Mr Paul Kerr


NameMr Paul Kerr
Job titleSenior Lecturer in Television Production
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Film
Email addressP.Kerr@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4835-3708
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

I began my career at the British Film Institute, whilst also teaching Film and Television for the University of London Extra-Mural Education Department and working as a freelance film and Tv critic for Time Out, City Limits, The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Sunday Times, Broadcast, NME etc. I then spent almost 25 years in TV, making arts and history programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, including launching and running the award-winning BBC2 world cinema series, Moving Pictures. His documentaries have also been screened at Festivals in Europe and the US. My latest book, Hollywood Independent: How the Mirisch Company Changed Cinema was published by Bloomsbury in 2023. I was co-author of Multiplatforming Public Service Broadcasting: The economic and cultural role of UK Digital and TV Independents (2012) the result of a major AHRC research project.   I have also co-authored a book about The Crimean War (1997), which was written to coincide with a Channel Four documentary series with the same title of which I was Series Producer. Before my career in TV I was a co-editor of MTM: Quality Television (1984) and editor of The Hollywood Film Industry (1986) and and co-editor of Drama Documentary (BFI Dossier 19, 1983).

Teaching

I teach on BA Film including as Module Leader for Industry and Collaboration in both 2nd and 3rd years and I also teach a Producing option for 2nd years. I also teach Project Management and Research Skills for MA Media Management. I was previously Programme Leader for both BA Television Production and BA Television and Digital Production. I have supervised three PhD students to successful completion.

Education and qualifications

Grants

Prizes and Awards

Research outputs

Hollywood Independent: How the Mirisch Company changed cinema

Kerr, P. 2023. Hollywood Independent: How the Mirisch Company changed cinema. Bloomsbury.

A forgotten episode in the history of Hollywood cinema, television and seriality: the case of the Mirisch Company

Kerr, P. 2020. A forgotten episode in the history of Hollywood cinema, television and seriality: the case of the Mirisch Company. in: Hudelet, A. and Crémieux, A. (ed.) Exploring Seriality on Screen: Audiovisual Narratives in Film and Television London and New York Routledge. pp. 79-102

The magnificent seven Mirisch companies: competitive strategy and corporate authorship

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

"It seemed like a good idea at the time": Hollywood, homology and hired guns – the making of The Magnificent Seven

Kerr, P. 2020. "It seemed like a good idea at the time": Hollywood, homology and hired guns – the making of The Magnificent Seven. in: Broughton, L. (ed.) Reframing Cult Westerns: from The Magnificent Seven to The Hateful Eight Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 21-39

Case study: The apprentice’s sorcerer: television in/and the academy

Kerr, P. 2016. Case study: The apprentice’s sorcerer: television in/and the academy. in: Freeman, M. (ed.) Industrial Approaches to Media: A methodological gateway to industry studies Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 29-38

Emmaus in the UK 1991-2016 - Brochure / Booklet

Glynn, B., Kerr, P. and McGorrian, T. 2016. Emmaus in the UK 1991-2016 - Brochure / Booklet.

Authorship, autobiography and the archive: Marilyn on Marilyn, television and documentary theory

Kerr, P. 2015. Authorship, autobiography and the archive: Marilyn on Marilyn, television and documentary theory. VIEW: Journal of European Television History and Culture. 4 (8), pp. 67-79. https://doi.org/10.18146/2213-0969.2015.jethc094

Alexandra Palace: war on the home front

Kerr, P. 2014. Alexandra Palace: war on the home front.

The last slave (2007): the genealogy of a British television history programme

Kerr, P. 2009. The last slave (2007): the genealogy of a British television history programme. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 29 (3), pp. 381-397. https://doi.org/10.1080/01439680903145629

Making film programmes for the BBC and Channel 4: the shift from in-house producer unit to independent package-unit production

Kerr, P. 2013. Making film programmes for the BBC and Channel 4: the shift from in-house producer unit to independent package-unit production. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 33 (3), pp. 434-453. https://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2013.823028

“A small, effective organization”: The Mirisch Company, the package-unit system and the production of ‘Some Like It Hot’

Kerr, P. 2011. “A small, effective organization”: The Mirisch Company, the package-unit system and the production of ‘Some Like It Hot’. in: McNally, K. (ed.) Billy Wilder, Movie-Maker: Critical Essays on the Films North Carolina McFarland. pp. 117-131

Babel's network narrative: packaging a globalized art cinema

Kerr, P. 2010. Babel's network narrative: packaging a globalized art cinema. Transnational Cinemas. 1 (1), pp. 37-51. https://doi.org/10.1386/trac.1.1.37/1
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