Motion Picture Academy Discourages Oscar Campaigning

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  1. MickeS

    MickeS Producer

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    I just heard on NPR this morning (clip available here: http://www.npr.org/rundowns/segment.php?wfId=1420569 at the top of the page)

    Somehow, I don't think the studios will do this. [​IMG] EVen if they all agree on it, someone's gonna think "well, one little ad won't hurt". Someone else sees it, and puts in a slightly bigger ad.... and it's all rolling again.

    Is it even a good idea? I'm not sure.
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    I also heard this on my way to work (did not bother to listen again, but thanks for the link) and was considering a post, but was too lazy.

    It seems to me that the studios should be behind this—they won’t have to spend money on marketing to the industry and can spend it on marketing to the public.

    I’d like to think that it will lessen the promotions a bit and reduce the yearly charges that some studio or another ‘bought’ the award.
     
  3. Chad A Wright

    Chad A Wright Supporting Actor

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    You also have to consider that the studio having an academy award winning film helps them financially. I guarantee you the cash they spend on marketing to the academy is far outweighed by the advantage of being an acadamy award winner. Plus, I'm sure the stars who are up for it probably insist on it somewhere in their long contracts.
     
  4. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    True Chad—I did not mean to imply that the Oscar marketing money was not well spent, at least by the winners. But for every winner there are four losers and that marketing money is down the drain.

    Naturally there is payback at the box-office, just for being nominated, but the money spent that is directed towards the industry (for the losing nominees) is money down the drain, because the box-office public is not the target for this type of marketing (and indeed is unaware, except for the small minority who contribute to threads like this one).

    But if (and I know that this is a big if) there was not so much spent on internal (to the industry) promotions, the award winners would receive the exact same post-Oscar benefit as you cite—and without the expenditure of additional money.

    The Morning Edition segment this morning also pointed out that many studios spent money on promotion to keep their stars happy—it did not mention that there were any contractual issues, though I would expect that in some cases there are—even so one never knows how those are structured—they might not require large expenditures if the competition was not also making a major promotional effort. In any case, surely the Academy is aware of possible contractual issues.
     
  5. Jason Harbaugh

    Jason Harbaugh Cinematographer

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    What will Miramax do with all that extra spending money? [​IMG]
     

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