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New MeCETES Publication: Transnational European Television Drama

We are very pleased to announce the publication of Transnational European Television Drama: Production, Genres and Audiences, the first monograph to come out of the three-year MeCETES project. This is the first in depth and comparative analysis of the bigger picture of European television drama in a transnational context across several European countries.

Transnational European Television Drama: Production, Genres and Audiences

Transnational European Television Drama:
Production, Genres and Audiences

The book deals with the role of television drama in Europe as enabler of transnational, cultural encounters for audiences and the creative community. It demonstrates that the diversity of national cultures is a challenge for European TV drama but also a potential richness and source of creative variation. Based on data on the production, distribution and reception of recent TV drama from several European countries, the book presents a new picture of the transnational European television culture. The authors analyse main tendencies in television policy and challenges for national broadcasters coming from new global streaming services. Comparing cases of historical, contemporary and crime drama from several countries, this study shows the importance of creative co-production and transnational mediated cultural encounters between national cultures of Europe.

The co-authors of the book make up the Copenhagen MeCETES team, and are all from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. From the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication: Professor Emeritus Ib Bondebjerg, Associate Professors Rasmus Helles, Eva Novrup Redvall, Henrik Søndergaard and PhD Fellow Signe Sophus Lai. Cecilie Astrupgaard is from the Department of Sociology.

Transnational European Television Drama is available in both hardbook (€96.29) and e-book (€74.96) from Palgrave Macmillan.

“This is a timely and wide-reaching study on changing and developing relations in the production and consumption of drama from different European countries. The book offers new data for an international comparison of TV drama consumption, as well as detailed analyses of media policy and production cultures. A particular strength is the cumulation of much of this data into three concluding chapter which offer a comparative view onto the production and reception of contemporary, crime and historical drama respectively.” (Elke Weissmann, Reader in Television and Film, Edge Hill University, UK)

“This outstanding book offers an excellent contribution to the field of transnational TV drama series from an European perspective. It sheds light on the theoretical and practical dimensions of European co-productions. The authors give a distinguished insight into the social and cultural practices of the production and consumption of European TV Drama series.” (Lothar Mikos, Professor of Television Studies, Filmuniversität Babelsberg, Germany)

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