Our Vision

MIP is a leading center for media industries studies – a trusted authority on digital distribution, creative labor, and globalization.

Our Mission 

MIP examines the profound changes affecting media industries worldwide. In our research and programming initiatives, we foster collaboration between the industry and academy, encouraging innovative thinking and critical insights about the future prospects of modern media. 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. His research focuses on the spatial dynamics of global media production and examines the relationships among location, labor, and identity in "peripheral" markets.  He most recently completed a critical study of the role media production plays in the economic and cultural strategies of Glasgow, Scotland. He is co-editor of Connected Viewing: Selling, Streaming, & Sharing Media in the Digital Era. Sanson earned his Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. in Film Studies from the University of Southampton in England. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication from Loyola University Chicago.


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 Popular CommunicationIn Media Res, and Antenna.


John VanderhoefJohn Vanderhoef is a Research Assistant with the Media Industries Project and a PhD student in the Film and Media Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara. His research interests include gender, race, and sexuality across media forms, especially in digital games, gaming culture, and the digital games industry. Other interests of his include issues of cultural hierarchy, creative labor, and power in the media. Additionally, he is an active editorial member of the Media Fields Journal.