Posted by Abe Sauer on June 27, 2012 12:16 PM
A re-imagined Spider-Man will open shortly — July 3rd, to be precise — and it has a lot of expectations to live up to… product placement expectations that is.
In the three Spider-Man films of the last decade, brandchannel spotted 98 identifiable brands or products. When it comes to heroic product placement, will the new The Amazing Spider-Man live up to the old? It appears off to a good start.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 26, 2012 04:31 PM
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has confirmed a report in its own newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, that it's considering dividing itself into two companies, separating its publishing division in order to focus on its much larger and more profitable entertainment arm.
"News Corporation confirmed today that it is considering a restructuring to separate its business into two distinct publicly traded companies," was the comment in its one-sentence statement.
Top editors and publishers from the company’s newspapers gathered in New York (according to the New York Times) to discuss the proposal along with Murdoch, his son James Murdoch, Chase Carey, COO, and Joel I. Klein, CEO of News Corporation’s education division and a trusted adviser.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on June 25, 2012 07:07 PM
For a series of Batman movies that takes itself so seriously, it's a surprise to see it right there so prominent as one of only five menu items on the official The Dark Knight Rises website: "Imported From Gotham City."
The Dark Knight Rises has a number of other official partners. There is Nokia (remember them?) and No Fear (remember them?) and Mountain Dew, which features at the core of its tie-in "Sad Batman." But none of these brands even get a mention on the film's official website, let alone being featured on the site navigation.
It seems that the heavyweight "Imported from Detroit" campaign, which debuted with Eminem at the 2011 Super Bowl and was reborn with Clint Eastwood at the 2012 Super Bowl, is now so ingrained in the American psyche that it's worth lampooning. But the first rule of auto product placement is "be serious." Be so, so serious.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 25, 2012 06:27 PM
Sony Mobile’s first 4G LTE smartphone, the Xperia ion (now available exclusively in the U.S. from AT&T), is tying into Sony's movie release of The Amazing Spider-Man on July 3rd in Sony’s first-ever national TV spot for the new device. (The Experia was promoted in a campaign directed by Wes Anderson that kicked off in Europe.)
The new :60 U.S. spot, titled “One Block,” takes viewers on an entertaining, imaginative journey following an Xperia ion-engrossed user walking to his apartment, as the experiences on his phone come to life around him. It's also a bit of a game for brand-spotters, as it comes with a pitch: "To show what it's like when everything's in HD, we hid different movies, TV shows, songs, bands and games from the Sony universe on a city street. See if you can guess all of them."Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on June 25, 2012 11:51 AM
Brands Spotted: 0 (if you don't count Scotland)
Standout Placement: N/A
Most Memorable Placement (positive): N/A
Most Memorable Placement (negative): N/A
Overall Product Placement Integration Grade (1-10): N/A
Comments: Some critics have called Brave, Disney/Pixar's new film, formulaic. It's an easy conclusion to reach. The idea behind Brave appears to be taking the popularity of young women archers (cue The Hunger Games, and already a Brave-themed attraction at Disney Parks), pinching some themes from other recent popular franchises (How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek), updating the Disney Princess juggernaut, and wrapping the whole thing in the aura of an earlier epic Scottish tale of bravery (Braveheart*). But Brave's guts aren't the only formulaic element of the film.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on June 22, 2012 11:54 AM
Disney Pixar's latest film Brave opens today and promises to clean up at the box office. The film's official partner, Visit Scotland, is hoping audiences will want to "Experience the land that inspired Disney-Pixar’s Brave" (even as the Atlanta Braves have their legal issues with the movie).
Brave's opening means that Madagascar 3, the nation's top film for two weeks running, is about to be forgotten until DVD time. As Madagascar 3 pushes off, and with Brave's Scotland tie-in in mind, we have one nagging question before it goes: why the hit animated franchise failed to make the obvious marketing tie-in with New York's Central Park Zoo? Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on June 21, 2012 01:25 PM
Last week we noted how Adam Sandler, Hollywood's resident master of product placement, had essentially made a Budweiser movie disguised as fratboy comedy flick with That's My Boy. Now, thanks to the number-crunchers at Front Row Analytics, we know just how much all that screen time was worth for the King of Beers: $3,685,234.
Specifically, Front Row Analytics values Budwesier's exposure at $3,489,474, plus another $195,760 worth of exposure for Bud Lite and Bud Lite Lime. But there's more. Budweiser's product placement exposure for the weekend was even greater owing to its appearance in competing opening film Rock of Ages.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 21, 2012 01:01 PM
Chrysler's latest TV commercial "Imported From Gotham City" riffs on its "Imported From Detroit" tagline and cross-promotes the Chrysler 300 with Batman: The Dark Knight Rises ahead of the movie's theatrical release on July 20th. Click here for details on the partnership, including a contest inviting fans to the movie's New York City premiere.