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Why Kickstarter?: Corner Gas and Crowdfunding as Promotion

May 21, 2014
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Why Kickstarter?: Corner Gas and Crowdfunding as Promotion

When fans are asked to crowdfund the marketing of a film that will exist without their support, the meanings of Kickstarter shift considerably.
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Pre-Prime: HBO’s Off-Channel Revenue Legacy

April 23, 2014
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Pre-Prime: HBO’s Off-Channel Revenue Legacy

How HBO's deal with Amazon Prime reflects its history of embracing new forms of distribution in the interest of connecting with and monetizing audiences unable or unwilling to subscribe to the channel.
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Bro-Friendly Fandom: The Blue Mountain State Kickstarter

April 16, 2014
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Bro-Friendly Fandom: The Blue Mountain State Kickstarter

By leveraging Kickstarter as a safe space for masculinized fandom, Blue Mountain State has the potential to live on despite lacking its progenitor's coverage, prestige, and formalized fan engagement.
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Negotiating Authorship: Showrunners on Twitter VI

December 19, 2013
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Negotiating Authorship: Showrunners on Twitter VI

Twitter serves not only as a platform for high-profile showrunners, but also a space where more nuanced television authorship is negotiated by writer-producers.
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The Personal Stakes of Social Media: Showrunners [Off] Twitter V

October 16, 2013
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The Personal Stakes of Social Media: Showrunners [Off] Twitter V

When a showrunner chooses to remove themselves from Twitter, they are removing themselves from not only professional opportunity but also a space for self-expression.
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Self-Important Spectacle: The 2013 Emmy Awards

September 23, 2013
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Self-Important Spectacle: The 2013 Emmy Awards

From the moment the ceremony began, it was clear that this was an evening set to celebrate television in the most misguided of ways.
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Disney Infinity: Behind the P(l)aywall [Part Three]

August 29, 2013
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Disney Infinity: Behind the P(l)aywall [Part Three]

Disney's latest venture aims to earn much of its value through creativity, but you'll have to play—and pay—for it.
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Disney Infinity: A Promotional Platform [Part Two]

August 28, 2013
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Disney Infinity: A Promotional Platform [Part Two]

Thinking about Infinity as a replacement for licensed tie-ins—as opposed to the creative revolution they claim—may still be overestimating Disney’s plans.
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Disney Infinity: A Low-Risk Revolution [Part One]

August 27, 2013
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Disney Infinity: A Low-Risk Revolution [Part One]

Disney Interactive's big gaming industry play comes with rhetoric of revolution, and a business model built on the success of other gaming platforms.
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Why Netflix is Not Emmy’s Online TV Vanguard

July 18, 2013
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Why Netflix is Not Emmy’s Online TV Vanguard

Netflix's nominations have been signaled as historical for online television, but they were earned through efforts to erase that distinction.
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Interview: Alan Sepinwall on TV’s Mold-Breaking—Male—Moment

July 12, 2013
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Interview: Alan Sepinwall on TV’s Mold-Breaking—Male—Moment

Part two of an interview with TV critic Alan Sepinwall about his popular history of the past fifteen years of television drama.
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Interview: Alan Sepinwall on writing his TV history

July 11, 2013
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Interview: Alan Sepinwall on writing his TV history

Part one of a two-part interview with TV critic Alan Sepinwall on his popular history of the past fifteen years in television drama.
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ESPN, Wimbledon, and the Limits of Broadcasting Equality

July 4, 2013
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ESPN, Wimbledon, and the Limits of Broadcasting Equality

Days after the channel debuted a documentary series focused on gender equality, their Wimbledon coverage raises questions about their own commitment to equality in broadcasting.
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Send in the Clones: Tatiana Maslany vs. The Emmy Awards

June 12, 2013
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Send in the Clones: Tatiana Maslany vs. The Emmy Awards

BBC America’s campaign to earn the Orphan Black actress a nomination comes at a time when the Academy's traditional logics are being challenged by new spaces for Emmy campaigning.
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All My Commodities: Valuing the Online Soap Opera

April 30, 2013
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All My Commodities: Valuing the Online Soap Opera

Prospect Park’s soap opera strategy tests traditional conceptions of televisual value within an evolving space of digital distribution.
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