Location, Relocation, Dislocation: Place and Space in the TV Industry

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My name is Myles McNutt, and I am a PhD Candidate in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a person who writes about television on the Internet (specifically at my personal blog, Cultural Learnings, and The A.V. Club).

As part of my dissertation project, I am completing research on the subject of space and place within the television industry. Specifically, I’m considering how shifting geographies of television production—“where” TV gets made—are shaping both the labor of those who work in the industry and the work those laborers complete, which constructs representations of space and place within television series. From the writers who “set” the stories and the location scouts who find the locations to match those settings, or from the editors who place the establishing shots to the production designers who build the sets they’re establishing, I want to better understand how television is—per the project’s title—located, relocated, and dislocated within the complex process of television production.

In order to complete this research, it is my goal to have those who work in the industry reflect on the way space and place inflect their work, and how these shifting geographies are changing the way they understand the relationship between the “where” and the “how” in television production. As a result, I am recruiting participants who would be willing to be interviewed regarding these issues, with the goal of reflecting a range of laborers at various stages in the process of television production as well as various locations in which television is produced.

Important Details:

  • Interviews can be conducted either in person, over the phone, or over email.
  • Interviews will take roughly 30 minutes, although they may be shorter or longer depending on the participant.
  • All participants have the option to have his or her confidentiality maintained in any completed research.
  • All participants will sign a consent form confirming the above and other conditions of his or her participation.

If you are interested in participating in this research, fill in your name and contact information in the form below. I will send a followup email with additional information, and you will be able to ask any questions you might have about the project before confirming your participation. If you would prefer to contact me directly with any questions, you can reach me via email at mamcnutt@wisc.edu.

Myles McNutt

PhD Candidate, Media and Cultural Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Email: mamcnutt@wisc.edu

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