This article addresses the hidden professions of television production through examining the role of the First Assistant Director (1st AD). Drawing on ‘industry talk’, this article examines the ways in which the role of the 1st AD is understood as central to the film and television production process but regarded as overlooked or lacking in status and visibility. Examining how 1st ADs position themselves and are positioned as both invisible and visible is an opportunity to examine how the 1st AD understand and challenge their status as hidden professionals.

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Keywords Media Industries, Media Production, Media Work, First Assistant Director.
Publisher Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Journal VIEW Journal
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Note VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 2, No 4 (2013): Hidden Professions of Television; 89-100
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Ashton, Daniel, & Jeune, Nic. (2013). Hid(ing) Media Professionals: Constructing and Contesting the 1st AD. VIEW Journal, 2(4), 89–100.

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