"Indiana Jones" trailer runs on widget power

Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:42pm EDT
 
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By Gail Schiller

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - When a second trailer for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" premieres online, it should spread as fast as the first, thanks to a widget.

Paramount plans to launch the widget this week, but the studio declined to state when the new trailer will debut.

Paramount is counting on the small, portable applications that can be posted on blogs and social networks to maximize the exposure for its trailers. The first "Skull" trailer, released in February, has racked up millions of views.

Paramount turned to widget provider Clearspring for "Skull," and will offer a contest with the release of the second trailer. The two fans who manage to distribute their "Skull" widgets most will win trips to the world premiere of the movie and the chance to be red-carpet correspondents in footage that will be streamed onto the "Skull" widgets after the premiere.

"I think the reason that studios are excited about widgets is that word-of-mouth and buzz is what Hollywood is after all the time," said Peggy Fry, senior vice president of sales and client services at Clearspring. "If you think about it, what a widget is, it's a digital version of word-of-mouth."

Clearspring also is creating widgets for Paramount's Mike Myers comedy "The Love Guru," which will include exclusive viral videos of Myers in character. The widgets, which launched Monday, will live on Myers' Guru Pitka MySpace page, where his character will blog about love advice, as well as on Facebook, YouTube and other social networking sites.

Every week Paramount will add a new viral video to the widget, for a total of eight to 10 videos. The widgets will include other exclusive content, including a "Love Guru" trailer, clips and behind-the-scenes footage.

Paramount's first foray into widgets with Clearspring was with "Cloverfield," which benefited at the box office from a successful online and widget campaign. The studio also has worked with Clearspring on a "Bee Movie" widget and a daily fortune cookie widget for DreamWorks Animation's upcoming "Kung Fu Panda."

Other studios that have worked with Clearspring to promote their movies are Warner Bros., for "10,000 BC" and "Fred Claus," Sony for "Superbad," Universal for its upcoming "Leatherheads" and Fox for "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>A scene from "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". When a second trailer for the film premieres online this week, it should spread as fast as the first, thanks to a widget. REUTERS/Paramount Pictures/Handout</p>