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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.

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.

Paola Brembilla

Paola Brembilla

Senior Assistant Professor of Digital Media, University of Bologna

Paola Brembilla is a media industries scholar, with a focus on television. 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” (con 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).

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.

Marco Cucco

Marco Cucco

Senior Assistant Professor of Documentary Cinematography and History of Italian Cinema, University of Bologna

In 2009 Marco Cucco received a PhD in Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, Switzerland), where he served for many years as teaching assistant, post-doc research fellow, lecturer in “Film Economics and Management” and coordinator of the MSc in Media Management. For more than ten years he collaborated with the University of Zurich and the University of Lausanne within the project "Réseau Cinéma Suisse". Since September 2018, he is Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna (Italy). He has been a visiting PhD student at the City University of New York, visIting scholar at the University of Lorraine, at the University of Leeds and at the University of Udine. He has also been adjunct professor at the Université de Strasbourg and at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, in Milan. Marco Cucco published two books: Il film blockbuster. Storia e caratteristiche delle grande produzioni hollywoodiane (Carocci 2010) and Il mercato delle location cinematografiche (Marsilio 2013, with Giuseppe Richeri) and edited other works on the relations between states, companies and audiences.

Paolo Noto

Paolo Noto

Associate Professor of Film History, Università di Bologna

Paolo Noto received his PhD in 2010 and is now an associate professor at the University of Bologna, where he teaches and does research in the field of film history and new media. Post-war Italian cinema and genre theory are his main fields of interest. Among his publications are Il cinema neorealista, a reader on Italian neorealism co-edited with Francesco Pitassio (Archetipolibri, 2010), Dal bozzetto ai generi: Il cinema italiano dei primi anni Cinquanta (Kaplan, 2011), a monograph in which he challenged the most established examples of theory of film genres in light of Italian popular films of the 1950s, and The Politics of Ephemeral Digital Media, an edited collection on paratexts in contemporary media (edited with Sara Pesce, Routledge, 2016). His article “‘Che credeva, che fossi Cenerentola!’: Changes of Clothes, Guest. Appearances, and Other Diva. Performances in 1950s Cinema” was published in «Italian Studies», 70:3 (August 2015).