Media Clusters


Media Clusters

Spatial Agglomeration and Content Capabilities

9780857932686 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Professor Emeritus of the Economics of Technological Change, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University and Professor Emeritus of Industrial Economics, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden and Robert G. Picard, formerly Reuters Institute, University of Oxford, UK
Publication Date: December 2011 ISBN: 978 0 85793 268 6 Extent: 432 pp
This impressive new book uniquely focuses on the phenomenon of media clusters and is designed to inform policy makers, scholars, and media practitioners about the underlying challenges of media firm agglomerations, their potential, and their effects.

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This impressive new book uniquely focuses on the phenomenon of media clusters and is designed to inform policymakers, scholars, and media practitioners about the underlying challenges of media firm agglomerations, their potential, and their effects.

Including an array of distinguished contributors, this book explores the rationale and purpose of media clusters, how they compare with clusters in other industries, and the significant differences in characteristics, development processes and drivers among various media clusters worldwide. It incorporates perspectives from economic geography and economics, public development and industrial policy, organizational studies, entrepreneurship, as well as cultural and media studies, to provide a comprehensive view that provides critical insight into these clusters.
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‘Charlie Karlsson and Robert G. Picard have edited an impressive volume that addresses the efficacy and impact of media clusters on economic and regional development and on creativity and output of media products. Its focus on media clusters not only advances our understanding of the specific spatial and organizational dynamics of the media as compared to other industries, but also our understanding of the wide variety of media clusters characteristics, policies, and histories. . . All contributions are well written, and each makes a unique contribution to the overall theme of the book. They can be separate, stand-alone pieces, however they also build on each other, creating a captivating flow of information and analysis that makes the whole book a pleasure to read. . . This edited volume makes very important contributions to the academic literature of regional economic development and media clusters in particular. The book is relevant to scholars, students, media professionals, and policymakers. And while it is especially geared towards people interested in media clusters, it also offers interesting questions and information for anyone researching and learning about regional clusters in general and cultural industries clusters in particular.’
– Doreen Jakob, Journal of Regional Science
Contributors: L. Achtenhagen, L. Barkho, T. Barnes, H. Bathelt, N.M. Coe, G. Cook, C.H. Davis, H. Dugmore, S. Eriksson, B. Goldsmith, E. Hitters, J. Johns, C. Karlsson, J. Mavhungu, T. O’Regan, R.G. Picard, A.C. Pratt, S. Ward


1. Media Clusters: What Makes them Unique?
Charlie Karlsson and Robert G. Picard

2. Promotion of Company and Local Economic Growth through Clusters
Sören Eriksson

3. Media Clusters: Development Paths and Core Issues
Leona Achtenhagen and Robert G. Picard

4. Media Industry Clusters and Public Policy
Charles H. Davis

Section A. Clusters Maintaining or Reinvigorating Media Leadership
5. Back to Hilversum: Consolidation of the Dutch Broadcast Cluster
Erik Hitters

6. Microclustering of the Media Industries in London
Andy C. Pratt

7. Munich’s Media Cluster at the Crossroads
Harold Bathelt

Section B: Clusters Expanding or Improving their Position
8. The Transformation of Broadcasting and Film in Manchester and Liverpool
Gary Cook and Jennifer Johns

9. Sydney’s Media Cluster: Continuity and Change in Film and Television
Tom O’Regan, Ben Goldsmith and Susan Ward

10. The Toronto Media Cluster: Between Culture and Commerce
Charles H. Davis

11. Vancouver as Media Cluster: The Cases of Video Games and Film/TV
Trevor Barnes and Neil M. Coe

Section C: Start-up Clusters
12. Dubai Media City: Creating Benefits from Foreign Media Developments
Robert G. Picard and Leon Barkho

13. Media Industry Clustering in South Africa: Prospects for Economic Development and Spatial Reconfiguration
Harry Dugmore and Johanna Mavhungu

14. Can Singapore Develop into a Global Media City?
Sören Eriksson

15. Creating a Film Production Cluster in Sweden’s West: The Cast of ‘Trollywood’
Leona Achtenhagen

16. The Challenges of Media Clusters
Charlie Karlsson and Robert G. Picard

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