Tuesday August 15 2017
|ABC ME||0.5%||7mate||3.0%||GEM||2.0%||ELEVEN||2.4%||Food Net||0.9%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||13.0%||7||19.1%||9||20.7%||10 NNSW||2.6%||SBS One||4.9%|
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||4.1%||GEM||2.7%||ONE||3.6%||Food Net||1.1%|
|MONDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Home and Away featured a kidnapping to start its new week. The Monday episode did 762,000, after a week 32 average of 730,000.
On Hell’s Kitchen Australia Marco declared the service the worst ever. A disgruntled diner didn’t hold back while supernerd Issa from The Chase met a love-struck customer. With the blue team defeated, Debra Lawrence nominated herself for the Last Chance Cook Off and another celebrity will depart the series tonight. After 615,000 last Monday, episode five did 607,000 last night.
Seven then played the Royal Family card again with 486,000 watching The Story Of Diana. It was the first of two episodes from the US ABC and People project.
A Current Affair featured Martin King with a five-year-old girl fighting a terminal illness plus Dick Smith on immigration and the latest from Costco. The show started the week on 937,000 after a week 32 average of 837,000.
Kids’ bedroom week was under way on The Block and guess who showed up – some of the contestants’ kids, which triggered a tearful reunion. The Monday episode was again key to Nine’s performance with 1.06m after 1.09m on Monday last week.
Tears too on This Time Next Year with some stunning achievements unveiled on Karl Stefanovic‘s primetime show with 931,000 watching after 872,000 last week.
There were then 220,000 watching Footy Classified in AFL markets with 150,000 in Melbourne. The program featured vision of Hutchy taking on the City To Surf course on Sunday.
The Project 7pm was on 609,000 after a week 32 average of 523,000. Guests last night included Matt Okine talking about his Stan TV series The Other Guy and Sam from Survivor.
Meanwhile on last night’s Survivor Mark Wales was eliminated, one day after his girlfriend Sam was voted off. One of last night’s challenges featured wrestling and mud. The Monday episode did 625,000 after 637,000, which seems to be where the metro audience has settled.
A weaker lead-in saw Have You Been Paying Attention? again just over 600,000 despite the presence of the gifted Mick Molloy.
Australian Story did 653,000 with its story about how supermodel Robyn Lawley and her agent Chelsea Bonner want to change the way women are represented by the fashion industry. The episode was line ball with last week’s 654,000.
Four Corners featured reporter Louise Milligan going inside the Greens with 558,000 well down on last week’s 781,000.
Media Watch spent part of the program explaining to Comms Minister Mitch Fifield why Sam Dastyari was on a recent episode for 91 seconds. The show did 498,000 after 588,000 last week.
After a close to all-time low of 251,000 last week, Q&A improved to 401,000.
At 7.30pm a repeat of Clean Living: The Dirty Truth did 264,000.
Two episodes of 24 Hours In Emergency followed with an average of 185,000 for both.
The directors of Network Ten knew for at least four weeks before the company’s collapse that James Packer‘s Consolidated Press Holdings was not going to guarantee a new company loan but failed to pass this information onto shareholders, reports Fairfax Media’s Lucy Battersby.
Fairfax Media has confirmed Ten was advised in early May that Packer was not willing to guarantee future financing options crucial to the network’s survival.
While CPH declined to comment, Fairfax Media has confirmed with two sources, including the current administrators of Network Ten, that the board was advised of CPH’s intentions several weeks before shares went into a trading halt.
A spokesman for the broadcaster said: “Ten Network meets its continuous disclosure obligations on a continuing basis.”
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ThinkTV has released total TV advertising revenue figures for the six months to June 30, 2017 and the 12 months to June 30, 2017. The new data has replaced the release of commercial FTA numbers, which was also accompanied by TV network shares.
Over the full financial year, the total TV ad revenue market was $4.21b, a decline of 2.7% compared with the previous period while the AVOD (advertising funded video on demand) market over the full year grew by 36.8% to $78m.
The total TV ad revenue market for the six months to June 30, 2017 declined 2.7% to $1.98b. The linear TV market showed a decrease of 3.19%, to $1.94b, compared with the previous corresponding period, while AVOD revenue jumped 27.6% to $40m.
The total TV metric includes metropolitan and regional revenues from commercial broadcasters, including ThinkTV members Nine Network, Seven Network and Network Ten and Multi-Channel Network/Foxtel, as well as SBS.
Senate powerbroker Nick Xenophon says he is “ready” to clinch a deal with the Turnbull government on its media reform package, but the crossbench has yet to receive a final offer, reports The Australian’s Rosie Lewis.
The legislation, which has unanimous industry backing, is due to be debated in the Senate today as key crossbenchers wait to hear back from Communications Minister Mitch Fifield after proposing several amendments.
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Broadcasters could be forced to pay into a “local content fund” to support production of homegrown television programs in a bid to end the stalemate over media reforms, reports The AFR’s Andrew Tillett.
The Greens revived a recommendation from the Gillard government’s 2012 Convergence Review and are demanding the establishment of a local content fund.
The review recommended scrapping quotas for a minimum number of hours of locally made TV programming and minimum expenditure obligations in return for requiring content providers to invest a percentage of their total revenue into drama, documentary and children’s shows or contribute to a funding pool for such productions.
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Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann (pictured) has announced a renewed naming rights partnership with American Express for Australia’s biggest annual retail event, Vogue Fashion’s Night Out 2017.
McCann said: “We’re delighted to have American Express return as our partner for the second consecutive year for Vogue Fashion’s Night Out 2017. They are such a respected brand and their investment in the event will ensure we deliver an even stronger connection with our participating retailers and the Vogue audience. Every year this very special VIP shopping event grows in both size and success and having the support of American Express promises to make this year bigger and better than ever.”
Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out Melbourne will be held on Friday September 1 throughout the Melbourne CBD. For the third consecutive year the event will feature as a part of Melbourne Fashion Week’s opening night, in partnership with the City of Melbourne.
Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out Sydney will follow on Thursday September 7 in the Sydney CBD in partnership with the City of Sydney. Now in its eighth year it is anticipated this year’s event will see over 190,000 shoppers and hundreds of retailers once again bring the Sydney CBD to life.
David Jones returns for the fifth year as the exclusive retail partner.
Activations and special announcements will be unveiled over the coming weeks via vogue.com.au.
The competition treats one lucky person and three friends per state to a week’s worth of dining at each of the city’s best restaurants.
Nick Shelton, founder and publisher of Broadsheet, says:
“Broadsheet prides itself on the strong and trusted relationships it has built within the hospitality industry. It is great to have had such great success in joining forces with some of the best venues in each city to bring our audience such a unique offer as 7 Dinners, 7 Nights in partnership with Honda-HRV. The interest and engagement from our audience in Sydney and Melbourne has also propelled the growth of the competition into our new markets Perth and Brisbane.”
Entries for the competition are open from August 7-September 4 on Broadsheet’s city pages.
Restaurants participating in 7 Dinners, 7 Nights
Sydney: The Dolphin, Long Chim, Osteria Bacco, Cirrus, Bodega 1904, ACME and St Peter.
Melbourne: Osteria Ilaria, Long Chim, Tulum, Atlas Dining, Kisume, Embla and Cutler & Co.
Brisbane: OTTO, Detour, E’cco, 1889 Enoteca, Happy Boy and Longtime.
Perth: Shadow Wine Bar, Long Chim, Lulu La Delizia, Petition, Meat Candy, Il Lido and Ku Dining.
Radio personality Fifi Box (pictured) has spoken publicly for the first time about being sexually assaulted during an interview with a “high profile” male celebrity more than a decade ago, reports Fairfax Media’s Nicole Economos.
Box, who detailed the incident on The Fifi, Dave, Fev & Byron Show, said that the celebrity, who was twice her age, “grabbed” her head and “forced it down into his crotch”.
“I can say that I’ve found myself, as a young woman particularly working in the media, in situations where I’ve found myself uncomfortable,” she revealed on her Fox FM Melbourne radio show on Monday morning.
Radio personality Byron Cooke, who is currently one of Box’s co-hosts, witnessed the incident at the time. While the celebrity still remains anonymous, Cooke said this morning he later refused to air the prerecorded interview, despite the male’s high-profile.
“It felt like 1981 with this dude, not that it was ever right. But it sounded wrong, looked wrong, and it was wrong,” Cooke said on the show.
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Watch Fifi talk about the assault on yesterday’s show here.
Listeners can enter for their chance to be a part of this tour by tuning into any of the Hit Network’s 43 stations around Australia. The winners will fly alongside Hit Network stars Em Rusciano, Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little.
The Hit Network breakfast shows made the announcement this morning.
P!nk’s performance will be exclusive to The Hit Network in Australia.
Despite poor audiences, Seven is standing by the new Hell’s Kitchen Australia, reports Fairfax Media’s Michael Lallo.
A Seven spokesman told Fairfax Media the show would not be dumped from its primetime slot.
“Marco and the team have delivered a beautifully produced show and our celebrity cooks are only just starting to shine,” he said. “It’s an excellent program in a competitive landscape.”
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ABC US news correspondent, ESPN football analyst and former NFL Quarterback Jesse Palmer will be the host of DailyMailTV, a new daily US syndicated series from Stage 29 Productions and DailyMail.com, which will launch across the United States on Monday September 18 2017.
DailyMailTV is promising the best of DailyMail.com will be brought to life on television.
Executive producers on the new show include Martin Clarke (Publisher, CEO and editor-in-chief of DailyMail.com) and Dr Phil McGraw (executive producer of Dr. Phil, The Doctors and the CBS drama series Bull). CBS Television Distribution will handle the distribution of DailyMailTV.
Now in its third year, MTV Beats & Eats will return to Wollongong after the success of last year’s event which saw thousands of people chew their way through offerings from some of Australia’s hottest foodies and dance to beats by Savage, PACES, Tigerlily and a headlining set by international superstar DJ Steve Aoki.
No artists details have been released yet for the 2017 event.
Early Bird tickets go on sale today Tuesday 15 August at a special price of $30 + booking fee.
The theme for this year’s festival is Space Fantasy – with festival goers encouraged to come dressed in whatever they think works with the theme, from unicorns to astronauts, aliens to space cowboys. A $2,000 prize is on the line for the best-dressed festival goer with $1,000 and $500 respectively for second and third place.
Additionally, MTV Australia will donate $1 from every ticket sold to headspace – the National Youth Mental Health Foundation dedicated to providing mental health services to 12- to 25-year-olds.
Harry Beitzel, for so many years one of the biggest names in football, but also one of its most progressive thinkers, has passed away, reports AFL.com.au’s Ashley Browne.
He was 90.
Beitzel umpired 182 VFL games between 1948 and 1960, including the 1955 Grand Final.
But his true calling was the media, and after hanging up his whistle he joined 3KZ in 1961, and for the next 30 years he was as big a media voice as there was in the game, figuratively and literally.
With his booming voice, Beitzel found his groove as a match-day commentator, and that was his bread and butter on 3KZ for 11 years before his move to 3AW, where he held court until 1989, before a brief and ill-considered switch to 3AK.
In 1989 Beitzel was lured away from 3AW by Kerry Packer‘s cashed-up 3AK, but they stopped broadcasting football within a couple of years.
Beitzel then went to jail in 1994 for 18 months after pleading guilty to obtaining financial advantage by deception over a matter involving his work with a lottery company. Beitzel vigorously denied ever deliberately trying to commit a crime.
He spent the last 25 years of his life keeping a low profile and living in NSW. In 2000 he was admitted to the MCG’s media hall of fame and in 2006 was inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame in the media section.
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News Corp’s Jon Anderson:
He paved the way for broadcasters with a point of difference, Rex Hunt being an obvious case in point.
“Unlike some in the industry, Harry Beitzel was only too happy to encourage youngsters starting off. He gave me my first chance as an around-the-grounds caller in 1979 and then, much to the annoyance of his co-caller Bill Jacobs, allowed me to call a couple of games,” said Hunt, who remained friendly with Beitzel until his death.
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The venue was St Mary’s Cathedral rather than a football stadium. The singing was by a choir rather than supporters in the stands. And the speeches were by friends and family members instead of fired-up coaches at half-time.
But the state funeral for Les Murray, the celebrated commentator and great lover of the world game, was an emotional football event that also brought together the broadcasting and political communities in Sydney, reports Fairfax Media’s Garry Maddox.
In a touching gesture, beside the coffin was a Socceroos jersey, a football and a Matildas scarf. And in among the formally dressed congregation of more than 1,000 were football fans in team shirts and tracksuit tops.
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• Annabelle: Creation takes top spot with $2.2m+
The top five movies accounted for close to 70% of the box office for the top 20 across the four-day weekend ending Sunday August 13. Two new releases made the top five with one over $2.2m and the other over $1.2m. However the weekend haul was the lowest weekend total since December 2016. Takings were down 6% on the previous weekend which delivered $11.06m. Since a bumper $21m weekend in early July, the numbers have slid each weekend in the five weekends since.
Horror releases have been performing well and this US supernatural scarefest directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Gary Dauberman has topped the chart. Warner Bros opened the movie on 231 screens with an impressive $9,903 per screen. The movie is a prequel to Annabelle from 2014 and is the fourth instalment in The Conjuring series which launched in 2013.
After four weekends the movie is still holding down a top two spot with a total earn to-date of $19m. It is holding on 337 screens with a weekend screen average of $5,129.
Good to see the prolific director Luc Besson back in the top five with this English language French 3D science fiction action adventure. American jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock plays the defence minister while Aussie Elizabeth Debicki is the voice of Emporer Haban Limaï. The movie opened on 433 screens with what is a disappointing $2,908 per screen.
After three weekends the film remains on 315 screens for a weekend screen average of $3,352 and a total gross to-date of $8.86m.
After opening on 436 screens a week ago, the movie has shed 113 to 323 as screen average dipped from $4,020 to $2,789. At this rate Atomic Blonde is going to struggle to get too far past $5m.
• Holden to fund half-baked AFL opinions, wild speculation and off-the-wall humour
Just days after announcing that they were signing with podcast platform Planet Broadcasting for their TOFOP podcast, Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen have revealed they have taken their other weekly podcast, 2 Guys 1 Cup, to Whooshkaa and signed a sponsorship deal with Holden.
Whooshkaa revealed the new deal this morning:
Comedians Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen have driven an exclusive deal with Holden and podcast platform Whooshkaa to power their popular 2 Guys 1 Cup podcast all the way to the AFL finals.
The agreement capitalises on synergies between Anderson and Clausen’s growing audience and the car manufacturer’s target market, using Whooshkaa’s dynamic integration technology.
The 2 Guys 1 Cup podcast began in 2016, featuring the two footy tragics commiserating on the gut-wrenching finals campaigns of their respective teams (Anderson barracks for the Bulldogs, Clausen the Saints). The show took an unexpected turn when the Bulldogs took out the 2016 premiership.
With the 2017 AFL season revving up, the podcast has become essential listening for footy fans. Expert analysis takes a back seat to half-baked opinions, wild speculation and off-the-wall humour.
“When we started 2 Guys 1 Cup we were two jaded footy fans who didn’t believe in fairytales. But in the space of 18 months, we have seen the Bulldogs win a premiership from seventh on the ladder and now Holden is sponsoring our poorly researched football podcast. If the Saints go on to win a flag then our heads might just explode,” said Anderson and Clausen.
Whooshkaa commercial director Nick Randall said the agreement allowed Holden to reach young, progressive podcast audiences at the place, time and device of the listener’s choosing.
“With Australian podcast listeners tuning in to an average of six shows a week, the number of brands exploring partnerships, advertising and content creation is rapidly escalating,” Randall said. “Being voiced by Wil & Charlie and integrated within the podcast delivers Holden’s message in an authentic way to a desirable demographic.”
Carat Connect is responsible for managing the Holden and Whooshkaa partnership. Natalie Kean, head of Carat Connect, said: “Podcasts are a medium that are gaining huge momentum in market and it is great to be able to take the Holden brand into this new and exciting territory.”
Whooshkaa’s ad injection model can dynamically stitch ads into the start, middle or end of podcast episodes, target multiple podcasts simultaneously or run several campaigns within a podcast. Advertisers receive accurate data and analytics including impression numbers, listener location and time spent listening.
• On August 19 and 20 only, ESPN8: The Ocho: “Bringing you the finest in seldom seen sports”
• Network to showcase Disc Golf, Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball & Firefighters World Challenge!
Drawing inspiration from the 2004 hit movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story featuring Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller and after the successful launch in the United States, ESPN Australia will become ESPN8: The Ocho on Saturday August 19 and 20.
For two days only, the faux network will feature a lineup of unconventional sporting events ranging from Disc Golf to Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball and Firefighters World Challenge playing off the mantra highlighted in the movie “Bringing you the finest in seldom seen sports”.
The network will air offbeat, alternative events, including:
• 2016 American Disc Golf Championship: A sport that involves players throwing a disc at a target while adhering to rules similar to golf.
• 2016 Sky Zone Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball: Traditional dodgeball with the added element of players using trampolines during play.
• Firefighters World Challenge XXV: Firefighters from around the world compete in teams to complete a series of five tasks including climbing a five-story tower, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb “victim”, all while wearing full bunker gear.
• US Open Ultimate Frisbee Championship: A self-officiating competition with two teams on a field similar to a football field, but the object used is a disc. The objective of the game is to catch a pass in the opponent’s end zone.
Saturday August 19
3pm-5pm US Open Ultimate Frisbee Championship
5pm-7:30pm Firefighter World Challenge XXV
Sunday August 20
12pm-2:30pm EVO World Championship: Street Fighter
2:30pm-4:30pm Disc Golf: American Open
4:30pm-6pm Sky Zone Ultimate Dodgeball Champ (Trampoline dodgeball)
6pm-8pm Championship of Bags (cornhole)
After a week of some major content deals, including the signing of David Letterman, Netflix has lured across a major US production company:
Prolific writer, producer and television hitmaker Shonda Rhimes (pictured L) is bringing her Shondaland production company to Netflix under a multiyear deal to produce new series and other projects. Longtime producing partner Betsy Beers (pictured R) makes the move to Netflix as well.
The move further unites Rhimes with Netflix. While Shondaland’s award-winning series such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder air in the US on ABC – and will continue to – How to Get Away with Murder streams everywhere else in the world on Netflix, with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal available on Netflix in many regions as well.
“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix. “Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I’ve gotten the chance to know Shonda and she’s a true Netflixer at heart – she loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience. We’re so excited to welcome her to Netflix.”
“Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company,” said Rhimes. “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for – the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities.
“Our current shows will continue to thrive on ABC and Shondaland will be there every step of the way. I could not have asked for a better home to begin my career. I continue to be grateful to work with so many talented people – especially our studio gladiator Patrick Moran and our most powerful and brilliant champion Channing Dungey.
“Starting today, we are thrilled to begin creating new Shondaland stories with Netflix. Everyone at Shondaland is honoured to expand both our audience and our creative identity with Ted and the entire team at Netflix.”
In the same week that Foxtel cut the number of channels on its platform, it was working hard to promote its latest drama offering, Top Of The Lake: China Girl. Premium drama is becoming very competitive with the likes of Stan, Netflix and Amazon also spending to woo Australian customers. It is a fight Foxtel is not stepping away from.
“The BBC approached me in the formative stages of securing commercial partners for Top Of The Lake season two,” Foxtel’s executive director of television Brian Walsh told Mediaweek.
“The BBC acknowledged it would be an expensive project, but they offered us the chance to ensure the series got made and that we would have it for our platform.
“There was a lot of competition for the series, irrespective of the fact we were involved in season one. International streaming services were very keen to be on board.”
Walsh indicated because they had helped develop the franchise, they didn’t want to miss out on its continuation. “We pride ourselves on great storytelling and it was vitally important to secure this deal.”
Nicole Kidman wasn’t attached to the series at that stage, but she had been approached. Walsh acknowledged series creator Jane Campion closed that deal, although he does have a long association that goes back to working with Nicole on both the Kennedy Miller TV productions Bangkok Hilton and Vietnam when Walsh worked at Network Ten. “This was Nicole’s first TV series in Australia since 1989 and I wanted to make sure Foxtel was part of it. I am close to the family and am close to Antonia, Nicole and their mother Janelle.” Antonia Kidman has hosted a number of series for Foxtel over the years.
Walsh indicated that there are further productions that will be funded via a BBC-Foxtel partnership.
“Nicole has also expressed a desire to work with Foxtel on another project,” revealed Walsh. “I am in discussions with her business partner, the head of Blossom Films, Per Saari, for us to work together.”
Photo: Nicole Kidman and Alice Englert
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi discuss the media headlines of the week.
Topics in this episode include Bonds sponsoring Nova Red Room’s LA event with Harry Styles, Laurie Oakes‘ retirement, the delicious Produce Awards, Netflix’s big week, SCA’s 21 years of AFL success, subscription TV’s Parliament House event, and more.