About: Michael Franklin


I am a researcher in the areas of market studies, valuation studies, media industries, digital engagement, and risk;  and a consultant for film businesses and companies in related creative industries.

I am a Lecturer at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths College, University of London, where I pursue a Postdoctoral project investigating the conceptualisation, materialisation and management of risk in the film industry. I also work with the digital economy cohort at ISSTI, University of Edinburgh on some of their CREATe projects.

I teach in the areas of creativity and capital; philosophy of creativity and creative industries; business models and business planning.

Recently I have worked with EKOS on Scotland’s Screen Unit plans, submitted emerging research findings to BFI, DCMS, relating to film risk and the review of independent film.

Research led consultancy projects have included  work on an Open Data Incubator project in film, following a Nesta Digital R&D project with Film London and We Are Colony, past projects include work for Sigma Films and the Scottish Documentary Institute. You can read more about my projects and research on the pages of this blog.

Historically my research has focused on market devices for managing uncertainty in the film business. In this work I have been supported by the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity at the University of St Andrews (ESRC) and Creative Scotland: the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries.  This site featured as part of a two year research grant investigating digital marketing and distribution of feature films and associated business models that project until February 2012. The posted research includes the development of ideas facilitated at the Oxford Internet Institute SDP, MEDIA (EU) Business School, the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and the Medici Management Program of NYU Stern, HEC Paris and UNIBO.

Previously I worked as a Senior Consultant for Northern Alliance, mainly on film finance and digital business related projects. Clients included UKFC, Film London, EM Media, Wales IP Fund and NESTA/Skillset.  I am a graduate of the universities of St Andrews & Edinburgh and Cass Business School.

Feel free to get in touch at any of the addresses below for related work:

  • michael@filmbusinessresearch.com
  • m.franklin@gold.ac.uk



Film Business Research is the trading name for Michael Franklin’s consultancy practice, the sole trader registered business address is 8/2 Drumsheugh Gardens  Edinburgh EH3 7QJ.


Dr Michael Franklin

Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE)

Goldsmiths University of London

New Cross London SE14 6NW

+44 (0)7921 471 513


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