The Media Industries Project at the Carsey-Wolf Center at UC Santa Barbara, in collaboration with Warner Bros., is assembling a small team of researchers for the third year of our “Connected Viewing” initiative. We are examining emerging trends in digital distribution and multi-screen exhibition as well as new forms of audience activity and engagement, and their cultural implications. Principal investigators will have the opportunity to interact with home entertainment executives at Warner Bros. during the course of their research, and will receive funding for their work.
We encourage proposals to study these issues from various perspectives and methodologies, but are especially receptive to research questions that focus on connected viewing in relation to:
- International markets, particularly India, Russia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America
- Multichannel Networks (MCNs) e.g., AwesomenessTV, Machinima
- Digital gaming
- Social media
- Big data
- Digital distribution trends and technologies
- College student media practices
We welcome interdisciplinary and imaginative research approaches.
Funding for projects will likely be in the $5,000-$10,000 range. We will finalize the team by September 2014.