Paramount Pictures

Monday, January 23, 2006 11:08 PM
Searching through IMDB.com, I noticed there is a difference between movies that Paramount produces, and distributes. Does this difference affect what movies can be advertised in the park or the theme of attractions?
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Monday, January 23, 2006 11:33 PM
YUP
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 10:26 AM
Actually no... very little. It's based on licensing.

If Paramount Parks wants to use a movie's theme or name, they have to obtain the rights from not only the studios but the Producers as well. It really makes little to no difference as to whether they made or simply distributed the movie.

Bottom line, if they are willing to pay, and the Producers are willing, then they can get the rights.

A good example? Titanic. Paramount simply distributed the movie, yet the parks have used it's theming for attractions/decorations at the park. Titanic the Exhibit, set pieces, posters, movies, and scenic recreations in stage shows.

Shaggy

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 10:31 AM
Well I know for a fact that Tom Cruise owns the rights to several of his movies and Paramount has either declined or refused to pay to use em.

I've always wondered why Mission Impossible wasn't used until now and I found out why.

Shaggy's right that some movies are made by Paramount and others are simply distributed by them.

So my answer of Yup was accurate, Just that it cost more to purchase usage rights to the films they only distribute.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 4:41 PM
Yeah, I remember the early rumours that PGA's Stealth was originally suppose to be themed to M:I, but apparently he wanted way too much $$$ to use the rights, so Paramount didn't even bother theming it at all.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:01 PM
I'm having difficulty with this, and the Peanuts situation, etc. How do these companies make any money by NOT selling rights to their properties...

I understand how a family-friendly type company like Nickelodeon for instance, might not want, say, Playboy Channel as a partner in licensing Nick characters...might hurt their IMAGE. But a roller coaster, or an amusement park, that money is GRAVY...and the marketing synergies are, well, *patently* obvious... ;)

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:02 PM
I still think PKI needs to create a Vekoma Motorbike coaster and theme it to Napoleon Dynamite.

"You ever take it off any sweet jumps?"

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