The Television Handbook

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Taylor & Francis, 2005 - Performing Arts - 340 pages
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Updated to include information and discussion on new technologies and new critical ideas, Jonathon Bignell and Jeremy Orlebar present this excellent critical introduction to the practice and theory of television, which relates media studies theories and critical approaches to practical television programme making.

Featuring advice on many aspects of programme making, from initial ideas to post-production processes, and includes profiles to give insight into how people in the industry, from graduates to executives, think about their work.

With debates on what is meant by 'quality' television, key discussions include:

  • the state of television today
  • how television in made and how production is organized
  • how new technology and the changing structure of the television industry will lead the medium in new directions
  • the rise of new formats such as Reality TV
  • how drama, sport and music television can be understood.

 

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Contents

Media literacy
3
The political landscape
8
Public service broadcasting PSB
12
The widescreen world of digital technology
19
Working in television
29
Production jobs
31
Technical jobs
39
Working in a television studio
43
Drama and quality
119
the public sphere
134
Sport
149
Music video and postmodernism
158
Factual programming
173
Fictional television
186
Practical programme making
206
Television framing and shot size
219

Working in postproduction
50
Television theory
57
Genre and format
59
Schedule and audience
73
Approaches to narrative
90
tabloid TV?
106
Television studio
232
Postproduction
244
Overview
269
Programme making in the future
292
Index
325
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