Stephanie Tintel

Researcher

Personal Description

Technology hands out new modes of storytelling, new ways of expressing ourselves and being in the world. I grew up along with the upswing of the digital world, a world where dispersed audiences are finding ways to connect through various communication platforms, where low-budget productions are given a chance to be seen and streaming has become the new linear. Meanwhile, audiences are unknowingly creating their own digital bubbles, niche productions are submerged in an oversupply of content and streaming platforms are posing a direct threat to theatrical distribution. My research interests are triggered by this controversy and transformation. I’m particularly interested in measuring the impact of digital technologies and new user behavior on the distribution of our film industry today.

In 2017 I graduated magna cum laude in communication sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The subject of my master’s thesis set out of the turbulent distribution situation of the Flemish documentary industry where I specifically focused on the upcoming tendency for audience development. In February 2018 I joined imec-SMIT where I’m currently collaborating on a research project within the field of media economics using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.