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Distant Neighbours: The New Geography of Animated Film Production in Europe


  • Alexander Cole


Cole A. Distant neighbours: the new geography of animated film production in Europe, Regional Studies 41, 1-14. A growing literature on the organization of cultural products industries has highlighted their tendency to cluster in tight agglomerations. The paper explores the implications of a case - animated feature-film production in Europe - that offers a notable exception to this tendency. The case is used to explore more deeply the logic of agglomeration in cultural production and to probe exceptions to this logic. Specific institutional strategies to help firms generate relational proximity and create a more supportive ecology are discussed. [image omitted] Cole A. Des voisins lointains: la nouvelle geographie de la production de films d'animation en Europe, Regional Studies 41, 1-14. La documentation croissante sur l'organisation des industries de produits culturels a souligne la tendance a l'agglomeration serree. Cet article cherche a en examiner les implications pour ce qui est de la production de films d'animation de long metrage en Europe, qui fait une exception notable a cette regle. On se sert de cette etude de cas afin d'approfondir la tendance de la production culturelle a s'agglomerer et d'en examiner les exceptions. On discute des strategies institutionnelles precises destinees a aider les entreprises a produire la proximite relationnelle et a creer une meilleure ecologie de soutien. Film d'animation Production culturelle Ecologies de projet Reseaux socio-geographiques Cole A. Entfernte Nachbarn: die neue Geografie der Zeichentrickfilm-Produktion in Europa, Regional Studies 41, 1-14. Abstract. In der Literatur uber die Organisation der Kulturproduktbranchen wird immer haufiger auf die Tendenz dieser Betriebe hingewiesen, sich zu engen Agglomerationen zu bundeln. In diesem Beitrag werden die Auswirkungen in einem konkreten Fall untersucht: dem des Zeichentrickfilms in Europa, der eine bemerkenswerte Ausnahme von dieser Tendenz darstellt. Anhand dieses Falls wird die Logik der Agglomeration in der Kulturproduktion eingehender ergrundet, und es wird nach Ausnahmen von dieser Logik gesucht. Ebenso werden spezifische institutionelle Strategien erortert, mit denen den Firmen dabei geholfen werden kann, fur Beziehungsnahe zu sorgen und eine unterstutzendere Okologie zu schaffen. Zeichentrickfilme Kulturproduktion Projektokologien Sozialraumliche Netzwerke Cole A. Vecinos distantes: la nueva geografia en las producciones de peliculas de animacion en Europa, Regional Studies 41, 1-14. En la literatura sobre la organizacion de la industria de productos culturales se observa una creciente tendencia a organizarse en aglomeraciones hermeticas. En este articulo analizamos las repercusiones de un caso de produccion de dibujos animados en Europa que se caracteriza por ser la excepcion de esta tendencia. Con ayuda de este caso investigamos minuciosamente la logica de la aglomeracion en producciones culturales y demostramos las excepciones a esta regla. Asimismo argumentamos las estrategias institucionales especificas que ayudan a estas empresas a generar una proximidad de relaciones y crear una ecologia con mas soporte. Animacion Produccion cultural Ecologias de proyectos Redes socioespaciales

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  • Alexander Cole, 2008. "Distant Neighbours: The New Geography of Animated Film Production in Europe," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(6), pages 891-904.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:42:y:2008:i:6:p:891-904
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400601142688

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