TV Formats Worldwide (Book)

Localizing Global Programs

Edited by Albert Moran

This book redresses the balance of reality shows and the program format as a central mode of business and culture in the new television landscape. It explores topics such as reality TV, makeover programs, sitcoms, talent shows, fiction serials, broadcaster management policies, production decision chains and audience participation processes. 


Beginning around 2003, the growth of interest in the genre of reality shows has dominated the field of television studies. However, concentrating on this genre has tended to sideline the even more significant emergence of the program format as a central mode of business and culture in the new television landscape. TV Formats Worldwide redresses this balance and heralds the emergence of an important, exciting, and challenging area of television studies. Topics explored include reality TV, makeover programs, sitcoms, talent shows, and fiction serials, as well as broadcaster management policies, production decision chains, and audience participation processes. This seminal work will be of considerable interest to media scholars worldwide.

Albert Moran is a senior lecturer in media at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. His current research covers international trade in TV formats, media geographies, and Australian screen history.

Chapter 1: Introduction: ‘Descent and Modification’ 
Albert Moran
Chapter 2: Rethinking the Local–Global Nexus Through Multiple Modernities: The Case of Arab Reality Television 
Marwan M. Kraidy
Chapter 3: When TV Formats are Translated 
Albert Moran
Chapter 4: Imagining the National: Gatekeepers and the Adaptation of Global Franchises in Argentina 
Silvio Waisbord and Sonia Jalfin
Chapter 5: Trading in TV Entertainment: An Analysis 
Katja Lantzsch, Klaus-Dieter Altmeppen and Andreas Will
Chapter 6: The Rise of the Business Entertainment Format on British Television 
Raymond Boyle
Chapter 7: Collaborative Reproduction of Attraction and Performance: The Case of the Reality Show Idol 
Yngver Njus
Chapter 8: Auditioning for Idol: The Audience Dimension of Format Franchising 
Doris Baltruschat
Chapter 9: Adapting Global Television to Regional Realities: Traversing the Middle East Experience 
Amos Owen Thomas
Chapter 10: How National Media Systems Shape the Localization of Formats: A Transnational Case Study of The Block and Nerds FC in Australia and Denmark 
Pia Majbrit Jensen
Chapter 11: Transcultural Localization Strategies of Global TV Formats: The Office and Stromberg 
Edward Larkey
Chapter 12: Tearing Up Television News Across Borders: Format Transfer of News Parody Shows between Italy and Bulgaria 
Gabriele Cosentino, Waddick Doyle and Dimitrina Todorova
Chapter 13: Defining the Local: A Comparative Study of News in Northern Ireland 
Sujatha Sosale and Charles Munro
Chapter 14: Independent Television Production, TV Formats and Media Diversity in China 
Michael Keane and Bonnie Liu
Chapter 15: A Place in the Sun: Global Seriality and the Revival of Domestic Television Drama in Italy 
Milly Buonanno
Chapter 16: Idol in a Small Country: New Zealand Idol as the Commoditization of Cosmopolitan Intimacy 
Barry King
Chapter 17: From Global to Glocal: Australianizing the Makeover Format 
Tania Lewis
Manuel Alvarado
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