Neil M. Coe
This article explores the potential for dialogue between the literature on the creative industries—with its emphasis on local clustering and policies—and that which explores the development and dynamics of global production networks (GPN). The central argument is that there is much to be gained by adopting a GPN approach to explore the creative industries. The article has two main sections. First, it explains what the GPN framework has to offer in terms of understanding the creative industries. More specifically, it suggests that researchers need be attuned to the various multi-scalar and cross-activity connections that constitute the creative sectors. Second, the article uses the example of the film and television industries. The globalization of production, marketing and finance in these specific sectors clearly show the importance of situating local clusters of activity within wider networks. The policy implication of the analysis is that forging extra-local connections may be just as important as promoting local networking.