New Publication: ‘Behind the Screen: Inside European Production Cultures’

Behind the Screen explores the complex plays of power and imagination that shape the production of European film and television. Ranging widely, the authors provide revealing case examples of the diverse contexts in which screen media are conceived and produced. Shrewdly observant and conceptually sophisticated, these essays engage brilliantly with enduring debates about creative labor and cultural authority in modern societies.”

– Michael Curtin, Mellichamp Professor of Global Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA



Ed. by Petr Szczepanik & Patrick Vonderau

New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014

Introduction; Petr Szczepanik and Patrick Vonderau


1. Borderlands, Contact Zones, and Boundary Games: A Conversation with John T. Caldwell; Patrick Vonderau

2. Analyzing Production from a Socio-Material Perspective; Sara Malou Strandvad

3. The ‘Cultural’ of Production and Career; Chris Mathieu

4. Pacts of Embodiment: A Comparative Ethnography of Filmmakers’ Gestures; Emmanuel Grimaud

5. Film Production as a Palimpsest; Sylvie Lindeperg


6. Stress Aesthetics and Deprivation ‘Pay’ Systems; John T. Caldwell

7. The State-Socialist Mode of Production and the Political History of Production Culture; Petr Szczepanik

8. A Flexible Mode of Production: Internationalizing Hollywood Filmmaking in Postwar Europe; Daniel Steinhart

9. A European Take on the Showrunner? Danish Television Drama Production; Eva Novrup Redvall

10. Exporting Nollywood: Nigerian Video Filmmaking in Europe; Alessandro Jedlowski


11. Inequalities in Media Work; Rosalind Gill

12. Subjects At Work: Investigating the Creative Labour of British Screenwriters; Bridget Conor

13. Policy or Practice? Deconstructing Creative Industries; Philip Drake


Publisher website

Top 10 videos on EUscreen in 2013

We would like to present you the most frequently viewed videos on EUscreen in 2013*:

#1  Makrobiotička / Macrobiotic Lady (provided by Czech Televison)

macrobiotic lady


What is the life like for those who know what they eat? 70-years old lady Jarmila Průchová was healed thanks to a macrobiotic diet.”I am as happy and active as sixteen years ago, when these footage were taken. Best regards. Jarmila.” – said Ms Průchová in 2013.

Broadcast date: 22/06/1997





#2 Actie van de rijkswacht/ Action of the State Police (provided by VRT)

action of the state police



The State Police in Begium is very active on the roads, not only to verbalize the transgressions but also to give a help to automobilists in trouble.

Broadcast date: 09/08/1956



#3 A travers le Bruxelles populaire/Through the popular Brussels (provided by RTBF)

through the popular brussles


Clients in a café tell stories in the different Brussels dialects.

 Broadcast date: 31/03/1974






#4 Valfil (provided by RTBF)



Valfil wire fabric in Seraing is dismantled and transported by boat to China.

Broadcast date: 10/02/1988






#5 25 years paracommando (provided by VRT)



Paracommandos are famous for their interventions in war time. How about the training and the daily life of the paracommandos ?

 Broadcast date: 27/09/1967






#6 Les garçons et les filles/ Boys and girls (provided by RTBF)

video1 prt sc


The celebrations in Brussels : the Saint-Verhaegen on 20 November 1963.

Broadcast date: 04/12/1963






#7 Luttre: train crash / Accident de train (provided by RTBF)



Luttre : aftermaths of a train crash that killed 18 and injured 69.

Broadcast date: 15/08/1974






#8 Jeugdbendes in Genk/ Gangs in Genk (provided by VRT)



The phenomenon of gangs among young migrants in the city of Genk. Their life is conditioned by unemployment and petty crimes. They find a way out in music and dangerous moto competitions. How does justice handle them ?

Broadcast date: 04/09/1980





#9 Teenage street style (provided by RTÉ)



Teenage street style and fashion in late 1980’s Dublin.

Broadcast date: 03/02/1989






#10 Children Street Games and Rhymes (provided by RTÉ)

children's games


Film of children playing on the street in a Dublin housing estate.

Broadcast date: 27/10/1969







* data from Google Analytics

Call for Papers: Television Histories in (Post)Socialist Europe

VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture Vol. 3, Issue 05.

Deadline for abstracts: February 1st, 2014.
Deadline for full papers: 15 March, 2014.

While recent comparative and transnational approaches in the field of European television history have demonstrated the need for (post)socialist television histories in Europe, there is currently limited scholarship dedicated to this geopolitical area of television in Europe. This area of study has mostly been relegated to the margins of other disciplines and remained isolated by national languages inaccessible to non-native scholars.

VIEW Journal logoThe forthcoming issue of VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture is dedicated to the theme Television Histories in (Post)Socialist Europe. It aims to open up discussions of (post)socialist television in Europe beyond political histories of the nation-state, discourses of Cold War isolation and East-West antagonism. The very broad questions that motivate these aims are:

  • Which empirical case studies help us understand (post)socialist television histories beyond stories of political control?
  • Which primary sources allow us access to television histories that fall outside the mainstream histories of the socialist state?
  • What methods do we need in order to decentralize the state in the production of (post)socialist television histories and analyze television histories that have resisted, subverted or negotiated the politics of communist regimes?
  • How can we theorize (post)socialist television as an object of study that revisits the East versus West dichotomies that have been at the centre of television history in Europe
  • How do (post)socialist television histories help us revisit the Cold War geography of Europe?
  • How can we understand the shifting place of (post)socialist television within broader societal processes of communication?

VIEW welcomes contributions in the form of short articles (2000-4500 words), video and audio essays that take these broad questions on board and deal specifically with topics such as:

  • empirical case studies that help us understand (post)socialist television histories beyond stories of political control;
  • video and audio essays exploring television archival collections in Eastern Europe;
  • video and audio essays presenting primary sources (e.g. oral interviews, audio-visual and written material) of television in former socialist countries;
  • transnational cultures of (post)socialist television in Europe, namely: shared cultures of television production and professions, shared techno-political cultures of television and shared viewing cultures;
  • memories of socialist television and nostalgia;
  • popular television programmes during and since socialism.

This issue is guest edited by the European (Post)Socialist Television History Network in collaboration with the following guest editorial team:

  • Kirsten Bönker (Bielefeld University, DE)
  • Sven Grampp (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, DE)
  • Ferenc Hammer (ELTE University, HU)
  • Anikó Imre (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Lars Lundgren (Södertörn Univerity, SE)
  • Sabina Mihelj (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Dana Mustata (University of Groningen, NL)
  • Julia Obertreis (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, DE)
  • Irena Reifová (Charles University, CZ)

Submission info

  • Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds of expertise and interests in television broadcasting, from researchers to television professionals, to archivists and preservationists.
  • Contributions can be in the form of conventional articles, illustrated commentaries or photo-essays.
  • Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on February 1st, 2014. Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata.

VIEW is published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University, University of Luxembourg and Royal Holloway University of London. It is supported by the EUscreenXL project, the European Television History Network and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

EUscreenXL presents issue 04 of VIEW Journal

VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture Vol. 2, Issue 04: The Hidden Professions of Television

VIEW Journal cover issue 04

We know little about the ‘behind the scenes’ of television. The fourth issue of VIEW provides a rich and eclectic series of contributions from which a lot can be learnt about its ‘hidden’ professions.

VIEW, the Journal of European Television History and Culture is the first peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access e-journal in the field of
European television history and culture. It offers an international platform for outstanding academic research and archival reflection on television as an important part of our European cultural heritage.

The journal is proud to present its fourth issue:
Hidden Professions of Television has been guest-edited by Andy O’Dwyer and Tim O’Sulivan and is freely available from:

The articles presented here bring under scrutiny the ‘behind the scenes’ activities of television and their hidden, often unrecognised and uncelebrated personnel and processes. They engage across a wide range of organisational, administrative and technical activities that have played their understated, often ‘invisible’ part in the historical formation and development of television. We wish you a pleasant and inspiring journey through the Hidden Professions of Television!

Table of Contents


  • Editorial – Andy O’Dwyer, Tim O’Sulivan



“Media literacy research and policy in Europe” report just published

Media literacy research and policy in Europe. A review of recent, current and planned activitiesProj-COST

This is the report of an expert seminar held in Brussels on 12/9/13, organised by the Media Literacy Task Force of the COST Action, Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies. 25 media literacy experts from academia, policy and regulatory institutions came together to identify the current state of play and future directions for media literacy research and policy in Europe. In addition to capturing the main contributions made during the seminar, the report pulls out the recent history of media literacy policy at European level and highlights new indications of interest in this domain within the EC. The report concludes with recommendations for advancing this increasingly important area of research and policy.

Livingstone, S., Bulger, M. & Zaborowski, R. (2013). Media literacy research and policy in Europe. A review of recent, current and planned activities. London.

You can read the report here


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