Dr Simon Hewitt

Media Studies

Assistant Professor


My research focuses on the interstices between media audiences and media industries and examines how this gap is bridged. My most recent work, Word-of-Mouth in Contemporary Hollywood, used Pierre Bourdieu theories of capital to explore the greater levels of audience participation enabled by social media and in doing so, highlights how these practices are changing the audience’s relationship to film industrial dynamics. My current project discusses intermedial labour practices within UK scare attractions, and their links to stage and screen industries, with a specific emphasis on the experiences of aspiring performers.

I am interested in supervising projects that might explore issues surrounding fandom, participatory culture, formal and informal methods of media circulation/consumption, marketing, cultural economics (especially concepts of capital), and emergent technologies.


Year Publication
2023 Simon Hewitt (2023) Word-of-Mouth in Contemporary Hollywood. Abingdon: Routledge. [Link] [DOI]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2019 Hewitt, S. (2019) 'I’m Not Sure I Like the Sound of That: Palliative Effects of the ‘Synchronous Monster’ in The Exorcist' In: Cultural Experiences of Fear, Horror and Terror. [Link] [DOI]
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Advance HE Associate Fellow 09/09/2022 -


Committee Function From / To
Social Research Ethics Subcommittee Member 29/09/2023 -


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Kings College London PhD Film Studies
Liverpool John Moores University BA (Hons) Screen Studies
Columbia University MA Film Studies