Chapter 1: Precarious creativity: Global media, local labor
Curtin, Michael & Sanson, Kevin (2016) Chapter 1: Precarious creativity: Global media, local labor. In Curtin, M. & Sanson, K. (Eds.) Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor. University of California Press, CA, Oakland, CA, pp. 1-18.
In most parts of the world, screen media workers—actors, directors, gaffers, and makeup artists—consider Hollywood to be glamorous and aspirational. If given the opportunity to work on a major studio lot, many would make the move, believing the standards of professionalism are high and the history of accomplishment is renowned. Moreover, as a global leader, Hollywood offers the chance to rub shoulders with talented counterparts and network with an elite labor force that earns top-tier pay and benefits. Yet despite this reputation, veterans say the view from inside isn’t so rosy, that working conditions have been deteriorating since the 1990s if not earlier. This grim outlook is supported by industry statistics that show the number of good jobs has been shrinking as studios outsource production to Atlanta, London, and Budapest, among others...
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