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Holiday Hiatus

It is possible that Paramount Pictures is marking letters "return to sender" and mailing them back unopened. It's too early to be sure, so we're asking everyone to hold off on mailing further letters to Paramount until January 5th. Their offices will likely be closed until then, and it will give us time to gather more information.

EDIT: We're using new addresses! Please see this post for more information!

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sparrowette
Dec. 23rd, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
My letter to Blinding Edge Pictures was returned the other day, marked "unable to forward" and "not deliverable as addressed," but I copied the address exactly from glockgal's post.
jedifreac
Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
The Blinding Edge Pictures address was also on IMDB, I think, according to a friend in the industry.

Why don't we try mailing to the Kennedy/Marshall Company? That's the name of the two producers' companies. I can't believe they are located less than a mile from my apartment.

If it's not a fluke and they really are taking the effort to mail back the letters to us (rather than, say, trash it) I'm intrigued.
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wistfuljane
Dec. 23rd, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Copying my comment from the original post, I sent my letter on Dec. 18 to:

KATHLEEN KENNEDY & FRANK MARSHALL
C/O PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION
5555 MELROSE AVE
LOS ANGELES CA 90038

And got mine return today, Dec. 23, unopened with a Return to Sender stamp with "No longer Here" checked. (And oh, just for details' sake, the address - from c/o Paramount Pictures to Los Angeles Ca 90038 - was blacked out.)

From reading various threads here and another post, I think I'm going to try resending the letter along with copies to:

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
Kennedy/Marshall Company
619 Arizona Avenue, Fl. 2
Santa Monica, California 90401

Mark Bakshi
President, Feature Production Management
Paramount Pictures
5555 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
USA

Brad Grey
Chairman and CEO
Paramount Studios
5555 Melrose Ave., Ste. 121
Hollywood, CA 90038

Philippe P. Dauman
CEO/President/Director
Viacom Inc.
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Edited at 2008-12-23 11:17 pm (UTC)
aang_aint_white
Dec. 24th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Thank you for collecting all those addresses!

After a second letter getting sent back and an Emergency Brainstorming Session, we're going to take a "wait and see" hiatus to see if this is a case of a few mistakes or an actual policy decision by Paramount. If we decide to start using a different address, it will probably be one of these!
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tinboxed
Dec. 24th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
I also had my letter returned to me after sending it to this address:

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
c/o Paramount Pictures Corporation
5555 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

It had a 'return to sender' stamp and parts of it were blacked out. Here's a picture of it.

The returned letter.
aang_aint_white
Dec. 24th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Thank you VERY MUCH for letting us know, and especially for including a photo.

We seriously cannot believe they're doing this, and we'll be making sure people KNOW that this is how Paramount is treating its audience.

I think someone else in the comments posted the address of the producers' production company -- we'll probably be asking people to send/resend letters there.
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star_bolt08
Dec. 24th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Wow...
I'm really hoping that this is either the result of a wrong address, or because of a holiday hiatus like you suggested. I can't believe that they would actually do this. Not only is it incredibly disrespectful and rude way to treat the fans, since we're the ones who would be spending our hard earned cash to support their film, but it's also sure to attract negative publicity from the media. Sure, that might end up helping us in the long run, since I know the sites that have been reporting on this would be more than willing to call them out for this, but I'd like for them to at least read these letters. Especially since there are so many people out there who've taken the time to write them, and to point out the errors of their casting decsions in a civil manner. We could be doing things a lot worse than organizing a letter writing campaign, you know. Anyway, I haven't had a chance to sit down and finish my letter, but I'll be sure to hang onto it until the 5th!
aang_aint_white
Jan. 13th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Re: Wow...
Thank you for being so patient! We've made some phone calls and found a new address for Mr. Marshall and Ms. Kennedy that we've been told is the best way to reach them:

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
Kennedy/Marshall Company
619 Arizona Avenue, Fl. 2
Santa Monica, California 90401

If you want to make sure Paramount Pictures gets your message directly, you can also write to Mark Bakshi, their president of features production:

Mr Mark Bakshi
President Features Production
5555 Melrose Avenue
Shulberg Building
Suite 211
Room 115
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
komichi
Dec. 24th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
My letter to Kennedy and Marshall at Paramount was returned today. The stamp on the front of the letter says "no longer here" as the reason the letter was sent back. It was blacked out (even with random black marker streaks on the back of the letter) like the photo someone else posted above.

I'll try re-sending it to their personal production company like someone above suggested. Or do you think I should just hold on to it for now? I don't really mind spending the postage and I can print another copy of my letter if it doesn't work out.
jedifreac
Dec. 24th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
The black marker on the back suggests that they are smart and that they REALLY don't want your letter. Sometimes scribbling RTS or Return to Sender isn't enough. Since a lot of mail is electronically sorted, they blacked out the bar codes on the front and back to prevent it from being sent back to them by accident. To be super sure, they also blacked out their address so no one could resend it. ::sigh::

The fact that they have a stamp handy also probably means they have been getting a lot of letters from us. My letter was probably one of the earlier ones to arrive since I only live two zip codes away, they didn't whip out the stamp til letters from San Diego started arriving, from what I've gathered.
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sidepocket_pro
Dec. 24th, 2008 11:20 am (UTC)
Damn! And I just got mine's finished!

Ah well, I think I will pocket mine and wait until the clear is a go.

Hmmm, maybe in the mean time I can make that parody YouTube vid of this whole mess? :D
ginkadia
Dec. 24th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Do it. The more we spread the word the better.
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(Anonymous)
Dec. 25th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
standar
The black marker and the stamp are standard post office procedure. No extra anger, or plots to return all your letters. (the marker is to stop scanners as stated, and the stamp is a wonderful thing when you have all those addresses "out in the wild" that people keep sending mail to, such as this one.)

So don't freak out about it, and wait for a verified address to show up. Spamming your letters just makes PO employees' jobs a little more tedious.
zukoseviltwin
Dec. 25th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
It's O.K., even if they're ARE ignoring our letters, we have yet another tactic: boycott. They'll HAVE to listen if we flat out boycott the movie and encourage ALL of the online fandom to do the same. Like, if we have a MASSIVE boycott, they will lose millions.

I have yet to send my letter. Meh. >>
tryxkittie
Dec. 28th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
I was definitely planning on boycotting if they don't change the casting. The movie probably won't even be worth the download, but I may steal it anyway out of spite.
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(Anonymous)
Dec. 25th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Casting Director
What about sending letters to the casting directors? Doug Aibel at the Vineyard Theatre in NY and Gail Levin at Paramount Pictures (She's in the Bob Hope Building, Room 206). This is where I sent my son's audition submissions.
tryxkittie
Dec. 26th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Just to add my two cents in, I personally doubt that they would go through all the trouble to send our letters back through mail if they were just ignoring our letters out of spite. The easier option for them would be to just throw them all in the garbage. So there's probably something else going on here.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 26th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
hey :] i dont have a livejournal account >.< but i think ya'll are wasting ur time by sending this one little letter to paramount. if u really want this to be known and u want ur voice heard, u should be mailing multiple letters to everyone(not literally everyone, but everyone invovled). send it to paramount, to the director m. night shyamalan, to the casting directors, to the shows creators mike and bryan, to nickelodeon, even to the supposedly chosen actors. like jesse mccartney. he has a myspace, facebook, and fan phone number(go to his myspace for the number) and he listens and sometimes replies. call him and tell him or ask him about this and how u feel about this. he also has a big fan base and hes famous so he will get this known(although im not sure if he'll go for this, but it doesnt hurt to try. but im also not even sure he really is cast as zuko, since jesse has no martial art abilities whatsoever) also, get the media invovled so the whole world will know about this and paramount will have to do something. contact cnn, entertainment tonight, ect. even tyra! go to the tyrashow's website and post this topic as a suggestion for a future show. like how asian americans are being underrepresented in hollywood. or about how paramount and its casting directors are being unprofessional and sending these letters back. if enough people know about this, this problem has a bigger chance of being resolved. because this isnt just about the movie anymore, there is an underlying issue: asians are being discriminated against in hollywood.
spazmodic
Dec. 27th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
yes!
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chaobunny
Dec. 26th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I didn't put a return address on mine. I thought it would be best left anonymous, so I suppose I'll never know if it got there or not.
fremd
Dec. 26th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
I got my letter returned covered in black marks, too. See over here.
aang_aint_white
Jan. 13th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
We've very sorry your letter was returned to you! We're unsure why Paramount's mailroom decided to adopt this policy, however we want to make sure your voice is heard, so we've made some phone calls and found a new address for Mr. Marshall and Ms. Kennedy that we've been told is the best way to reach them:

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
Kennedy/Marshall Company
619 Arizona Avenue, Fl. 2
Santa Monica, California 90401

If you want to make sure Paramount Pictures gets your message directly, you can also write to Mark Bakshi, their president of features production:

Mr Mark Bakshi
President Features Production
5555 Melrose Avenue
Shulberg Building
Suite 211
Room 115
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
(Anonymous)
Dec. 27th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Here's a thought
I was just thinking that Kathleen Kennedy worked on "The Color Purple" with Oprah Winfrey. If we could somehow, i know it's a big task, get Oprah involved we'd have a HUGE ally. I'm gonna send her an email anyway. Can't hurt to try.
gyutto
Dec. 27th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
more suggestions

Hi, I just learned about this letter-writing program and the problem you've run into. I apologize if you've had this suggestion somewhere in your comments already, but have you tried faxing your letters? I work for an organization that has needed to request screening rights, actor appearances, etc. in the past, and my limited experience has shown me that faxes are sometimes the way to go. Besides, this way someone at least has to glance at it before returning it! Furthermore, I would suggest people contact their local film office (the people who try and increase the number of films shot in a city) or perhaps the cinema studies dept. of a local university. Most depts. have at least one facutly member who studies the intersections of race and film--if you approach this person respectfully (and persistently--academics are sometimes wildly busy) they may be willing to get on board with your cause, or put you in touch with someone who may be able to --offer guidance. Another avenue would be film critics--with the news industry cutting positions right and left they may not jump to your defense in print, but you may find a willing ally.
aang_aint_white
Jan. 13th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: more suggestions
Excellent suggestions -- people should DEFINITELY do what they can to get the word out on this, particularly to those who can reach a wider audience.
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