- Associate Professor Kevin Sanson
- Discipline Leader
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Communication
- Associate Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Communication
- Discipline *
- Communication and Media Studies, Cultural Studies
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PhD (University of Texas at Austin)
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Dr Sanson is an active member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. As a graduate student, he was elected to serve on the Society’s Board of Directors. He continues to volunteer for committee work and regularly presents at the annual conference. He also is a chief investigator in the Digital Media Research Centre at QUT. He is co-founder and editor of the academic journal Media Industries.
media industries, globalization, creative labour, creative industries
Dr Kevin Sanson is an Associate Professor and Discipline Leader in the School of Communication at Queensland University of Technology. He is a chief investigator in the Digital Media Research Centre’s Transforming Media Industries Program, for which he also co-coordinates a monthly research workshop. Additionally, he is co-founder and current editor of Media Industries, an open access, academic journal for critical media industries research.
Kevin’s research focuses on the business cultures of the film and television industries with specific interest in how media executives, creative professionals, and craft workers engage with issues related to shifting work routines and conditions, globalization, and internet distribution, among others.
He is co-editor of Voices of Labor: Creativity, Craft, and Conflict in Global Hollywood (UC Press 2017), Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor (UC Press 2016), Connected Viewing: Selling, Streaming, & Sharing Media in the Digital Era (Routledge 2014) and Distribution Revolution: Conversations about the Digital Future of Film and Television (UC Press 2014). Other publications appear in International Journal of Cultural Studies, Television & New Media, and the Sage Handbook of Television Studies, among others.
Kevin has taught courses on creative labor; global media; cinema history; media and cultural studies; and race, ethnicity, and the media, among others. At QUT, he teaches into the School of Communication’s Entertainment and Media Industries degree program. He played a leading role in the program’s re-accreditation and redevelopment, working to keep its curriculum aligned with international disciplinary standards and industry needs.
Kevin welcomes post-graduate students with interests in critical media industry studies, including projects on but not limited to labor, globalization, and internet distribution. Past and current supervisions include topics such as:
- Digital distribution and Nollywood
- Political economy of Bangladesh media
- Advertising, technological change, and entrepreneurial careers
- ‘Blockbuster’ museum exhibitions
- Myanmar music industry and copyright regulations
- Chinese social media influencers
- Indian content creators and streaming media services
He also supervises two highly successful international immersive learning opportunities (i.e., “study tours”):
- How Hollywood Works (June) takes undergraduate students to Los Angeles where we meet with film and television professionals, all at different points in their career and working for different organizations, and visit a number of cultural sites with significance to the entertainment industry to learn about how Hollywood works as both a place and industry. The experience includes attending the annual ‘Produced by Conference.’
- Buying and Selling Global Entertainment (October) takes students to Cannes, France, where they attend the annual MIPCOM international television sales market and conference to learn about the global trends shaping the entertainment marketplace. The experience includes close mentorship from Australian broadcasters and distributors at the market, and time spent in London and Paris.
As part of his research, Kevin regularly engages with leading screenwriters, directors, craft workers, and producers, union and guild representatives, and executives in the US, UK, and Australia. In his previous post as Research Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Media Industries Project at UC Santa Barbara, he facilitated the project’s relations with industry partners and funders, including a collaboration with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment that focused on changes in the home entertainment market.
Keynote lectures and invited research talks (partial):
“Beyond Craft and Creativity: Labor in Mobile Hollywood.” University of Glasgow. Glasgow, Scotland.
“Beyond Netflix: Considering the Competing Logics of Streaming Television.” International Conference on Media and Communication. Institute of Media & Communication. Symbiosis International University. Pune, India.
“Mobile Hollywood: Where Craft Becomes Service?” Media Industries in Global Frames: Craft, Collaboration, Competition. Centre for Cinema Studies. Lingnan University. Hong Kong.
“Encountering Screen Media Work: Place, Space, and Scale in Screen Media Industries.” School of Arts, English and Languages. Queen’s University Belfast. Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Public talks and panels (partial):
At Work with Digital Media. Digital Media Research Centre Summer School / Radio National’s Future Tense Program. Brisbane Powerhouse. Brisbane, Australia.
The Future of Feature Film in Australia. Screen Forever Conference. Screen Producers Association of Australia. Melbourne, Australia.
The Future of Broadcasting in Australia. TV WEEK Logie Awards. Sponsored by Screen Producers Australia, Channel 9, and Screen Queensland. The Gold Coast, Australia.
Academic-Industry Collaborations. Warner Bros. Executive Luncheon. Warner Bros. Studios. Burbank, CA.
- Lotz A, Potter A, Sanson K, (2020) Response to Supporting Australian Stories on Our Screens Options Paper
- Sanson K, Steirer G, (2019) Hulu, streaming, and the contemporary television ecosystem, Media, Culture and Society p1210-1227
- Sanson K, (2018) Stitching it all together: Service producers and the spatial dynamics of screen media labor, International Journal of Cultural Studies p359-374
- Curtin M, Sanson K, (2017) Voices of Labor: Creativity, Craft, and Conflict in Global Hollywood, University of California Press
- Curtin M, Sanson K, (2016) Precarious creativity: Global media, local labor, University of California Press
- Curtin M, Sanson K, (2015) The division of labour in television, The SAGE handbook of television studies p133-143
- Sanson K, (2015) Corresponding geographies: Remapping work and workplace in the age of digital media, Television and New Media p751-768
- Holt J, Sanson K, (2014) Connected Viewing: Selling, Streaming, and Sharing Media in the Digital Era, Routledge
- Curtin M, Holt J, Sanson K, (2014) Distribution Revolution: Conversations About the Digital Future of Film and Television, University of California Press
- Sanson K, (2011) We don't want your must-see TV: Transatlantic television and the failed 'coupling' format, Popular Communication p39-54
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.