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Biography

Prior to becoming an academic, I worked in media post-production and, subsequently, archive footage sales. Since gaining my PhD in 2008 I have lectured in several institutions in the UK, China and Europe. Prior to joining King’s, I was a senior lecturer in film studies at the University of Derby and, prior to that, I was associate professor of screen studies at the University of Southern California-Shanghai Jiao Tong University joint Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI), based in Shanghai.

Research interests & PhD supervision

  • Film and media promotion
  • Production studies
  • American cinema
  • Popular culture
  • Chinese cinema

My research focuses on the production, promotion and circulation of media texts, from movies to pop music. My lifelong love of Elvis Presley inspired my current project, which investigates the Elvis industry from 1953 to the present day. I am also working on a project about the exhibition of Hollywood films in China.

Teaching

My teaching is mainly concerned with the industrial side of media, such as production, promotion and circulation. My primary interest is cinema, but I also teach classes on television, media theory, immersive media, and pop music.

Expertise and public engagement

I am a visiting professor of screen industries at the USC-SJTU joint Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, based in Shanghai.

Selected publications

  • ‘“Anybody with a buck”: Terry Turner and the Ecosystems of Film Promotion’ Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (forthcoming 2020)
  • ‘”I Smell Money!” The Graduate, Class Product, and the Corporatisation of Embassy’ The Hollywood Renaissance: Revisiting American Cinema’s Most Celebrated Era, Yannis Tzioumakis and Peter Krämer (eds.) Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
  • Showman of the Screen: Joseph E. Levine and his Revolutions in Film Promotion, University Press of Kentucky, 2016
  • Beyond the Bottom Line: The Role of the Producer in Film and Television Studies (with Andrew Spicer and Christopher Meir), Bloomsbury Academic, 2014
  • The Man Who Got Carter: Michael Klinger, Independent Production and the British Film Industry 1960-1980 (with Andrew Spicer) I.B Tauris, 2013 (Winner: BAFTSS Best Book of 2014)