About Janet Wasko
Janet Wasko is the Knight Chair for Communication Research at the University of Oregon (USA). She is the author of How Hollywood Works (Sage, 2003), Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy (Polity Press/Blackwell, 2001), and Hollywood in the Information Age: Beyond the Silver Screen (Polity Press, 1994), editor of A Companion to Television (Blackwell, 2005) and Dazzled by Disney? The Global Disney Audience Project (Leicester University Press/Continuum, 2001), as well as other volumes on the political economy of communication and democratic media.
About Mary Erickson
Mary Erickson is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. She received an M.A. in Film Studies from Carleton University and a B.A. in Communications and Political Science from the University of Washington. She has worked as a publicist for a nonprofit film arts organization and multiple independent films, and has taught courses in media economics and international communication. Her research interests include: the political economy of the film industry, independent media, film distribution and marketing, globalization, and cultural policy.