Reframing the Nation: Brazilian Television in an Emerging Post-Network Era

This project will examine the production, distribution, and consumption of Brazilian television fiction since 2011, when then President Dilma Rousseff signed into law Lei 12.485/11. Through a number of mechanisms, Law 12.485 opened up the previously dormant pay television sector to foreign telecommunications companies and local independent production companies seeking to fill the new distribution channels with content. The rise of the pay television sector along with its role in increasing Internet subscriptions through triple-play packages has factored heavily in declining audience ratings for Brazil's most widely produced and consumed symbolic good, the TV Globo producedtelenovela.Sinceas early as 1968,TV Globo's melodramatic serials have served as the primary fictional source for defining and representing what Brazil is and what it means to Brazilian, both to national and global audiences. To better understand the politics, socio-economics, and aesthetics associated with the emerging televisual representations of increasingly varied Brazils,Eli Carter(Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese) and his students, Jennifer Oates and Mariana Brazao will use a multi-disciplinary approach to map the specifics of Brazil's changing televisual landscape.