[Blind Gossip] There is an actor who used to be one of the stars of an ensemble TV show with a musical component. He was overseas promoting a recent TV project. We hear that the junket went badly.
If you’ve ever seen the movie Notting Hill, you have some idea as to what happens at a press junket. Reporters are typically ushered into a studio or a hotel conference room, where they are served food and coffee and are chatted up by the marketing team about the project.
If there are individual interviews, each reporter is then ushered into a room containing a principal or two from the project. They exchange a few pleasantries and then do an interview which can last 10-20 minutes. Then a handshake, maybe a photo together, and the reporter is ushered to a different room to interview a different principal.
It all moves quickly. The questions are predictable, but the principals try to keep it fresh to that each reporter can say they got some sort of “exclusive” when they enthusiastically promote the interview on their blog/ magazine/podcast/TV entertainment show/whatever.
Throughout the process, everyone is polite and professional, and everyone should walk away feeling positive about the project.
Not at the junket for this project!
Here’s what one seasoned reporter told us:
I’ve done hundreds of these interviews and I’ve never seen anything like it! We were shuffled through three separate holding areas, and wound up just standing there for over an hour. Literally, just standing there. Security people staring at us. You’d think we were part of a CIA operation or about to meet the Queen!
When I walked into the interview with [Actor], no one even acknowledged me at all. Not even a “Hello.” I simply sat down. [Actor] didn’t even bother to look at me until the camera was switched on. Awkward.
I started the interview… and after just three questions, I was given the signal to wrap! What?! After three generic questions? I said, “I have one more question,” and someone said, “Absolutely not!” The actor just looked away and they turned the camera off. No “Thank you” or “Goodbye” from anyone. I simply got up and walked out. Other reporters told me that they were treated the same way.
I could maybe understand it if I was interviewing Meryl Streep, but [Actor] from TV? Really??
Finally, our reporter has some words of advice for our Actor and his team.
Don’t assume you’re any better/more important than us just because you are on TV. We’re not some starstruck teenage fans vying for your attention. We’re professional journalists trying to do our jobs. Don’t act like you are doing us a favor by gifting us with an interview. It’s a two-way street. We’re helping you out as much as you’re helping us. Remember that.
We’re not sure if Actor actor is getting a big head or if the people around him just don’t know how to design and run a press junket, but this was a poor showing.
By the way, no, we don’t know if his “girlfriend” was there with him.
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[Optional] If you were the reporter, what would you have done?