The Logic of Formatting: A Case Study on Transnational TV Production

J Van Keulen, Tonny Krijnen, J Bauwens

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The transnationalization of television production has been examined by studies on formats and multinational media companies, which have often highlighted the resilience of the local in the global. This article investigates transnationalization on the microlevel of television production, drawing on participant observations in a Dutch production company that is partly
owned by an American conglomerate. It explores the deep entanglement of the local with the global in different facets of production – including legal, organizational, and market aspects – as manifested in daily practices and decision making in television production. Our analysis reveals an industrial logic of formatting that is not only induced by transnational ownership
structures and business models but also deeply ingrained in production routines and programme conventions. Through this logic, transnationalization shapes media professionals’ daily work, the selection of programme ideas, and the process of content development.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Popular Television
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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