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"A step into the abyss" Transmedia in the UK Games and Television Industries

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This article uses a media industries studies perspective to investigate the current state of transmedia production in the UK. Analysing the discursive statements of a range of industry participants from both UK television and games industries, the article reveals a series of contradictions and misunderstandings that may be limiting the effectiveness of multi-platform projects. By comparing overlapping discursive patterns around attitudes to risk, measures of success, authorship between the two industries, and repeated concerns over the balance of creative and commercial imperatives, the article argues that existing hierarchies of power between media industries threaten to derail future convergence.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations
Volume8
Issue number2
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StatePublished - 2016
Peer-reviewedYes

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  • Transmedia, UK television, video games, mobile gaming, risk, media industries, commissioning

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