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Autonomy and dependency in two successful UK film and television companies: An analysis of RED Production Company and Warp Films

Presence, Steve; Spicer, Andrew H.

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This article analyses the production cultures of two film and television companies in the UK – RED Production and Warp Films – by discussing the companies’ formation and identity, aims and ethos, internal structures and their networks of external relationships. The article argues that although managing directors and senior personnel exercise considerable power within the companies themselves, the companies’ depend on the extent to which they are able to engage with other industry agents, in particular the large scale institutions that dominate the industries. By situating analysis of these negotiated dependencies within shifting macro economic, historical and cultural contexts, the article argues that the increasing power of multinational conglomerates and the cultural convergence between film and high-end television drama marks a threshold moment for both companies which will alter their production cultures significantly.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 4, 2016
Journal Film Studies
Print ISSN 1469-0314
Publisher Manchester University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 1
Pages 5-31
APA6 Citation Presence, S., & Spicer, A. H. (2016). Autonomy and dependency in two successful UK film and television companies: An analysis of RED Production Company and Warp Films. Film Studies, 14(1), 5-31. https://doi.org/10.7227/FS.14.0002
DOI https://doi.org/10.7227/FS.14.0002
Keywords film and television companies, production studies, production cultures, agency, organisations, industry interrelationships
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/FS.14.0002
Additional Information Additional Information : The definitive version of this article is published in: Presence, S. and Spicer, A. H. (2016) Autonomy and dependency in two successful UK film and television companies: An analysis of RED Production Company and Warp Films. Film Studies, 14 (1). pp. 5-31, DOI: http:dx.doi.org/10.7227/FS.14.0002 © [2016] Author(s). Published by Manchester University Press.

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