The magnificent seven Mirisch companies: competitive strategy and corporate authorship

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Kerr, P. 2020. The magnificent seven Mirisch companies: competitive strategy and corporate authorship. in: Krämer, P., Needham, G., Tzioumakis, Y. and Balio, T. (ed.) United Artists Routledge. pp. 112-131
Chapter titleThe magnificent seven Mirisch companies: competitive strategy and corporate authorship
AuthorsKerr, P.
Abstract

The Mirisch Company (and its six corporate siblings) was the most commercially and critically successful independent production company in Hollywood in the late 1950s and 1960s – winning Best Picture Oscar three times between 1960 and 1967 and supplying United Artists with five of its ten most profitable films between 1957 and 1969. However, there is still no academic study of the company. In this chapter, I ask whether understanding how the Mirisch companies operated as suppliers for UA (1957 to 1974) helps explain why so many memorable late fifties, sixties and early seventies films including Some Like it Hot, The Magnificent Seven, The Apartment, West Side Story, The Great Escape, The Pink Panther, In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair and Fiddler on the Roof were all made by the Mirisches? Would expanding our knowledge, not just of the individuals working there, but also of their corporate working practices, their business structures and strategies, enable us to understand the characteristics such films may have in common – and why - and distinguish them from other contemporaneous Hollywood productions and production companies? To answer those questions, I rely on Michael E Porter’s book, Competitive Strategy and on the concept of corporate authorship.

LanguageEnglish
Page range112-131
Book titleUnited Artists
EditorsKrämer, P., Needham, G., Tzioumakis, Y. and Balio, T.
PublisherRoutledge
SeriesThe Routledge Hollywood Centenary Series
ISBN
Hardcover9780367178987
Paperback9780367179007
Electronic9780429058332
Publication dates
Online29 Jan 2020
Print12 Feb 2020
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Aug 2019
Accepted03 Jun 2019
Submitted05 Feb 2019
Output statusPublished
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Copyright Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in United Artists on 12 February 2020, available online: http://www.routledge.com/9780367178987

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429058332-6
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