Digitalisation and Face-to-Face Interactions: The Example of the Film and Television Industry in London

Dr Galina Gornostaeva,
Andy Pratt
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Digitalisation in film and television industry happens at different levels: digital filming reduces the cost of production and involves a wider group of low budget producers; digital editing and post-production and an ability to transfer the bits of film through Internet allow internationalisation of those processes which means lesser dependence on local customers; digital distribution means a threat to distribution monopolies; digital exhibition, when it is in place, will influence the whole financial system of the industry. Digitalisation of communication and negotiation processes leave only the most complex interactions and tacit knowledge transfer to face-to-face medium. All together these processes create a condition for decentralisation of the industry otherwise tightly concentrated in urban centres. Research involved the interviewing of film and television companies in London with the emphasis on the role of digital in their everyday practices of interaction and obtaining knowledge.

Keywords: film and television industry, digitalisation, tacit knowledge transfer, face-to-face interactions, decentralisation, London
Stream: Other or Stream Unspecified, Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Digitisation and Face-to-Face Interactions

Dr Galina Gornostaeva

Research Fellow, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Sciences

In recent years participated in several projects including ESRC project on production chains in film and television industry, the INTERREG IIC funded project GEMACA II on functional urban region in Europe, etc. Taught the course 'Information Technology and Society' at the University of Greenwich.

Andy Pratt

Department of Geography, London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Ref: T05P0287