ISSUE 29_Re-Intermediation: Distribution, Online Access, and Gatekeeping in the Digital European Market

Edited by Stefano Baschiera, Francesco Di Chiara and Valentina Re

This special issue of Cinéma&Cie analyses the logic and processes of re-intermediation emerging in the contemporary European media industry landscape, providing an opportunity to bring questions of availability, text circulation and gatekeeping to the centre of scholarly debates and investigations. Through contributions showcasing a wide array of methodological and theoretical approaches, the volume illustrates and analyses the presence of new gatekeepers, their impact in shaping texts and their consumption in different European contexts. Its case studies include file sharing, Curzon Home Cinema, VOD services and the problematic implementation of the Digital Single Market policy.

Stefano Baschiera, Francesco Di Chiara and Valentina Re, The Logic of Re-Intermediation: An Introduction

Luca Barra, On-Demand Isn’t Built in a Day: Promotional Rhetoric and the Challenges of Netflix’s Arrival in Italy

Petr Szczepanik, Localize or Die: Intermediaries in a Small East-Central European On-Demand Market

Giorgio Avezzù, The Data Don’t Speak for Themselves: The Humanity of VOD Recommender Systems

Virginia Crisp, Release Groups & The Scene: Re-Intermediation and Competitive Gatekeepers Online

Ian Robinson, Re-Intermediation, Audience Development and the Discourse of the European Film Public: Festival Scope and Curzon Home Cinema

NEW STUDIES

Jan Distelmeyer, Interfacing with Power: Orders and Computers

Alberto Micali, For an Archaeology of Swarming Machines: Genealogy and the Politics of Media Dissent Beyond Representational Metaphors

REVIEWS / COMPTES-RENDUS

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