MIP Research Editorial Board

MIP Research is an online, peer-reviewed publication that contextualizes key industry concerns in more critical frameworks, drawing attention to the cultural, economic, and political ramifications of change in the media landscape. Submissions are peer reviewed before publication by the MIP directors, research director, and external editorial board. 

John T. Caldwell


John Caldwell is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.  His research and teaching focus on contemporary film and television, technologies, and creative labor.  Caldwell has authored and edited several books, including Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television (Duke UP 2008), Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries, (Routledge 2009, co-edited), Televisuality: Style, Crisis, and Authority in American Television, (Rutgers UP 1995), Electronic Media and Technoculture (Rutgers UP 2000), and New Media: Theories and Practices of Digitextuality, (Routledge 2003).  He is currently working on a book entitled Para-Industries (Rutgers UP, forthcoming). Caldwell produced and directed the film Rancho California, which premiered at Sundance in 2002.  His awards include: German Bauhaus IKKM Fellow (2012), an Annenberg Faculty Fellow, University of Pennsylvannia (2012), UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (2010), and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1979, 1985). His current ethnographic fieldwork focuses on L.A.’s post-production cultures.

Philip Drake

Philip Drake

Philip Drake is Head of the Department of Media and Professor in Film, Media and Communications at Edge Hill University, UK.  He has recently published related research on film marketing and distribution (in The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry, 2008), on 'reputational capital' and Hollywood independence (in American Independent Cinema: Indie, Indiewood and Beyond, 2012) and on creative talent and creative industries discourse in the UK (in Behind the Screen: Inside European Production Cultures, 2013). He is currently completing a book on the Hollywood industry, co-editing a book titled Hollywood and the Law for BFI/Palgrave and directing a two-year AHRC funded research project on online independent film distribution. 


Herman Gray

Herman Gray

Herman Gray is Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz and has published widely in the areas of black cultural politics and media. Gray’s books include: Producing Jazz (Temple Press), Watching Race (Minnesota) and Cultural Moves (California).  His most recent book is Towards a Sociology of the Trace, published by University of Minnesota Press in 2010 and co-edited with Macarena Gomez Barriś.  His current research considers the limits of a cultural politics of media visibility and neoliberalism.



Victoria E. Johnson

VEJVictoria E. Johnson is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine, where she is affiliated faculty in African American Studies. She chaired the Department of Film and Media Studies at UCI from 2009-2012 and 2013-2014. She was granted UCI’s School of Humanities Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education in 2012. Her scholarship and teaching focus on media representations of geography and identity; broadcast media history and theory; music and scoring in film and television; sport culture; corporate branding and identity; and entertainment law and media policy.  Heartland TV: Prime Time Television and the Struggle for U.S. Identity (NYU Press, 2008) was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies' Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award in 2009. Victoria is currently working on book projects and articles that examine the cultural history of U.S. television through the lens of sport media, and on the historic marketing of "masculine" sports culture to women (with a particular focus on the National Football League). Her forthcoming Sports Television will be published by Routledge.

Ramon Lobato

LobatoRamon Lobato is a film and media researcher at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. His primary research area is screen distribution, with a focus on informal and pirate networks. His book Shadow Economies of Cinema: Mapping Informal Film Distribution (British Film Institute, 2012) examines how film circulates - both legally and illegally - in nontheatrical circuits. His forthcoming book The Informal Media Economy (Polity, with Julian Thomas) examines how media companies interact with fans, pirates, bootleggers and hackers. He is the co-editor of Amateur Media: Social, Cultural and Legal Perspectives (Routledge 2012).


Eileen R. Meehan

MeehanEileen R. Meehan is a professor in the Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media at Southern Illinois University. She teaches in the interdisciplinary graduate program in Mass Communications and Media Arts and is the interim director of the Global Media Research Center.  Her research uses critical political economy and materialist cultural studies to examine intersections of culture, money, and power in the media.  Recent publications have addressed television’s commodity audience, gender inequality, corporate synergy and transindustrial conglomeration, and neoliberalism and reality television. A founding member of the Union for Democratic Communications (1981) and recipient of its Dallas Smythe Award (1999), Meehan has served on the UDC Steering Committee (1983-1989) and been involved with its publication Democratic Communiqué (1985-1987, 2006-present)She is the author of Why TV Is Not Our Fault (2006); coeditor with Ellen Riordan of Sex and Money:  Feminism and Political Economy in Media Studies (2002, 2009 in Korean); and co-principal investigator and co-editor with Janet Wasko and Mark Phillips of Dazzled by Disney?:  The Global Disney Audiences Project (2001).

Cynthia B. Meyers

Cynthia MeyersCynthia B. Meyers is Associate Professor, Communication, College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York (Ph.D., Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin). She researches the history of the advertising and broadcasting industries with the aim of integrating the advertising industry into the field of media industry studies. Her interests include the evolution of media business models, particularly those based on advertising revenues; advertising strategies; and the integration of advertising and entertainment in sponsored or branded content, past and present. Her publications include the book, A Word from Our Sponsor: Admen, Advertising, and the Golden Age of Radio (Fordham University Press, 2014); articles published in journals such as Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Quarterly Review of Film and Television, and Columbia Journal of American Studies; and a book chapter in Holt and Perren, eds., Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). She blogs about new and old media at Antenna and A Word from Our Sponsor, tweets as @annehummert, and posts old advertisements on her Tumblr, wordfromoursponsor.

Tom O’Regan

Tom O'ReganTom O'Regan is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is the co-author with Susan Ward and Ben Goldsmith of Local Hollywood: Global Film Production & the Gold Coast (2010) and co-author with Ben Goldsmith of The Film Studio (2006). He is also author of Australian National Cinema (1996) and Australian Television Culture (1992). His major research focus for which he won an Australian Research Council Discovery Award (2013-2015) is to chart the dynamics of Australian screen media transformation since the introduction of TV in 1956 through an attention to several key moments of disruptive media change. These moments will be examined in terms of the changing relations among media and the roles played by particular cities and their screen production facilities, infrastructures and creative processes.

Aswin Punathambekar

AswinAswin Punathambekar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is the author of From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry (2013) and co-editor of Global Bollywood (2008) and Television at Large in South Asia (2013). He is now conducting research on mediated activism in India as part of a collaborative SSRC project on ‘Media, Activism, and the New Political.’ He is also working on a co-authored book on The Indian Television Industry.



Ellen Seiter

SeiterEllen Seiter holds the Nenno Endowed Chair in Television Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she teaches courses on film, television and new media in the Critical Studies Division. She is the co-author of The Creative Artist’s Legal Guide: Copyright, Trademark and Contracts in Film and Digital Media Production (Yale, 2012), The Internet Playground: Children’s Access, Entertainment and Mis-Education (Peter Lang, 2005), Television and New Media Audiences (Oxford, 1999), Sold Separately: Children and Parents in Consumer Culture (Rutgers, 1993) and Remote Control: Television, Audiences and Cultural Power (Routledge, 1989).


Yannis Tzioumakis

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Yannis Tzioumakis is Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool. His research focuses on American cinema, media industries, the B film, the intersection of politics and film, and young people and/on film. He is the author of three books, including American Independent Cinema: An Introduction (Edinburgh UP, 2006) and, more recently, Hollywood’s Indies: Classics Divisions, Specialty Labels and the American Film Market (Edinburgh UP, 2012) and he has co-edited three volumes, most recently: American Independent Cinema: Indie, Indiewood and beyond (Routledge, 2013) and The Time of Our Lives: Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture (Wayne State UP, 2013). Since 2009, he has been co-editing with Gary Needham “American Indies” (Edinburgh UP), a book series that has published five volumes, with a sixth scheduled for 2014. He is currently co-editing The Routledge Companion to Film and Politics and co-authoring (with Cynthia Baron) Acting Indie for the Palgrave Studies in Screen Industry and Performance. His next project is co-editing, again with Gary Needham, “Hollywood Centenary”, a new book series that examines the 100 year histories of the “Big Six” Hollywood Studios.

Cristina Venegas

VenegasCristina Venegas is an Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Venegas focuses her research on international media with an emphasis on Latin America, Spanish-language film and television in the U.S., and digital technologies. Her book Digital Dilemmas (2010) deals with digital media in Cuba. She has also written about film and political culture, revolutionary imagination in the Americas, telenovelas, contemporary Latin American cinema, and co-productions. She has curated numerous film programs on Latin American and Indigenous film in the US and Canada, and is Co-founder and Artistic Director (since 2004) of the Latino CineMedia International Film Festival in Santa Barbara.