TV s Betty Goes Global

Author: Janet Elizabeth McCabe
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1780762674
Format: PDF
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Premiering in 2006, the stylish and award winning US hit show Ugly Betty, about kind-hearted ugly duckling Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), is the latest incarnation of a truly global phenomenon that started life as a Colombian telenovela, Yo soy Betty, la fea, back in 1999. The tale has since taken an extraordinary journey around the globe, from the original Colombian Beatriz, Indian Jassi, Chinese Wudi and Israeli Esti to the Flemish Sara, Spanish Bea, Greek Maria and Dutch Lotte as well as Czech Katka, Russian Katka and Turkish Gönül. This groundbreaking book about how television formats go global asks what the Betty phenomenon can tell us about the international circulation of locally produced TV fictions as the Latin American telenovela is sold to, and/or re-made for, different national contexts. The contributors explore what Betty says about the tensions between multimedia conglomerates' commercial demands and the regulatory forces of national broadcasters, about national TV industries' struggle in competitive markets, and about what this international trade reveals about cultural storytelling and audience experience, as well as ideologies of feminine beauty. The book features original interviews with buyers and schedulers, writers, story editors and directors, including the creator of Yo soy Betty, la fea, Fernando Gaitán.

Reading Asian Television Drama

Author: Jeongmee Kim
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 184511860X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Asian TV industry is 'unstoppable' reported Variety in 2008, yet most people living in the West have no idea what the rest of the world is watching on TV: what makes them laugh and cry every day. Asian TV drama this book discloses is diverse in form and content, it has value that is local as well as transcultural and its shows have strong appeal in their aesthetics, storytelling, acting and cinematography to large non-Asian as well as Asian audiences. Reading Asian Television Drama offers an insightful overview of Asian television drama from such countries as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and South Korea, and of its cultural impact. Examining both text and context, chapters analyse local dramas closely, including South Korean Hallyu shows like Autumn in my Heart and Beautiful Days. Others focus on an Asian TV network within Asia, as well as Asian global cultural exchange and the international consumption of its television. They provide full and varied coverage of this important TV industry for a wide range of readers.

Contemporary British Television Crime Drama

Author: Ruth McElroy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317160967
Format: PDF, Docs
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Contemporary British Television Crime Drama examines one of the medium’s most popular genres and places it within its historical and industrial context. The television crime drama has proved itself capable of numerous generic reinventions and continues to enjoy some of the highest viewing figures. Crime drama offers audiences stories of right and wrong, moral authority asserted and resisted, and professionals and criminals, doing so in ways that are often highly entertaining, innovative, and thought provoking. In examining the appeal of this highly dynamic genre, this volume explores how it responds not only to changing social debates on crime and policing, but also to processes of hybridization within the television industry itself. Contributors, many of whom are leading figures in UK television studies, analyse popular series such as Broadchurch, Between the Lines, Foyle’s War, Poirot, Prime Suspect, Sherlock and Wallander. Essays examine the main characteristics of television crime drama production, including the nature of trans-Atlantic franchises and literary and transnational adaptations. Adopting a range of feminist, historical, aesthetic and industrial approaches, they offer incisive interrogations that provide readers with a rich understanding of the allure of crime drama to both viewers and commissioners.

Liberation Technology

Author: Larry Diamond
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421405687
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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"Liberation Technology" brings together cutting-edge scholarship from scholars and practitioners at the forefront of this burgeoning field of study. An introductory section defines the debate with a foundational piece on liberation technology and is then followed by essays discussing the popular dichotomy of "liberation" versus "control" with regard to the Internet and the sociopolitical dimensions of such controls. Additional chapters delve into the cases of individual countries: China, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia. This book also includes in-depth analysis of specific technologies such as Ushahidi - a platform developed to document human-rights abuses in the wake of Kenya's 2007 elections-and alkasir - a tool that has been used widely throughout the Middle East to circumvent cyber-censorship.

Ugly Betty

Author: Hyperion
Publisher: Hyperion
ISBN: 9781401322724
Format: PDF, Docs
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There's no stopping Betty. Audiences all over the world are cheering for the vibrant overachiever with the spirit and the smarts to live her dream. She may not be fashionable, but in the skin-deep world of high fashion, she's the fairest of them all. Designed to resemble fictional fashion bible Mode magazine, Ugly Betty: The Book offers insider interviews with the cast and creative team as well as a comprehensive episode guide. Plus! Features include: how to win friends at work, your style horoscope, Hilda's quick 'n' easy makeup tips, how to diva up your office space, and complete access to every character's style! And much, more more!

Quality TV

Author: Janet McCabe
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9781845115111
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Dealing primarily with the post-1996 era shaped by digital technologies and defined by consumer choice and brand marketing, this book brings together leading scholars, established journalists and experienced broadcasters working in the field of contemporary television to debate what we currently mean by quality TV. They go deep into contemporary American television fictions, from The Sopranos and The West Wing, to CSI and Lost -- innovative, sometimes controversial, always compelling dramas, which one scholar has described as "now better than the movies!" But how do we understand the emergence of these kinds of fiction? Are they genuinely new? What does quality tv have to tell us about the state of today's television market? And is it quality? Original, often polemic, each chapter proposes new ways of thinking about and defining quality TV. There is a foreword from Robert Thompson, and heated dialogue between British and US television critics. Also included are interviews with W. Snuffy Walden (scored The West Wing among others) and with David Chase (The Sopranos creator).

Reading Little Britain

Author: Sharon Lockyer
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 085771614X
Format: PDF, Docs
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Little Britain' arrived on British TV in 2003 - and was an instant hit. Matt Lucas and David Walliams wrote and performed, and their sharp satirical genius created this character-based sketch show - Vicky Pollard, Dafydd "I'm the only gay in the village", Ting Tong Macadangdang are hard to forget. Its huge popularity as cult-comedy on radio, then television, with its success as mainstream award-winning comedy and as a national and international TV phenomenon, have been tempered by criticism. It's pushed the boundaries of taste too far, some have claimed; it's grotesquely un-politically correct, mocks social groups and participates in the "humour of humiliation" say others. _x000D_ _x000D_ Timely and comprehensive, this must-read book on 'Little Britain' for fans and scholars is the first to provide lively critiques of the show by leading writers, who explore its appeal and dissect its controversies. They look into representations of gender, sexuality, race, disability and class, into sketch-show conventions, the art of the comedy catchphrase, audiences' responses and still more. It provides too a Film, TV and Radio Guide._x000D_

Loving The L Word

Author: Dana Heller
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857733249
Format: PDF
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Loving The L Word explores the groundbreaking series in its entirety through all six seasons, picking up where I.B. Tauris’ Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television (2006) left off. With new, updated chapters by many of the same television writers and scholars who contributed to the first volume, as well as essays by some newcomers, Loving The L Word examines the series’ quantum contribution to the ongoing evolution of queer television. _x000D_ _x000D_ Did The L Word live up to expectations or did it disappoint? What were the principle pleasures and pitfalls of watching the series? Whether you loved The L Word, hated it, or loved to hate it, this book recognizes that the show transformed the post-Ellen LGBT television landscape, fulfilling a long-neglected, visceral desire for lesbian stories and images. In the process, it reshaped the discursive communities that follow queer television, talk about it, and care about the narratives and characters that drive it. Including Character/Actor, Film/TV and full Episode guides, the book proceeds from the understanding that while The L Word ended in 2009, it lives on in the lives of its fans, as well as in a new reality spin-off, The Real L Word. _x000D_

Feminist Film Studies

Author: Janet McCabe
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231503008
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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An introduction to feminist film theory as a discourse from the early seventies to the present. McCabe traces the broad ranging theories produced by feminist film scholarship, from formalist readings and psychoanalytical approaches to debates initiated by cultural studies, race and queer theory.