The first global entertainment company : explaining Pathe's global dominance in the pre-Hollywood film industry
Silver, Jon (2011) The first global entertainment company : explaining Pathe's global dominance in the pre-Hollywood film industry. In McKee, Alan, Collis, Christy, & Hamley, Benjamin (Eds.) Entertainment Industries : Entertainment as a Cultural System. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London and New York, pp. 79-97.
For almost a decade before Hollywood existed, French firm Pathe towered over the early film industry with estimates of its share of all films sold around the world varying between 50-70%. Pathe was the first global entertainment company. This paper analyses its rise to market leadership by applying a theoretical framework drawn from the business literature on causes of industry dominance, which provides insights into how firms acquire and maintain market dominance, and in this case the film industry. This paper uses evidence presented by film historians to argue that Pathe “fits” the expected theoretical model of a dominant firm because it had a marketing orientation, used an effective quality-based competitive strategy and possessed the six critical strategic marketing capabilities that business research shows enable the best performing firms to consistently outperform rivals
Impact and interest:
Citation counts are sourced monthly from and citation databases.
Citations counts from theindexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.
|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Keywords:||Entertainment, Film, Movie, TV, Pathe, film distribution, movie marketing, hollywood dominance, cinema, motion picture, feature films|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified (190299)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Taylor and Francis|
|Deposited On:||25 Aug 2011 01:28|
|Last Modified:||25 Aug 2011 01:28|
Repository Staff Only: item control page