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Jonathan Wroot <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 8 Mar 2015 16:15:23 +0000
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Further to the previous email, registration will be open until 26th April
2015, to allow for confirmation of seat availability and numbers in
attendance. Late registration may be considered, if spaces are available.

Dr Jonathan Wroot
Sessional Lecturer, Film Studies,
Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts,
University of Worcester.
PhD awarded by UEA
Email: [log in to unmask]

On 8 March 2015 at 16:11, Jonathan Wroot <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Registration is now open for this one-day symposium at the University of
> Worcester on 23rd May 2015. This follows a successful call for papers which
> will cover a broad range of case studies.
> The rationale behind the event can be found below, as can details of the
> event itself:
> Distribution is often been seen as the “invisible link” in the media
> industry, in terms of facilitating how films, television shows and other
> texts reach audiences. The rise of digital platforms, such as online rental
> services and bit torrents, recently changed this view and digital
> distribution is the focus of several recent publications. However, there
> has not been a mass shift towards purely digital media, and physical media
> releases are still sought out by fans and consumers. Special editions and
> box-sets for DVDs and Blu-Rays are frequently hyped up on social media, and
> from many countries around the world. Past formats also make for
> collectible items, such as VHS, Laserdisc, and HD-DVD. Terminology related
> to physical media hugely affects perceptions of exhibition and consumption,
> such as ‘box-sets’, ‘binge-watching’, and ‘marathon’.
> Distributors have been recognised as the ones making all this possible.
> Media distribution labels often promote their own actions; or their actions
> are reported on by critics and journalists; or fans and consumers directly
> respond to their releases and related activities. Such activity takes place
> within a variety of contexts – from film festivals to conventions and Q&A
> sessions; from social media, to dedicated websites and themed public
> attractions. This also occurs in relation to a variety of media texts –
> from newer releases to older titles; from films previously unavailable, to
> those regularly watched and celebrated by many.
> The result of the raising of the profile of distributors has been a Home
> Media Renaissance. This exists not only as an alternative to online digital
> media exhibition options, but as one that occurs alongside them. In
> addition to the recent academic study of legitimate and illegitimate
> methods of online downloading and streaming, the simultaneous desire to own
> physical media is prevalent.
> The aim of this symposium is to discuss and debate how and why
> distributors are becoming so prolific in an increasingly digital age. Is
> this activity a reaction to shifts towards downloading and streaming? Are
> consumers increasingly attracted to these forms of media, or are
> distributors desperate to maintain their interest? Can it last?
> *Please email [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]> if you wish
> to register to attend the event. Attendance is free of charge, but
> registration is necessary to guarantee a seat at the symposium, and to
> confirm numbers.*
> Please use the following links to find further details and information
> about the symposium, including the schedule:
> Dr Jonathan Wroot
> Sessional Lecturer, Film Studies,
> Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts,
> University of Worcester.
> PhD awarded by UEA
> Email: [log in to unmask]

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