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The High-Concept Presidency

Anyone who has ever pitched a movie or television idea in Hollywood knows the tyranny of the “high concept.” It’s a staple of the entertainment world. A high concept is a simple, succinct, immediately comprehensible gimmick: Abraham Lincoln is a vampire hunter; the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and… More

Lear Center Senior Fellow Neal Gabler turns his clever media eye on legend Barbra Streisand in his new book Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power.

Mickey Mouse, PhD? Not quite yet. In the meantime, you can read about a new scholarly analysis of this iconic American creation. Then revisit Neal Gabler‘s The Life and Legend of Walt Disney and his panel discussion with Disney legends Alice Davis, Harriet Burns and Blaine Gibson.

Read this notable piece by Lear Center Senior Fellow, Neal Gabler.

The Lear Center’s “Tyranny of 18 to 49” conference still offers clarity and bracing truth about the advertising industry’s continued and statistically flawed allegiance to the coveted TV audience wedged between 18 and 49 years old. Read the transcript of the discussion. Watch the video.

Lear Center Senior Fellow Neal Gabler, author of the definitive Walt Disney biography, weighs in on Walt’s legacy at a Television Critics Association panel celebrating PBS’ four-hour American Experience documentary on Disney, which airs Sept. 14-15. MORE

Lear Center Senior Fellow Neal Gabler does not like what internet algorithms are doing to people and culture. Read why.

Senior Fellow Neal Gabler

Neal Gabler, Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, is an author, cultural historian, and film critic. His first book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Theatre Library Association Award. His second book,Winchell: Gossip, Power… More