Walk Through Our History

Since Dominick Azzaro, President and Owner of JPI, first introduced the Satellite Media Tour concept over 30 years ago, we’ve remained innovators in the production of effective film promotion materials—connecting with a countless number of moviegoers.

1979

1979

Junket Productions founder Dominick Azzaro introduces the Satellite Media Tour (SMT) concept with Alfred Hichcock’s final film, Family Plot, an innovation that will change the speed and reach of film production.

1981

With a simple one-camera point-and-shoot setup, the company produces its first press junket for Franco Zeffirelli’s romantic drama, Endless Love, starring Brooke Shields.

1982

Junket helps bring Steven Spielberg’s iconic blockbuster, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, to the masses with its first major tent-pole press junket. The film would go on to surpass Star Wars as the most financially successful film released at that point.

1984

For the sci-fi cult favorite, Dune, directed by luminary David Lynch, Junket Productions makes its first movie set visit for some behind-the-scenes coverage in the sandy outskirts of Mexico City.

1987

1988

With the hilarious comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine terrorizing several parts of France, the company travels overseas to produce its first internationally-based press junket in London.

1993

Junket Productions is the first in the industry to render a hotel “junket friendly” by wiring three floors at the popular Four Seasons, Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Hollywood studios now have the convenience of up to 20 suites for multiple press junket needs.

1994

Alongside whitewater rapids on the Middle Fork banks of the Flathead River, Junket Productions joins Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon to produce the press junket for The River Wild.

1996

For the film adaptation of John Grisham’s bestseller, The Rainmaker, the company produces the press junket on the bucolic hillside of director Francis Ford Coppola’s vineyard in the Alexander Valley.

1997

1997

Junket Productions boards John Wayne’s 136-foot yacht, The Wild Goose, to produce the press junket for the golden years comedy, Out To Sea, the ninth pairing of legendary comic duo Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

1999

On location on the Scottish Isle of Mull, the company joins Entrapment stars Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones to film the press junket in a 13th Century relic, Duart Castle.

2001

From the Hobbit Village in Cannes, France, Junket Productions creates the press Junket for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installation from the internationally-celebrated J.R.R. Tolkein trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson.

2003

In an exciting departure from its usual services, Junket Productions is entrusted by New Line Cinema heads, Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, with producing the private Oscar® Party for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The company wires a High-Definitiotn live feed from the red carpet into fifteen plasma monitors set throughout the party. Tying Ben-Hur and Titanic for the most wins ever, the film garnered a whopping 11 Academy Awards, and is the only one of those three to have won all of its nominations.

2004

2005

For the horror-suspense flick, The Skeleton Key, starring Kate Hudson, the company produces a press junket at the 150-year-old St. Joseph Plantation, a sultry 1000-acre estate just outside New Orleans. Timing and luck are often everything—Hurricane Katrina will hit exactly 30 days later.

2005

Commandeering three F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets as backdrop, Junket Productions produces the press junket for the action-adventure sci-fi thriller, Stealth, starring Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel, from Naval Base Coronado in San Diego.

2006

Junket Productions revs up the publicity with a high-speed press junket for action flick, The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, capturing multi-camera angles from inside professional drifter cars while drifting through a custom track on the Universal Studios back lot planned by experts Formula Drift.

2006

Same year, very different racing film. For the Will Ferrell comedy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, the company produces the press junket from the NASCAR® pit at the famous Chicagoland Speedway.

2007

2009

For the Johnny Depp film, Public Enemies, Junket Productions produces the press junket on set in the historic Beaux Arts transit center, Chicago’s Union Station, where upstairs offices have been fashioned into J. Edgar Hoover’s bureau.

2009

Committed to delivering the most cutting-edge services in an evolving digital landscape, Junket Productions is the first to introduce a High Definition option to the press junket pool, as well as tapeless interviews, with its adoption of CompactFlash memory cards.

2010

With the famed Juliet’s Balcony as backdrop, Junket Productions sets up shop in Verona, Italy to produce the junket for Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried, Gael García Bernal and Vanessa Redgrave.

2011

Shooting at multiple locations in breathtaking Rio de Janeiro, the Junket Productions team interviews Fast Five badboys Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at the likes of Christ the Redeemer, Fort Copacabana and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

2011

2011

The JPI team travels to Russia’s Red Square for the junket of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. More than just movie talk, this junket includes world-premiere Linkin Park concert footage.

2012

Junket on a ledge! Three cameras including overhead jib perched off the 16th-floor ledge of the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles is the aptly unconventional junket location for Man on a Ledge, starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell.

2012

Junket Productions joins the cast of Paul outside the gates of Area 51, the most famous secret military installation in the world, at the Little A’Le’Inn motel in Rachel, Nevada.

2012

Junket Productions travels to the USS Missouri, the most famous battleship in the world, to meet with Battleship cast at Pearl Harbor.

2012

2012

In the serene and beautiful English countryside, Junket Productions interviews the cast of Snow White & the Huntsman at Arundel Castle, a medieval dwelling with over 1000 years of history.

2013

Always excited to “junket” in new locations, the JPI team films its first production at Google Headquarters for the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson comedy, The Internship.

2013

For the first time, Junket Productions proudly begins working with Disney and Warner Bros.

2013

While junketing After Earth, JPI goes galactic in New Mexico at Spaceport America, “the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.”

2014

For 47 Ronin, Junket Productions travels across the Pacific to Tokyo, shooting at Sengaku-ji Temple, Zojo-ji Temple and the Happo-En Japanese Garden.

2014

2014

Junket Productions is honored to be involved in the successful marketing campaigns of each Best Picture-nominated film at the 86th Academy Awards.

2014

WGN America’s first scripted series, Salem, is filmed just outside of Shreveport, Louisiana, and JPI is honored to produce the on-set junket for this exciting new show.