Tuesday August 1 2017
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Karl Stefanovic has what looks like a significant primetime hit on his hands as the numbers from the first episode of This Time Next Year pushed above 1.2m. The new show had plenty of momentum though, coming off the back of episode two of The Block, which also did 1.2m+.
After a big Sunday night which saw Melissa Doyle hosting the Princess Diana memorial, Seven shed share points as Billy Connolly and yet another Bourne movie weren’t enough to keep big numbers entertained.
The good news for TEN was that Australian Survivor was up, but not by much. Have You Been Paying Attention? also lifted, but it only crawled above 600,000, well short of its average this year.
Home and Away started the week with 742,000 after a week 30 average of 715,000.
The 7.30pm Billy Connolly & Me: A Celebration was a nice idea. But ultimately all the “home videos” from fans were a distraction from the Connolly comedy gems. The hour averaged 589,000, which put Seven in fourth place.
One episode of Highway Patrol did 429,000 followed by The Bourne Ultimatum after 9pm with 315,000.
A Current Affair started its week on just over 1m again, which seems to be getting a habit at the start of the week. Lots of shopping advice was on offer which seems to be resonating big time with viewers. The program averaged 875,000 last week which is close to a year high.
The second episode of The Block saw the first rooms delivered and revealed Ronnie and Georgia as the team to beat. The veteran renovators (10 other properties so far) won the bedroom challenge, got to pick which house they wanted, number 3, and were rewarded with a safe full of bonus offers from sponsors of the TV series. Episode two was up significantly on the Sunday launch.
The Block Week One: Season 13
The launch episode of This Time Next Year was a crowd favourite too. It started with a big audience and managed to build on it with a launch average of 1.28m. The Melbourne audience was again devoted Nine viewers last night with close to 450,000 in that market for both programs after 7.30pm. Any doubts about Karl Stefanovic being an unsuitable primetime host have been blown away with his new show also #1 for the night with women viewers 25-54.
The Project 7pm started its week on 645,000 after a week 30 average of 536,000. Singer Zara Larsson was a guest and journalist Gideon Haigh talked about an impending cricket pay settlement and paid tribute to Mr Football Les Murray.
Australian Survivor featured a couple of great challenges with the contestants looking like mud people during the second. Some people seem to be peddling way too hard early on indicating they didn’t learn too much from watching season one unfold. The 24 original contestants are now down to 22 after Adam Parkin became the second sent home. The numbers were up slightly on Sunday night.
Australian Survivor: Week One: Season Two
Guests on Have You Been Paying Attention? were Glenn Robbins, Georgie Carroll and Cal Wilson. The show lifted a little on last week’s 579,000 to 620,000.
Australian Story featured Labor senator Sam Dastyari and the challenges he has faced since the political donations scandal last year. The episode did 616,000 after 621,000 a week ago.
Four Corners then did 588,000 and Media Watch was on 527,000.
Q&A was just over 400,000 and outside the top 20.
SBS News featured tributes to Les Murray with 152,000 watching.
Michael Mosley’s Meet The Humans did 160,000 at 7.30pm.
The biggest audience of 177,000 tuned in for 24 Hours In Emergency at 8.30pm.
The penultimate episode of Mutiny did 76,000 at 9.30pm.
The ABC’s taste for cherrypicking commercial deals is threatening the survival of media organisations, the chief executive of Australian Associated Press has warned, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
The ABC has replaced AAP to supply outdoor advertising company oOh!media with syndicated news feeds.
“We search out other markets to replace some of the revenue we’ve lost in traditional areas,” AAP CEO Bruce Davidson said, noting the ABC was thwarting efforts to find new sources of revenue. “We lost the oOh! contract to the ABC, and while we haven’t needed to lay anyone off, if it continues to happen it’s going to be an issue.”
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The Australian also reports:
Speaking publicly for the first time on the issue since corporate chiefs stepped up pressure on the government to take a stronger lead on preventing SBS from using taxpayer dollars to distort the content market, SBS CEO Michael Ebeid took to Twitter to refute that charge.
“Doubt anyone believes that @sbs with only 10% of the budget of 7 & NINE could actually outbid them and distort the market,” Ebeid wrote. “It’s laughable.”
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With over 20 years’ experience, Geelan has worked across the fields of digital media, out-of-home innovation and automated trading. Geelan’s newly created national role will be focused on owning and developing the automation function in the front end of the business: allowing transactions, campaign planning, and content delivery to take advantage of the technology that now exists in out-of-home.
Geelan will be involved in the development and strategy of Adshel’s digital and data products, working closely with the product marketing, commercial, sales, systems, digital operations and audience intelligence teams at Adshel.
Having previously worked for Adshel, Geelan has also held positions as manager of the airport division for EyeCorp, commercial director at Mi9 and more recently as general manager at Site Tour, the SaaS location targeting offering for both sales and buying sides of the out-of-home industry.
There are calls for a state funeral for football broadcasting legend Les Murray, who has died aged 71 after a long illness, writes SBS reporter Omar Dabbagh.
Murray began at SBS in 1980 as a Hungarian subtitle writer.
But his passion for football rapidly brought him into the sports team. By 1986, he was hosting the network’s World Cup coverage.
As an SBS football commentator and presenter, he covered eight World Cups, before retiring in 2014. That same year he was also inducted into the FFA Football Hall of Fame.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said it was a sad day not just for the multicultural broadcaster, but sports broadcasting and the football community at large.
“Les was certainly an iconic football presenter, and he did an amazing job for us over 37 years,” Ebeid said, paying tribute to Murray’s passion to nurture and develop up-and-coming writers and broadcasters.
“Les has mentored many young journalists and young commentators in football over the years,” Ebeid said.
“And the one thing he often used to say is ‘it’s not about us hosts, it’s not about us in entertainment, it’s always about the game’.”
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SBS colleague Craig Foster writes:
I’m writing this on my mobile in hospital with a close friend and colleague having passed this morning, tears flowing off and on, so please understand that my eloquence can in no way pay tribute to Les Murray, a man who changed Australia through football.
Why am I writing it at all amid the grief of family, friends and the football community worldwide?
Because he deserved to be remembered and his life celebrated by our entire country. News passes quickly, it is now that we must speak about the refugee who lived his way, who loved the game of football endlessly and whose pride in the game and fierce advocacy changed everything.
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Photo: Les Murray with Craig Foster (Source: SBS)
Also a tribute from fellow football commentator Martin Tyler:
Les and I were of the same time, born just a few weeks apart. We shared a sense of football history and relished the opportunity to spread the gospel through our broadcasting careers. To join him for almost every major football tournament since our first, the World Cup in 1990, was both a privilege and a joy. It involved a lot of cups of coffee and a daily and deep perusal of the football papers whatever language they were in. I particularly appreciated his dogma for correct pronunciation.
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The James Bond pop-up channel will run from Friday August 11 to Sunday August 20. The channel will also be available On Demand or to stream on Foxtel Now.
All 26 movies in the series, featuring all seven actors who have played 007, will be available to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers.
The 10-day movie marathon will launch with the first film in the Bond series released 55 years ago, Dr No and will run through to the very latest Bond film Spectre.
The Bond franchise, which focuses on a fictional British secret service agent created by writer Ian Fleming, is the longest continually running film series of all time and one of the highest-grossing film series ever.
The series features a diverse lineup of actors who have all portrayed Bond in their own inimitable style: Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
Following its run on ABC TV in Australia throughout June and July, the deal sees the BBC acquire the broadcast rights for three years, with the series set to air on BBC Three in late 2017.
Comedian Ronny Chieng, now also working as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, created and co-wrote the series with writer Declan Fay.
Chieng also plays himself in the series based on his life and experiences as an international university student living and studying in Australia.
Ronny Chieng: International Student is a Sticky Pictures production, with funding from ABC TV, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, and Comedy Central (US), co-written and co-created by Ronny Chieng and Declan Fay, directed by Jonathan Brough, and produced by Donna Andrews.
Tothill said of Aussies in Hollywood: “This podcast gives us an armchair position to hear the intimate stories of Aussies in Hollywood, from when they arrive in LA to landing the first gig and then building a successful career.”
The podcast is hosted by Jenny Cooney, an Australian journalist who has lived in Hollywood for 30 years and her clients include TV Week, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She is a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and votes for the Golden Globes so she has had a front row seat to watch the many waves of Australian talent who have arrived in Hollywood to make their mark over the years. From Paul Hogan to the Hemsworths, from Nicole Kidman to Margot.
In the first two episodes Cooney talks to Rachel Griffiths, of Muriel’s Wedding, Six Feet Under and Hacksaw Ridge fame, about her career, navigating family and returning to Australia, and to Yvonne Strahovski who landed her first gig three days after she landed in LA and is now starring with Elisabeth Moss in the drama series The Handmaid’s Tale.
Meanwhile, We Paid to See This is the passion project of two great friends: Darren Hayes (from Savage Garden) and Anthony Armentano. The two met during their three years of training at The Groundlings School in Los Angeles, an improv comedy school where famous alums have included Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. Their LA-based review show offers an honest, comedic and often hilariously unfiltered take on the week’s latest cinema releases as well as a whole lot of lively banter about their daily lives.
Recent episodes discuss the films The Beguiled, A Monster Calls and Wonder Woman.
• Apes narrowly outgross second weekend of Dunkirk
All but $2m from the top 20’s weekend gross of $13.45m was earned by the top five. The four-day total was down 5% on the previous weekend. It was the quietest weekend in cinemas since the last weekend of May returned $12.51m.
The third movie in the franchise reboot has opened on top on 441 screens with a screen average of $9,247. Woody Harrelson plays the military leader intent on wiping out the monkeys. He is one of three human stars, playing alongside a dozen cast playing the chimps.
Box office takings were down 35% for the movie’s second weekend. The film shed 108 screens to 427 giving it a screen average of $9,198. After 10 days in cinemas Dunkirk has earned $12.36m.
The third weekend was down 45% as it shed 74 screens to 328 with a screen average of $4,134. The movie drove past $10m in total during the weekend.
This was the 13th annual concert event that is now a regular event for Andre Rieu fans who can enjoy it shortly after it happens in his Dutch hometown. Nine’s Richard Wilkins was the host of the televised concert and he interviewed Rieu shortly after coming offstage. The concert was broadcast to 117 screens with the weekend’s best screen average of $9,566.
After four weekends the latest movie in the franchise is close to $24m after takings dipped 49%. The movie was taken off 147 screens to 337 leaving it with a screen average of $3,142.
• Producers John and Dan Edwards to deliver six-part drama continuing the movie story
• New content from NBCU & SPT, updates on Wolf Creek, The Other Guy & The Second
The streaming TV platform Stan yesterday revealed a major new Australian commission, new international content and updated on the progress of three previously announced projects.
The event was held inside a theatrette at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay. Waiting for the doors to open producer John Edwards could be seen heading into the green room, which indicated there would be a significant announcement.
Edwards and his son Dan were the headline act in fact. Stan has commissioned their new production company Roadshow Rough Diamond to deliver a six-part TV series that follows on from the movie that was released 25 years ago.
The two producers were joined onstage by Jacqueline McKenzie, who will be reprising her role from the movie. Dan Wylie will also return in his role, but he was not able to be at the announcement. New to the cast are Lachy Hume, Sophie Lowe, David Wenham and Toby Wallace. Wenham, Wallace and Lowe were at the event and spoke onstage about their delight at being asked to join the production.
Then John and Dan Edward revealed production starts this Friday. The original filmmaker Geoffrey Wright will be one of the writers on the series and he will also direct two episodes.
Stan CEO Mike Sneesby spoke several times during the event and revealed the ink was not yet dry on a new NBCU deal. There will be details soon of what the deal will mean for subscribers, but Sneesby did announce that new episodes of Will & Grace would be seen exclusively on the platform from September 29.
Other content announcements included:
Showtime – three new series coming are the half-hour comedies SMILF and White Famous, plus the eight-part prison break drama directed by Ben Stiller, Escape At Dannemora, which stars Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano and Patricia Arquette.
Wolf Creek – The second series from Screentime is filming in South Australia until the end of March and creator/director Greg McLean and star John Jarratt were live from different places in outback SA. Now that is how you do a content showcase! Stan also showed a stunning trailer, which shows Mick Taylor alive and well if you were still wondering after the ending of the first series.
Sony Pictures TV – Stan is involved as one of the partners in a series that does seem to truly deserve the term “epic”, Electric Dreams (pictured), as it features an amazing cast across the 10 stand-alone episodes: Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, Secrets & Lies, The King’s Speech and the Harry Potter films) in The Commuter, Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Boss Baby) in Crazy Diamond, Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange, The Martian, Top Boy) in Impossible Planet, Anna Paquin (True Blood, the X- Men films) and Terrence Howard (Empire, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) in Real Life, Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring, The Departed) in Kill All Others, Greg Kinnear (Heaven is For Real, As Good As It Gets) in Father Thing and Bryan Cranston, who also serves as an executive producer on the series, will star alongside Essie Davis in the highly anticipated episode, Human Is.
The Other Guy – Stan took the unusual step of screening not one, but two complete episodes of Matt Okine‘s new comedy The Other Guy. The series premieres later this month.
The Second – this is Stan’s first original movie and the cast and creators talked about the project and Stan showed a couple of scenes. The team onstage included producers Stephen Lance and Leanne Tonkes, director Mairi Cameron and stars Rachael Blake and Vince Colosimo.
Stan hosted an after-party inside the MCA following the showcase while it also broadcast a Facebook Live event hosted by Kyle & Jackie O’s Peter Deppeler.
Photo [L-R]: David Wenham, Dan Edwards, Jon Edwards, Jacqueline McKenzie, Toby Wallace, Sophie Lowe
This TV podcast sees Andrew Mercado and James Manning discussing the ratings for the season final of Australian Ninja Warrior and talking about when we will likely see it next. Other shows under the microscope this week include The Block, Australian Survivor, MasterChef, The Bachelor, This Time Next Year, True Story, Kath & Kim, The Good Fight, Britain’s Got Talent, Home and Away, The AFL Footy Show and Game Of Thrones.
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi are on location in Melbourne at The Block site in Elsternwick with Nine program director’s Hamish Turner (pictured). Discussion includes Fox Sports News’ new schedule, Eddie McGuire‘s return to the Footy Show, Karl Stefanovic‘s new show, Nine’s The Block launch and much more.
Julian Cress, the co-creator of Nine’s longest running reality show The Block, talks about its origination and the $10m phone call to director of television Michael Healy.