Prof Kevin Sanson

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PhD (University of Texas at Austin)

Dr Kevin Sanson is Professor of Media Studies and Head of the School of Communication at Queensland University of Technology. He also is a chief investigator in the Digital Media Research Centre's Transforming Media Industries Program. Additionally, he is co-founder and current editor of Media Industries, an open access, academic journal for critical media industries research. Previously, he was the Research Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Media Industries Project at University of California Santa Barbara. He researches the business practices and cultural dynamics of the global film and television industries, focussed especially on the changing nature of work and working conditions for talent, craft workers, and technicians.

Prof. Sanson is the author of Mobile Hollywood: Labor and the Geography of Production (UC Press, forthcoming). He also is co-editor of Voices of Labor: Creativity, Craft, and Conflict in Global Hollywood (UC Press 2017), Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor (UC Press 2016), Connected Viewing: Selling, Streaming, & Sharing Media in the Digital Era (Routledge 2014) and Distribution Revolution: Conversations about the Digital Future of Film and Television (UC Press 2014). Other publications appear in International Journal of Cultural Studies, Television & New Media, and the Sage Handbook of Television Studies, among others.

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As part of his research, Kevin regularly engages with leading screenwriters, directors, craft workers, and producers, union and guild representatives, and executives in the US, UK, and Australia. In his previous post as Research Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center's Media Industries Project at UC Santa Barbara, he facilitated the project's relations with industry partners and funders, including a collaboration with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment that focused on changes in the home entertainment market.

Making Australian TV in the 21st Century
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