publication . Doctoral thesis . 2017

Producing Reality Stardom: Constructing, Programming, and Branding Celebrity on Reality Television

Giggey, Lindsay Nicole;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
The popular preoccupation with celebrity in American culture in the past decade has been bolstered by a corresponding increase in the amount of reality programming across cable and broadcast networks that centers either on established celebrities or on celebrities in the making. This dissertation examines the questions: How is celebrity constructed, scheduled, and branded by networks, production companies, and individual participants, and how do the constructions and mechanisms of celebrity in reality programming change over time and because of time? I focus on the vocational and cultural work entailed in celebrity, the temporality of its production, and the not...
free text keywords: Film studies, American studies, Communication, Branding, Celebrity, Industry Studies, Labor, Reality Television, Television
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