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BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production: Understanding the Television and Film Industries

Rob Miller | Monday February 25, 2013

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Film, Film Industry, Hot Entries, Television, Television Industry

Assignment 1 & Learning Outcome 1: Know about Ownership and Funding in the Television and Film Industries

1. You are writing a report for Monday’s Media Guardian about one of the most successful multi-national Media Conglomerates in the world – the News Corporation. The Editor has limited your column space in the newspaper to half a page (500 Words) and must include one image. Comment on:

  • The Chairman and Chief Executive’s role
  • The different businesses they own across different media platforms (cross media ownership)
  • Examples of key media texts from Film, Television and Print Media
  • Their role in the Digitisation of the Media (include specifically global Digital TV provision)
  • Any other non-media assets they own.

2. The Media Guardian’s Editor is thinking of promoting you to Chief Media Correspondent but needs to be certain you understand key media terminology before considering you for the job (it has a sophisticated target audience with significant cultural capital). Identify your understanding of the following terms and write one paragraph on each illustrating with examples:

  • Monopoly and Oligopoly
  • Private Ownership and Public Ownership
  • Vertical Integration and Horizontal Integration
  • Multi-national Media Conglomerates
  • Franchise
  • Globalisation
  • Cultural Imperialism
  • Independent Film Distribution

3. Explain your understanding of the following terms relating each to the News Corporation wherever possible:

Licence Fee (how it affects the News Corporation and their business plan).

  • Subscription
  • Pay Per View
  • Sponsorship
  • Advertising
  • Product Placement
  • Private Capital
  • Financial Aid
  • Development Funds


  • Pass: You will “Describe the Ownership and Funding of the News Corporation, expressing ideas clearly enough and using some media terminology and referencing limited research?.
  • Merit: You will expand on this and “Explain with reference to well chosen examples the Ownership and Funding of the News Corporation and mention other...

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