Marketing to Moviegoers: A Handbook of Strategies and Tactics / Edition 2

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While Hollywood executives spend millions of dollars making movies, even more money is poured into selling those films to the public. In the second edition of his comprehensive guidebook, Marketing to Moviegoers, veteran film and TV journalist Robert Marich plumbs the depths of the strategies and tactics used by studios to market their films to consumers. Packed with real life examples and useful data, this new edition blends practical, up-to-date information with theory to clearly explain all aspects of promoting motion pictures.

Marketing to Moviegoers: A Handbook of Strategies and Tactics takes readers carefully through all of the key components of film marketing. From creative strategy, market research, and advertising to publicity, product placement, and distribution to theaters, Marich's book covers everything film professionals need to know to mount a successful marketing campaign. Each chapter contains a wealth of useful information—including the historical background of the business, sample market research documents and advertising budgets, comments from successful industry insiders, and over thirty-five tables—and offers intriguing insight into the strategies of modern promotion.

Most other film marketing books focus mainly on marketing by independent distributors, but Marich specifically outlines the marketing methods of the six major Hollywood studios, which are notoriously secretive about these methods, while also detailing the marketing plans of the independent and foreign film sectors. In addition, he examines in depth the effectiveness of both new and old media, especially the ways in which the advent of the Internet has both helped and hindered the movie marketing process.

While many books have been written on the business-to-business aspect of film promotion, Marich's volume is one of the few that focuses on the methods used to sell motion pictures to those who truly make or break a film's success—the public.

This essential reference contains detailed examples, more than twenty illustrations, and a comprehensive glossary of marketing terms. A highly navigable handbook that breaks down a complicated process into manageable strategies in an easy-to-read style, Marketing to Moviegoers is a must for all film professionals and filmmaking students.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Marketing to Moviegoers provides a cogent and extremely pragmatic discussion of studio marketing practices."—Denise Mann, UCLA Producers Program

"This is an excellently written, deeply researched manual that every filmmaker should read. Robert Marich knows his subject matter and he knows how to drill down deep."—Tim Adler, author of The Producers: Money, Movies and Who Really Calls the Shots

"A great book, a must-read for all ambitious filmmakers"-  Bruno Chatelin,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809328840
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2009
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Marich is a business journalist and analyst with twenty-five years of experience covering film and media. He has held senior editorial jobs at media researcher Kagan Research, Variety Deal Memo film business newsletter, daily trade newspaper Hollywood Reporter, Investor's Business Daily, Television Week and Advertising Age. His freelance articles have appeared in London-based Screen International, the business section of the Los Angeles Times, Emmy magazine, and Forbes.

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Table of Contents

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List of Tables


Introduction 1

1 Creative Strategy 5

2 Market Research 29

3 Paid Media Advertising 59

4 Promotional Tie-Ins and Product Placement 97

5 Licensed Merchandise 123

6 Publicity 146

7 Distribution to Theaters 179

8 Exhibition 207

9 Major Studios 232

10 Independent Distributors 247

11 Foreign-Language Films 275

12 Prints and Advertising Funds 293

Glossary 301

Index 311

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