This past weekend’s pop culture convention in Philadelphia — officially known as Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con — included a broad array of activities for fans of science fiction, horror and fantasy. The show also highlighted the increasingly fuzzy line between pop culture fandom and broad marketing outreach — as evidenced by the eclectic assortment … Continue reading Philadelphia Comic Con: Batman, Buffy and … Bath Fitter?
To no one's surprise, the highest-grossing movie this weekend was Marvel Studios' The Avengers, which brought in over $200 million in the U.S. While nothing is ever certain in Hollywood -- even a big-budget, effects-laden production can underperform (as Marvel parent Disney found out with John Carter) -- The Avengers seemed destined to generate a box … Continue reading Media Marketing and the Evolution of Narrative Structure
Notes from WonderCon 2011 The San Francisco version of Comic-Con, known as WonderCon, is a combination convention, festival, and weekend-long party for fans of comic books, superheroes, science fiction, and other genres of popular entertainment. It's an opportunity for fans to see clips from forthcoming sci-fi and fantasy movies and television shows, meet celebrities, and … Continue reading Advertising as Entertainment
In "The Hulu Effect at Fox TV? Less is More in TV Advertising" last December, I observed that Fox television appeared to be following the lead of online video services like Hulu in running fewer ads per show. By having shorter commercial breaks -- and communicating at the outset that the program would, for example, … Continue reading Maybe More Really is More in TV Advertising
As IMAX Screens Get Smaller, the Competition is Getting Bigger As noted previously, IMAX is extending -- some would say blurring -- the IMAX brand by retrofitting existing multiplex theaters with larger screens and upgraded sound systems. The Wall Street Journal reports that competitors are moving into the territory of what might be termed "low-end … Continue reading IMAX Brand Blur
When Variety columnist and blogger Scott Kirsner published his book, "Fans, Friends, and Followers," he sent a request to other writers to document additional tales of how creative artists are using innovative methods to develop a fan base and establish a sustainable career. When I received Kirsner's request, the first person who came to mind … Continue reading Kat Parsons: Building a Musical Career by Connecting with People
Updated, May 23, 2009 When I interviewed IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond (then co-chairman and co-CEO) for Knowledge@Wharton two years ago, it seemed like the best of times and the worst of times for the company. While IMAX had done record box office with the just-released Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the company's … Continue reading The IMAX Conundrum