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 competing understandings of production hierarchies and how 1st ADs can challenge their status as hidden professionals.

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Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
doi.org/10.18146/2213-0969.2013.jethc047
VIEW Journal

Ashton, Daniel, & Jeune, Nic. (2013). Hid(ing) Media Professionals: Constructing and Contesting the 1st AD. VIEW Journal, 2(4), 89–100. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2013.jethc047