Michael is a Lecturer at Goldsmiths’ Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), where he teaches in the areas of Creative and Social Enterprise and Perspectives on Capital. He currently has a Postdoctoral research project investigating risk in the film industry and related creative content businesses. This research concentrates on the conceptualisation and materialisation of risk management; industry, business and project organisation; and the legal, technological and financial environment.
Michael joined Goldsmiths in January 2016 following his doctoral studies at the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity (ICC) in the School of Management, University of St Andrews, where he also earned his undergraduate degree (M.A. Hons. Modern History and Philosophy, 2006). He is also a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (MSc Film Studies, 2007) and Cass Business School, City University (MSc with Distinction: Management, 2008).
Michael has taught on courses at the University of St Andrews, School of Management (Undergraduate and Masters level classes on Understanding the Creative Industries); and at the University of Edinburgh in the School of Design and School of Literature, Languages and Culture (Film & TV; Film Exhibition and Curation).
As a researcher and consultant, Michael has worked on numerous projects linking digital technology and the creative industries. Most recently an AHRC Nesta Digital R&D for the Arts initiative investigated innovative Video On Demand distribution with Film London.
Working with companies in various creative industries, Michael has conducted projects on new digital business models and market devices, Social Network Analysis, and raised funding for European focused initiatives via MEDIA. Michael presents findings from this work via invited lectures and blogs, such as for BFI, the European Film Agency Research Network, and the Mediating Cultural Encounters through European Screens project, as well as in academic contexts at the conferences of the British Academy of Management and European Group for Organization Studies.
Michael’s industry experience provides grounding for academic insight delivered with partners at institutions such as CinEcoSA (Cinéma, Economie & Sociétés Anglophones); University of Edinburgh’s College of Art, and Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation; and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research, School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow.
Drake, P., Franklin, M. Sathe, D., Tierney. S. (2015). We Are Colony: Digital VOD Distribution for Independent Film – Research and Development Report. Nesta/AHRC.
Franklin, M. “Exploring Innovation in UK VOD”. European Film Agency Research Network Annual Meeting, European AudioVisual Observatory, Luxembourg, (26.10.2015).
Franklin, M. “Netflix and Beyond: How Audience Engagement Data can reconfigure Filmmaking.” BFI Media Conference, BFI Southbank, London, UK (3.7.2015)
Franklin, Michael; Stoyanova Russell, D and Townley, B. 2015. From Marketing to Performing the Market: The Emerging Role of Digital Data in the Independent Film Business. In: N Mignant; C Tirtaine and J Augros, eds. Film Marketing Into the Twenty-First Century. London: Palgrave, pp. 147-162. ISBN 978-1-84457-838-2
Franklin, Michael. 2012. Internet-enabled dissemination: managing uncertainty in the film value chain. In: Dina Iordanova and Stuart Cunningham, eds. Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves On-line. St Andrews: St Andrews Film Studies, pp. 101-116. ISBN 978-0-9563730-9-0
Campagnolo, Gian Marco; Giannatou, Evi; Franklin, Michael; Stewart, James and Williams, Robin. 2018. Revolution remixed? The emergence of Open Content Film-making as a viable component within the mainstream film industry. Information, Communication & Society, pp. 1-18. ISSN 1369-118X
Giannatou, Evi; Campagnolo, Gian Marco; Franklin, Michael; Stewart, James K and Williams, Robin. 2018. Revolution postponed? Tracing the development and limitations of open content filmmaking. Information, Communication & Society, pp. 1-21. ISSN 1369-118X
Haywood, Gordon; Nilsson, Johan; Franklin, Michael; Gilbert, Paul; Krafve, Linus Johansson; MacGillivray, Mark and Meckin, Robert. 2014. Valuation Studies: A Collaborative Valuation in Practice. Valuation Studies, 2(1), pp. 71-85.
Haywood, Gordon; Nilsson, Johan; Franklin, Michael; Gilbert, Paul; Johansson Krafve, Linus; Lindén, Lisa; MacGillivray, Mark and Meckin, Robert. 2014. Valuation Studies: A Collaborative Valuation in Practice. Valuation Studies, 2(1), pp. 71-85. ISSN 2001-5992
Franklin, Michael. 2013. What metrics really mean, a question of causality and construction in leveraging social media audiences into business results: Cases from the UK film industry. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 10(2), pp. 298-320. ISSN 1749-8716
Franklin, Michael; Searle, Nicola; Stoyanova, Dimitrinka and Townley, Barbara. 2013. Innovation in the Application of Digital Tools for Managing Uncertainty: The Case of UK Independent Film. Creativity and Innovation Management, 22(3), pp. 320-333. ISSN 0963-1690
Franklin, Michael; Searle, Nicola; Stoyanova, Dimitrinka and Townley, Barbara. 2013. Innovation in the application of digital tools for managing uncertainty: the case of UK independent film. Creativity and Innovation Management, 22(3), pp. 320-333.
Franklin, Michael. 2018. Examining the understanding and management of risk in the film industry: A Research Synopsis. Project Report. Goldsmiths / Olsberg / SPI, London.
Drake, P; Franklin, Michael; Sathe, D and Tierney, S. 2015. We Are Colony: Digital VOD Distribution for Independent Film. Project Report. Nesta, London.
Franklin, Michael and Kelly, M. 2009. Analysis of the corporate finance of SMEs in the UK film industry. Project Report. UK Film Council, London.