Steven Spielberg loves billboards. That's the simple explanation for those giant double-billboard promos for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" throughout Los Angeles, as well as the huge Indy messages plastered around all four sides of Madison Square Garden in New York.
Paramount mounted a big outdoor-advertising campaign in 2007 for the Spielberg-produced "Transformers," and when the studio was strategizing how to scream "event pic!" in marketing the Spielberg-directed Indy sequel, the creative hyphenate had just one suggestion: more.
"Steven said, 'I know they always do big billboards in L.A., but let's do them all over,"' said Steve Siskind, executive vice president advertising and marketing at Paramount.