Dr Andrew Stubbs

Lecturer - Film Industries & Studies

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Dr. Andrew Stubbs is Senior Lecturer of Film, Media and Communication in the Department of Media and Performance and course leader of BA Digital Film and Television. Andrew has expertise in media industries and cultural production, Hollywood and independent film, television drama and pay-tv, media convergence, media regulation, media branding and marketing, authorship and stardom, and talent management. Andrew has published several articles on related topics and is on the editorial board of the Short Film Studies journal. He is currently supervising a PhD on independent film funding models in the English regions and welcomes any PhD proposals related to the topics listed above.

Andrew completed his PhD at Edge Hill University in 2019. His thesis was titled 'Managing Indie-Auteurism in an Era of Media Sectoral Convergence' and explored the roles that producers, talent agents and managers play in packaging specialty projects using a form of branding constructed around figures associated with contemporary American independent film. Beforehand, Andrew completed his MA in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick and his BA in Film Studies at Staffordshire University. Andrew currently converting the PhD into a monograph with Edinburgh University Press.


Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
  • Member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Member of British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS)

Academic qualifications

  • PhD – Edge Hill University
  • MA – Warwick University
  • BA – Staffordshire University


  • Media industries and cultural production
  • Hollywood
  • American independent and indie film
  • Television drama and pay-tv
  • Media convergence
  • Media regulation
  • Media branding and marketing
  • Talent Management
  • Authorship
  • Stardom
  • Branded content and short-form media


  • Film Practice: Process and Deconstruction
  • Researching Film and Broadcasting
  • Cinema Studies
  • Film Industry Practice
  • Contextual Studies and Research Methods
  • Dissertation


Stubbs A. Forthcoming. Managing Auteurs Across Specialty Media: From American Independent Cinema to Pay-TV. Edinburgh University Press.

Stubbs A. In press. ‘Selling “Cinematic TV” and its consequences: Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old to Die Young.’ Falvey and Watson (eds.) ReFocus: The Films of Nicholas Winding Refn. Edinburgh University Press.

Stubbs A. 2022. ‘Packaging the “Purest” form of Indie TV: Michael Sugar, Talent Management and Indie-Auteur Clients’. Tzioumakis and Lyons (eds.) Indie TV: Industry, Aesthetics and Medium Specificity. Routledge.

Stubbs A. 2021. ‘Music Video (De)Legitimacy and the Construction of a (Short Form) Auteur: David Fincher and Talent Management’. Short Film Studies Journal 11.2.


Stubbs A. 2020. ‘Packaging House of Cards and The Knick: How Talent Intermediaries Manage the Indie-Auteur Brand to Sell Premium Television’. Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies 15.2. pp. 129-147.

Stubbs A. 2019. ‘Spike Jonze, Propaganda/Satellite Films and Music Video Work: Talent management and the construction of indie-auteurs’. Wilkins and Moss-Wellington (eds.) ReFocus: The Films of Spike Jonze. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 213-230.

Stubbs A. 2018. ‘Creation as Recreation: Steven Spielberg and the Remake’. Roche (ed.) Steven Spielberg: Hollywood Wunderkind and Humanist. Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée. pp. 149-164

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