For Your Consideration (advertising)
For Your Consideration is a heading frequently used in advertisements in entertainment trade publications such as Variety, Backstage, and The Hollywood Reporter. They are specifically directed towards members of awards voting groups in the entertainment industry, like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that annually presents the Academy Awards celebrating the best in motion pictures, or the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences which presents the Primetime Emmy Awards for television.
Each year, the major movie studios, and to a lesser extent their affiliated television studios and the television networks, spend large sums of money on For Your Consideration ads extolling the alleged virtues of their films or programs released over the previous year. In recent years, these ads have begun to appear online at websites popular with voting members of the applicable academies.
In the mid-1990s, in addition to print advertising, networks began releasing special editions of their programming to allow voters a chance to review the content before casting their votes. Mailing DVD sets to Emmy voters became a common practice; clever packaging has been credited with garnering Emmy nominations for otherwise forgotten programs, and the ever-increasing complexity of mailers has been likened to an arms race. Some studios, however, have begun moving their content online to lessen environmental impact and avoid the high cost of postage. Online applications have their own benefits: In 2009 Showtime launched a password-protected site that allowed voters to download streaming video of "For Your Consideration" programming to mobile devices.
- Billington, Alex (November 22, 2008). "The Dark Knight's For Your Consideration Ads in Variety". Firstshowing.net.
- "More Variety Covers, Less Variety on the Cover". New York Times. December 19, 2008.
- Fitzpatrick, Eileen (June 11, 1994). Billboard. p. 72.
- Gervich, Chad (May 29, 2007). "Will Emmy notice fancy packages?". Variety.
- Collins, Scott (June 4, 2008). "TV networks scaling back on DVD mailers". Los Angeles Times.
- Nordyke, Kimberly (May 19, 2008). "TV networks, studios get creative for Emmy season". Reuters.
- "Showtime Emmy campaign goes mobile". Reuters. March 4, 2009.
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