Even though it’s a celebrity edition of the series, The Apprentice 7 will still feature product placement as part of the show’s challenges, and “advertisers are still paying integration fees as high as the $2 million per episode garnered at the height of its popularity,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
But this season, that money won’t just go to Donald Trump and Mark Burnett, as it did during the previous six seasons. “Trump said the integration fees, which up until this season were split 50-50 between himself and executive producer Mark Burnett, will now be shared three ways, with NBC joining in the mix for the first time since ‘The Apprentice’ launched in 2004,” the paper reports.
Executive producer Mark Burnett said the split has nothing to do with the series’ decline. “The share in advertising is because [NBC co-chair] Marc Graboff is a great negotiator. Believe me, Donald and I would very happily not have given them anything, except in the negotiation, Marc Graboff made it make sense for us. Now we’re working together with NBC ad sales, and the pie should get much bigger for everybody by working together as a team,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.