Media Experiences: Engaging with Drama and Reality Television

Annette Hill

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Media Experiences travels across people and popular culture, exploring the pathways to engagement and the various ways in which we shape and are shaped by the media landscapes in which we move. This exploration includes the voices and bodies, sights and sounds of audiences as they experience entertainment through television drama, reality TV, at live events, and within digital television itself, as actors, participants and producers. And this exploration is about the people who create the drama, live events and reality entertainment that we experience. Thus, the book traverses the relationships between producers and audiences in shared places of a media imagination.

Annette Hill’s research draws on interviews and observations with over five hundred producers and audiences to explore cultures of viewing across different genres, such as Nordic Noir crime drama The Bridge, cult conspiracy thriller Utopia, and reality television audiences and participants in global formats MasterChef and Got to Dance. The research highlights how trends such as multi-screening, catch up viewing, amateur media and piracy work alongside counter trends in retro television viewing where people relish the social ritual of watching live television, or create a social media blackout for immersive viewing.

Key themes include roaming audiences, a metaphor that captures the dynamic practices of people as they experience storytelling that takes place across dispersed sites of production, distribution and reception, and a spectrum of engagement that includes positive and negative modes of engagement and disengagement with screen culture. Other themes include the crafting of emotional engagement with Nordic noir crime drama; illegal audiences and the many faces of piracy for television drama; the significance of time in embedded engagement with reality television in everyday life; authentic reality television and food culture for transnational audiences; and the hidden labour of warm up acts for live reality entertainment.

Media Experiences bridges the divide between industry and academia, highlighting how producers and audiences co-create, shape and limit experiences within emerging mediascapes.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9780203103531
ISBN (Print)9780415625364, 9780415625357
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 1

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Media Studies

Free keywords

  • media audiences
  • media industries
  • genre
  • television
  • drama
  • reality TV


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  • Entertainment Mobilisation: Nordic Noir Fans and Screen Tourism

    Hill, A. & Kondo, K., 2022 Jul 27, Border Crossings and Mobilities on Screen. Trandafoiu, R. (ed.). Abingdon Oxon: Routledge, p. 173-184 (Routledge Studies in Development, Mobilities and Migration).

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  • Roamers: audiences on the move across entertainment platforms in Southeast Asia

    Hill, A. & Lee, J. C., 2022, In: Javnost. 29, 1, p. 98-114

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    Open Access
  • Media Industries and Audiences: an Analytic Dialogue

    Hill, A., 2021, The Routledge Companion to Media Industries. McDonald, P. (ed.). 1 ed. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY : Routledge, p. 508-517 9 p. (Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions).

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  • Audiences Assemble & Analytic Dialogue

    Annette Hill (Speaker)

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  • Media Experiences

    Annette Hill (Invited speaker)

    2021 Apr 22

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  • Reality TV

    Annette Hill (Invited speaker)

    2021 Jan 21

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