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Tuesday, May 3 • 3:30pm - 3:50pm
Managing the media workforce in a global industry – lessons from the UK

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This paper explores employment processes in the audiovisual industry. Specifically, it examines how people get in and get on in the UK broadcast television industry (BTI) and discusses career realities for media workers in the industry. It also considers the environmental, personal and employment factors that are informed by established theoretical models of labour economics, human capital, motivation and career development.The study applies a modified version of an empirical analytical interview methodology first used in a longitudinal study applied by the British Film Institute in the 1990s. It provides an analysis of the first set of results from a series of interviews with workers across six job families — production, craft & post, digital, writing, directing and business — that are in common usage in the BTI. Based on this analysis, it then presents a new framework for modelling and evaluating personal development, identifying three significant points of transition that require particular attention by managers and for the individual plotting their career trajectory.It considers the effectiveness of economic labour market theories in explaining the decisions individuals make about their personal investment in education, training and career. It concludes that classic labour market economic models fail to explain the behaviour of those wishing to join the creative industries in general and the BTI in particular.The next stage of the research, the model will be used with international cohorts of media managers to investigate their career strategies and the implications for recruiting to international teams.

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Peter Block

Course leader Global Media Business MA, University of Westminster
Peter is the course leader for the international MA in Global Media Business at the University of Westminster. He is also an independent consultant in all about Talent a company established to assist organisations with their people development, particularly in the UK television industry... Read More →

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Min Hang

Tsinghua University
Dr. Min Hang is Associate Professor in media management and economics at Tsinghua University, China. She chairs Tsinghua Global Business Journalism Program and she is deputy director of Media Management Research Center at Tsinghua University. She is also coordinating East Asia Institute... Read More →

Tuesday May 3, 2016 3:30pm - 3:50pm EDT
Room 402 Law School
  Media Workers & Creators
  • Manuscript # 1098
  • Session # A33