Research Seminar: burning out, giving up or selling out? The performative burden of television production

This talk presents Dr David Lee's research into the experiences of cultural workers in the independent television production sector.

Drawing on interviews, he'll explore the psychosocial aspects of this labour that emerged from the data. The findings are stark, revealing industry exit, burnout and stress.

Other interviewees, responding to the political economy of a commercialised industry, experienced shifting cultural values and reported 'selling out'. Dr Lee will outline these experiences and position them within the changing political economy of cultural work.

He is Associate Professor in Media and Communication at the University of Leeds.