The term “spoiler alert” is often used in a joking manner, but as I have learned over these last few months, keeping things under wraps until the time is appropriate is crucial in the entertainment industry. I have learned that being able to keep confidences is so important, at least until deals are hammered out and the parties in question are ready to reveal the information. This past week, I got the opportunity to attend two meetings at MPRM Communications, both of which concerned the publicity plans for the DVD releases of several blockbuster films. During these meetings, I heard the phrase “That stays in this room” being uttered by the executives running the meeting more than once. As I am learning, there is so much money at stake in these deals. To prevent putting the company at financial risk, one needs to develop the necessary skills to stop oneself from gossiping about the topics of these meetings. For some people, it is easier said than done. As a lover of all things media, I know I’d love to be able to tell my family and friends about the awesome meetings I get to sit in on. However, after working in entertainment for the past two months, I realize what is at stake and choose to do the responsible thing. Being in this industry has certainly taught me a great lesson in self-restraint.
The topic of disclosure also found its way into my trip to Paley Fest this week. For those who don’t know Paley Fest is an annual television festival that features panel discussions with the creative talent behind hit shows currently airing on television. I got the opportunity to attend two panels, one featuring the cast of Scandal (which was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel) and another featuring the casts of Arrow and The Flash (which was hosted by Aisha Tyler). A running joke during the Scandal panel made it seem like the cast was afraid of showrunner Shonda Rhimes, who might kill them if they reveal any spoilers. During the Arrow/Flash panel, the shows’ producers uneasily sidestepped any “spoiler-y” questions related to news about another spin-off of these two shows, which is currently in development. Although the creative talent behind these shows didn’t reveal new information about upcoming episodes, it was great to see them in person. After the show, I even got close enough to The Flash actor and Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin to snap a couple photos of him while he was signing autographs. Overall, it was a great time!