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Academic Book Publications
  • Meir, C. and Smits, R. (Eds.) (2024). European Cinema in the Streaming Era: Policy, Platforms, and Production. Palgrave European Film and Media Studies book series. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (peer-reviewed). View


  • Smits, R. (2019). Gatekeeping in the Evolving Business of Independent Film Distribution. Monograph. Palgrave Global Media Policy and Business book series. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 278 pp. (peer-reviewed). View

    • Book review in Cultural Trends, 18 May 2020. Written by Dr. Michael Franklin (Goldsmiths University of London). View

    • Book review in Journal of Communication (Galatasaray University), 30 December 2020. Written by Dr. Ece Vitrinel (Galatasaray University, Turkey). Download

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Academic Journal Articles & Contributions to Edited Collections
  • Smits, R. (2024). Theatrical Distribution or Online Streaming? Release Strategies in Europe in Times of Disruption and Change. In: European Cinema in the Streaming Era: Policy, Platforms, and Production. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.85-108. (peer-reviewed, open access). View

  • Meir, C. and Smits, R. (2024). Introduction. In: European Cinema in the Streaming Era: Policy, Platforms, and Production. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.xxvii-xlix. (peer-reviewed). View

  • Smits, R. (2024). Reflections on the New Streaming Oligopoly: Original Productions and Delivery Strategies for Films and Television Series. The Velvet Light Trap (Reconsidering Mass Media: An Invited Dossier), pp.61-63. View

  • Smits, R. (2023). Disruption in Times of COVID-19? The Hybrid Film Festival Format. Cultural Trends, 33 (3), pp. 309-323. ( (peer-reviewed, open access). View

  • Smits, R. (2022). Circulation Patterns, Abundance and Scarcity: Film Availability in the Online Era. Media Industries, 9 (2), pp.41-57. (peer-reviewed, open access). View

  • Smits, R. (2022). Film Festivals and Market Intelligence: From Audience Surveys to Data Analytics? NECSUS, 1. (open access). View

  • Hanchard, M., Merrington, P., Wessels, B., Rogers, K., Pidd, M., Yates, S., Forrest, D., Higson, A., Townsend, N., and Smits. R. (2020). Developing a Computational Ontology to Understand the Relational Aspects of Audience Formation. Emerald Open Research, 2(5), pp. 1-17. (peer-reviewed, open access). View

  • Wessels, B., Forrest, D., Hanchard, M., Higson, A., Merrington, P., Pidd, M., Rogers, K., Smits, R., Townsend, N., and Yates, S. (2019). Using Mixed-Methods, a Data Model and a Computational Ontology in Film Audience Research. Cultural Trends, 28(2-3), pp. 118-131. Special issue about Audience Data and Research. (peer-reviewed, open access). View

  • Smits, R. and Nikdel, E.W. (2018). Beyond Netflix and Amazon: MUBI and the Curation of On-Demand Film. Studies in European Cinema, 16(1), pp. 22-37. Special issue about Corporate Agency in Contemporary European Cinema. (peer-reviewed). View

  • Smits, R. (2018). Tournaments of Values at the European Film Market. Arts and the Market, 8 (1), pp. 64-79. (peer-reviewed). View

  • Smits, R., Higson, A., Mateer, J., Jones, H.D. and D’Ippolito, B. (2018). Distributing Films Online. Workshop report. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 15:2, April 2018, pp.291-299. View

  • Smits, R. (2017). Film Distribution: A Changing Business. In: J. Wroot and A. Willis (Eds.). DVD, Blu-Ray and Beyond: Navigating Formats and Platforms within Media Consumption. Palgrave Macmillan, 115-134. View

  • Smits, R. (2016). Gatekeeping and Networking Arrangements: Dutch Distributors in the Film Distribution Business. Poetics, 58, pp.29-42. (peer-reviewed) View

A Selection of Other Online Publications (open access)

  • Written evidence submitted for the UK Government enquiry “Current challenges faced by the British film and high-end television industry”, initiated by the Committee for Culture, Media and Sport of the UK parliament, 14 November 2023. View

  • 'Film Availability in the Online Era'. Interviewed by Cineuropa, 18 January 2023. View

  • 'European Film Festivals in Transition? Covid and Beyond'. Interviewed by Cineuropa, 13 January 2022. View

  • 'European Film Festivals in Transition? Film Festival Formats in Times of COVID'. Industry report for Thessaloniki Film Festival, 48 pages, November 2021. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10260.42885. View

  • ‘Stream till you drop: A conversation with Dr. Roderik Smits on the boom in VOD offers’. Interviewed by Film University Babelsberg, 5 November 2020. View

  • ‘Coronavirus: How Hollywood Studios and Online Video Platforms are Responding’. [link]. Flow Journal, 21 April 2020. View

  • ‘Sales agents and distributors remain equally – if not more – important to the creation and circulation of films in international markets’. Interviewed by Cineuropa, 23 March 2020. View

  • ‘Video-on-Demand and the Myth of Endless Choice'. The Conversation, 16 August 2018. View                       

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