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VIEW Journal Call for Papers on “Canned Television Going Global?”

VIEW Journal invites proposals for the upcoming issue on “Canned Television Going Global?”. This special issue of VIEW focuses on the international circulation and distribution of ready-made content, in the form of scripted products, considering both TV fiction and films.


The issue of audio-visual content international distribution and circulation is one of the most relevant in recent debates in Media and Television Studies: in the “age of plenty” (Ellis: 2000) distribution presents innovative features relating to both the introduction of new digital platforms and the diverse strategies developed by traditional and innovative players (including public service broadcasters, commercial, pay broadcasters and OTT services).

This area has been the subject of much previous scholarship, particularly in terms of the relevance of TV formats, their centrality for the medium and its economy, and the different practices of adaptation and “localization” (Moran: 2009; Chalaby: 2016). However, much less attention has been devoted to ready-made content and its circulation among different countries and markets. “Canned programming” is typically the output of a specific national TV and media system, but it spills across borders when licensed into different territories.


Possible proposals are invited in (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • The history of transnational TV content circulation;
  • The TV distribution of films and ready-made content in the European context and beyond;
  • US content versus EU content in past and contemporary European TV;
  • The role of emerging markets and nations in the production and distribution of ready-made programs;
  • The circulation of traditional and innovative ready-made genres: TV movies, series, factual entertainment, etc.;
  • New models for international distribution of content: the emerging role of OTT services in the internationalisation of programs;
  • International co-productions and their distribution policies;
  • Practices of TV industry professionals in the area of international distributions: markets, deals, professionals, routines;
  • Localizing and adapting foreign ready-made content, for example through dubbing, subtitling and voice-overs;
  • The role of bottom-up circulation: fan-subbing practices and communities, and the “shadow economy” of content.

Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds of expertise and interests in media studies, television and media history.

Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on February 1st, 2019. Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata at

For further information or questions about the issue, please contact its co-editors: Massimo Scaglioni (, Damiano Garofalo ( (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan) and Dominic Holdaway ( (Università di Bologna).


VIEW is an open-access e-journal dedicated to sharing research on European Television History and Culture. VIEW is supported by the EUscreen Network and published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University, Royal Holloway University of London, and the University of Luxembourg. All articles are indexed through the Directory of Open Access Journals, the EBSCO Film and Television Index, Paperity and NARCIS.

For more information visit VIEW Journal website.