Film Risk Research – Intro




Taking a View: The Conceptualisation and Management of Risk in the Film Industry

How risk is understood and acted upon in the film industry has a substantial impact upon what films are financed, produced and seen.

The conceptualisation and management of risk can have dramatic implications for the achievement of film’s role – both as a public good in its ability to help us engage with the world and each other, and with regard to economic returns for the people and companies involved.

During 2016-17 I undertook postdoctoral research to examine the complex, multifaceted and contested subject of risk in the film business. The context is predominantly the UK Independent film industry, which is necessarily informed by the activity of Major and large media companies, the international marketplace and other audiovisual sectors e.g. HETV.

Thanks to the kind participation of almost fifty high-level film industry professionals working at the Vice President (Legal, Commercial, Acquisitions) to Founder / CEO level across the Film Value Chain, and the insight of a handful of world-leading academics, I have been able to develop an account of the subject.

Over the course of 2018 I am looking to publish and disseminate the outcomes of this work, and these pages will provide relevant links and information.

Michael Franklin


[Image Credit: Known Unknowns: Anna Louise Quijano, Nicola Charlotte Bradley, Lucrecia Camiletti, Joseph Curle, Matthew Edgson, Dean Pankhurst and Tom Wagstaff.]