The origins and development of the film industry
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The origins and development of the film industry book
This chapter explores the historical development of the film industry from a global perspective. It presents a historical assessment of how the major Hollywood studios came to dominate the global film market. The chapter focuses on some global examples of the film industry and their historical development and examines a variety of literature that will serve as an introduction to the film industry in general and the challenges faced by non-Hollywood film producers in their quest for market share. It describes the cases of South Korea and Nigeria, which provide contrasting accounts of strong indigenous film industries resulting from different structural and industrial processes. The film industry is over 100 years old, and, for the majority of its existence, has been dominated by the Hollywood majors. The lucrative nature of the industry was recognised by early entrepreneurs who were determined to take advantage of potential earnings through this infant industry.