Formats, Genres, and Engines

Michael Keane, Anthony Fung and Albert Moran

in New Television, Globalisation, and the East Asian Cultural Imagination

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9789622098206
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207219 | DOI:
Formats, Genres, and Engines

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TV-format adaptation process is a mechanism of flexible, leaner production and a response to evolving industry practices. In addition, the format generates greater traction for television producers by providing new ways of connecting with audiences. This chapter differentiates format from genre and shows how the television-format business has generated innovations that extend the product life-cycle of concepts. In this sense, the flexibility of the format is tailored to the rapidly shortened shelf-life of television programming—a consequence of evolving audience demand for new services.

Keywords: TV format; genre; television programming

Chapter.  8196 words. 

Subjects: Television

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