International Perspectives on Business Innovation and Disruption in the Creative Industries
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International Perspectives on Business Innovation and Disruption in the Creative Industries

Film, Video and Photography

Edited by Robert DeFillippi and Patrik Wikström

This volume examines how disruptive innovations are reshaping industry boundaries and challenging conventional business models and practices in the industries for film, video and photography. The thirteen chapters provide a rich and diverse account of these processes from a wide range of country contexts. The book fills the gap between the study of disruption by innovation scholars in business schools and the recognition of disruption by academics and practitioners from non-business school disciplines and contexts, including the broader social sciences.
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Chapter 7: Innovation in the film sector: what lessons from the past tell us about Hollywood’s digital future – and what that means for Europe

Sophie De Vinck and Sven Lindmark


The digitalization of the film industry impacts business and audience relationships across the value network. It is unclear how this affects the position of European firms vis-à-vis powerful Hollywood players. Could the audience reach of European films be enlarged? We look back at potentially ‘disruptive’ innovations in the past to answer this question. First, we discuss theoretical concepts related to disruptive innovation. Second, we draw lessons from the introduction of television and home video. Third, we bring both strands together to evaluate what the digital future holds in store for Hollywood and its European challengers.

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