Peter Labuza is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California, where he also earned his PhD in Cinema and Media Studies. His research explores the legal, financial, and political history of creative industries. His dissertation, “When A Handshake Meant Something: Lawyers, Deal Making, and the Emergence of New Hollywood” traces how new legal professionals and deal makers reshaped creative labor and financial management in Hollywood after World War II. The work was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies prize for Best Dissertation, and also cited as a finalist for the Herman E. Krooss Prize for Best Dissertation in Business History. He is currently working on numerous further research projects, including a study of non-elite antitrust lawyers and their relationship to the New Left, and another on the economic reorganization of media industries in the postwar related to the emergence of new debates on art and personal expression. He is also currently researching current antitrust policy related to Hollywood and Big Tech.
Labuza has received numerous fellowships and grants supporting his research from an array of archives and disciplines, including in Business History, Jewish History, the History of Congress, foreign relations, and more.. He has published in The Velvet Light Trap, Mediascape, Film Quarterly, Sight & Sound, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and has forthcoming articles in the Journal for Cinema and Media Studies and Film History.
He currently hosts the podcast Framing Media, a bi-weekly examination of current media scholarship. Previously, Labuza hosted The Cinephiliacs. The podcast is currently on hiatus but will return in Fall 2021.
He has published film criticism in Variety, The Village Voice, and Filmmaker Magazine, and more.
He earned both his BA and MA in Film Studies from Columbia University.
Outside of his academic work, Labuza is the host of The Cinephiliacs, the author of Approaching The End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film, and served as a booklet editor for the UK Blu-Ray distributor Masters of Cinema. He has contributed to Variety, The Village Voice, Reverse Shot, The AV Club, Little White Lies, Indiewire, The LA Review of Books, Filmmaker Magazine, and RogerEbert.Com among others.
This site serves as Peter’s general resume and CV to work he has done. All writing and research can be found via the page links on the left.
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