Set for Success: Hollywood Runaway Productions in Socialist and Post-socialist Hungary

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In the past decade, Hungary has grown from a peripheral destination of Hollywood runaway productions into the second biggest European filming location. At the same time, after decades of absence from the domestic and international scenes, local productions have made a return, filling national cinemas and winning prestigious international awards. This article investigates the development of Hollywood runaway production in socialist and post-socialist Hungary. On the macro level, it explores how political and economic tendencies, together with individual agents’ networks, affected local industries and Hollywood runaway production from the 1960s to the present. On the micro level, the article looks at Hungarian crew members’ self-perceptions and professional identity formation. Doing so, the article strives to reveal the possible links between the two tiers and the effect of wage-work on domestic production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-63
JournalMedia Industries
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Hollywood
  • wage work


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