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"Managing Publicity On a Major Motion Picture"


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  • Posted: 11/11/2010

David Linck is a journeyman Unit Publicist with dozens of major motion pictures bearing his credit. In this interview with Von Johnson, David candidly discusses his experience as a publicist and offers advice and insights for the would-be producer and entertainment journalist.

IMDB defines the role of a Unit Publicist as a "member of the publicity department who works on location during the production of a movie. Duties includes working with the residents of the location where the film is being made, as well as setting up press visits and electronic press kit interviews. In addition, the unit publicist assembles the biographical materials and notes about the making of the movie that are later turned into the movie press kit. Unit publicists are itinerant -- they move from production to production and are on the production payroll. They report to the filmmakers and, if the film has a releasing studio, they also report to the publicity directors. Once principal photography is over, the unit publicist moves on to another job."

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Excerpt :

"Hollywood was where I wanted to go. I was lucky enough to have an editor at the L.A. Times get hired at BOX OFFICE Magazine, which is a major trade for motion picture theater owners, all the equipment suppliers, candy, popcorn - whatever - all the way up to the sprockets and the owners of the theaters.

He said, why don’t you come with me and I’ll make you associate editor. You can review movies. You can write about the film business and you can meet everybody. I said, yes. Yes - count me in. And that’s where it started."

David Linck was the Unit Publicist on these motion pictures (partial list):

THE LOSERS (WB) Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Jeffery Dean Morgan
MAIN STREET (Inde) Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth, Amber Tamblyn
SORORITY ROW (Summit) Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis, Carrie Fisher
RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN (Disney) Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino
THE GAME PLAN (Disney) Dwayne Johnson, Kyra Sedgwick
TALLADEGA NIGHTS (Sony) Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen.
MUST LOVE DOGS (WB) Diane Lane, John Cusack, Christopher Plummer
XXX: STATE OF THE UNION (Sony/Revolution) Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Focus) Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal
INTO THE BLUE (MGM) Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Scott Caan
WALKING TALL (MGM) The Rock, Johnny Knoxville, Ashley Scott
THE SCORPION KING (Universal) The Rock, Michael Clarke Duncan
A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (WB) Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law
AMERICAN BEAUTY (Dreamworks) Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening
GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE (Walt Disney) Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann
GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI (Columbia) Alec Baldwin, James Woods
THE CABLE GUY (Sony) Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Jack Black
JUMANJI (Sony) Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt
SPECIES (MGM) Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker
THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Walt Disney) Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland
TRUE ROMANCE (WB) Christian Slater, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer
BENNY & JOON (Fox) Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, Aidan Quinn
THE BODYGUARD (WB) Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston
HOOK (Sony) Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins
CITY SLICKERS (Columbia) Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, Daniel Stern
STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Sony) Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field
MISSISSIPPI BURNING (Orion) Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand
BULL DURHAM (Orion) Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins
THREE MEN AND A BABY (Walt Disney) Tom Selleck, Ted Danson

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