Production, Distribution, and Exhibition in the Time of COVID
156 Pages, 2 b&w photos
Sales Date: July 20, 2021
By March 2020, the spread of COVID-19 had reached pandemic proportions, forcing widespread shutdowns across industries, including Hollywood. Studios, networks and production companies, and the thousands of workers who make film and television possible, were forced to adjust their time-honored business and labor practices. In this book, Kate Fortmueller asks what happened when the coronavirus closed Hollywood.
Hollywood Shutdown examines how the COVID-19 pandemic affected film and television production, influenced trends in distribution, reshaped theatrical exhibition, and altered labor practices. From January movie theater closures in China to the bumpy September release of Mulan on the Disney+ streaming platform, Fortmueller probes various choices made by studios, networks, unions and guilds, distributors, and exhibitors during the evolving crisis. In seeking to explain what happened in the first nine months of 2020, this book also considers how the pandemic will transform Hollywood practices in the twenty-first century.
With Hollywood Shutdown, Kate Fortmuller has provided an impressive overview of many of the key ways that COVID has impacted film, television, and digital media during an intense year. It promises to be a productive jumping-off point for conversation and analysis both by industry professionals and industry scholars, and likewise will be beneficial to students trying to understand a rapidly changing media business.
— Alisa Perren, author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990sThe value of Fortmueller’s book is as a contemporary historical record of what’s happened to the entertainment industry thus far [during the COVID-19 pandemic], and as a source of informed speculation on what might happen next...Despite its compact size, the book contains an impressive amount of information and analysis, all of it accessibly written and clearly explained.
— PopMattersHollywood Shutdown is a slender but information packed analysis of the motion picture industry’s response to a crisis that recalled any number of Hollywood disaster movies.
— Shepherd ExpressOne of the first (if not the first) books about the impact of COVID-19 on film and television production. Hollywood Shutdown covers how and why the production, distribution, and exhibition of entertainment has shifted so dramatically. Fortmueller explains that because of the pandemic’s ongoing nature, she 'did not have the kind of temporal and emotional distance from my subject that is usually part of the writing process.' But this perspective serves to make Shutdown even more vital as an in-the-moment chronicle of how Hollywood responded to COVID.
— The Film Stage
Introduction. Hollywood Responds to a Pandemic
Chapter 1. Production
Chapter 2. Distribution
Chapter 3. Exhibition
Conclusion. Where Do We Go from Here?