British animation and Channel 4: The role of broadcasting in nurturing new talent and creativity in the animation industry
Author: Kitson, Clare
Source: Creative Industries Journal, Volume 3, Number 3, 27 May 2011 , pp. 207-220(14)
Abstract:From its creation in 1981 until the mid-1990s, Channel 4 Television's advertising revenue was plentiful, enabling it to commission programmes that were often challenging and innovative in form and content. Its animation work focused mainly on short films, which attracted plaudits at home and internationally. It commissioned as many female as male directors and instituted schemes to foster innovation in animation and to nurture first-time directors. For some years the BBC and S4C were also active in the field. At the time, given that there was no commercial market for challenging shorts, it seemed this work might be of no relevance in the outside world. But nowadays several commentators are warning of a crisis of creativity in the industry, and this article considers whether this could be related to the almost total absence of British television from the sector. Could television or another market segment plug that gap in future?
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2011-05-27
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