A major event in the rapidly expanding field of Production Studies, the two-day international conference called New Directions in Film and Television Production Studiessold-out all three rooms of the Watershed’s conference centre. Scholars from across the UK, Europe, Australia, the US and the Caribbean explored myriad approaches to all aspects of production and production cultures in the film and television industries. With panels ranging from the theoretical, historical and methodological strategies involved in industry research to others investigating the new technologies, business models, policy frameworks and consumption strategies shaping the sector, the conference confirmed the strikingly interdisciplinary nature of Production Studies and the diversity of the cutting-edge research taking place within it. As well as keynote presentations from two leading scholars in the field - Professor Philip Drake (Edge Hill University) and Professor John Thornton Caldwell (UCLA) - speakers also included a number of high-profile figures from the film and televisions industries, including Laura Marshall (Icon Films), Kate Ogborn (Fly Films), Frank Mannion (Swipe Films) and Rod Stoneman (former Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, current head of Huston School of Film and Media, Galway). By bringing academia and industry together and exploring the current research taking place in the field, the conference also helped forge avenues for future study and as such – as described in a subsequent report on the conference – will surely prove ‘a key milestone in the development of Production Studies’ (http://mecetes.co.uk/new-directions-in-film-and-tv-production-studies/).
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