Who are you? Following the Evidence  of  CSI ’s Corporate Authorship Derek Kompare Southern Methodist University
Authorship in Media Studies <ul><li>Film Studies </li></ul><ul><li>revised theories of authorship </li></ul><ul><li>contin...
Authorship in Media Studies Rising interest in production cultures Conspicuous auteurism in media culture
The TV Author as Brand Marketing auteurism Author as guarantor of “quality” <ul><li>audience engagement </li></ul><ul><li>...
The TV Author as Brand Public performance <ul><li>traditional and new media </li></ul><ul><li>four publics </li></ul><ul><...
CSI: Authorship <ul><li>Who “authors”  CSI ? </li></ul><ul><li>39 “producers” </li></ul><ul><li>multiple forms of attribut...
The Suspects The Creator
The Suspects The Mogul
The Suspects The Suit
The Suspects The Star
The Suspects The Showrunner
The Suspects The Hotshot Director
The Suspects The Writers
The Suspects The Technical Advisors
Authorship Culture What does authorship mean? How is authorship performed? Where else is authorship?
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Who Are You?: Following the Evidence of CSI's Corporate Authorship

  1. 1. Who are you? Following the Evidence of CSI ’s Corporate Authorship Derek Kompare Southern Methodist University
  2. 2. Authorship in Media Studies <ul><li>Film Studies </li></ul><ul><li>revised theories of authorship </li></ul><ul><li>continual work on “The Films of…” </li></ul><ul><li>Television Studies </li></ul><ul><li>virtually absent </li></ul><ul><li>field developed away from authorship </li></ul>
  3. 3. Authorship in Media Studies Rising interest in production cultures Conspicuous auteurism in media culture
  4. 4. The TV Author as Brand Marketing auteurism Author as guarantor of “quality” <ul><li>audience engagement </li></ul><ul><li>critical engagement </li></ul><ul><li>multiple branding </li></ul>
  5. 5. The TV Author as Brand Public performance <ul><li>traditional and new media </li></ul><ul><li>four publics </li></ul><ul><li>Changing industrial states </li></ul><ul><li>old vs new media environments </li></ul><ul><li>critics </li></ul><ul><li>fans </li></ul><ul><li>industry </li></ul><ul><li>peers </li></ul>
  6. 6. CSI: Authorship <ul><li>Who “authors” CSI ? </li></ul><ul><li>39 “producers” </li></ul><ul><li>multiple forms of attribution </li></ul>CSI: Crime Scene Investigation <ul><li>most successful series in 2000s </li></ul><ul><li>resurgence of crime TV </li></ul><ul><li>conspicuous style </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Suspects The Creator
  8. 8. The Suspects The Mogul
  9. 9. The Suspects The Suit
  10. 10. The Suspects The Star
  11. 11. The Suspects The Showrunner
  12. 12. The Suspects The Hotshot Director
  13. 13. The Suspects The Writers
  14. 14. The Suspects The Technical Advisors
  15. 15. Authorship Culture What does authorship mean? How is authorship performed? Where else is authorship?

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