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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.


media industries, globalization, creative labour, creative industries

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Kevin Sanson is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Discipline Leader for Digital Media and Entertainment Industries at Queensland University of Technology. He also an active member of the the SoC’s Digital Media Research Centre and the School of Management’s Work/Industry Futures Research Program. Additionally, he is a co-founder of  Media Industries, a global, peer-reviewed, open access journal for critical media industries research. He currently serves as the journal’s managing editor. Previously, Dr Sanson was the Research Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Media Industries Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr Sanson’s research areas include critical media industry studies, focusing especially on film and television; media globalization; creative labour; and digital distribution. His current work examines how the spatial dynamics of screen media production are transforming working conditions and practices in global production hubs.

Other research and teaching interests include film and television history; production cultures; creative industries and clusters; cultural geography; regional identities and the media, with a focus on Scotland; and national cinema debates, with a focus on the UK. His graduate research focused on the shifting production cultures in Glasgow, Scotland, as a consequence of the city’s renewed focus on creative industries and digital media in its economic and cultural strategies. Dr Sanson has published in International Journal of Cultural Studies, Television & New Media, and the Sage Handbook of Television Studies, 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).

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Dr Sanson has taught courses on creative labor; cinema history; media and cultural studies; and race, ethnicity, and the media, among others. At QUT, he is the study area coordinator for entertainment industries and has coordinated and/or developed the following units:

  • KXB102: Global Entertainment
  • KXB201: Entertainment Practice
  • CDB301: Critical Issues in the Entertainment Industries

He supervises or co-supervises a number of honors and postgraduate students studying 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

Dr Sanson also supervises two highly successful international immersive learning opportunities:

  • How Hollywood Works (June) is an immersive learning experience for undergraduate students that emphasizes the relationship between place, culture, and the entertainment economy in Los Angeles, and includes attending the annual ‘Produced by Conference.’
  • Buying and Selling Global Entertainment (October) is an immersive learning experience that exposes undergraduate students to global trends in the entertainment marketplace with site visits in London and Paris, and includes work experience with Australian broadcasters and distributors at the annual MIPCOM international television sales market and conference in Cannes, France.
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In his previous post at the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Media Industries Project (MIP) at UC Santa Barbara, Dr Sanson collaborated with the project’s directors to provide strategic leadership and operational management over large-scale, global research initiatives, resource development, publishing activities, and public programming. He facilitated the project’s relations with industry partners and funders, convened workshops and conferences with academics and industry practitioners, and oversaw all design and editorial decisions for the MIP website. He regularly interfaced with screenwriters, directors, and producers, union and guild representatives, and executives from the major studios. During his tenure, MIP collaborated with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on a multi-year international research venture focused on the integration of digital technology with traditional screen media practices. MIP also engaged a range of film and television workers, union and guild representatives, and international scholars on potential research outputs in accordance with a global initiative on working conditions in the screen industries. Dr Sanson also participated in the formation of the first peer-reviewed, open-access journal for media industries research, an international collaboration among six institutions, including QUT, on four different continents. He is a founding member of the editorial collective and currently serves as the journal’s managing editor.

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