José Arroyo in Conversation with Christopher Meir on ‘Mass Producing European Cinema: Studiocanal and its Works’

A conversation with Christopher Meir on his fascinating new book on Studiocanal and on how Europe also mass produces cinema. It’s a wide-ranging conversation touching on historical antecedents (Pathé, UFA, The Rank Organisation), the influence of the Cannon Group and Carolco in the late 80s and 90s, the business history of the studio beginning with Canal Plus, the importance of a film library and much more. Meir demonstrates how European Cinema is industrial; how television has taken the place cinema had for a mass audience, how this change has proved transformative for cinema and industrial models are also changing for television. I love works of history on media industries. We don’t have enough of them. In fact this is one of the first on a contemporary European studio. The conversation is a fascinating taster that will leave you wanting to read the book.

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