of talent agents in the television and social video industries
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About this book

​This book explores how the digital multiplatform delivery of television is affecting the role performed by cultural intermediaries responsible for talent identification and development.  Drawing on original research from key stakeholders across the television and social video sectors such as broadcasters, commissioning editors and talent agents, it investigates whether the process of digitization is offering new pathways to capture and nurture a diverse talent base within the UK television industry. It also provides an in-depth study of how the term ‘talent’ has historically been interpreted and understood within the UK television industry through the BBC and commercial PSB’s, such as ITV and Channel 4. The Talent Industry investigates how the traditional gatekeepers of talent in television are changing and examines the key role of talent agencies in managing and promoting contemporary on and off-screen talent in the digital age. 

About the authors

Raymond Boyle is Professor of Communications at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He has authored/co-authored a number of books including Sports Journalism (2006); Power Play (2009), The Television Entrepreneurs (2012) and The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council (2015).

Reviews

“In this vital and timely study of the role of agents and other intermediaries in the development of ‘talent’ in television, Boyle provides us with a behind-the-scenes look at the people who find the  people we see on our TV screens, and the people who work behind them. We get a detailed insight into how ‘talent’ is nurtured and who has access to work in the new multi-channel and multi-platform television ecology. An important and enjoyable read.” (Milly Williamson, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Boyle, Raymond

    Pages 1-11

  • Understanding and Conceptualising Talent

    Boyle, Raymond

    Pages 13-41

  • The Evolution of the Television Talent Industry

    Boyle, Raymond

    Pages 43-73

  • Managing Talent in the Digital Multi-platform Age

    Boyle, Raymond

    Pages 75-96

  • BBC, ITV and Channel 4: Talent in the Digital Environment

    Boyle, Raymond

    Pages 97-130

Buy this book

eBook £43.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94379-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £54.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94378-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Talent Industry
Book Subtitle
Television, Cultural Intermediaries and New Digital Pathways
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94379-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94379-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94378-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 212
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