Thursday April 20 2017
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Hannah Barnes, General Manager, Lifestyle Channels, Foxtel
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
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|ABC||10.1%||7||26.2%||9||12.7%||10 NNSW||3.0%||SBS One||4.2%|
|ABC ME||0.7%||7mate||4.6%||GEM||4.6%||ONE||3.2%||Food Net||1.2%|
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The federal government is poised to introduce new laws to ban gambling advertising during live sporting events as early as next week — but the imminent move has prompted angry opposition from sporting bodies, which say the move will dramatically reduce funds for grassroots sport, report The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff and Joe Kelly.
The Australian understands that Communications Minister Mitch Fifeld will go to cabinet on Tuesday with the proposal that would affect all betting advertising from “siren to siren”, or from the start to the finish of games.
Senator Fifeld has held high-level meetings in the past week with AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan and NRL chief operating officer Nick Weeks.
As part of the deal, the federal government is expected to engage in a trade-off with free-to-air TV networks, which is likely to see them use the deal as leverage to have their licensing fees reduced.
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Fairfax Media has made two key appointments in its commercial team.
Effective immediately, Matt Rowley takes on the role of chief revenue officer for Australian Metro Publishing. Rowley will lead teams across agency and direct sales, key account management, brands and audiences, ad tech and operations and commercial innovation.
Rowley’s background includes time as a global marketer, creative agency head and digital publisher. His previous roles include head of content marketing at Cirrus Media Australia and managing director within the Publicis Group in London.
Fairfax Media has also appointed Andrew Mudgway as national sales director (agency). Mudgway joined Fairfax two years ago as Victorian agency sales director and was previously MD of Initiative in Melbourne. He started his media career at George Patterson and DDB, before joining OMD, Zenith Optimedia and Austereo in strategy and sales roles.
A recruitment process for a new Victorian agency sales director is under way.
Fox News has decided to part ways with star host Bill O’Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment, the network’s parent company said, reports Reuters.
“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox said in a one-line statement.
The statement came hours after New York magazine reported the decision, citing anonymous sources briefed on the discussions.
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Tucker Carlson is moving into the 8pm hour as Bill O’Reilly exits Fox News, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Carlson replaced Megyn Kelly when she left last January and his show — Tucker Carlson Tonight — was an immediate hit, helped by record tune-in overall during the early tumultuous days of the administration of Donald Trump. Talk show host Laura Ingraham also was among those being considered for O’Reilly’s recently vacated time slot.
Tucker Carlson has developed a swift following at Fox News. He wasn’t even in primetime at the top of the year, but his move to Megyn Kelly’s old 9 o’clock hour has been a huge success. He’s now No. 2 in cable news with an average 3.3 million viewers and 689,000 adults 25-54.
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As it launched its 2017 Awards season this week, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced a new eligibility policy for feature films and introduced a new Award – the AACTA Award for Best Online Video or Series.
Following AACTA’s changes to the Feature Length Documentary jury process earlier this year, AACTA said the announcements reinforce its commitment to ensuring relevancy and best practice. The feature film eligibility policy changes and the new Online Video or Series Award aim to drive further innovation within the industry and create opportunities to further the next generation of Australian storytellers by making the AACTA Awards processes even more inclusive.
AACTA also called for entries across feature film, documentary, short film, television and online categories, with the 7th AACTA Awards presenting over 50 peer-assessed awards, celebrating Australian stories, culture and creativity on the big and small screens.
Entry eligibility and closing dates vary per category. All dates and information regarding how to apply for the 7th AACTA Awards can be found at AACTA’s website.
Nova Entertainment this week launches Modern Babies, a branded podcast series tailor-made for Genea.
Modern Babies is a 10-part podcast series that delves into fertility and IVF and creates a platform to provide information and support about the journey through fertility.
Andy Milne, Nova Entertainment’s head of creative services, said, “We spent a lot of time with the Genea team and were impressed at the sophistication of their business. We wanted to tell their brand story in a way that not only informed the audience of their excellent services, but also helped better inform people on the world of fertility and IVF.”
Modern Babies launches this week with a different theme explored weekly over a 10-week period.
Grant Denyer knows he cheated death when he walked away from a horror rally car accident three weeks ago — returning to the relative safety of his TV gig today, reports News Corp’s Colin Vickery.
The 39-year-old was back filming Family Feud less than a month after the silver Lotus he was driving during an amateur competition in country Victoria left the Maryville road and struck a tree at 160 km/h.
While still nursing broken bones, including a broken sacrum, with the help of heavy pain medication, the Channel 10 star is grateful to be upright and returning to the quiz show and this Sunday’s Logie awards.
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Fans of hit Foxtel drama Wentworth have a new character to follow during season five. In an Australian broadcast first, an interactive Facebook Messenger chatbot has been created to smuggle out gossip and exclusive content for fans.
Developed by social messaging agency On Message in partnership with Foxtel’s media agency Mindshare, The Wentworth Rat is a virtual inmate locked up behind the Wentworth bars who is ready to dish the dirt on some of the show’s favourite characters and storylines.
The Rat interacts with fans via Messenger, asking them questions and revealing exclusive content including videos, GIFS and audio, as well as giving teasers about upcoming storylines.
Douglas Nicol, founder of On Message, said: “Wentworth fans are incredible and love the show, and this clearly shows in the amazing level of social media engagement it achieves. The addition of The Wentworth Rat takes that engagement to a new level. It’s a very personal, very conversational way for a TV show to reach its fan base and extract maximum enjoyment for viewers in what is a first for Australian broadcast TV.”
Madman Media Group has acquired Garage Entertainment Australia. Garage Entertainment is a rights management and production company specialising in action sports film and television content, with a branded VOD service delivering directly to its consumers.
Madman distributes more than 20 feature films per year via nationwide, event or film festival strategies.
Madman’s streaming services include AnimeLab and DocPlay. The former hosts anime fast-tracked from Japan, while DocpPay is a streaming hub for documentaries. The addition of Garage Entertainment to Madman Media Group’s streaming services provides an aggregated subscriber base of over 600,000 registered users. Garage Entertainment has produced award-winning TV and film productions including Bra Boys, Missing, Fighting Fear and The Crew. Madman’s theatrical division has generated more than $50 million at the box office over the past two years, with standout successes including Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Hell Or High Water, That Sugar Film and Jasper Jones.
Football Federation Australia has failed to entice the three commercial free-to-air television networks into bidding for A-League and Socceroos matches, leaving the ABC in the box seat to gain the rights, report Fairfax Media’s John Stensholt and Max Mason.
Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment, Network Ten and current FTA rights holder SBS are understood to have not lodged an official bid with the FFA by last Thursday’s deadline, having baulked at some FFA requirements such as having to pay Fox Sports $2 million in annual production costs.
It is understood and FFA and ABC are in discussions.
Sources have told The Australian Financial Review that there had been “multiple bids” for rights, but that could mean Telstra has also lodged a bid for streaming rights.
In the event the FFA, ABC, or any other free-to-air broadcaster can’t work out a deal, the rights revert to Fox Sports for an extra $2 million to $4 million per year.
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Netball WA has announced Nine Perth as a new major partner of the sport in Western Australia.
Further strengthening the relationship between Nine and netball that began with a broadcast partnership for the Suncorp Super Netball competition, Nine Perth has made an investment in WA’s grassroots netball.
Nine Perth managing director Ray Wardrop welcomed the announcement: “Junior netball is a hugely popular sport in WA and it involves not only thousands of young players each week, but also many thousands more parents and brothers and sisters.”
The multifaceted partnership will see Nine Perth activate at a variety of competitions and events, as well as engage with participants on a weekly basis.
A “Nine News Teams of the Week” competition will see two local club teams featured each week across the winter season during Nine News’ weather segment with presenter Scherri Lee Biggs. Players from each team will receive prize packs including a hoodie, netball and a variety of West Coast Fever prizes.
As a major partner of the Smarter than Smoking Association Championships, Netball WA’s largest annual participation event, Nine Perth will also activate across the three-day carnival at the Wembley Sports Park.
There will also be a Nine presence at other major events including the NAIDOC Netball Carnival, Academy Cup, Cadet Cup and the West Australian Netball League (WANL).
• Jungle moves into drama and launches The Jungle Collective with the Van Vuuren Brothers and Claudia Pickering
Courtney Gibson will become managing director and partner at Jungle alongside CEO Jason Burrows, head of production Chloe Rickard, writer Phil Lloyd and director Trent O’Donnell.
Gibson brings a wide range of experience to Jungle, having served as CEO of Screen NSW, programming production executive at the Nine Network and director of programs at Southern Star, as well as executive head of content creation and head of arts, entertainment and comedy at ABC TV.
Jason Burrows said: “We’re incredibly excited to have Courtney on board – she has fantastic instincts for creating great television, with significant experience across so many genres.”
Courtney Gibson said: “I have a huge amount of respect for the team at Jungle, they’re such a class act of creative talent and I’m delighted to be joining the company as it moves into an exciting new phase.
Over the last five years Jungle has produced successful scripted series including Here Come The Habibs, currently nominated for a prestigious Golden Nymph Award for Best Comedy at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, along with No Activity and The Moodys. Jungle’s international reputation is also on the rise with multiple straight to series format offers on No Activity, a re-optioned Moodys, and Review now in its third season at Comedy Central in the US.
Gibson starts as Jungle makes its first forays into TV drama. On the slate is a fully financed long-form drama series going into production in August (details soon to be announced) and another television drama in funded development, created by showrunner Kristen Dunphy.
Jungle has also announced the formation of The Jungle Collective, a creative hub for Jungle production partners and incubator for next generation showrunners and feature filmmakers, to be managed by Jungle head of production Chloe Rickard.
Joining The Jungle Collective are the Van Vuuren Bros – Christiaan and Connor Van Vuuren – the writers/directors behind the Bondi Hipsters and ABC/NBC Universal’s Seeso series Soul Mates. The Van Vuurens are set to direct the first Jungle feature, with development funding from Screen Queensland, and they also have two TV projects in development with Jungle.
Also joining The Jungle Collective is Claudia Pickering, the Australian writer-director-actor whose first feature Frisky has taken Hollywood by storm and will be released nationally in Australia next month. Jungle will produce her next scripted projects.
Jungle is one part of a larger group of three companies, including Jungle Commercials and In the Thicket, which both create commercial content. It’s one of the only companies in Australia that successfully bridges the divide between advertising, branded and original content.
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi cover the headlines in media this week in this pre-Easter edition of Seven Days. Discussion include the News Corp redundancies, radio presenters on break (except Fitzy and Wippa), how Natasha Exelby became the most-talked about topic in the sector, Peter Wiltshire‘s new ad rep business, Stan’s chicken shop activation and much more.
Listen online here.