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    ABC sells out Oscar ad slots - Mediaweek 2/16/07

    ABC Sells Out Oscar Ad Slots
    February 16, 2007
    By John Consoli
    Mediaweek

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    ABC on Friday said it has sold out its Feb. 25 telecast of the 79th annual Academy Awards, and while the network would not release a dollar amount, sources said 30-second ad spots sold for about $1.7 million.

    Among this year's advertisers are AT&T, Bank of America, Careerbuilder.com, Coca-Cola, Dove, General Motors, J.C. Penney, Kodak, L'Oreal, Masterfoods, MasterCard, McDonald's and Microsoft, the network said.

    Over the past dozen years, the price of a 30-second spot in the Academy Awards telecast has more than doubled, from about $700,000 in 1995 to $1.6 million last year, according to a report issued by TNS Media Intelligence.

    With the high price tag, though, comes less ad clutter, with viewers typically exposed to about 12 minutes of commercials per hour, compared to 14 minutes of commercial time per hour in the Super Bowl and a typical 18 minutes per hour in prime-time programming on the broadcast networks, the report said.

    About one-third of Academy Awards advertisers each year have also bought slots on the Super Bowl, the report said, with that number peaking in 2003, when nine advertisers bought commercial time in both telecasts.

    The top five advertisers in the Academy Awards over the past 12 years are General Motors, American Express and McDonald's, which have each advertised every year; J.C. Penney, which has advertised in nine of the 12 years; and Pepsi, which has been in eight of the 12 years.

    GM has spent $99.5 million over the past 12 years on Academy Awards spots; AmEx has spent $67.9 million; Pepsi has spent $61.5 million; Penney has spent $53.5 million; and McDonald's has spent $31.5 million, TNS reported.
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    Re: ABC sells out Oscar ad slots - Mediaweek 2/16/07

    Oscarcast golden for advertisers

    By Georg Szalai
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Feb 17, 2007

    NEW YORK -- The Academy Awards are not only a big spectacle for the Hollywood crowd, but also for Madison Avenue folks.

    According to a new report from research firm TNS Media Intelligence, annual advertising during the Oscar broadcast has more than doubled during the past 12 years to more than $80 million in 2006, but the ad field is less cluttered than during other big events, making it "one of the premier television events for advertisers."

    The cost for a 30-second ad spot also has been on the rise since 1995, when marketers had to shell out $700,000 on average and overall Academy ad spending was $30.1 million, TNS said.

    Last year, the figures climbed to nearly $1.65 million and $80.7 million, respectively, the firm's data shows. That means total ad revenue is up 168% since 1995 and 28% alone during the past five years of available data.

    That is despite ratings that have been up and down in recent years. Last year's telecast, hosted by Jon Stewart, averaged 38.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was lower than the Chris Rock-hosted 2005 Academy Awards that averaged 41.5 million but not as low as the 33 million for the March 2003 Oscars. But what attracts advertisers is not just the raw number -- the Academy Awards still are a lot of viewers -- but also the upscale ratings among viewers with incomes of more than $100,000.

    The average 30-second spot price only dipped once during the 1995-2006 period, when it fell from $1.45 million in 2001 to $1.29 million in 2002 following the dot-com bust and the Sept. 11 attacks. This year, the average 30-second spot on the ABC telecast cost about $1.7 million, up 5% from last year, sources said.

    Total Oscar ad spending decreased once as well -- from $78.2 million in 2004 to $72.1 million in 2005 when ad rates remained stable at $1.5 million, according to TNS.

    The top five Academy Awards advertisers during the 12-year period are big blue chip firms -- General Motors Corp., American Express Co., PepsiCo Inc., JCPenney Co. and McDonald's, TNS data shows.

    These top five invested more than $310 million in Academy Awards advertising between 1995-2006, accounting for 47% of total network ad spending on the show, TNS found.

    The telecast's marketers also are loyal -- more so than advertisers of other big TV events. TNS found that 77% of the ad dollars spent on the Oscars during the 12-year period has come from companies that bought ad time the previous year. "This is an exceptionally high retention rate compared to other marquee TV events," TNS said, with the World Series retention rate at 67% and the Super Bowl at 62%.

    "Interestingly, the one advertising category that is conspicuously absent from the program is motion picture advertising," even though the Oscars could be seen as "a natural venue" for film trailers, TNS said. However, the research firm said a mandate by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences restricts all movie advertising from the Oscar program.

    "The Academy Awards offers one of the least-cluttered environments for TV advertising messages," the research firm said. Viewers have been exposed to about 11-12 minutes of ads per hour during the Academy Awards shows since 2003, compared with 13-14 minutes for the Super Bowl and about 18 minutes for a typical primetime network TV hour, TNS data found.

    Despite the Oscars' move to late February a few years ago and the resulting proximity to the biggest football game of the year, TNS said there is "significant overlap" between advertisers on both shows -- about a third. Between 2002-05, the percentage ranged from 26.1%-39.1%, with last year's 13.6% figure being unusual as "the Winter Olympics provided a third blue-ribbon event for marketers during February," TNS says. "Several major advertisers who perennially support both the Super Bowl and the Oscars, opted out of one of these events."

    Between 41%-57% of Oscar marketers aired two or more spots during the broadcast since 2002, outpacing the Super Bowl, which boasts a 23%-42% range compared with the same period, TNS found.
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...6479a834138a25

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