Publication Date

April 2016

Advisor(s)

Scott Higgins

Major

Film Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Since the 2013 release of House of Cards, Netflix has increasingly been regarded as a disrupter in the TV ecosystem. The streaming service has been at the forefront of the rise in online original programming, which has many talking about the future of television. My thesis aims to cut through the noise and bring the conversation back to the storytelling. I argue that Netflix’s innovations are part of a decades-long trend toward greater viewer access and control. Through a case study of Sense8, I develop a vocabulary for analyzing the effect of these distributional shifts on creative decision-making.

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