Our Vision

MIP is a leading center for media industries studies – a trusted authority for researchers, students, journalists, and industry professionals. 

Our Mission 

The Media Industries Project (MIP) conducts research on digital distribution, creative labor, and globalization. By fostering dialogue between the industry and academy, our research and programming initiatives identify new ways to think about change in media industries worldwide. Moreover, our thriving website publishes timely updates, interviews, and independent analyses of industry practices, policies, and trends. 

MIP has four strategic objectives: 

  • Foster dialog and awareness among the industry, academy, and general public
  • Generate critical resources for scholars, students, and industry professionals
  • Conduct independent research initiatives 
  • Build a global community of scholars devoted to media industries research

Our Team 

Michael Curtin MIP Co-DirectorMichael Curtin is the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Film and Media Studies and Director of the Media Industries Project at UC Santa Barbara.His books include The American Television Industry (2009); Reorienting Global Communication: Indian and Chinese Media Beyond Borders (2010); and Playing to the World’s Biggest Audience: The Globalization of Chinese Film and TV (2007). He is currently at work on Media Capital: The Cultural Geography of Globalization. With Paul McDonald, he is co-editor of theInternational Screen Industries book series for the British Film Institute and with Paul S. N. Lee, he is co-editor of th Chinese Journal of Communication.

Jennifer Holt, MIP Co-DirectorJennifer Holt is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and Director of the Media Industries Project at UC Santa Barbara.She specializes in the study of media industries and regulatory policy. She is the co-editor of Media Industries (2009) and author of the book Empires of Entertainment (2011), a contemporary history of media deregulation from the Reagan era through the Telecommunications Act. Her current research explores media policy in the age of convergence. Her courses at UCSB include Media Industries, Television History and Media Criticism.


Kevin SansonKevin Sanson is the Research Director of the Media Industries Project at UC Santa Barbara, where he also teaches in the Department of Film and Media Studies. His current book project examines the relationship between location and labor as film and televison production becomes increasingly global, mobile, and integrated. He is co-editor of Connected Viewing (Routledge 2014) and Distribution Revolution (UC Press 2014). Other writing appears in In Media Res, Popular Communication, Creative Industries, Sage Television Studies Handbook, and on the MIP website. Dr. Sanson also is a founding member of the editorial collective of Media Industries.  


Karen PetruskaKaren Petruska is the Project Lead for the Connected Viewing Initiative. Her research interests include digital distribution, television history, and media policy studies. After earning her Ph.D. in 2012 at Georgia State University, Petruska served as a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate at Northeastern University in Boston. She has published two book chapters, and her work may also be seen in Creative Industries, Spectator, Popular CommunicationIn Media Res, and Antenna.


Juan Llamas-RodriguezJuan Llamas-Rodriguez is a Research Assistant with the Media Industries Project, an editorial member of the Media Fields Journal, and a PhD student in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. His research focuses on the practices and materialities of informal media networks, creative labor, genre, and star studies. He is also interested in Latino/a media industries and the role of language, gender, and sexuality in production cultures.