Packaging House of Cards and The Knick: How talent intermediaries manage the indie-auteur brand to sell premium television.

About this project

This project explores the hidden and often overlooked roles of talent managers in selling premium television and the cultural connotations their practices reinforce. It has analysed the roles of production companies Media Rights Capital and Anonymous Content in packaging premium television using David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh’s brands.

Lead researcher

Dr Andrew Stubbs-Lacy

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Andrew Stubbs is Senior Lecturer of Film Industries and Studies in the Department of Creative Industries where he leads on the critical, contextual and employability strands and produces high-quality research into the screen media industries.

Andrew's profile


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