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[Commlist] New book: Gatekeeping in the Evolving Business of Independent Film Distribution

Sat Aug 03 09:56:39 GMT 2019

New book:

    Gatekeeping in the Evolving Business of Independent Film Distribution

*By Roderik Smits*

Series: Palgrave Global Media Policy and Business <>

This book is about the business of distribution, around which the international film business revolves. Considering sales agents and distributors as primary gatekeepers, the book examines the networks in which they operate, how their practices have evolved, and the power and control they exert over the business of independent film distribution.

Critically, it also considers how they are affected by the powerful influence of Netflix and Amazon in the online era. At a time of disruption and change to traditional business models and industry professions, it is argued that gatekeepers remain equally - if not more - crucial to the distribution and circulation of films in international markets.

/Keywords: film distribution, independent film, gatekeepers, digital disruption, media industry studies/

/Table of contents: /

1. Film Distribution and the Role of Gatekeepers

*Part 1: Film Sales Markets*

2. The Historical Development of Film Sales Markets

3. The Film Sales Process at the European Film Market

*Part 2: Gatekeepers and Gatekeeping Networks*

4. Analysing Sales Agents as Gatekeepers

5. Sales Agents and Their Gatekeeping Functions

6. The Gatekeeper Role of Distributors in the Dutch Market

*Part 3: Online Film Distribution*

7. VOD Platforms in the Era of Online Availability

8. The Powerful Influence of Netflix and Amazon Studios

9. Changing Circumstances of Gatekeepers

10. Experiments with Direct Distribution in the UK

11. Conclusion

/Published by Palgrave Macmillan and available to order at:/

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