Beyond the Bottom Line

Beyond the Bottom Line: The Producer in Film and Television Studies

by Andrew Spicer

Dr Andrew Spicer, Reader in Cultural History at the University of the West of England, UK, has published widely on British cinema, masculinity and film noir, including Typical Men: The Representation of Masculinity in Popular British Cinema (2001/03), Film Noir (2002), Sydney Box (2006), the Historical Dictionary of Film Noir (2010) and, as editor, European Film Noir (2007). He is currently co-editing the Companion to Film Noir (Wiley-Blackwell) and co-authoring The Man Who Got Carter: Michael Klinger, Independent Production and the British Film Industry, 1960-1980 (I.B. Tauris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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, A.T. McKenna

Dr A.T. McKenna had published extensively on Film Producers, most notably Michael Klinger and Joseph E. Levine. His work has appeared in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Journal of British Cinema and Television, Journal of Popular Film and Television and SCOPE: An Online Journal of Film Studies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Christopher Meir

Dr Christopher Meir is Lecturer in Film at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago. He has edited a special issue of The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television on film marketing and has published work on the marketing of Scottish cinema, film producer Jeremy Thomas and other subjects. He is currently completing a book tentatively titled Scottish Cinema: Texts and Contexts for Manchester University Press and working on a comparative study of the film industries of the nations of the Commonwealth. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2014
  • DOI:
  • ISBN:
    9781441172365 (hardback)

    9781441162885 (epub)

    9781441125125 (epdf)

    9781501300202 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
Beyond the Bottom Line
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This is the first collection of original critical essays devoted to exploring the misunderstood, neglected and frequently caricatured role played by the film producer. The editors’ introduction provides a conceptual and methodological overview, arguing that the producer’s complex and multifaceted role is crucial to a film’s success or failure.

The collection is divided into three sections where detailed individual essays explore a broad range of contrasting producers working in different historical, geographical, generic and industrial contexts. Rather than suggest there is a single type of producer, the collection analyses the rich variety of roles producers play, providing fascinating and informative insights into how the film industry actually works. This groundbreaking collection challenges several of the conventional orthodoxies of film studies, providing a new approach that will become required reading for scholars and students.