Dr James Lyons
Telephone: 01392 724355
Dr James Lyons is the author of Selling Seattle (2004) and Miami Vice (2010) (described by Prof. David Thornburn (MIT) in his Cinema Journal review (June 2011) as 'the richest account of a single television program I've ever read'), and co-editor of Quality Popular Television (2003), Multimedia Histories: From the Magic Lantern to the Internet (2007), and The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts (2010). He is one of the founding editors of the film journal Scope and serves on the editorial advisory board.
Dr Lyons's current research spans two overlapping areas of interest. The first is the role of the producer, and the role of performance, in American independent cinema, as explored in the book chapters on 'The American Independent Producer and the Film Value Chain' (Beyond the Bottom Line The Producer in Film and Television Studies (2014), edited by Andrew Spicer, Anthony McKenna, Christopher Meir) and 'Low-flying stars’: the aesthetics of cult stardom in Mumblecore' (Cult Film Stardom: Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification (2012) edited by Kate Egan and Sarah Thomas). He has a chapter on American producer Megan Ellison in the forthcoming collection Indie Reframed: Women Filmmakers and Contemporary American Independent Cinema (Edinburgh UP).
The second is modes of performance and discourses of risk in recent American independent documentary. He is currently working on a new book, entitled Documentary, Performance and Risk, to be published by Routledge. He was awarded £50,000 to work with award-winning advertising agency Rubber Republic on a documentary on risk and everyday life as part of the AHRC's REACT Future Documentary scheme. Watch the documentary here: http://risktakersguide.com/. In June 2014 the documentary won the Ramillas Interactive Fund Award at Sheffield International Doc/Fest.
Dr Lyons's work on risk has also extended to writing a case study on the visualisation of climate change for the Government Chief Scientific Advisor's report "Innovation: Managing Risk, Not Avoiding it" (2014)
He has appeared in The New York Times, talking about his research on Starbucks. Read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/us/tullys-coffee-struggles-against-a-venti-starbucks-tide.html. Dr Lyons was amongst the first scholars to analyse Starbucks' power as a global brand, in his widely-cited article '‘Think Seattle, act globally’ Speciality coffee, commodity biographies and the promotion of place,' Cultural Studies, Volume 19, Issue 1, 2005.