An Oscar statue stands throughout a preview for the Governors Ball through the 91st annual Academy Awards week in Hollywood, on California, February 15, 2019.
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Disney Advertising Sales mentioned Thursday it is bought out of advert stock for the 93rd Oscars telecast on ABC this Sunday.
The present, which usually airs in February or early March, was pushed back by organizers to air on April 25 due to pandemic restrictions and security issues.
Regardless of stagnating scores and manufacturing that caters to pandemic security, advertisers are nonetheless turning to the Oscars. Manufacturers like Verizon and Expedia will be running major new campaigns on Sunday’s broadcast. They’re joined by General Motors‘ Cadillac, which is able to run advertisements for its first electrical crossover automobile, Lyriq, Advert Age reported earlier this week.
Scores for awards reveals had been slipping even before the pandemic. Viewership for final 12 months’s Oscars dropped 20% to a brand new low, with solely 23.6 million watching, in keeping with Nielsen. The Emmys and Grammys each noticed viewership declines as nicely.
The realities of the pandemic, which have led reveals to check out socially distanced codecs, have created further struggles. The Golden Globe Awards ceremony in late February, for example, was rife with technical hiccups.
In response to Kantar Media, the typical value of a 30-second spot within the ceremony in 2020 was $2.15 million, a rise of 9% from 2019. The corporate mentioned the ceremony perennially creates extra advert income for ABC than every other day within the 12 months, with $129 million spent by sponsors in 2020.
Kantar mentioned regardless of dwindling viewership and the pandemic’s affect on the financial system, ABC hasn’t made main adjustments to advert pricing. ABC is in search of $2 million for 30 seconds on this 12 months’s broadcast, it mentioned.