Hollywood is facing unprecedented challenges - and is changing rapidly and radically as a result. In this major new study of the contemporary film industry, leading film historian Tino Balio explores the impact of the Internet, declining DVD sales and changing consumer spending habits on the way Hollywood conducts its business. Today, the major studios play an insignificant role in the bottom lines of their conglomerate parents and have fled to safety, relying on big-budget tentpoles, franchises and family films to reach their target audiences. Comprehensive, compelling and filled with engaging case studies (TimeWarner, DreamWorks SKG, Spider Man, The Lord of the Rings, IMAX, Netflix, Miramax, Sony Pictures Classics, Lionsgate and Sundance), Hollywood in the New Millennium is a must-read for all students of film studies, cinema studies, media studies, communication studies, and radio and television.
TINO BALIO is Emeritus Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The 2001 recipient of the inaugural Academy Film Scholar Grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Balio has written widely on the historical development of Hollywood and the American film industry. He is the author of a two-volume history of United Artists, Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Enterprise, 1930-1939 (1996), and The Foreign Film Renaissance on American Screens, 1946-1973 (2010).
Introduction.- 1 Mergers and Acquisitions: The Quest for Synergy.- 2 Production: Tentpoles and Franchises.- 3 Distribution: Open Wide.- 4 Exhibition: Upgrading Moviegoing.- 5 Ancillary Markets: Shattered Windows.- 6 Independents: 'To the Rear and Back End'.- Conclusion.- References and Further Reading.- Index.