Excite Australia signed a sponsorship
agreement with Cinerent OpenAir Cinema, a harborside event that attracts
thousands of people every summer.
As part of the package the event will be renamed Excite OpenAir Cinema in the
year 2000. Spending was not disclosed.
“This marks Excite Australia’s first major sponsorship deal since launching
in May this year. It is the ultimate launch of our 2000 marketing campaign,”
said Excite Australia Marketing Manager Joanna Finlay.
Last summer more than 50,000 patrons attended the 33-night OpenAir Cinema
The 2000 program has been expanded to 35 nights and will feature a selection
of premieres, classics and new releases including Star Wars Episode 1, Run
Lola Run, Doug Liman’s GO, Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged Me, Roberto
Benigni’s Life is Beautiful and Stanley Kubrik’s Eyes Wide Shut.
Excite Australia plans an official Web site, too. The
site will go live in mid December to coincide with tickets going on sale.
“Cinerent OpenAir’s association with Excite Australia heralds a new era in
interactive sponsorship,” said Cinerent OpenAir’s Rob Bryant.
“One of the interesting findings of 1999 audience research was that 73
percent of OpenAir patrons have access to the Internet. This is
extraordinarily high. Having Excite as the major sponsor of the event creates
the opportunity to use the Internet as a principal feature of event
marketing,” said Bryant.