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[ecrea] New book: The Talent Industry: Television, Cultural Intermediaries and new Digital pathways

Wed Aug 15 16:54:38 GMT 2018

New Book Published:

/THE TALENT INDUSTRY: Television, Cultural Intermediaries and new Digital Pathways./

Raymond Boyle, Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow.


This book explores how the digital multiplatform delivery of television is affecting the role performed by cultural intermediaries responsible for talent identification and development.  Drawing on original research from key stakeholders across the television and social video sectors such as broadcasters, commissioning editors and talent agents, it investigates whether the process of digitization is offering new pathways to capture and nurture a diverse talent base within the UK television industry. It also provides an in-depth study of how the term ‘talent’ has historically been interpreted and understood within the UK television industry through the BBC and commercial PSB’s, such as ITV and Channel 4. /The Talent Industry/ investigates how the traditional gatekeepers of talent in television are changing and examines the key role of talent agencies in managing and promoting contemporary on and off-screen talent in the digital age.


Talent agents; BBC; digital multiplatform; ITV; PSB; social media; agency; media industry.

Chapters:  Introduction <>;  Understanding and Conceptualising Talent; The Evolution of the Television Talent Industry <>; Managing Talent in the Digital Multi-platform Age <>; BBC, ITV and Channel 4: Talent in the Digital Environment <>; Talent, Multi-channel Networks (MCN) and the YouTube Generation <>; Television Talent in the Twenty-First Century <>; Endpiece <>.

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