1986 volume 4(3) pages 305 – 320
doi:10.1068/d040305

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Christopherson S, Storper M, 1986, "The city as studio; the world as back lot: The impact of vertical disintegration on the location of the motion picture industry" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 4(3) 305 – 320

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The city as studio; the world as back lot: The impact of vertical disintegration on the location of the motion picture industry

S Christopherson, M Storper

Received 7 February 1986; in revised form 1 April 1986

Abstract. Motion picture production is currently carried out by small firms under contract to an independent producer rather than in large integrated firms, the major studios. In this paper the emergence of this vertically disintegrated industry is traced and its impact on the location of the motion picture industry is analyzed. Vertical disintegration has led to a reagglomeration of motion picture employment and establishments in Los Angeles, despite the dispersal of film shooting throughout the world. The processes that are shaping the present-day organization of motion pictures can be observed across a range of industries. An examination of these processes in motion pictures suggests that their association with reagglomeration in urban centers could have an important impact on patterns of urbanization.

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