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The Essential HBO Reader (Essential Readers in Contemporary Media and Culture) [Kindle Edition]

Gary R. Edgerton , Jeffrey P. Jones

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The founding of Home Box Office in the early 1970s was a harbinger of the innovations that transformed television as an industry and a technology in the decades that followed. HBO quickly became synonymous with subscription television and became the leading force in cable programming. Having interests in television, motion picture, and home video industries was crucial to its success. HBO diversified into original television and movie production, home video sales, and international distribution as these once-separate entertainment sectors began converging into a global entertainment industry in the mid-1980s. HBO has grown from a domestic movie channel to an international cable-and-satellite network with a presence in over seventy countries. It is now a full-service content provider with a distinctive brand of original programming and landmark shows such as The Sopranos and Sex and the City. The network is widely recognized for its award-winning, innovative and provocative programming, including dramatic series such as Six Feet Under and The Wire, miniseries such as Band of Brothers and Angels in America, comedies such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Def Comedy Jam, sports shows such as Inside the NFL and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, documentary series such as Taxi Cab Confessions and Autopsy, and six Oscar-winning documentaries between 1999 and 2004. In The Essential HBO Reader, editors Gary R. Edgerton and Jeffrey P. Jones bring together an accomplished group of scholars to explain how HBO's programming transformed the world of cable television and how the network continues to shape popular culture and the television industry. Now, after more than three and a half decades, HBO has won acclaim in four distinct programming areas -- drama, comedy, sports, and documentaries -- emerging as TV's gold standard for its breakout series and specials. The Essential HBO Reader provides a comprehensive and compelling examination of HBO's development into the prototypical entertainment corporation of the twenty-first century.



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"At the turn of the century, HBO emerged as the preeminent venue for television art. The Essential HBO Reader describes the complexities and ambiguities of the channel, its history, its unique business model, and its individual programs." Robert J. Thompson Author of Television's Second Golden Age: From Hill Street Blues to ER"

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A comprehensive and compelling examination of one of cable television's most innovative and popular networks, "The Essential HBO Reader" looks at every aspect of HBO's development as a corporation, a creative voice, and a brand. The authors explore the network's diverse repertoire of programming, from drama to comedy to documentaries and sports - including such acclaimed shows as The Sopranos, Sex in the City, Angels in America, America Undercover, and Def Comedy Jam - as they detail HBO's nearly forty-year history and its profound influence on the entertainment industry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1720 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 081319248X
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (18 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CEAAZHC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #697,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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