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Conclusion: ‘Hollywood’ Now

Barry Langford

in Post-Classical Hollywood

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638574
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671076 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638574.003.0013
Conclusion: ‘Hollywood’ Now

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The identification of the American commercial film industry with ‘Hollywood’ has always been a convenient shorthand masking a complex network of institutions, practices and conventions. That network has changed radically over the past seven decades. Commentators have been writing Hollywood's obituary, alongside that of the film industry, since the early 1950s. The rise of television, the shift towards independent and runaway production, the layoffs of contact personnel and shrinking of the old studio lots, the absorption of the movie studios themselves into larger conglomerates, have all provoked premature declarations of Tinseltown's demise. Yet Hollywood has not died, but evolved; as an industry, an image, and even as a physical location Hollywood remains a tangible reality, albeit a very different one from what it was sixty-five years ago. Today Hollywood is the location of the corporate offices of the filmed entertainment divisions of the giant media conglomerates, while the production process itself is widely dispersed across a huge range of territories and specialist service providers located not only in the United States but also worldwide.

Keywords: Hollywood; film industry; United States; media conglomerates; movie studios

Chapter.  6892 words. 

Subjects: Film

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