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TV Formats Worldwide

Localizing Global Programs

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.

224 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2009

Media Studies

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: Introduction: ‘Descent and Modification’

   Albert Moran

Part II: Modelling and Theory-Building

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 Franchise in Argentina

   Silvio Waisbord and Sonia Jalfin

Part III: Institutional Approaches

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

Part IV: Comparative Cross-Border Studies

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

Part V: National Imaginings

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

Notes on Contributors


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