Professor Tom O'Regan

Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
t.oregan@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53327

Overview

Tom's research interests are in production studies of film, television, and new media; audience measurement of broadcasting; and cultural institutions.

Tom O’Regan took up the position of Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in 2004. He has been a key figure in the development of cultural and media studies in Australia and has an international reputation for his screen policy studies related work.

His current research includes:

(1) “Media Transformations” which documents and evaluates the transformation of the screen production industries since 1956 under the pressures of emerging multichannel environments, technological change, globalization and national integration;

(2) “Broadcast Ratings: History and Future” builds on previous research across the performing arts, gallery and museum and broadcast sectors to consider the emergence and subsequent development of broadcast ratings instruments in Australia, USA and the UK;

(3) “Cultural History of Australian Film and Television” is developing a research infrastructure, ScreenLit, for the study of Australian scriptwriters and scriptwriting, feature films and television programs with UQ Research Infrastructure Funding support. All three projects are being undertaken with partners: Drs B. Goldsmith and S. Ward, A/Profs. J. Jacobs and F. Bonner (UQ) and Prof M. Balnaves (Curtin University).

Tom is the co-author of “Rating the Audience: The Business of Media” (2011) with M. Balnaves & B. Goldsmith, "Local Hollywood: Global Film Production and the Gold Coast" (2010) with B. Goldsmith and S. Ward, and "The Film Studio: Film Production in the Global Economy" (2005) and "Cinema Cities/Media Cities" (2003) with B. Goldsmith; and "The Future for Local Content" (2001 with Goldsmith, Cunningham and Thomas). He is also author of "Australian National Cinema" (1996) and "Australian Television Culture" (1992). He co-edited "Mobilising the Audience" (UQP, 2002) on audience development strategies in the arts and media sectors and also several thematic journal issues on cultural and media policy topics. These include issues on “Creative Networks” (2004), “Ratings in Transition” (2002), “Culture: Industry, Development, Distribution” (2002), “International Issues in Media Regulation” (2000) for “Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy”.

In 2002 Tom was elected a Fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts (2010-2011); Head of the School of English, Media Studies and Art History (2005-2008), Director of the Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy (1999-2002, Griffith University) and the Centre for Research in Culture and Communication (1996-1998, Murdoch University). Tom co-founded the media and cultural studies journal Continuum (1987-1995) and was Australia's UNESCO Professor of Communication from 2001-2003.

Research Interests

  • Cultural History of Australian Film and Television
    Cultural History of Australian Film and Television is concerned with developing a research infrastructure, ScreenLit, for the study of Australian scriptwriters and scriptwriting, feature films and television programs. The project had UQ Research Infrastructure Funding support through a grant awarded in 2009. This project is undertaken with A/Profs. J. Jacobs & F. Bonner and Ms Kerry Kilner (UQ).
  • Broadast Ratings: History and Future
    �Broadcast Ratings: History and Future� builds on previous research across the performing arts, gallery and museum and broadcast sectors to consider the emergence and subsequent development of broadcast ratings instruments in Australia, USA and the UK. It is supported by an ARC Discovery with Prof Mark Balnaves, Curtin U.
  • Film and Television Production in Australia 1995-2011
    The research interests documents and evaluates the transformation of Australian screen production industries under the twin pressures of emerging multichannel environments and globalization. It has been supported by an ARC Discovery Grant 2006-2011.

Qualifications

  • Fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • PhD (Philosophy), Griffith University
  • BA (Hons), Griffith University

Publications

  • O'Regan, Tom and Walmsley-Evans, Huw (2016) The film reviewing of Kenneth Slessor: a cine-aesthetics of the sound cinema. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 10 2: 211-222. doi:10.1080/17503175.2016.1170956

  • O'Regan, Tom and Walmsley-Evans, Huw (2015) Media Histories. Media International Australia, 157: 91-92.

  • O'Regan, Tom (2015). Crossing the ditch: Trans-Tasman film expatriates. In Ben Goldsmith, Mark David Ryan and Geoff Lealand (Ed.), Directory of world cinema: Australian and New Zealand 2 (pp. 228-233) Fishponds, Bristol, United Kingdom: Intellect.

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • O'Regan, Tom (2015). Crossing the ditch: Trans-Tasman film expatriates. In Ben Goldsmith, Mark David Ryan and Geoff Lealand (Ed.), Directory of world cinema: Australian and New Zealand 2 (pp. 228-233) Fishponds, Bristol, United Kingdom: Intellect.

  • O'Regan, Tom and Goldsmith, Ben (2013). Beyond the modular film school: Australian film and television schools and their digital transitions. In Mette Hjort (Ed.), The Education of the Filmmaker in Europe, Australia and Asia (pp. 149-170) New York, NY, USA: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137070388

  • O'Regan, Tom, Ward, Susan and Goldsmith, Ben (2011). Sydney's media cluster: Continuity and change in film and television. In Charlie Karlsson and Robert G. Picard (Ed.), Media clusters spatial agglomeration and content capabilities (pp. 199-222) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Ward, Susan and O'Regan, Tom (2010). Fashioning the boutique location: Remaking the Gold Coast as an international production location. In Greg Elmer, Charles H. Davis, Janine Marchessault and John McCullough (Ed.), Locating Migrating Media (pp. 79-102) Lanham, MD, U.S.A.: Lexington Books.

  • Goldsmith, Ben and O'Regan, Tom (2008). International film production: Interests and motivations. In Janet Wasko and Mary Erickson (Ed.), Cross-Border Cultural Production: Economic Runaway or Globalization? (pp. 13-44) Amherst, New York: Cambria Press.

  • O'Regan, Tom and Ward, Susan (2008). Managing uncertainty: Defining the location interests of a Greenfield location. In Wasko, Janet and Erickson, Mary (Ed.), Cross-Border Cultural Production: Economic Runaway or Globalization? (pp. 155-186) Amherst, New York: Cambria Press.

  • O'Regan, Tom (2008). The political economy of film. In Donald, James and Renov, Michael (Ed.), The Sage Handbook of Film Studies (pp. 244-261) Los Angeles, London, New Delhi and Singapore: Sage Publication Ltd.. doi:10.4135/9781849200400.n16

  • O'Regan, T. (2007). Capitalising on anxiety: Financial literacy and the publishing industry. In D. J. Carter and A. Galligan (Ed.), Making Books: Contemporary Australian Publishing (pp. 315-332) Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.

  • O'Regan, Tom (2005). Making sense of UNESCO: Reflections on its significance for Australia and internationally. In R. Breit and J. Servaes (Ed.), Information society or knowledge societies? UNESCO in the smart state (pp. 53-71) Penang, Malaysia: Southbound Penang.

  • Goldsmith, B. and O'Regan, T. (2005). The policy environment of the contemporary film studio. In M. Gasher and G. Elmer (Ed.), Contracting out Hollywood: runaway productions and foreign location shootings (pp. 41-66) Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Pub.

  • O'Regan, T. (2004). Australia's Television Culture. In Allen, Robert C. and Hill, Annette (Ed.), The Television studies reader (pp. 79-91) London: Routledge.

  • O'Regan, T. (2002). A National Cinema. In Graeme Turner (Ed.), The Film Cultures Reader (pp. 139-164) London: Routledge.

  • O'Regan, Tom (2002). Arts Audiences: Becoming Audience-minded. In Mark Balnaves, Tom O'Regan and Jason Sternberg (Ed.), Mobilising the Audience (pp. 104-130) St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press.

  • Goldsmith, B., Thomas, J., O'Regan, T. and Cunningham, S. (2002). Asserting Cultural and Social Regulatory Principles in Converging Media Systems. In Marc Raboy (Ed.), Global Media Policy in the New Millennium (pp. 93-109) Luton, UK: University of Luton Press.

  • O'Regan, T. (2002). Australian Cinema as a National Cinema. In Alan Williams (Ed.), Film and Nationalism (pp. 89-136) East Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

  • O'Regan, T. and Goldsmith, B (2002). Emerging Global Ecologies of Production. In Dan Harries (Ed.), The New Media Book (pp. 92-105) London: British Film Institute.

  • M. Balnaves and O'Regan, T. (2002). Governing the Audience. In Mark Balnaves, Tom O'Regan and Jason Sternberg (Ed.), Mobilising the Audience (pp. 10-28) St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press.

  • Balnaves, Mark and O'Regan, Thomas (2002). The ratings in transition: the politics and technologies of counting. In Balnaves, Mark, O'Regan, Thomas and Sternberg, Jason (Ed.), Mobilising the Audience 1 ed. (pp. 29-64) St Lucia, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press.

  • O'Regan, Tom and Cox, Stephen (2002). Towards an Ecology of Cultural Attendance. In Mobilising the audience (pp. 131-167) St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press.

  • O'Regan, Thomas (2001). Knowing The Processes But Not The Outcomes: Australian Cinema Faces The Millenium. In Carter, David and Bennett, Tony (Ed.), Culture in Australia: Policies, Publics and Programs 1 ed. (pp. 18-45) Oakleigh, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Balnaves, Mark and O'Regan, Thomas (2009). Comparing television ratings conventions: Australian and American approaches to broadcast ratings. In: Terry Flew, Communication, creativity and global citizenship: Refereed proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference 2009. ANZCA09 Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (7-22). July 8 - 10 2009.

  • Balnaves, Mark and O'Regan, Tom (2009). Survey wars: The explosion of measurement in audience ratings. In: Record of the Communications Policy & Research Forum 2009. Communications Policy & Research Forum 2009, University of Technology, Sydney, (256-263). 19 - 20 November 2009.

  • Balnaves, Mark and O'Regan, Tom (2008). Constructing an audience ratings convention. In: Tilley, Elspeth, Power and Place: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2008. Power and Place: ANZCA08 Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, (1-16). July 9 - 11, 2008.

  • O'Regan, Tom and Balnaves, Mark (2008). Ratings in revolution or transition?. In: Papandrea, Franco and Armstrong, Mark, Record of the Communications Policy & Research Forum 2008. Communications Policy and Research Forum, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, (134-142). 29-30 September 2008.

  • O'Regan, Tom and Ryan, Mark (2006). Trajectories of broadband: The coming, going and return of broadband. In: C. Anyanwu, Empowerment, Creativity and Innovation: Challenging Media and Communication in the 21st Century (ANZCA and University of Adelaide). Australia & NZ Communication Assoc Int Conference 2006, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, (1-13). 4 - 7 July, 2006.

  • O'Regan, T. and Ryan, M. (2004). From multimedia to digital content and applications: Transitions in governmental policy towards the (digial) content industries. In: The 2004 ANZCA Conference. Making a Difference: Australian & NZ Communication Ass Conference, Sancta Sophia and Women's Colleges, University of Sydney, (1-22). July 7 - 9, 2004.

  • O'Regan, T. and Goldsmith, B. (2004). Still the center: Cultural geographies of US film production. In: Tiziana Ferrero-Regis and Albert Moran and Alberto Moran, Placing the Moving Image. Placing the Moving Image, Brisbane, Australia, (173-204). 29 April 2004.

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision