Research group

Guglielmo Pescatore

Guglielmo Pescatore

Full Professor of Media Economics and Entertainment Cultures, University of Bologna

Guglielmo Pescatore is Full Professor at the University of Bologna, where he teaches courses on Media Economy, Semiotics, Entertainment Culture, and New Media Theory. He holds a Ph.D in Performing Arts from University of Bologna. His work has been constantly characterized by strong attention toward the mutations phenomena, both for the textual forms as well as for the social value of audiovisual media. He reflected on many theoretical issues, such as narrative genres in film, the idea of Author, the role of Film Festivals and other transnational forms of circulation. Recently, his interests focus on contemporary circulation of media products, the role of creative industries, and the use of the new narratives by audiences and the fandom. His interdisciplinary research gave birth to various publications on narrative ecosystems, their production, distribution, and multiple uses. He has been author and editor of books and academic journal issues (among others: “Le nuove forme della serialità televisiva. Storia, linguaggio, temi”, Archetipo 2008, with Veronica Innocenti; and “False/Illusion”, special issue of La Valle dell’Eden, 2010, with Paolo Bertetto), curator of several film screenings and national and international conferences, and has been invited as keynote speaker to many conferences in Italy and abroad.

Veronica Innocenti

Veronica Innocenti

Associate Professor of History of Television and Media Marketing, Università di Bologna

Veronica Innocenti is associate professor at the University of Bologna, where she teaches History of Television and Film Marketing. She holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies from University of Bologna. She has been a speaker to several national and international conferences and the organizer of some editions of the international conference Media Mutations. She is author of books, edited collections and essays. Among others: Le nuove forme della serialità televisivaStoria, linguaggio, temi (Archetipo, 2008, with Guglielmo Pescatore); Factual, reality, makeover. Lo spettacolo della trasformazione nella televisione contemporanea (Bulzoni, 2013, co-edited with Marta Perrotta) and Media Mutations. Gli ecosistemi narrativi nello scenario mediale contemporaneo. Spazi, modelli, usi sociali (Mucchi, 2013, co-edited with Claudio Bisoni).

Claudio Bisoni

Claudio Bisoni

Associate Professor of Film History and Gender and Media Studies, Università di Bologna

Claudio Bisoni is associate professor and teaches courses on Film history, and Studies of Gender in the Media at the University of Bologna. His research focuses on the relationship between criticism, aesthetics and modes of reception, as well as on North American and Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s. His publications include Brian De Palma (Le Mani, 2002); La critica cinematografica. Metodo, storia e scrittura (Archetipo, 2006); Gli anni affollati. La cultura cinematografica italiana (1970-1979) (Carocci, 2009); and Elio Petri. Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (Lindau, 2011). He has also worked on new media narrative forms, and edited (with Veronica Innocenti) the volume Media Mutations. Gli ecosistemi narrativi nello scenario mediale contemporaneo. Spazi, modelli, usi sociali (Mucchi, 2013). His essays and articles have appeared in various edited volumes and journals, including La valle dellEdenFotogeniaClose-upBianco e neroCinéma & Cie and Fata MorganaThe Italianist.

Paola Brembilla

Paola Brembilla

Senior Assistant Professor of Television and Digital Media, University of Bologna

Paola Brembilla is a media industries scholar, with a focus on television, serial narratives, and media franchises. In particular, she's interested in the ways business strategies and audience practices interact and shape audiovisual products. 
In 2016, she earned her PhD in Television Studies at the University of Bologna, where she continued to work as a research fellow for two projects: "Il Transmedia Storytelling nell'ecosistema aziendale" and "La circolazione internazionale del cinema italiano". She was an exchange student at University of California - Berkeley and a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Oxford Brookes University. From 2017 to 2019, she was an adjunct professor at the University of Padova, where she taught Television Studies. She was a speaker at several international conferences and she is the author of numerous publications, including articles, chapters, and two books: “Game of Strategy. Analisi strategica del settore delle serie TV nell'industria televisiva statunitense” (with Edoardo Mollona, Giappichelli 2015) and "It's All Connected. L'evoluzione delle serie TV statunitensi" (Franco Angeli, 2018). With Ilaria A. De Pascalis, she edited the collection “Reading Contemporary Serial Television Universes. A Narrative Ecosystem Framework” (Routledge 2018). 

Luca Barra

Luca Barra

Associate Professor of Television and Digital Media, Università di Bologna

Luca Barra is associate professor at Università di Bologna, where he teaches Radio and Television History, Digital Media and Serial Tv Production, and a former post-doctoral research fellow at Università Cattolica, Milan. His research mainly focuses on television production and distribution cultures, comedy and humour TV genres, the international circulation of media products (and their national mediations), the history of Italian television, and the evolution of the contemporary media landscape. He is the author of the books Palinsesto (Laterza, 2015) and Risate in scatola (Vita e Pensiero, 2012), co-editor of Taboo Comedy (with C. Bucaria, Palgrave, 2015), Backstage (with T. Bonini and S. Splendore, Unicopli, 2015) and Tutta un’altra fiction (with M. Scaglioni, Carocci, 2013), and has written essays in various edited volumes and journals. He is an editorial consultant for Italian TV studies journal Link. Idee per la televisione.

Marco Cucco

Marco Cucco

Marco Cucco, Senior Assistant Professor in Cultures of Film Production, Università di Bologna

Marco Cucco is Associate Professor and Head of the Master in Film and Audiovisual Management at the Department of Arts, University of Bologna. He received his PhD in Communication Sciences at the University of Lugano (Switzerland), and he has been visiting scholar at several universities: City University of New York (USA), Université de Lorraine (France), University of Leeds (UK), and University of Udine (Italy). Marco Cucco has also been Adjunct Professor at the Université de Strasbourg (France) and at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan (Italy). His research interests concern mainly film industry and policy. He wrote three books and articles published by international peer-reviewed journals like Studies in European CinemaFilm StudiesEuropean Journal of Communication and Media, Culture & SocietyJournal of Transcultural Communication.