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An Inside Look At Indie Films And Brand Partnerships

Stacy Jones
Stacy Jones
August 22, 2017 at 6:30 AM

2 minute read

The Assumption About Indy Film Brand Partnerships

Independent film producers call our agency on an almost daily basis, under the impression that numerous brands are just waiting to open their pocket books to finance feature films -- brand shows up onscreen and, Abracadabra! Money in the production’s pocket.

While this impression is certainly not supported by fact, despite what the media often implies, corporate brand partnerships with independent feature films can indeed help a production gain a foothold to additional financing they may not have otherwise had. And it can be a fantastic partnership opportunity for the brand.  At a minimum, a brand partnership can provide significant production savings to help lower the production's cost bottom line. In this blog, Hollywood Branded takes a look at what makes an indie film product placement a great partnership opportunity for a brand.

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The Brand Partnership Options

We often present in our blogs the viewpoint of how product placement benefits the brand.  In this blog post, while those reasons are still being shared, we are pulling back the curtains so brands can better understand their own value to a production.

With a handful of very rare exceptions a brand is not going to provide an independent film with a 7 figure + financing opportunity, whether the deal is credited as a brand integration or the brand as co-producer. Instead, the brand may offer significant production savings through the following:

1. Loan of the product that the production otherwise would have had to purchase or at the least rent.  This can be a considerable cost.  Realize that EVERYTHING on the set has to be secured to make it look like real life.

2. Trade out of product, providing the production with extra product for the cast and crew with food to eat, beverages to drink, cars to drive, hotel room nights to stay, airlines to fly, clothes to wear… the list is endless.


3. Cash fee – likely not as much as the producer dreams of, but still cash - paid for showcasing the brand on screen with full logo, positive usage and brand messaging incorporated into the storyline.

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Capitalize On Cheap Publicity Through Strategic Cross Promotions

Cross promotion of a film through the brand’s media, social media and/or retail points of display, brings new eyes to the film property and influences those future all-important box office ticket numbers. This can help the production save marketing dollars that they – or their future distribution partner – would have to spend, and makes their property a lot more attractive to distributors overall. This also makes the production more likely to attract gap financing partners, as the film property is more likely to be seen as a success and a worthwhile risk.

how your product placement program works

Do you wonder why productions event want to use product placement? Read our blog 3 reasons why productions use product placement we discuss reasons why productions WANT to use product placement.

What's The First Step

Are you interested in integrating product placement into your entertainment marketing mix, but simply don’t know where to start? There is so much more to product placement than you may think,  and it is important to be educated about the key tactics to best fit your brand. Download our Product Placement 101 Infographic today to start learning more!

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Source: NoFilmSchool.com

Topics: Strategic Partnerships, strategy

Stacy Jones

Written by Stacy Jones

Stacy Jones, Hollywood Branded's founder and CEO, has over twenty six years of leadership experience building global entertainment branding campaigns for top Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of brands. Her career started after receiving her BFA in Theater Production & Scenic Design from the University of Arizona. Acknowledged as an expert in the field, she has appeared on CNN and MSNBC; spoken at conferences around the globe from Germany to Beijing; and has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Financial Times, The Economist, Brandweek, Advertising Age, Variety, B&C and Mediaweek amongst others. Originally from Texas, you will still hear her ya’ll as she gathers the team for strategy planning sessions. Like all true entrepreneurs, Stacy is an adventurer at her core – having sky dived, hang glided off bi-planes, swam with crocs while rafting the Zambezi in Africa, photographed grizzly bears in Alaska, trekked Mayan ruins in Belize, explored the ocean as an avid scuba diver, and who loves owning an advertising agency where she swims with a different type of Hollywood shark on a daily basis.


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