Michael Allen is Senior Lecturer in Film and Electronic Media at Birkbeck, University of London. His publications include studies of D.W. Griffith, contemporary Hollywood, the CSI franchise and the media coverage of the Space Race. His current project, on the shift from celluloid to digital, will be published by Polity Press in 2013.His

Kirsty Fairclough is Lecturer in Media and Performance in the School of Media, Music and Performance at the University of Salford. Her recent work includes Fame is a Losing Game: Celebrity Gossip Blogging, Bitch Culture and Post Feminism in Genders Special Issue: Going Cheap Female Celebrity in the Reality, Tabloid and Scandal Genres. Other research appears in Celebrity Studies, Feminist Media Studies, In Media Res and Her current research interests include postfeminism, celebrity, contemporary Hollywood and developments within American independent cinema.

Deborah Jermyn is Reader in Film and Television at Roehampton University. Her work on celebrity includes essays published in Feminist Media Studies and Social Semiotics and she is the author of Sex and the City (Wayne State University Press, 2009) and Prime Suspect (BFI Macmillan, 2010). She is co-editor of numerous collections including Falling in Love Again: Romantic Comedy in Contemporary Cinema (with Stacey Abbott, I.B. Tauris 2008), as well as the editor of ‘Back in the Spotlight’, a special edition of the journal Celebrity Studies on the theme of female celebrity and ageing (forthcoming 2012). She is currently embarking on a project about the director Nancy Meyers.

Tim Markham is Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck. He is author of The Politics of War Reporting: Authority, Authenticity and Morality (Manchester University Press, 2011) and co-author of Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the Presumption of Attention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Ongoing research questions the democratic potential of participatory online media, investigates how journalism has responded to shifting structures of cultural authority, and assesses emerging discourses of journalism in the Arab world.

Janet McCabe is Honorary Research Fellow in TV Drama at Birkbeck, University of London, as well as Research Assistant (Critical Studies in Television) at the University of Glamorgan. She has written widely on feminism and television (particularly US TV), and her book, for the TV Milestone Series, on The West Wing is forthcoming.

Susan Smith is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sunderland, England. She has recently completed a book on Elizabeth Taylor (with support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council) for the BFI’s Film Stars series that she co-edits with Martin Shingler. She is the author of Voices in Film (2007), The Musical: Race, Gender and Performance (2005) and Hitchcock: Suspense, Humour and Tone (2000).

Mary Wood is Professor of European Cinema at Birkbeck, University of London.  Her publications and research are mainly on Italian cinema.  She recently contributed to the DVD extras of the re-release of Ruggero Deodato's controversial 1980 film, Cannibal Holocaust.

Ginette Vincendeau is Professor in Film Studies at King's College, London. She has written widely on popular French and European cinema and is a regular contributor to Sight and Sound. She is the author of Pépé le Moko (BFI, 1998); Stars and Stardom in French Cinema (Continuum, 2000); Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris (BFI, 2003) and La Haine (I.B. Tauris, 2005). Her collection of essays, Popular French Cinema, From the Classical to the Trans-national is due to be published by I.B. Tauris. She is currently writing the books Brigitte Bardot: French Star, International Icon (BFI/Palgrave) and Cinema Under the Mediterranean Sun: Provence, Marseille and the Côte d'Azur on Film (I.B. Tauris).