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A regional company? RED Production and the cultural politics of place

Spicer, Andrew

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This article explores the significance of RED Production’s location in the north-west of England, analysing the complexities of its positioning as a ‘regional’ company contextualised within the broader issues surrounding regional television production created by the politics and regulation of UK broadcasting. The article contends that recent analyses of creative clusters have privileged economic factors over cultural ones and provides a counter argument that demonstrates the importance of historical evolution and cultural traditions in understanding why RED has been so successful. It examines the significance of an anti-metropolitan discourse of northernness as a broad cultural tradition that shapes RED’s identity and production strategy and more specifically the profound legacy of the Manchester-based Granada Television. The article explores the reasons and consequences of RED’s move to MediaCityUK in 2013 and its acquisition by the European conglomerate Studiocanal. It also discusses the ongoing problem of the vexed relationship between London and the regions in British broadcasting and the impact of an increasingly international orientation on how television production companies position themselves in a changing marketplace.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2019
Journal Journal of British Cinema and Television
Print ISSN 1743-4521
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 3
Pages 273-304
APA6 Citation Spicer, A. (2019). A regional company? RED Production and the cultural politics of place. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 16(3), 273-304. https://doi.org/10.3366/jbctv.2019.0478
DOI https://doi.org/10.3366/jbctv.2019.0478
Keywords region, television, production cultures, cultural traditions, RED Production, Granada, BBC, Manchester, MediaCityUK, The North
Publisher URL https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/jbctv.2019.0478
Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Edinburgh University Press in Journal of British Cinema and Television. The Version of Record is available online at: http://www.euppublishin...10.3366/jbctv.2019.0478

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