TV in the Age of Transnationalisation and Transmedialisation

TV in the Age of Transnationalisation and Transmedialisation:

A Two Day International Conference


MAB conf Day 2 _ 3

Date: Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd June 2015 

Venue: University of Roehampton, London, UK

Organisers: ECREA Television Studies section and the Media Across Borders network (

Plenary speakers:

  • Liz Evans (University of Nottingham)
  • Giselinde Kuipers (University of Amsterdam)
  • Kevin Mundye (Keshet International, Head of UK Formats & Global Consultant)
  • Simon Quigley (International Producer Formats, BBC Worldwide)
  • Ella Umansky (International Formats Executive, ITV Studios)
  • Vasha Wallace (SVP Global Acquisition and Development, FremantleMedia


Read the conference programme (with links to individual presentations) – Programme

Television is crossing borders in multiple ways. Throughout much of the 20th century it seemed to resemble the geometrical elements of a Kandinsky painting from the Bauhaus phase: each element clearly distinct but overlapping and carefully positioned in relation to other elements. Television was perceived and studied similarly; mostly separate from the other mass media, including film, radio, video games or consumer magazines. Moreover, in Europe television content was clearly separated from advertising through the distinction, or separation principle. In addition to these distinct media elements, state borders clearly separated television markets in the perception of academics, audiences and TV executives. After all, television was mostly conceived and regulated by state institutions and predominately broadcast and consumed within state borders. Cross-border production and trade in television programmes were consequently viewed as international; organised between national institutions and companies. But gradual and ongoing transnationalisation and transmedialisation are making the neat geometrical forms more and more permeable, manifold and unsteady. Kokoschka’s style of painting, blurred and blended, seems a more appropriate metaphor to describe today’s television-scapes. This conference offers a space to reflect on the changes pertaining to the processes and workings of transmedialisation and transnationalisation, and on the theoretical and methodological consequences this has for television studies. It also offers opportunities for networking.

The conference is hosted by the University of Roehampton’s Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC) in the Department of Media, Culture & Language.

Please direct any academic queries to Dr. Andrea Esser (, other queries to Julia Noyce on or 0208 392 3698.