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Theme Parks Leverage Low, High-Tech to Entertain the Idle

Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 9, 2013 02:16 PM

Lowly economy or not, millions of tourists still flock to amusement parks every year, with attendance at North American's top 20 parks up 7 percent from 2007 through 2012. While we can't resist the appeal of rides, cotton candy and fresh lemonade either, all visitors could agree that waiting in winding lines to get on an attraction gets very old, very fast.

But times have changed. At Walt Disney World, instead of waiting in line for the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride, “riders are now ushered into an air-conditioned tent, where kids can play on slides, a climbing tower and a toy fire engine while parents wait for the buzz of a pager telling them it's time to ride the attraction,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

"If you reduce the wait, whether real or perceived, it is critical," Jim MacPhee, senior vice president at Walt Disney World Parks, told the Tribune.Continue reading...

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Steve Jobs Biopic Gets the Full Social Treatment

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 29, 2013 01:26 PM

Steve Jobs would likely be pleased that his forthcoming biopic is getting the royal social media treatment.

The film, which stars Ashton Kutcher, has released three Instagram trailers, one movie poster and now an official website fit for additional promotion and social reblogging.Continue reading...

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'Motown: The Musical': Exported From Detroit To Broadway, Per Chrysler

Posted by Dale Buss on March 11, 2013 04:32 PM

Chrysler is trying to make sure that something "Exported From Detroit" has enough backing from the most famous thing "Imported From Detroit." The company has become a major sponsor of "Motown: The Musical" which opens today for previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Broadway.

Perhaps hoping to strike some of the same Sixties-era gold as "Jersey Boys," Motown founder and music impresario Berry Gordy Jr. conceived the idea for the show a decade ago and enlisted some showbiz heavyweights to bring his idea to Broadway.

Now, Chrysler—which has re-established an identity over the last few years as the biggest automotive exponent of an identity rooted in Motown—is bringing both the persona of the musical and one of its own products to life through an innovative sponsorship.Continue reading...

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Oscar is the Word: Academy Awards Officially Rebrand Show for 2013

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 20, 2013 06:01 PM

This year, the 85th Academy Awards takes on a new name with a younger tone, "The Oscars."

"We're rebranding it," Oscars co-producer Neil Meron told The Wrap. "We're not calling it 'the 85th annual Academy Awards,' which keeps it mired somewhat in a musty way. It's called 'The Oscars.'"

Still pursuing a younger demographic despite the failure of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as co-hosts in 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences publicist Teni Melidonian said, "It is right for this show, but we could easily go back to using 'Academy Awards' next year."

"It'll be like the Grammys,” Meron added. “The Grammys don't get a number, and neither will the Oscars." The awards show hit a ratings high of 55 million in 1998, the year of Titanic, but have been on a decline ever since.Continue reading...

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A Google+ Hangout Plugs Google-based "The Internship" Movie

Posted by Shirley Brady on February 18, 2013 10:03 AM

As one of the commenters on the YouTube upload of the official trailer for The Internship movie notes, "I can't believe Google was okay with this movie." Not only did the brand approve all the teasing of Google's corporate culture, there was a Google+ Hangout for the film with Conan O'Brien chatting with co-stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

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At Sundance, CAA Strays Far Off-Brand With a Wild, NC 17-Rated Blast

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 25, 2013 04:21 PM

This year’s Sundance Film Festival ends Sunday — but for the powerful Creative Artists Agency, it may not be soon enough.

Amid a crowded slate of brand activities in Park City, Utah, CAA threw a party that the venerable film festival will not likely soon forget, featuring “lingerie-clad women pretending to snort prop cocaine, erotic dancers outfitted with sex toys and an "Alice in Wonderland" look-alike performing a simulated sex act on a man in a rabbit costume,” the Los Angeles Times reported. 

"I said to my agent, 'Is this how you want to brand yourself? Pole dancers? Really?'" Oscar-nominated writer-director Naomi Foner, who was at the festival with the film "Very Good Girls," told the newspaper. Continue reading...

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Will Buzz Lightyear Battle Darth Vader? Disney's Infinity Console Makes It Likely

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 16, 2013 02:35 PM

Disney's Infinity game console is making a bold leap to secure a share of the booming video game market for itself — while giving gamers the opportunity to create stories with iconic characters from its most popular franchises.

The ‘Infinity Base’ device lets users engage real-world characters via power discs and activate original story-driven adventures within the game. Players collect characters, vehicles and gadgets from Disney titles such as "Monsters University," "The Incredibles" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" and save them to a virtual ‘Toy Box.’ 

Due in June, Infinity will be deployable across all major gaming platforms including PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS.Continue reading...

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Ron Howard Aims to Direct More Brands' Storytelling Efforts

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 8, 2013 03:19 PM

Ron Howard has wanted to be in the marketing business for decades now, but his wife told him that if he had time to take away from his work as a famous director, producer, and actor, he better fork it over to his wife and kids.

Well, the kids are all grown up now and Howard must have gotten buy-in from his wife because the partnership of Howard and producer Brian Glazer – the duo behind such classic films and TV series as Splash, Apollo 13, 8 Mile, A Beautiful Mind, Friday Night Lights, 24, and Arrested Development – are bringing their storytelling savvy to the marketing world, according to Fortune.

The appeal of working with brands, Howard told Fortune, is that marketers are “wide open” about their how they deliver content, using "long form, short form, live events.” They're also eager for better quality storytelling, and eager to bring Hollywood-honed creativity to their brands. Down the road, Howard says, "We could bring in an Academy Award-winning screenwriter to work on a brand."Continue reading...

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