The Department of Performing and Media Arts (PMA) will present a book talk by Dr. Courtney Brannon Donoghue, Assistant Professor of Media Industries at University of North Texas on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Film Forum at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
The book talk will be on Dr. Brannon Donoghue’s new book The Value Gap: Female-Driven Films from Pitch to Premiere. The Value Gap examines gender inequity debates in contemporary Hollywood and the barriers female-driven films and their filmmakers face at each phase of the pipeline from development to distribution.
“I hope students take a way a fuller understanding of our contemporary media landscape, particularly the obstacles and challenges that women face in Hollywood. Dr. Courtney Brannon Donoghue is a leading media scholar, and this book talk will help give students a sense of the dynamic research one can undertake if they are interested in film and media studies,” said Dr. Samantha N. Sheppard, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Performing and Media Arts.
Dr. Courtney Brannon Donoghue is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Arts at the University of North Texas. Brannon Donoghue is the author of The Value Gap: Female-Driven Films from Pitch to Premiere (University of Texas Press, 2023), Localising Hollywood (British Film Institute Press, 2017) and co-editor of Digital Media Distribution: Portals, Platforms, Pipelines (NYU Press, 2021). She received an Award for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2022. She serves as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Brannon Donoghue earned her PhD in Media Studies from the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin.
Amy Mojica ’26 is a communications assistant in the Department of Performing and Media Arts.