Between 1998 and 2018, I delivered thirty papers at academic conferences around the world, although mostly in the UK. A number of regular conferences helped me to both disseminate my research but also to make contact with like-minded scholars and become part of international research networks. The annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (USA) and Screen Studies (UK), along with the biennial Celebrity Studies conference have proven to be particularly fertile grounds for me over the years.