TV Format sector consolidation and its impact on the configuration and ‘stickiness’ of the UK entertainment production market

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This article is concerned with the consolidation of European TV format production companies during the first two decades of the twenty-first century and its likely impact on the configuration and long-term sustainability of the world’s largest format production market, the United Kingdom. Theoretically and methodologically influenced by various approaches – critical political economy, meso-level television industries research and scholarship concerned with the locational choice of economic activity – this exploratory study combines the macro-picture of consolidation at the European and international level with a fine-grained case study of the UK television market. It discloses an ecology faced with a range of opportunities and threats, likely to result in marked and enduring changes to UK entertainment.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-165
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Digital Television
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


  • TV formats
  • UK television production
  • market consolidation
  • transnationalisation
  • US media conglomerates
  • global competition
  • multinational enterprises

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