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On-line film distribution : Its history and global complexion

Cunningham, Stuart D. & Silver, Jon (2012) On-line film distribution : Its history and global complexion. In Iordanova, Dina & Cunningham, Stuart D. (Eds.) Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves Online. St Andrews Film Studies, University of St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom, pp. 33-66.

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Abstract

‘Nobody knows anything’, said William Goldman of studio filmmaking. The rule is ever more apt as we survey the radical changes that digital distribution, along with the digitisation of production and exhibition, is wreaking on global film circulation. Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves On-line helps to make sense of what has happened in the short but turbulent history of on-line distribution. It provides a realistic assessment of the genuine and not-so-promising methods that have been tried to address the disruptions that moving from ‘analogue dollars’ to ‘digital cents’ has provoked in the film industry. Paying close attention to how the Majors have dealt with the challenges – often unsuccessfully – it focuses as much attention on innovations and practices outside the mainstream. Throughout, it is alive to, and showcases, important entrepreneurial innovations such as Mubi, Jaman, Withoutabox and IMDb. Written by leading academic commentators that have followed the fortunes of world cinema closely and passionately, as well as experienced hands close to the fluctuating fortunes of the industry, Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves On-line is an indispensable guide to great changes in film and its audiences.

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ID Code: 49410
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: On-line Film, Distribution, Screen Culture, Internet
ISBN: 978-0-9563730-7-6
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Stuart Cunningham and Jon Silver (book chapter) Copyright 2012 (book) Ruby Cheung, Stuart Cunningham, Marijka Valck, Paul Fileri, Alex Fischer, Michael Franklin, Michael gubbins, Dina Iordanova, Mark David Ryan, Jon Silver, Ben Slater.
Copyright Statement: The moral right of Dina Iordanova and Stuart Cunningham to be identified as the editors of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988. All rights reserved; no parts of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transported in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of both the copyright owners and the above publisher of this book.
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