My doctoral research is on production in the film industries in Nigeria and Ghana. I am a buiding a new creative industries approach that combines the informal economies literature with the anthropological concept of cultural improvisation pioneered by Tim Ingold and Karin Barber. I am particularly interested in the capabilities of technical workers such as costumers, make-up artists, cinematographers, set-designers and carpenters. I have also carried out research on Nigeria's Censors Board and the distribution of Nollywood films. I hope that my work will provide both concrete strategies for these sectors and expand our theoretical understanding of the creative industries.