Hollywood and Product Placement

Topics: James Bond, Product placement, Film Pages: 4 (1572 words) Published: December 3, 2006
Level 1 Introduction to Media Studies.
Assignment 1.

Wasko's piece dates from 10 years ago: how has the market changed (if indeed it has)?

When watching any Hollywood blockbuster it is very difficult to ignore all the commercialisation that surrounds film. Even if you're just watching a Hollywood blockbuster, that you know no background about, it is almost impossible to ignore the product placement in the film, the merchandising that is made readily available to you, and the endless about of shops, brands and restaurants that advertise the film. In Janet Wasko's "Hollywood meets Madison Avenue: the Commercialisation of U.S. Films", she makes the film industry's need to advertising so obvious.

Wasko describes Hollywood as ‘vehicles for even further commercial activity in the form of advertising and merchandising.' Wasko's article is split into three different sections, product placement, merchandising and tie-ins. Wasko describes Hollywood as becoming a business or ‘commodity' rather than being the entertainment industry that it is meant to be. Since the beginning of film, it seems that product advertising has always taken place in Hollywood. However Wasko argues that instead of a script being written to create a film, it is written to fit in as much advertising as possible, to make as much money as possible.

Product placement is a very big part of the film industry, Wasko draws on the example of Pepsi whom have featured in ‘approximately seventy feature films since 1919' (Wasko 2). Pepsi is an example I will also use later in this study; I have found Pepsi to play a very big part in the product placement game. It is hard to ignore the amount of Pepsi placements that exist when watching a film, even Mike Myers picks up on Pepsi in his film Wayne's World, in which there is a sketch of a television show in which they make a blatantly obvious Pepsi placement. Wasko's argument on product placing is obviously that it is turning the film industry into a...
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