Dr. Courtney Brannon Donoghue | Women's & Gender Studies

Dr. Courtney Brannon Donoghue

Assistant Professor of Media Arts

Courtney Brannon Donoghue is an Assistant Professor of Media Industry Studies in the Department of Media Arts at the University of North Texas. Her scholarship broadly utilizes a critical media industry studies approach, grounded in industry interviews and international fieldwork, to explore the intersection between local media professionals working for transnational companies and broader forces of gatekeeping, access, privilege, and power. Her areas of research include Conglomerate Hollywood and international operations, female-driven filmmaking and gender equity, local-language productions, Brazilian media, production and distribution cultures, film festivals and markets, and blockbusters and franchising. Brannon Donoghue's forthcoming book The Value Gap: Female-Driven Films from Pitch to Premiere (UT Press, 2023) examines how female directors, producers, and writers navigate the challenges and barriers for female-driven projects at each stage of filmmaking in the contemporary Hollywood film business. She is also the author of Localising Hollywood (British Film Institute Press, 2017) exploring the localization of Hollywood studio operations across Europe and Latin America from the 1990s to early 2010s and the co-editor of the field defining collection Digital Media Distribution: Portals, Platforms, Pipelines with Paul McDonald and Timothy Havens (NYU Press, 2021). Her publications have appeared in Cinema Journal (now Journal of Cinema and Media Studies), Media, Culture & Society, Feminist Media Studies, and a variety of edited collections including Point of Sale: Analyzing Media Retail (edited by Daniel Herbert and Derek Johnson, Rutgers University Press, 2019), Routledge Companion to Media Industries (edited by Paul McDonald, Routledge, 2021) and Women in the International Film Industry: Policy, Practice and Power (edited by Susan Liddy, Palgrave, 2020). She is a recipient of a 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities award and a member-at-large serving on the Board of Directors for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies.