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The Self Managing Screen

The Self Managing Screen was a book written by Mike Downey published to coincide with a major retrospective of television fiction at the British Film Institute curated by Mike at the National Film Theatre on the subject of television fiction during the time of the Socialist Federal Republic of Jugoslavija.

From its early days, the development of Yugoslav television oscillated between attempts to develop a pan-Yugoslav media system, and the wish to preserve and foster the development of republican and provincial media systems. The push for decentralisation proved stronger, resulting in a federalised television system in which each republic had its own television production facilities and its own television channels. 

The book looks at how, due to the country’s peculiar geopolitical position, developed in the aftermath of the country’s expulsion from the Soviet bloc, Yugoslav television professionals enjoyed significantly more freedom than their colleagues in the Soviet bloc. The 1960s, in particular, were marked by political and economic reforms that sought to reduce the role of the communist elites and the state and to encourage popular participation in public affairs. Yugoslav media gained greater organisational and financial independence; they were allowed to elect their top management, and began to rely increasingly on advertising revenues rather than state funding.

Istria Gold

New book by Mike Downey out October 6th 2022

Istria Gold

A fast-moving adventure mystery set in the Adriatic province of Istria and taking place over three dramatic historical eras:

- Istria: The Present Day
- The Roman Occupation of the 1st Century AD
- The Partisan of the War of Liberation 1943-45

ISTRIA GOLD follows the powerful, elusive and corrupting lure of the Istrian Truffle across the sweep of history.

Endlessly surprising. Mike Downey has a truffle dog’s nose for a good story.

Lee Hall, writer of Billy Elliot


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