Building Successful and Sustainable Film and Television Businesses (Book)

A Cross-National Perspective

Building Successful and Sustainable Film and Television Businesses provides a truly cross-national, comparative dialogue that is vital to the field of media industry studies today. It presents an overview of the film and television sectors in Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, drawing together their common elements.


This edited collection focuses on the production cultures of successful small and medium-sized (SME) film and television companies in Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK, based on a three-year research project, ‘Success in the Film and Television Industries’ (SiFTI) funded by the Norwegian Research Council. It explores case studies of multiple businesses that have thrived over a period of at least five years and have made several successful productions: both in terms of popularity and critical acclaim. Chapters investigate their histories and evolution, contextualising these companies and the people who work for them within macro-economic and cultural conditions. This anthology goes further – to compare and contrast these companies cross-nationally, in order to seek common elements that may explain how they have been able to survive and thrive.

Eva Bakøy and Roel Puijk are both Professors of Film and Television Studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer. Andrew Spicer is Professor of Cultural Production at the University of the West of England.

Eva Bakøy, Roel Puijk and Andrew Spicer
The Film and Television Industries in Norway
Jo Sondre Moseng
Leadership Practices in the Norwegian Film Industry
Eva Bakøy
Co-Produced Television Drama and the Cost of Transnational 'Success': the Making of: "Lilyhammer"
Vilde Schanke Sundet
Different Places, Different Stories? The Importance of Place in Regional Film and Television Production
Stine Sand
An Introduction to the Danish Film and Television Industries - A Small Country Successfully Producing Drama
Heidi Philipsen and Roel Puijk
Zentropa: A Successful Danish Film Company – 'A State of "Emergency" Is a Good Position to Be in'
Heidi Philipsen
The Means and Meanings of Being Independent: Competing Truths in the Television Company STV
Søren Birkvad
Embracing the International Market: The Dutch Film and Television Production Landscape in Transition
Eggo Müller and Daisy van de Zande
Innovation in the Independent Dutch Film Production Companies Column Film and Rinkel Film 
Willemein Sanders and Roel Puijk
The Professional is Personal: A Comparison Between the Dutch Television Production Companies is JVtv and BlazHoffski
Willemien Sanders and Roel Puijk
The Finance and Production of Independent Film and Television in the United Kingdom: A Critical Introduction
Steve Presence
Staying Alive as an Indie: How Three UK Companies Build and Sustain Their Businesses
Audun Engelstad
'It's Our Property and Our Passion': Managing Creativity in a Successful Company – Aardman Animations
Andrew Spicer
Eva Bakøy, Roel Puijk and Andrew Spicer
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