Ownership and Funding in Media BTEC Lvl 3

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Ownership and Funding in Media BTEC Lvl 3

  1. 1. By William Sargent
  2. 2. How does the British Film Council help fund the British Film Industry?  The British Film Council helps the British Film Industry by several different funds.  These are the Premiere Fund, New Cinema Fund, Prints & Advertising Fund and also Development Fund.  They also invested in 240 digital cinema screens across the UK.
  3. 3. Who owns what in the British TV industry?  British Television is primarily made up of Four Companies, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 & Five.  BBC is the PBS-Funded Channel, owned by the United Kingdom and run by a board of governors.  ITV, Channel Four & Five are all Commercial Channels, funded on advertising.
  4. 4. Hollywood Studio System The American Film Industry is dominated by the Big Six film studios. All of the Big Six studios are subsidiaries of major media conglomerates. Studio (Subsidiary) Conglomerate (Parent) Warner Bros Time Warner Paramount Viacom 20th Century Fox News Corp Walt Disney Pictures The Walt Disney Company Columbia Pictures Sony Corporation Universal Pictures GE and Comcast
  5. 5. The Dangers of the Big Six  If only six companies owned everything in media, that would mean that there are only six choices of opinions.  By applying the hypodermic needle theory, we could then suggest that those six media owners automatically have the power to put thoughts into people’s heads. One example could be the portrayal of someone like the President of America or the PM of the UK as being a bad leader, simply by choosing to select the information they show to display that image, and not a well-rounded view.  With the media, we only tend to see what they want us to see, especially if you’re a passive consumer, not an active one, so if only six people with similar opinions were putting out information it would in theory be easy to change people and the world.
  6. 6. The American Film Industry and the Britain  The Big Six studios dominate the British box office.  On average American films account for between 70-75% of UK box office takings.  Around 20% of UK box office takings go to British films that are co=productions with major Hollywood Studios.  Independent British films take on average 6% of takings at the UK Box office, though that reached a high of 13% last year.  Of the top 20 films at the UK box office in 2011, 16 of them were produced by on one of the major Hollywood studios.
  7. 7. Ownership and The UK Film Industry What are the different types of institutions in the British film industry?  Independent companies  Television Companies  Government bodies  Co-productions with Hollywood studios
  8. 8. DNA Films DNA is run by Andrew Macdonald and his producing partner Allon Reich and is one of the UK’s most successful production companies. Productions include Dredd 3D, Never Let Me Go, The Last King of Scotland, Notes on a Scandal, 28 Weeks Later, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, The Beach, Trainspotting and Shallow Grave.
  9. 9. Working Title Working Title Films is a British film production company, based in London owned by Universal Studios and Magnolia Pictures (2013-present). The company was founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe in 1983. It produces feature films and several television productions. Eric Fellner and Bevan are now the co-chairs of the company.
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