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Culture is big business. It is at the root of many urban regeneration schemes throughout the world, yet the economy of culture is under-theorized and under-developed. In this wide-ranging and penetrating volume, the economic logic and structure of the modern cultural industries is explained. The connection between cultural production and urban-industrial concentration is demonstrated and the book shows why global cities are the homelands of the modern cultural industries. This book covers many sectors of cultural economy, from craft industries such as clothing and furniture, to modern media industries such as cinema and music recording. The role of the global city as a source of creative and innovative en

Multimedia and Digital Visual Effects Workers in Southern California
Multimedia and digital visual effects workers in Southern California

As I pointed out in the previous chapter, the multimedia industry in Southern California is deeply intertwined with the digital visual effects industry, and both of them are in turn closely connected to the motion picture and television industries. In particular, computer graphics technologies are rapidly unifying the fields of multimedia, animation, and special effects in Southern California, and Hollywood feature films and television programs now routinely depend on ancillary high-technology image-processing operations for their commercial success (PMR, 1997). The inseparability of multimedia and digital visual effects in the region is even more pronounced when we come to focus on local labor markets, for workers move with considerable ...

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