Postgraduate research profiles

Roderik Smits

 Roderik Smits - 26 May 2016

Research Interest

Distribution is at the heart of the creative economy, performing a crucial mediating role between producers and audiences. On the one hand, distribution is about enabling creative works to access audiences; on the other hand it is about enabling audiences to engage with creative works. My research focuses on the role of gatekeepers mediating in this space between producers and audiences. How are films able to circulate in international markets, well beyond the national or domestic markets within which they originate, and what role play various types of gatekeepers in enabling that access? Further, how is the nature of film distribution and the role of gatekeepers changing with the rapid growth of online Video-on-Demand platforms? My research approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on debates within film and media studies, and broader theoretical perspectives in management and organisation studies.


Research Projects and Industry Engagement

  • Project member of the research project 'How On-demand Culture is Changing the Business of Films and High-End Television Drama’, [link] Aug. 2016 – July 2017.
  • Project member of the European research project ‘Mediating Cultural Encounters Through European Screens’ (MeCETES), [link] Oct. 2013 – Oct. 2016.
  • Advisor and contributor to the EU Creative Europe-funded Research project ‘The Circulation of European Films: The Distribution Sector Perspective’, Jan. 2015 – Apr. 2016.


Academic Publications

Other online publications

  • ‘Mubi’s Expanding Film Business’ [link] Cineuropa industry research, 2 June 2017.
  • 'Circulation of European Films: The Distribution Sector Perspective’ (co-written by Roderik Smits), Creative Europe Report, 2016, forthcoming.
  • ‘Film Distribution: Beyond Traditional Release Strategies’ [link] Cineuropa industry research, 30 August 2016. 
  • ‘UK Film Distribution: What’s Changing?’ (co-written with Huw Jones & Andrew Higson). [link] MeCETES pre-conference report, June 2016.
  • ‘UK Film Distribution: What’s Changing for Producers?’, [link] Cineuropa industry research, 24 March 2016.
  • Blog posts for MeCETES [link]


Conference Papers and Organisation