Aesthetic proximity: The role of stylistic elements in format localisation

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Implications of the transnationalisation of television are often studied focusing on the localisation of the content of formatted programmes. Although television is essentially an audio-visual medium, little attention has been paid to the aesthetic aspects of television texts in relation to transnationalisation and formatting. Transnationalisation of production practices, such as through formatting, implies a transnational aesthetic. At the same time, aspects of style are specific to place, culture or audience. In this article, the localisation of stylistic programme elements is explored using a comparison of two reality format adaptations. It is argued that style plays an important role in the expression of the local in a transnational industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-104
Number of pages12
JournalVIEW (Utrecht)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • aesthetics
  • style
  • TV formats
  • transnationalisation
  • cultural proximity


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