Global Media Formats
The rise of format programming has had an enormous impact on the media in the past few decades. Since the 1990s, formats have come to dominate TV schedules and have become symbolic of the way the media are changing in the face of the digital revolution. Formats have been developed as global businesses in the cut-throat environment of international media sales. Formats include game shows, factual entertainment programmes and drama. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the rise of TV formats from the 1950s until the present day and will also examine current trends in television-making especially with the advent of the internet and growth in digital channels. The course will examine the range of issues related to formats at pre-production, production and post-production stages. We examine especially how the television industry is adapting to the digital era and the key role of TV formats in that economic and social development.
- The purpose of this module is to develop students' understanding of format or reality television.
- Understanding the history of formats since the 1950s.
- The course will examine changing economic and financial forces, especially the advent of digital TV, which direct and constrain the choices of managers in developing media formats.
- Examine the specific programmes that have shaped multi- media production in the past two decades such as Big Brother, Love Island, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Deal or No Deal.
The course will be structured on lectures led by Professor Hibberd. Sessions will be accompanied with power point presentations.
Students must attend class for at least 60%. Teachers will not provide alternative teaching materials beyond online teaching materials presented in class.
The final grade will be composed of the results achieved by students:
- Written 2500-word essay (70% of the final evaluation)
- In class presentation of one key issue related to course (20% of the final evaluation)
- In-class participation (60% minimum) (10% of the final evaluation)
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