The Dilemmas of TV Product Integration

The Dilemmas of TV Product Integration
Advertising
Nicko Margolies
  • 21 october 2008

As technology like TiVo or internet streaming enables individuals to avoid advertising, the industry has sought ways to sneak into the shows themselves.  The moral dilemma of corporate control was often dodged during the age of record viewers, but as television budgets tighten and viewers seek alternatives to the tube, network execs push product integration into the plots themselves.  While this long hated practice is often fought by the writers and actors, it is arguably an inevitable development in our favorite characters’ lives.  Tina Fey mocked product placement on 30 Rock, but it was in response to actually needing the advertising money for production.  NY Magazine writes about the complexity of the issue and the surprising twists behind the scenes to successfully integrate products into plots:

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