Hollywood T.V. Producer: His Work and His Audience

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Except for accounts of journalists, dissident employees of the industry, and an occasional Congressional committee focusing on crime and unethical practices, there has been little written about how producers of television programs work. In "The Hollywood TV Producer "Professor Cantor tells about the constraints, conflicts, and rewards of the daily lives of television producers. In this unusual work in the social system of mass communications, we are told how producers select stories for filmed series and how movies end up in prime time. To find out, the author interviewed eighty producers in Hollywood over a two season period, attempting to discover whether the people they work for and where they work influence their decision making. The book demonstrates that critics of television have been largely correct in suggesting that to remain in production, a producer must first please the business organization that finances his or her operations. But Professor Cantor also shows that content is determined by a combination of other factors, artistic and professional, as well as social, economic, and political norms which have developed over time in the industry. The Hollywood TV Producer has been heralded by Herbert Gans as "essential reading for anyone interested in understanding or changing contemporary television fare . . . Dr. Cantor has written a thoughtful book that describes several quite different kinds of producers, none of whom turn out to be unhappy or hyperambitious starlet-chasers. Rather, she shows them to be fairly conventional Americans, working inside a highly rationalized though not necessarily rational industry.

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Except for accounts of journalists, dissident employees, and an occasional congressional committee focusing on crime and unethical practices, we have known very little about how television programs are produced. The Hollywood TV Producer, originally published in 1971, was the first serious examination of constraints, conflicts, and rewards in the daily lives of television producers. Its insights were important at the time and have not been challenged. Using as her framework the social system of mass communications, Muriel G. Cantor shows how producers select stories for television series and how movies end up in prime time. In order to get a comprehensive look at the inner workings of the TV industry and its producers, the author interviewed eighty producers in Hollywood over a two-season period. She probed to discover how the people producers work for and where they work influences their decision-making. As Cantor shows, critics of television who suggest that to remain in production, a producer must first please the business organization that finances his or her operations, are largely correct. Cantor shows that content is determined by a combination of artistic and professional factors, as well as social, economic, and political norms that have developed over time in the industry.

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"Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding or changing contemporary television fare. . . . Dr. Cantor has written a thoughtful book that describes several quite different kinds of producers, none of whom turn out to be unhappy or hyper-ambitious starlet-chasers. Rather, she shows them to be fairly conventional Americans, working inside a highly rationalized though not necessarily rational industry." --Herbert Gans, professor, Columbia

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