On-line film distribution: Its history and global complexion

Stuart Cunningham, Jon Silver

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‘Nobody knows anything’, said William Goldman of studio filmmaking. The rule is ever more apt as we survey the radical changes that digital distribution, along with the digitisation of production and exhibition, is wreaking on global film circulation. Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves On-line helps to make sense of what has happened in the short but turbulent history of on-line distribution. It provides a realistic assessment of the genuine and not-so-promising methods that have been tried to address the disruptions that moving from ‘analogue dollars’ to ‘digital cents’ has provoked in the film industry. Paying close attention to how the Majors have dealt with the challenges – often unsuccessfully – it focuses as much attention on innovations and practices outside the mainstream. Throughout, it is alive to, and showcases, important entrepreneurial innovations such as Mubi, Jaman, Withoutabox and IMDb. Written by leading academic commentators that have followed the fortunes of world cinema closely and passionately, as well as experienced hands close to the fluctuating fortunes of the industry, Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves On-line is an indispensable guide to great changes in film and its audiences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Disruption: Cinema Moves On-Line
EditorsDina lordanova, Stuart Cunningham
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherUniversity of St. Andrews Library
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9780956373090, 9780956373076
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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