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Fame Games

Fame Games
The Production of Celebrity in Australia


  • Date Published: December 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521794862

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  • The areas of publicity, public relations and promotions have been considered to be on the periphery of the media. Yet this revealing book, first published in 2000, demonstrates that they form a fundamental component of the media industries, with the decline of hard news being accompanied by the rise of gossip and celebrity. In addition to making a substantial contribution to our understanding of the cultural function of celebrity, Fame Games outlines how the promotion industry has developed and how celebrity is produced, promoted, and traded within the Australian media. While their analysis will inform academic debates on media practice internationally, the authors have taken the unique step of investigating the workings of the Australian promotion industry from within. Interviews with over 20 publicists, promoters, agents, managers, and magazine editors have provided a wealth of information about the processes through which celebrity in Australia is produced.

    • Includes interview material from media industry professionals
    • First book to study public relations in this way
    • Studies how celebrity is produced, promoted and traded
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    • Date Published: December 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521794862
    • length: 210 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Celebrity and the media in Australia
    2. The rise of promotional culture in Australia
    3. Producing celebrity
    4. Managing the media
    5. Core territory: celebrities and the women's magazines
    6. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    Graeme Turner, University of Queensland

    Frances Bonner, University of Queensland

    P. David Marshall, University of Queensland

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