Producing television drama for 21st century audiences

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Producing television drama for 21st century audiences


Applications are invited for this opportunity to be submitted to the Office of Research. This opportunity will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.

The proposed PhD research project relates to the ARC-funded Discovery Project, International Transformations in Children’s Television 2013-2018 (details below). It will however examine the impact of global subscription television services and transnational super-indie production companies on drama projects produced for adults, rather than for the child audience.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Anna Potter on an aspect of her three-year Australian Research Council-funded Discovery Project, International Transformations in Children’s Television. Their topic does not need to relate directly to the production of children’s television but may instead focus on television made for adults and will be determined in consultation with Dr Potter. The final topic will depend partly on the candidate’s disciplinary background and expertise.

Dr Potter’s overall project is a transnational analysis of key trends in the production and distribution of contemporary children’s television, with Australian children’s television at its centre. It analyses the economic and cultural impact of media globalisation on television produced for the child audience, in Australia and internationally, after a period of rapid industrial and technological change.

Given how little is known about the shape and scale of evolving production territories and markets for children’s television opened up by media globalisation, and their cultural and economic impact on television production, the project will map and explore the distribution and significance of emergent transnational children’s television production locations. It will also analyse the activities of the transnational entities of screen production, noting the intersection of these new transnational spaces of production with longstanding political and industrial settlements. Its findings will help gauge the economic and cultural impact of new settlements in children’s television on local screen production and national cultural representation.

Please contact Dr Anna Potter (APotter@USC.EDU.AU) for more information.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:  
  • hold a Bachelor degree with First Class honours, or have an equivalent level of attainment 
  • not hold an equivalent HDR qualification to that being applied for
  • not be receiving an equivalent scholarship, or salary providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the APA stipend rate to undertake the HDR
  • recipients must maintain satisfactory progress as a full-time PhD candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast
Selection criteria:
  • Undergraduate achievement; and
  • Research alignment; and
  • Publications; and
  • Most recent or relevant degree
Eligible programs:
Number available:
Stipend commensurate with the Australian Postgraduate Award, Tuition Fees and Overseas Health Cover for the standard duration of the program.
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