This week we discuss development communication. Like last week, we will take a specific theme and relate it to globalization as a theory and process. The purpose here is not to teach you how to practice in this field, but to get us thinking about how different cultures/countries/governments can utilize development communication to impact lives in disenfranchized communities.
How much do we know about development communication? What does dominant ideology say about the values and process of development? What is the relationship between development, modernization and colonization? How can development be contextualized in a particular society?
We will discuss the relationships between globalization, culture, politics and the music, TV and film industries.
You’ll read some interesting articles about global music, TV, film and music trends. The journal articles and blogposts will map the evolution of global TV culture and the intricacies of reality TV in Africa. You will also learn about music culture in Northern Ghana, Bollywood and Nollywood. We will revisit globalization again. But you’ll learn some new perspectives that will help you understand globalization when it comes to music, TV and motion pictures.
We’ll apply that to music, TV and film not only as entertainment but also as a political tool. Consider these questions when studying the materials: How do they help promote national interests? How can they empower local communities and individuals to talk back? How do they get co-opted by different cultures?
These are all questions that we will address this week. There are a few additional videos in the lesson too. Hope you’ll find them interesting.
To analyze the relationships between media, culture, development and globalization.
To critique modernization within the context of development and cultural issues.
To discuss/analyze the relationships between globalization, culture, politics and the music industry.
To understand concepts in the literature on globalization (e.g. cultural hybridity/homogenization).
European Journal ofhttp://ejc.sagepub.com/content/26/4/293The online version of this article can be found at:DOI: 10.1177/0267323111423414 2011 26: 293European Journal of CommunicationJean K. Chalabya global industryThe making of an entertainment revolution: How the TV format trade becamePublished by:http://www.sagepublications.com can be found at:European Journal of CommunicationAdditional services and information for http://ejc.sagepub.com/cgi/alertsEmail Alerts: http://ejc.sagepub.com/subscriptionsSubscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.navReprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.navPermissions: http://ejc.sagepub.com/content/26/4/293.refs.htmlCitations: What is This?- Dec 22, 2011Version of Record >> at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
294European Journal of Communication 26(4)Japan. Few in France suspect that the country’s most popular quiz show, Questions Pour un Champion, which has aired on a public service channel since 1988, is an adaptation of Going for Gold, an old Australian TV show. And not many Dutch and German viewers would ever imagine that their favourite soap since the early 1990s, Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden (the Netherlands) and Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten (Germany), began life as an adaptation of the Australian soap, The Restless Years (Moran, 1998: 56, 61).From humble origins in the 1950s, the global TV format industry has become a €3.1 billion-a-year global trade (FRAPA, 2009: 7–8). Formats might travel unnoticed but today they represent a significant percentage of the European broadcasting schedule in access prime time and prime time. The hundreds of formats that are traded each year span all TV genres and reach almost every territory. This article defends the thesis that the format business turned into a global industry in the late 1990s. Before this turning point occurred, the few programmes that were formatted were typically American game shows, which travelled slowly and to a limited number of territories. Following an overview of this early period, the article briefly highlights the main features of the contemporary format industry before analysing the factors behind the formation of a world format market. These include the emergence of four exceptional formats (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Survivor, Big Brother and Idols), the formation of a programming market, the rise of the independ-ent production sector and the globalization of the information flow within the TV industry. First, however, this article defines the concept of format, emphasizing both its narrative and transnational dimensions.The TV format: A transnational practiceFormats are notoriously difficult to fathom. Cynics say that a format is any show that anyone is willing to pay for, and some lawyers claim there is no such thing as a format since ideas cannot be copyrighted. The industry dissents with the latter point, pointing out that formats are not merely made of ideas but combine a great deal of expertise (Lyle, interview 2009).Short of a consensus, two key aspects of formats can be emphasized. First, a format must have a distinctive narrative dimension. The Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA), founded by David Lyle in 2000, defines a format as follows: ‘In the making of a television programme, in the ordering of the television elements such that a distinctive narrative progression is created’ (Gilbert, interview 2008).In three key genres of the format trade – reality, factual entertainment and the talent competition – a good format creates and organizes a story in a fashion that is not dissimilar to scripted entertainment, with all the highs and lows, tensions and conflicts, twists and conventions of drama. These formats are driven by an engine, ‘essentially the rules’ (Keane and Moran, 2009), which is designed to create dramatic arcs and produce story lines. In factual entertainment and talent shows, the narrative arc is based on the journey that the contestant makes and which, in the most dramatic cases, transforms their lives. This can include a process of self-discovery (e.g. WifeSwap, Who do You Think You Are?), the opening up of a new career (e.g. Masterchef), better understanding of some global issues (Blood, Sweat And . . .) and of course the journey to global stardom (Got Talent, Idols and The X Factor). at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
Chalaby295Drama is also created with trigger moments (also known as ‘jeopardy’ moments). In reality TV, such moments are produced by unexpected twists or nomination nights. In quiz shows, jeopardy is generated with questions worth a large sum of money. In talent shows, such moments occur when the presenter announces the outcome of the public vote. The drama that is on display in these programmes is similar to scripted entertainment. The main difference lies in the way these stories are produced: it is the engine of the format that helps create the narrative as a programme progresses, whereas in fiction, the story is written first and then played out.Another dimension of formats is that they are inherently transnational. Indeed, since the licence of a show cannot be bought twice in the same territory (for the same period of time), a programme becomes a format only once it is adapted outside its country of origin. According to Michel Rodrigue, one of the industry’s founding fathers:Aformatisnotaproduct,itisavehicle,andthustheonly raison d’être of formats is the international market. . . . the format is a vehicle which enables an idea to cross boundaries, cultures, and so on, and to be localized in every place where it stops. (Rodrigue, interview 2008)1When a show is adapted, its concept is not the only element that crosses borders: formats constitute a significant transfer of expertise. Format purchasers – the licensees – obtain a document that is known as the ‘bible’, which has several purposes. Bibles teach local teams everything they need to know in order to produce the show. They run to hundreds of pages and contain information about run-throughs, budgets, scripts, set designs, graphics, casting procedures, host profile, the selection of contestants and every other possible aspect associ-ated with the show’s production (EBU, 2005; Moran, 2006).Bibles lay out format rules. Local producers can be allowed to alter the ‘flesh’ of a format but can never touch the ‘skeleton’. Not many shows are successful in their home market and even fewer have international potential, therefore those that acquire a track record do so because of the very precise way in which they have been designed. An inter-national format is geared up to hit specific points throughout the narrative and constructed to take viewers through a succession of emotional states. In this respect a format can be compared to a bridge: its architecture is not a matter of mere aesthetics but of civil engi-neering and those who tamper with it risk seeing it collapse! Thus a bible is intended to protect the show’s mechanics and guard against ill-thought modifications.However, bibles do contain a certain amount of local knowledge. These documents are constantly updated with information accumulated in the territories where the show is pro-duced. If an idea that is tried in a market works, it is passed on; if it fails, licensees are warned against it. As Sue Green, an industry veteran, explains, a format is a show that has ‘been debugged’ to remove ‘the mistakes that have been made that won’t be made again’ (Green, interview 2010). And therein lies one of the economic reasons for licensing a format. As production is being refined from one territory to another – and from one year to the next – costs are gradually driven down. The refinement of the model, which is con-signed in the bible, constitutes one of the key economic benefits of format licensing.Information is also passed on by consultant producers (sometimes known as ‘flying’ producers), whose role it is to help local teams set up the show. They will stay on site for up to two weeks, depending on the complexity of the production, spending time in at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
296European Journal of Communication 26(4)pre-production, production and in the studio. If the show is still produced in its country of origin, local teams can be invited to visit the original set (Jarvis, interview 2008).A successful transfer of expertise is in the interest of all. Formats are bought with the hope of a ratings success and licensees need to understand the show’s principles as well as they can. But obtaining a local hit can be equally important for the vendor because a ratings failure in a major territory, even after a good launch, can damage a format’s pros-pects. Indeed, the heads of acquisitions and programming that scan the world TV market quickly lose interest in a show if they sense any sign of weakness (Clark, interview 2008).Thus, formats operate in an international market of interdependent territories: they do not merely cross borders, their performance across borders determines their fate. Formats’ transnationalism is further underlined by their hybrid nature, since they adapt as they travel. In many instances, the knowledge acquired in different territories helps to refine the rules that make a format a unique show.2 In light of this discussion, I suggest the fol-lowing definition: a format is a show that can generate a distinctive narrative and is licensed outside its country of origin in order to be adapted to local audiences.TV formats before the global shiftAdaptations – legally licensed or not – have been around since the early days of broad-casting. An early post-war sound broadcast format, was a comedy panel show called It Pays To Be Ignorant. It first aired on CBS radio in 1942, and the BBC paid a band leader named Maurice Winnick £50 per programme for the right to use the American scripts in a British adaptation retitled Ignorance Is Bliss. It first aired on 22 July 1946 on the BBC’s Light Programme and went through several series until 1953.3 It was shown once on television.The next show to cross the Atlantic was Twenty Questions, which was owned by WOR radio station on Broadway, New York, and aired on the BBC Light Programme for the first time on 26 February 1947.4What’s My Line? was the world’s first format to debut on television. It premiered on CBS in February 1950 (Schwartz et al., 1999: 246), and the British version debuted on the BBC’s television service on 16 July 1951, with Maurice Winnick acting as agent again (see Chalaby, forthcoming).5These deals set the scene for the 1950s and 1960s, when the format trade essentially consisted of American shows travelling east to Europe, west to Australia and south to Latin America. Formats did not travel in the opposite direction until CBS adapted, with great success, a BBC sitcom called TillDeathUsDoPart, which premiered on the American network in January 1971 as All in the Family (Rouse, 1999).Over the next two decades, no more than a handful of companies were involved in the fledging international format trade. The first was Fremantle Corporation, an international TV distribution company established by Paul Talbot in 1952. Talbot began selling ready-made TV shows and his breakthrough with formats – also a giant leap for the trade itself – came in 1978 when he obtained the representation of the Goodson-Todman catalogue in Europe and the Middle East (Usdan, interview 2010). When Talbot added other US producers to his catalogue, the international merry-go-round of American game shows began in earnest. The first wave of formatted entertainment included shows that would become TV classics in many markets, such as The Dating Game, Family Feud, The Newlywed Game, ToTe l lt h eTr u t h, Password and The Price is Right (Guider, 2005). By at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
Chalaby297the late 1980s, Fremantle had become ‘Europe’s largest supplier of game shows with 43 different series in production in nine countries’ (see Chalaby, forthcoming).6Another format pioneer was Reg Grundy, who began adapting US game shows for the fledgling Australian market in the late 1950s (Moran, 1998: 42). His company interna-tionalized two decades later notably when he acquired the representation of the Goodson-Todman catalogue outside Europe and the Middle East (Moran, 1998: 45–6; Usdan, interview 2010). Grundy Worldwide – the first company to set up a global network of production companies – was particularly successful in Europe, selling game shows such as Sale of the Century and Man O Man, and adapting two Australian soaps, The Restless Years and Sons and Daughters, in various European markets (Moran, 1998).Action Time was among the first European companies to get involved in the format trade. It was established in 1979 by Jeremy Fox, who left Granada to set up as an independ-ent game show producer. While at ITV he had created The Krypton Factor and when the broadcaster went on strike he took the tape to America. The US version was picked by ABC and The Krypton Factor became one of the first foreign game shows to be purchased by an American network. Once in the USA, Fox was offered American shows, and he startedimportingformatsinlargenumbers,including Catchphrase and Truthor Consequences, the latter being one of the key sources for Game for a Laugh, a popular 1980s light entertainment show (Schwartz et al., 1999: 121–2, 236–7; Fox, interview 2010). Fox only adapted US formats to the UK, but his successors Stephen Leahy and Trish Kinane (who took over in 1988) expanded sales to Europe and international hits included The Alphabet Game and Yo u ’ v eB e e nF r a m e d ! (Fry, 1995; Leahy and Kinane, interview 2010).Finally, two Dutch production companies, Joop van den Ende’s JE Entertainment and John de Mol Productions, became involved in the format business at an early stage. Van den Ende, a TV producer with roots in theatre, began selling home-grown and acquired formats in the Netherlands and Germany, with a few deals in Southern Europe, in the early 1980s. JE Entertainment adapted several Dutch studio-based programmes (notably The Honeymoon Quiz and The Soundmix Show), and UK drama series (including Thames Television’s The Bill and London Weekend Television’s sitcom The Two of Us) in various markets (Bell, 1994; Fuller, 1993; Moran, 1998: 33–4). John de Mol Productions was a younger company but was equally active in the format market in the 1980s, selling shows like Love Letters and All You Need Is Love – two programmes that prefigured reality TV – in about five European markets (Bell, 1994; Moran, 1998: 34–5). The two companies merged in January 1994, creating Endemol Entertainment, a company that was soon to play a key role in the globalization of the format market (see later) (Moran, 2006: 91–4; Smith and Life, 1993).By the 1990s, the format business was characterized by the following features: the backbone of the trade consisted of game shows, many of them American. The USA exported many of its shows, as discussed earlier, and imported none (Table 1). The UK, the Netherlands, France and Japan were among format exporters, but not on the scale of the USA. Then, formats travelled slowly. The Price is Right, which premiered on 26 November 1956 (CBS), waited nearly three decades for its first overseas adaptation. Jeopardy!, another classic US game show, had travelled only to Australia, the UK, France and Italy by the late 1980s. Family Feud, which launched on ABC in 1976 and is today licensed in about 30 territories, was in only a handful of countries before 1990 (Gilbert, interview 2008; Jarvis, interview 2008; Usdan, interview 2010). at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
298European Journal of Communication 26(4)The format flow remained modest in size because few companies were involved in the trade, relatively few shows were formatted for export, and those that were travelled to a limited number of territories. Formats essentially circulated between the USA, Western Europe and Australia. As Table 1 indicates, East European countries and the rest of the world imported relatively few formats. Thus, a show exported to more than 10 countries was considered a great success, and only a handful exceeded this number.All this changed at the turn of the 21st century, when the format trade went global. Trade figures exploded: the number of formats in circulation, the number of territories they travelled to, the number of companies involved and the volume and speed of busi-ness. This new era was heralded by four ‘super-formats’.The four ‘super-formats’The notion of a ‘super-format’ was developed by Peter Bazalgette (2005), and he defines it as formats that ‘break new ground’ in terms of originality, world domination and cash generation (Bazalgette, interview 2009). The four super-formats described in this section certainly benefited from the new circumstances that began to shape the broadcasting industry in the late 1990s (see later), but the men behind them also helped to change this industry by translating these circumstances into creative projects, thereby highlighting the strategic importance of formats.Millionaire: The game that rewrote the rule bookWho Wants to Be a Millionaire? was developed by David Briggs, Steve Knight, Mike Whitehill and Paul Smith, all working for Smith’s production company, Celador (Bazalgette, 2005). When the show premiered on ITV (UK) on Friday 4 September 1998, it opened up a new era in the history of formats. By Monday morning, Smith learnt that the show had attracted a 44 percent of audience share, and by the afternoon his PA was getting enquiries from all over the world. Within seven days they had collected 40 applications from interested buyers (Smith, interview 2009). The first deal was signed with Australia’s Channel 9 because a contingent from the network had literally camped in Celador’s reception and Smith felt Table 1.Number of home-grown vs imported game showsUSAUKFranceItalySpainGermanyHollandEastern EuropeAfricaAustraliaAsia (incl. China)JapanLatin AmericaTotal number of game shows3424111071699157303014Home-grown349420356130233012Imported format015787134327702Source: Adapted from Cooper-Chen (1994: 270–89). at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
Chalaby299thatthey‘haddemonstratedtheircommitmenttotheshow’(Smith,interview2009). Processing approximately one application a week, at least 35 deals were signed within a year and the format had reached 108 territories just before its 10th anniversary, breaking all previous records (Smith, interview 2009; Spencer, interview 2008).Millionaire became a planetary success because Smith injected a large dose of drama into the game show genre. The first pilots of the show, which Smith had struggled to get commis-sioned, looked like a Bloomberg screen. Around the tiny video box showing the host and contestant, were the money tree, the lifelines, the question and the four possible answers. The show was ready to become a hit once all these elements were stripped away to focus on the drama that was being played out on screen (Spencer, interview 2008). Contestants would have two cameras trained on them, filming close-ups of their agony as the stakes rose:. . . the most dramatic thing is to look at a close-up of that person when they’re under pressure. And so there’s two permanent close-up cameras, one with a close-up of the face, and the second one with a slightly looser shot with, down the right hand side, . . . the various information about where they are and the ladder as to how far they’ve climbed up, and also what lifelines they’ve used. And the director can choose either one at any time, either to provide the drama or to remind people at home exactly what part of the programme a person has managed to get to. (Smith, interview 2009)Millionaire was also the first branded international TV show. Only minute local vari-ations are allowed on the show as most aspects are defined in the bible, including the music, opening titles, type of host and questions, studio set, lighting, even down to the camera movements. This policy was dictated by a necessity to protect the show’s mechan-ics but also by the need to guard the coherence of the brand across markets. This mattered more than ever before because Smith had had the foresight to retain the show’s ancillary rights (those connected to licensing and merchandising). Thus in any given territory, the TV broadcast and ancillary rights were sold separately, and the local producer would only be given about 10 percent of the revenue derived from the ancillary rights (Smith, interview 2009). Millionaire’s merchandising was comprehensive and expanded to 140 product lines – from board games to Christmas crackers – and at one stage represented 40 percent of the format revenue. The television show was simply considered a shop window for all the merchandising behind it (Spencer, interview 2008). Both in terms of international reach and exploitation of intellectual property, Millionaire set new benchmarks in inter-national television and was a true game changer for the industry.Discovering a new planet: Reality TVThe (short) histories of reality-based programming and the format industry became entwined in the late 1990s, when Survivor became one of the world’s most successful TV franchises. The show was developed by Charlie Parsons and his creative team at Planet 24, then a small British independent company he controlled alongside Waheed Alli and Bob Geldof.Survivor’s revolutionary idea was its eliminating procedure, whereby contestants voted each other out of the game week after week. Parsons later explained that they hit upon this mechanism of voting out – as opposed to a phone vote that can be unreliable and unfair – because ‘it wasn’t about people being eliminated, it was about who was the hero [and] who would win at the end’ (Parsons, interview 2009a). The mechanism formed an essential at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
300European Journal of Communication 26(4)part of the show’s engine because it began to dictate contestants’ behaviour as to who formed alliances and conspired against each other, delivering drama and tension on a daily basis.Gary Carter – at the time head of Planet 24’s international sales team and who became a pivotal figure in the format industry – struggled to sell the show to broadcasters, who could not visualize the drama of a bunch of people on a beach. He managed to sell two multi-territory options to Endemol and Strix in 1994. Endemol did nothing with it but Anna Brakenhielm, at the time head of Stockholm-based Strix, eventually convinced the Swedish public broadcaster to commission the show. SVT called it Expedition Robinson and it became a great ratings success in Sweden. Brakhenhielm subsequently sold the show to Norway, Denmark and then Germany (Brakenhielm, interview 2009; Carter, interview 2008).It would take another three years for the show to air in America, where the rights were picked by Mark Burnett, the creator of Eco-Challenge. He began production in March 2000 in Borneo and the show premiered on CBS two months later. The many millions of dollars spent on production and the 400-strong crew involved in the making of each episode helped the show to become a ratings sensation, where the second series beat Friends on a Thursday night (Burnett, 2005: 119). The glossy US version prompted broadcasters worldwide to get hold of the show’s local rights, and the format eventually acquired a geographical footprint of about 40 territories in the first half of the 2000s. By 2009, there were 43 local versions of Survivor, which covered 73 territories because of two pan-regional versions in Africa and the Middle East (Parsons, pers. comm. 2009b). But unlike Millionaire, it took the best part of the 1990s before the show turned into an international success.Big BrotherWhile Survivor is a hybrid between game show and reality TV, Big Brother – at least in its original conception – is more firmly rooted in the observational genre of reality televi-sion. It became a global ratings hit and a cultural phenomenon because it was an original idea that pushed the boundaries of acceptability. Big Brother, which was devised by John de Mol and his creative team at Endemol, launched on 17 September 1999 on Veronica, a Dutch free-to-air channel. In the Netherlands – as in all the territories it travelled to – the show faced a barrage of criticism and moral outrage (Bazalgette, 2005). De Mol, however, expressed different views when he addressed his team on launch day:Guys – Big Brother will be for Endemol what Mickey Mouse is for Disney. We are working on something that is going to be huge: twenty years from now, talking about television, they will talk about TV before Big Brother and TV after Big Brother. (cited in Bazalgette, 2005: 143)The pep-talk was hyperbole but it is undeniable that 10 years on Big Brother has had a significant impact on world television. About 30 licences were sold by the mid-2000s, including two pan-regional versions in Africa and the Middle East (where the show was taken off air after a few days) (Bazalgette, 2005: 287–90). Since then, the show has reached its 10th season in many important TV markets including Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the USA.Big Brother was also the first format to be a multi-media brand that can be broadcast on numerous platforms: terrestrial television, cable channels (24-hour coverage and at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
Chalaby301complementary shows), online and via hand-held devices. And since the show contains many interactive features, each platform was successfully turned into an income stream (Bazalgette, 2005; interview 2009).Idols: Opportunity Knocks again, again and again!The last super-format that helped turn the fortunes of the trade was Pop Idol, as the original version was named in the UK. Opportunity Knocks – a programme first aired on the BBC Light Programme in February 1949 that went on to become a TV success – is often referred to as the first talent show, but the genre is older. The first such show was, quite likely, Major Bowes and His Original Amateur Hour, which began on WHN New York in 1934 and moved to the major radio networks (NBC, CBS and ABC) in subsequent years (Buxton and Owen, 1972: 192–3). Interestingly, the host struck a gong ‘to indicate that the contest-ant had met defeat’ (Buxton and Owen, 1972: 192–3). In Britain, The Carroll Levis Show, that aired 1942–54 and 1956–60 on the BBC Light Programme, also put amateurs before a panel of judges.7Today’s talent shows are reality-skewed in the sense that they include behind-the-stage scenes and place more emphasis on emotions and the contestants’ journeys, occasionally prompting the tabloid press to delve into their private lives. The first such show was Popstars, a programme conceived by Jonathan Dowling that debuted in New Zealand in 1999. The show had no studio element and followed a nationwide search to form a band (TrueBliss), from the first audition to the recording of their first single. The concept was acquired by Screentime, an Australian production company, that produced the show at home and then sold the rights overseas. In Europe, it debuted on ITV in January 2001 and by summer 2002 it was already in 40 territories (George, 2000; Timms, 2001; Beale, interview 2008; Jackson, interview 2008).However, Popstars was not recommissioned in many countries and was soon eclipsed by a show in search of a solo artist: Pop Idol. The show was devised by two music industry executives, Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell, and developed by Alan Boyd and his team at Thames Television (Boyd, interview 2009). Pop Idol premiered on ITV in the UK in October 2001 and, once it was picked by Fox in the USA, it travelled around the world in an instant. By autumn 2008, 41 licences had been sold, two of them, the Middle East and Latin America, covering 50 territories between them. The US version, American Idol, has sold in over 180 countries to date (Clark, interview 2008).Influence and legacyAll four super-formats have had an extraordinary impact on international television. Until their emergence, the format as a mechanism for international distribution was relatively unknown in the TV industry. It was associated with game shows, a genre stuck at the bottom of the hierarchy of TV genres which many in the industry would rather not get involved with. When these formats swept the world, it shifted attitudes and many TV executives drew plans to get a piece of the action.Each format also delivered a message. Millionaire established two key principles of a successful global TV franchise: internationally consistent branding and the ability to exploit at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
302European Journal of Communication 26(4)the intellectual property attached to the brand for revenue generation. Big Brother was a master-class in multi-media story-telling and multi-platform revenue generation, and Idolsshowed how a format’s local version could perform well on the international market as a ready-made TV show.Furthermore, these formats’ key points and mechanisms have been borrowed so many times and are the source of so many other shows that they have helped to redefine several TV genres. Most contemporary game shows display Millionaire’s multi-choice answers and sense of drama and, as rightly observed by Peter Bazalgette, Survivor’s elimination procedure ‘was to dominate most successful reality shows for the next decade’ (2005: 83). Idols is, of course, the model and inspiration behind most contemporary amateur talent shows.The format flow in the global ageThese super-formats opened up a new period for the format trade. Within a few years, a business that had been confined to a few territories became global and a trade that was confined to the margins of the TV industry acquired a strategic priority for many compa-nies. The shift was profound and radically altered the structure, scope and pace of the international format flow.While in the past only a handful of formats sold in more than 10 countries, today any moderately successful format is expected to sell in the USA, Australia, the ‘Big Five’ Europeanmarkets(Italy,Spain,France,GermanyandtheUK),Beneluxandacross Scandinavia. The best performers sell over 30 licences and cover all world regions.Second, the number of companies involved in the production and distribution has gone up from a handful to a few hundred. An event focusing on formats organized in Cannes the day before MipTV in April 2010 – the world’s largest international TV programming market – was attended by more than 300 companies from 54 countries.8Third, an ever increasing number of shows are formatted for the international market. FRAPA’s last three-year survey (2006–8) tracked 445 formats that led to 1262 adaptations in 57 territories (FRAPA, 2009: 11). In sales terms, the format business was estimated to be worth about €2.1 billion per year in the three-year period between 2002 and 2004, climbing to approximately €3.1 billion per annum in the last survey (FRAPA, 2009: 17).Fourth, as seen above, formats used to travel slowly. Today, there is no set standard for international roll-outs and some formats still go round territories at a moderate pace. For instance, it took a decade for AFarmerWantsaWife – shown on ITV in the late 1990s – to reach 15 countries, because TV executives took a while to realize that this show is popular with the young urban audience that they all want to reach (Clark, interview 2008). However, formats can also travel at lightning speed. Dancing With the Stars (BBC Worldwide) was in more than 30 territories a few years after it was put on the market in the early 2000s, even though it is a show that is expensive to set up. The Weakest Linkwas in nearly 70 territories fewer than 18 months after its launch in August 2000 (Jarvis, interview 2008). Endemol’s Deal or No Deal was in nearly 50 territories within a few years of its launch (Endemol, 2007: 18). Distraction’s dating show Love, Bugs rapidly reached almost 40 countries and was produced in territories as diverse as Finland, Ukraine, Hungary, Lebanon, Israel, Indonesia and Mexico (Rodrigue, interview 2008). One of the fastest selling formats today is Hole in the Wall, which FremantleMedia had sold to 31 territories in less than 18 months by the end of 2008 (Clark, interview 2008). at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
Chalaby303Finally, while the first era of the format trade revolved around game shows contem-porary formats embrace all genres, including scripted programmes, factual entertainment, magazines, talent contests, comedy and panel shows. In the early 2000s, game shows still constituted nearly half the total hours of format programming, and reality TV (including factual entertainment) less than a third (see Table 2).In the second half of the 2000s, formats’ predominant genre turned out to be factual entertainment, just ahead of game shows (Table 3). ‘Factual’ – to follow FRAPA’s catego-rization – is a very broad church that includes the life swap genre (Faking It, Trading Places, Wife Swap, etc.), makeover/coaching (How to Look Good Naked, Supernanny, etc.) and observational reality programming (e.g. Come Dine With Me, Who Do You Think You Are?). ‘Reality’ essentially consists of game shows shot on location such as Survivor, The Apprentice and The Bachelor. Scripted entertainment includes drama, soaps, telenovelas, sitcom and scripted reality (e.g. court reconstructions with actors) (FRAPA, 2009: 19).The world’s leading exporter of formats by a comfortable margin is the UK, followed by the USA and the Netherlands (Table 4). The UK also leads in terms of exported hours (4929 hours of exported formats in 2008, against 4638 hours for the USA and 2464 for Argentina), and in the number of exported episodes (5977 episodes exported in 2008 against 5538 for the USA and 2387 for Argentina) (FRAPA, 2009: 13–14).Understanding the new eraThe question remains: why did the super-formats sweep the world in the late 1990s and why did this shift in international TV production occur so rapidly? What transformed a 50-year-old trade into such a fashionable and global phenomenon? As always, profound change was triggered by a powerful congruence of factors.Table 2.Total hours of format programming by genre (2002–4)200220032004TotalGame shows67547138765521,546Reality TV29583848360810,414Scripted entertainment6257319282285Source: Rodrigue (2007: 24).Table 3.Total number of exported episodes by genre (2006–8)200620072008TotalReality1185133512653785Factual74527988832223,762Talent1222133011703722Game shows54866846730219,634Scripted2781297231888941Other6626776712010Total18,78821,14821,91861,854Source:Adapted from FRAPA (2009: 20). at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
304European Journal of Communication 26(4)Table 4.Number of imported and exported The Wit data (FRAPA, 2009: 11).Formation of a programming market and rise of the production sectorIn Europe, the number of TV channels grew exponentially in the closing decades of the last century. Until the early 1980s, most territories were served only by a handful of stations – usually those of the sole authorized public service broadcaster. The liberaliza-tion of policy regimes expanded the pool of players, and digitization brought cable and satellite platforms able to carry channels by the hundreds (Chalaby, 2009; Collins, 1998). The fledgling broadcasters had a pressing need for images and often filled the void with cheap imports from Hollywood’s back catalogue, complemented by Australian soaps and telenovelas. As competition grew, these broadcasters realized that imports would not carry them very far in terms of ratings. And as they discovered that a higher audience share demanded local content they had no choice but turn to local programming. By the second half of the 1990s, domestic production was rising and the proportion of imported program-ming was falling in all of Europe’s key markets, including Spain, Italy, Germany and the UK (Rouse, 2001: 38).Local programming, however, is not bulletproof: it requires both capital and expertise and there is no guarantee of success. The local adaptation of foreign shows helped broad-casters to bridge the gap between demand for local programming and resources (Rodrigue, interview 2008). In addition, formats come with a track record, sometimes highlighted in at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
Chalaby305a ratings bible that summarizes the show’s performance in various territories and time slots. Thus a successful format offers a proof of concept that guarantees – to a certain extent – a level of performance.The thousands of channels that air in Europe have created a programming market that is worth £3.3 billion – the sum spent by European broadcasters on acquiring formats and ready-made shows in 2009.9 A ni n d u s t r yh a sd e v e l o p e dt os e r v et h i sm a r k e t :the independent TV production sector. In the last decade, many of the world’s greatest formats – including all four super-formats – have been devised by independent production companies. These businesses are especially creative because, unlike broadcasters that serve the advertising market, they are specialist suppliers to the programming market. Their survival depends on their creativity, a fact that tends to focus the minds of their executives.Europe’sthreeleading productioncompaniesareFremantleMedia,Endemoland Zodiak Entertainment, with annual turnovers ranging from £0.5 to 1 billion (Broadcast, 2010). The independent production sector is particularly vibrant in the UK, where the policy regime has been adapted to suit the legitimate demands of TV producers. The Code of Practice that came into effect in 2003 enabled producers to keep all the rights that are not explicitly purchased by broadcasters. Under this new intellectual property (IP) regime, production companies retain the IP attached to their programmes, and it is thus in their own interest to wring their assets to the last drop (Ofcom, 2006; McVay, interview 2009). One such strategy consists in exploiting a show on the international market, and the most efficient way of doing so is to turn it into an adaptable and repeat-able format.Most UK-based production companies have developed an international footprint and are behind some of the most memorable formats of recent years, including Who Do You Think You Are? and Supernanny (Shed Media), Faking it, Wife Swap and Secret Millionaire(RDF Media Group, now part of Zodiak Entertainment) and The X Factor and Got Talent(Syco TV). But the European production sector includes hundreds of fast-growing com-panies that are increasingly active on the international market (Broadcast, 2010; Chalaby, 2010; Potter, 2008).The format industry would not be truly global, Millionaire would not have reached more than 100 territories, had the TV industry not developed in leaps and bounds in most other world regions. Since the 1990s, technology (particularly communications satellite) and the process of democratization have spurred the growth of broadcasting in regions as diverse as Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East, South East Asia and China (Page and Crawley, 2001; Sakr, 2007; Sinclair, 1999). Indeed, the BRIC countries for example (Brazil, Russia, India and China) have turned out to be avid format consumers and have begun to offer their own ideas to the world TV market (FRAPA, 2009).Global information flowCorrespondence in the BBC Written Archives between BBC executives and the agents selling US formats is a reminder of just how cumbersome transatlantic communication was in the early days of the trade. In some of the letters and cables these men exchanged they were chasing the one and only recording of a show. It could take weeks for these ‘kinescopes’ to change hands, crossing the Atlantic on board ocean liners.10 at PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV on December 27, 2012ejc.sagepub.comDownloaded from
306European Journal of Communication 26(4)The pace of the trade quickened as developing communications technologies facilitated the exchange of information worldwide. When Endemol expanded internationally they set up a stringers network that observed key markets and reported back to the company’s top executives on a monthly basis. In the early 2000s, they installed an intranet and so managers at the Hilversum headquarters near Amsterdam could watch programmes that had been broadcast the night before in Brazil or Japan (anonymous source, 2010). Today, all global TV production companies possess digital file-sharing systems that feed the internal flow of information, complemented by email newsletters and online services from information suppliers to the industry. YouTube is another information source and a few formats, such as the popular Hole in the Wall, were discovered on Google’s video sharing website (Clark, interview 2008).In July 1953, the BBC received a letter from an advertising agency based in Buenos Aires enquiring after Twenty Questions – more than six years after the programme had first aired on BBC radio (see earlier). Today, the same process could take less than a week, and the advertising agency would have contacted the programme’s rights holders directly.11Conclusion: Entertaining the worldCultural artefacts have always attracted interest across frontiers. Paintings, novels, sym-phonies, films and TV series have had an international audience for a long time. Formats democratize and expand this principle to embrace popular TV culture, serving TV enter-tainment to a global audience.It is tempting to think that formats have contributed to homogenize world television (Waisbord, 2004). However, while a few formats go round the world pretty much unchanged, many more sell between five and 10 licences each. Competition among originators and distributors is intense and broadcasters have hundreds of formats to choose from. National audiences differ and make their own distinctive viewing choices, resulting in an assortment of programmes that always differ from one territory to another. In addition, formats travel precisely because they adapt to local tastes, bringing together elements and languages from different cultures. Above all, the format industry enables relatively small countries with a thriving TV culture to make their voices heard beyond the confines of their borders. It has given the opportunity to territories such as Quebec, the Netherlands, Sweden and Japan to communicate their ideas to a worldwide audience. Formats are like bridges, not merely because they are precisely engineered, but they help cultures reach out to one another.
Bollywood: India’s Film Industry ByThe Numbers [Infographic]NiallMcCarthyContributoriAmidst all the glamor and dazzle of Hollywood, people often forget about theworld’s other movie capital – India. Firmly established in Mumbai, which wasformerly known as Bombay (hence the Bollywood nickname), the Indian filmindustry is expected to grow to 138 billion Rupees by 2014 – that’s $2.28 billion.The numbers are certainly impressive – in terms of the number of films producedeach year, Bollywood is firmly on top of the pile with 1,602 in 2012 alone. The U.S.churned out 476 films that year while the Chinese managed 745. In the same year,Hollywood sold 1.36 billion tickets compared to Bollywood’s whopping 2.6 billion. Indian films can’t match Hollywood in box office revenue, however. U.S. filmsgrossed nearly $10.8 billion in 2012 compared to India’s meager $1.6 billion.People in India don’t tend to mind all those numbers though, they just want towatch films, something that can’t be disputed with nearly 2.7 billion cinemaadmissions in 2013!*Click below to enlarge (charted by Statista)
The city of Tamale combines culture and tradition with the contemporary toproduce an unexpected urban musical space, demonstrating time and again thatit’s the music capital of Ghana.The growth of contemporary music in Tamale drew directly from tradition with the likes of Sirina Issah,Sherif Ghale, Mr. Razak, Abu Sadick, andMama Rams, taking from their socio-cultural and religiouspositions to feed the essence of their music. The story of Tamale music is incomplete without theBlackstone duo, one of the rst groups to gain popularity nationally with their “Be Fe Mano” and “N’Yura”songs.Though contemporary music has existed for decades, the industry saw an explosion in the early 2000swhen artists dabbled in genres beyond what had been built by pioneering artists. Today, Tamale’s musicindustry is an interesting blend of music and musicians from various backgrounds, with most of themusic production done in the city. The regional capital, Tamale, was one of the rst cities to host aregional music award show, which inspired others to follow suit.Earlier this year, we introduced you to some of the musicians in the Northern Region(http://www.okayafrica.com/ghana-northern-music-10-listen/). Let’s learn more about what makes one ofGhana’s biggest cities the music capital of the country, despite music giants like Maccasio beingsnubbed for nominations in major categories at the Ghana Music Awards slated for this year.1. Setting Records10 Reasons Why Tamale Is The Music Capital ofGhanaADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads
8/5/201810 Reasons Why Tamale Is The Music Capital of Ghana – OkayAfricahttp://www.okayafrica.com/ghana-music-tamale-10-re… Gadam made history by winning one of the coveted categories (Best New Artist) at the GhanaMusic Awards in 2017. Although many claimed he was largely unknown in the South of Ghana, hisincredible musical talent shot him to victory as a rst-time nominee at the awards. Before the muchtalked about win, he was already on his way to setting records in the Ghanaian music industry by pullinghordes of fans at shows he headlined in the over 15,000-capacity Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium. Maccasiosoon after, put together his own concert at the stadium which was massively attended by his large fanbase, demonstrating to budding artists that they could follow suit.2. The PerformancesTamale’s music industry has seen an explosion with Southern-Ghana based artists performing on variousshows staged by the two music giants of the industry: Maccasio and Fancy Gadam. Musicians likeSarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy among others have performed at concerts held by the two mainartists. Fancy Gadam’s stage style is unmatched as he thrills fans with his goosebump-inducingchoreographed dances. Many music lovers appreciate the avor he’s adding to the industry. Fancy hassuccessfully staged shows outside his home region (in regions like the Upper West, the Ashanti, and theGreater Accra regions) to the surprise of many. It’s a feat many mainstream artists would not even dare toattempt. Maccasio’s playful charisma and easygoing nature draws hordes of fans to his performances atthe Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium.3. Genre-Bending Music
8/5/201810 Reasons Why Tamale Is The Music Capital of Ghana – OkayAfricahttp://www.okayafrica.com/ghana-music-tamale-10-reasons-capital/4/11Sherifatu Gunu remains one of the few Tamale musicians to gain (inter)national attention with herafrocentric style grounded in Dagbaŋ values and traditions. She reinterpreted folk music in, “Dingo(),”which draws on a popular call-and-response songthat celebrates agentive female sexuality; a song many of us sang and danced to growing up. Musicianslike Nandos the Dagbandoo and Dabba Lamaley have experimented with blending traditional Dagbaŋsounds from the goonje, drums and other indigenous instruments to produce music that dees genrecategorization. Pioneer Sheriff Ghale used music to comment on issues like class inequality, politics,history among others. His song “Ni Yeli ()” (meaning “IWill Speak”) which comments on free speech and press freedom has aged well since its release in 2004.4. Notable CollaborationsAlthough musicians in Tamale have been marginalized in the national musical imaginary they havestrived to break into the national scene by collaborating with nationally known musicians. Fancy Gadam’scollaboration with Sarkodie shot him to national fame. Fancy’s recent song “Customer” featuringPatoranking shows that he is dedicated to breaking into the Nigerian market with his sights set oncontinental fame. Maccasio’s “Dagomba Girl” with Mugeez (of R2Bees) has quickly become a favoriteespecially among female Dagbamba. In 2017, Puerto Rican musician, Residente collaborated with femalefolk music singers in Tamale to produce the Dagbanli-Spanish song, “Dagombas en Tamale(),” for the 2018 FIFA soundtrack(https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/gaming/7965581/fa-18-soundtrack-track-list-songs-playlist) list.5. A Personal Touch to PublicityMany artists in Tamale have developed publicity strategies to build relationships with their fans in theregion and beyond. While musicians elsewhere only connect with their fans through periodic updates onsocial media, Tamale musicians add a personal touch to their brand by making their team available tofans 24/7 through the WhatsApp messaging app. This strategy has kept fans dedicated to the brand ofthese musicians because of the feeling of inclusion through constant access to the management teams
8/5/201810 Reasons Why Tamale Is The Music Capital of Ghana – OkayAfricahttp://www.okayafrica.com/ghana-music-tamale-10-re… musicians. Many musicians have also bypassed legacy media to directly connect with fans throughvarious social media platforms and other avenues like sticking event posters on public transport tricycles(Mahama Camboo/A bori mahim) among others. Beyond fan engagement, musicians have tied theirbrand to known beverage companies like Giant Malt (Maccasio) and Rasta Malt (Fancy Gadam).6. Local Distribution Methods with a Global AppealAlthough artists in the Northern Region have been critiqued for using alternative distribution strategiesto get their music to fan communities across the region and beyond, these strategies seem to beworking for the musicians since it has made their music more accessible to their core fanbase. Manymusicians who have steadily established their careers make their work available on YouTube, iTunes, andSoundCloud. However, these media libraries and streaming sites are mostly available to fans in thediaspora and local fans who straddle the middle to upper middle-class. For fans who come out regularlyto support artists at concerts and shows, the music is made available for free downloads at Ghanatrase(http://www.ghanatrase.com/). Fans are encouraged to request for songs to be sent to them for free viaWhatsApp on designated cellphone numbers. Therefore, musicians recognize the need to reach bothlocal and global fan communities in their bid to stay in tune with fans.7. Blurring the Boundaries Between Artists and FansOne of the main reasons that drew national attention to the Tamale music industry is the nature of therelationship between fans and musicians. The city seems to be at the peak of its music culture. Here,everyone is drawn into the music culture irrespective of gender, age, ethnicity, class, or sexuality. It is notuncommon to nd older women participate actively in music fandom. The city has utilized music in thismanner to break the generational boundaries that would otherwise exist in music audiences. Althoughmost Ghanaian media focuses content disproportionately on political issues, in this city politics competeswith music for audience engagement. The interconnectedness of music and the culture of the city canbe difcult to conceptualize sometimes. Musicians and groups like DMTL, Don Sigli, Maccasio, FancyGadam and Nandos the Dagbandoo engage fans actively in music production by using them as extrasand or dancers in music videos ultimately blurring the boundaries between music production andconsumption.
8/5/201810 Reasons Why Tamale Is The Music Capital of Ghana – OkayAfricahttp://www.okayafrica.com/ghana-music-tamale-10-reasons-capital/6/118. Understanding the CultureTamale’s music industry is more vibrant now than ever because industry stakeholders understand thecultural, social and religious context within which they operate and utilize this understanding to gaingoodwill from the public, traditional leaders and sometimes politicians. For example, when Fancy Gadamwon the Best New Artist at the 2017 Ghana Music Awards, he went to the Naa Dakpema’s palace to payhomage to the traditional leader. During the Ramadan season, most entertainment activities likeconcerts, album launches, carnivals among others are put on hold in observance of the holy month. Thisdemonstration of deference for the culture and traditions of the city has positioned the artists in thegood graces of both the public and stakeholders of the city. As part of promoting Northern Ghanaianculture, Maccasio in collaboration with telecom giant MTN is getting ready for The Smock Show on March31 at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium. According to him, various traditional northern dances willdominate the stage and the hope is that fans show up in their numbers wearing traditionally0-wovenand designed smock outts. This show not only supports cultural afrmation but also draws attention tothe traditional fabric industry in Northern Ghana.9. Industry PlayersTamale’s music industry has seen immense support from industry players like radio and TV presenters,video directors, sound engineers, management teams among others. Many have attributed the successof this city’s music industry to the amount of airtime Tamale music gets on radio and television and howmuch buzz they get on social media. TV presenters like Sadick Cybha and Gee Face keep mediaaudiences interested with their thought-provoking discussions and hot takes on various issues in theindustry. On the radio, DJ Parara, DJ Tell, Ewurama Attoh among others have moderated discussions onthe growth of the music industry. Mohammed May of Ghana Trase (http://www.ghanatrase.com/) hasutilized his large social media following to facilitate discussions on the industry. Video directors andproducers like Joe Gameli and Zakvilla have helped actualize some of the concepts for music videos.Sound engineers like Ojah Drumz, Tizzle, Blue Beatz, Dr. Fiza, Stone B, Flamez among others havebeen the brains behind some of the biggest hits to come out of the region.10. Vibrant Street CultureThe commitment of music fans means that they’re always ready to come out in their numbers to supportmusicians. Pre-show street oats have become a norm in Tamale where fans come out in hordes tocreate awareness about an upcoming music concert, show or album launch. During these oats, musicfans take over the principal streets of Tamale on their motorbikes clad in artist paraphernalia to supporttheir favorite musicians. Apart from oats, street carnivals are becoming a trend in the city. Maccasio’sZola Street Carnival which is organized around the major Muslim festivals (Eid-ul Fitr and Eid-ul Adha)draw music lovers from all over the city to Zogbeli-Lamakara to celebrate these festivals
Globalization & the Music Industry
Music may seem like a light topic (and in many ways it is). But what if you look beyond the entertaining part of music? Let’s talk about music and its relationships with globalization and politics.
First, get familiar with some concepts. They will be key to this week’s topic of music and also relevant to next week’s discussion on television and films.
How do people communicate cultures? Can music and other forms of entertainment serve cultural imperialism? How do cultures spread throughout the world? How is music used to facilitate soft power?
It is important to understand the various arguments that attempt to answer these questions by exploring the relationship between media and culture.
Behavior of media role models is “mirrored, digested, and internalized”. Thus, the “norms and values, the morals of the culture industry they represent are taken over. If they drink Coke, their followers do” (Stephan Dahl).
This argument suggests that the domination of a certain culture reduces other cultures to superficial parodies.
It also minimizes significant differences that can and do exist between cultural groups.
Cultural homogenization can be seen as a form of cultural repression rather than an open expression of cultural differences.
Why might such a condition be considered bad? Why would this trend/situation be favorable to those who have power?
Cultural values are displaced/fragmented, creating tensions on a personal/cultural level with regard to cultural values and hierarchies
Identity preservation and control of its representation become a concern (i.e. cultural power issues)
Exploitation of less powerful cultures and countries occurs
This is what usually comes to mind when people think about cultural homogenization, and it is accurate – McDonald’s entrees from around the world.
But the same can also apply to music.
Why is music becoming increasingly homogenized?
from Homogenization: Good for Milk, Not for Music By Melody Ewing
Fewer radio companies
The number of unique companies that own radio stations reached its peak in 1995 and have steadily declined over the past ten years.
Larger radio companies
Radio-station holdings of the top ten largest companies in the radio industry increased by nearly fifteen times in between 1985 and 2005. During this same time frame, holdings of the fifty large
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If you think we missed something, send your order for a free revision. You have 10 days to submit the order for review after you have received the final document. You can do this yourself after logging into your personal account or by contacting our support.
Prompt Delivery and 100% Money-Back-Guarantee
All papers are always delivered on time. In case we need more time to master your paper, we may contact you regarding the deadline extension. In case you cannot provide us with more time, a 100% refund is guaranteed.
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We use several writing tools checks to ensure that all documents you receive are free from plagiarism. Our editors carefully review all quotations in the text. We also promise maximum confidentiality in all of our services.
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Our support agents are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and committed to providing you with the best customer experience. Get in touch whenever you need any assistance.
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Essay Writing Service
No matter what kind of academic paper you need and how urgent you need it, you are welcome to choose your academic level and the type of your paper at an affordable price. We take care of all your paper needs and give a 24/7 customer care support system.
Admission Essays & Business Writing Help
An admission essay is an essay or other written statement by a candidate, often a potential student enrolling in a college, university, or graduate school. You can be rest assurred that through our service we will write the best admission essay for you.
Our academic writers and editors make the necessary changes to your paper so that it is polished. We also format your document by correctly quoting the sources and creating reference lists in the formats APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago / Turabian.
If you think your paper could be improved, you can request a review. In this case, your paper will be checked by the writer or assigned to an editor. You can use this option as many times as you see fit. This is free because we want you to be completely satisfied with the service offered.