Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Patrick Van Horn
Previous literature has confirmed that reality television is less expensive to produce than scripted. This paper investigates both how production costs have developed overall, and how and why they differ between the two genres of scripted and unscripted television. After interviewing professionals in the industry, the results shed light on how the production processes have key differences, perhaps most important being the writer’s presence or lack thereof. The results expose reality television’s function in streaming platforms as retainment content. Streaming platforms are also examined as a catalyst for change in the industry’s landscape, bringing many disruptions along with them. Ad-based and subscription-based platforms are compared. Brand identities are detailed as a major component in the decision of how much reality television each company produces.
Hoge, Lila Rose Beckford, "Reality Tv’s Place In The Entertainment Landscape: A Look Into The State Of Contemporary Media Costs" (2023). Scripps Senior Theses. 2196.