Early independent production entrepreneurs in the UK television: pioneering agents of neoliberal intervention
by Richard Paterson
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing (IJEV), Vol. 9, No. 3, 2017

Abstract: This essay focuses on the operation of the UK independent television production sector in the context of the entrepreneurial aspirations of company owners in the 1990s. The calculative practices used running these small and medium sized companies are examined and the experiences in managing them are mapped as they negotiated an evolving fitness landscape. Analysis is provided of the strategies adopted including the need to develop reputation and relational contracts to secure a constant flow of commissions. Conclusions are drawn about this transitional phase of entrepreneurship in this sector ahead of government intervention in the market through imposing new terms of trade between independent production companies and broadcasters.

Online publication date: Sun, 10-Sep-2017

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