Simon Hewitt

Simon Hewitt


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Research interests

Simon’s research focuses on the interstices between media industries and media consumers and the technological means by which that gap is bridged. His doctoral thesis aimed to uncover what the fungibility of capital, as demonstrated through the mechanism of ‘word-of-mouth’, reveals to us about the audience’s changing relationship to contemporary Hollywood film industrial dynamics. In doing so, it contributed to a more thorough critical examination of an emerging trend in contemporary Hollywood cinema whereby word-of-mouth on social media is enabling the film audience to exert a greater impact on contemporary Hollywood film financing, marketing, distribution, and exhibition processes than ever before.

Biographical details

Simon received his BA (Hons) in Screen Studies from Liverpool John Moores University in 2010 after which he founded a production company, Alcatraz Productions, which specialised in films for the industrial and public healthcare sectors. He embarked on his post-graduate studies as an MA in the Film Department at Columbia University before joining King's for his PhD in 2013. He received his PhD in Film Studies in July 2020.


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