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The ‘wolves’ and ‘lambs’ of the creative city: the sustainability of film and television producers in London

Gornostaeva, Galina (2009) The ‘wolves’ and ‘lambs’ of the creative city: the sustainability of film and television producers in London. Geographical Review, 99 (1). pp. 37-60. ISSN 0016-7428

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2009.tb00417.x


The paper shows that creative producers (businesses and individuals) are sensitive to the externalities of the urban environment, such as the state of public places and the street in particular. However, relation to the street differs for creative producers with different power positions and levels of embeddedness in street life. This suggests attention needs to move beyond the simplistic approaches of “mixed–use” and “vitality” ideals to an understanding of the complexity and continuity inherent in the production of creative spaces with respect to the multiple transactions of both the strong and weak stakeholders involved – the “wolfs” and “lambs.” The example used is the film and television industry in Camden Town, London, in relation to the “experience” economy, drawing on evidence from interviews with producers.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2009 American Geographical Society
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2009 11:44
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 09:08
Projects: The role of production chains in the London film and television cluster, ESRC grant number RES-000-23-0653 '
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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