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Media Franchising: Creative License and Collaboration in the Culture Industries

Media Franchising: Creative License and Collaboration in the Culture Industries (Hardback)

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While immediately recognizable throughout the U.S. and many other countries, media mainstays like X-Men, Star Trek, and Transformers achieved such familiarity through constant reincarnation. In each case, the initial success of a single product led to a long-term embrace of media franchising-a dynamic process in which media workers from different industrial positions shared in and reproduced familiar cultureacross television, film, comics, games, and merchandising.



In Media Franchising, Derek Johnson examines the corporate culture behind these production practices, as well as the collaborative and creative efforts involved in conceiving, sustaining, and sharing intellectual properties in media work worlds. Challenging connotations of homogeneity, Johnson shows how the cultural and industrial logic of franchising has encouraged media industries to re-imagine creativity as an opportunity for exchange among producers, licensees, and even consumers. Drawing on case studies and interviews with media producers, he reveals the meaningful identities, cultural hierarchies, and struggles for distinction that accompany collaboration within these production networks.

Media Franchising

provides a nuanced portrait of the collaborative cultural production embedded in both the media

industries and our own daily lives.

BusinessBusiness & managementOwnership & organization of enterprisesFranchisesBusinessIndustry & industrial studiesMedia, information & communication industries Publisher: New York University Press Publication Date: 22/03/2013 ISBN-13: 9780814743478  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Derek Johnson is Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Media Franchising: Creative License and Collaboration in the Culture Industries and the co-editor of A Companion to Media Authorship.

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