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

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. ISSN 1469-0314 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/27791

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/FS.14.0002

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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.

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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.
Uncontrolled Keywords:film and television companies, production studies, production cultures, agency, organisations, industry interrelationships
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Art and Design
ID Code:27791
Deposited By: Dr S. Presence
Deposited On:11 Jan 2016 10:23
Last Modified:14 Nov 2017 12:14

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