Tuesday July 18 2017
|ABC ME||0.5%||7mate||2.5%||GEM||1.9%||ELEVEN||2.4%||Food Net||0.9%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||11.2%||7||20.6%||9||23.0%||10 NNSW||3.4%||SBS One||2.9%|
|ABC ME||0.7%||7mate||3.2%||GEM||2.5%||ONE||3.1%||Food Net||1.1%|
|MONDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Home and Away was on 759,000 after a week 28 average of 689,000.
One hour of Highway Patrol followed with two episodes of booze busts both averaging just under 600,000.
The 2002 movie The Bourne Identity then did 410,000.
A Current Affair guest host was Leila McKinnon. Among the stories was a report on some of the Ninja Warrior contestants. The show started a new week on 919,000 following a week 28 average of 827,000.
Last night it was the final episode of regular competition on Australian Ninja Warrior before the semifinals start tonight. After Sunday’s massive 1.75m, episode five did 1.52m. That was down a little from 1.61m a week ago, but still miles ahead of the nearest competitor.
Here Come The Habibs! followed with 719,000 after 725,000 a week ago.
The 2005 movie Wedding Crashers filled the remainder of a primetime in Sydney and Brisbane. With a finish after midnight, the audience average was 97,000.
Footy Classified screened in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to 207,000 with 142,000 in Melbourne. That is close to the Melbourne audience of 148,000 for The Front Bar last Thursday.
On The Project Matt White was co-hosting with special guest KD Lang for the 7pm audience of 615,000. The 7pm week 28 average was 527,000.
On the penultimate Monday episode of MasterChef there was a pressure test to avoid elimination between Karlie, Sarah and Diana. Sarah failed to create the way-too-hard recipe to the judges’ liking, leaving five remaining in the competition. The second night of MasterChef finals week did 853,000 after starting on 806,000 Sunday night. On Monday last week the episode did 753,000.
Have You Been Paying Attention? featured Wil Anderson as a guest contestant for the first time this year alongside Anne Edmonds and Jane Kennedy with regulars Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang. Anderson is off to the Montreal Comedy Festival this week while Edmonds is heading to Edinburgh for shows in August. There were also special guest appearances from Ranger Stacey and Jessica Mauboy. The episode did 779,000 after 686,000 a week ago.
Both MasterChef and HYBPA? were ranked top three Monday 25-54 behind Ninja Warrior.
Another Offspring encore screening then did 170,000.
The compelling second episode of Australian Story: A Long Way From Home did 569,000 after 452,000 for part one. The show exposed some very worrying practices that see exploitation of backpackers tolerated in Australia.
Four Corners featured a criminal cover-up involving the church in Philadelphia. The audience was 609,000, also up on the 502,000 last week.
Q&A featured Rachel Corbett among the guests with 442,000 watching after the show had a break last week.
Michael Mosley’s Meet The Humans featured 10 people taking part in a dating weekend as Michael Mosley investigated what makes humans attracted to others. The second episode did 158,000.
Episode two in the recreation of the journey of The Bounty was on 105,000.
It was the second and final rest day during Le Tour de France so 24 Hours In Emergency screened at 9.30pm with 172,000 watching, which was the biggest SBS Monday audience.
The corporate watchdog has dramatically intervened in the collapse of the Ten Network, as lawyers for billionaire shareholders Lachlan Murdoch, James Packer and Bruce Gordon trade barbs over whether Ten administrators Korda Mentha, who are controlling the sale process, are conflicted, report The AFR’s Patrick Durkin and James Thomson.
On Monday, the Federal Court agreed to push back a critical second creditors meeting where Ten’s future will be decided from Tuesday until November 21. The move allows for the possibility media reforms will pass Parliament and inspire new or higher bids for the network.
Lawyers for WIN TV owner Gordon, Atanaskovic Hartnell, argue that because Korda Mentha was appointed to provide advice to the Ten board in February, ahead of their appointment as administrators on June 14, they cannot independently examine whether $1 million in fees incurred by the administrator was a preference payment or whether the Ten directors should face any legal action.
Administrator Mark Korda has confirmed he has received preliminary interest to buy Ten, including from overseas parties, and that “the company can be recapitalised, irrespective of any change to the media laws”.
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Brown, current acting CFO at News Corp Australia, replaces Susan Panuccio who was promoted to News Corp’s global financial chief in March this year.
News Corp Australasia’s executive chairman Michael Miller said: “Ms Brown’s in-depth understanding of the company’s varied operations, combined with her extensive financial management expertise across a number of Australian corporates, ensured she would provide the requisite financial leadership and vision.
“Stacey brings an exceptional level of experience to this role as well as intricate knowledge of our diverse and complex portfolio of assets.
“As the acting CFO for the past four months, Stacey has repeatedly and conclusively demonstrated her astute financial and leadership skills. She has a broad range of financial and corporate expertise which will be invaluable as we continue to transform the company and our portfolio and pursue new growth opportunities.”
Brown joined News Corp Australia in 2012 as general manager, finance and was promoted to deputy CFO in 2015. Prior to this she has held a number of senior financial roles across a variety of industries including CFO – Finance and Asset Management for the Lowy Family Group, head of group reporting at Qantas and group financial controller, Multiplex. Brown also worked for News from 1997 to 2004 as the group financial accountant performing the global financial reporting function.
Former executive assistant Amber Harrison is liable to pay Seven West Media’s legal costs after a court found she acted unreasonably in contesting Seven’s case against her, reports The AFR’s Misa Han.
On Monday afternoon NSW Supreme Court Justice John Sackar ordered Harrison to pay Seven’s legal costs on an indemnity basis – meaning she is liable for up to 95% of a Seven legal bill estimated at $250,000.
Seven is not expected to enforce the cost order as long as Harrison respects a non-disclosure agreement that bars her from speaking about a two-year affair she had with Seven chief executive Tim Worner. Harrison last week indicated a cost order would drive her to bankruptcy.
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The AFR’s Aaron Patrick notes Amber Harrison wasn’t in court to hear the ruling and was not able to be asked outside the court:
Why she sued when her deal with Seven explicitly said she couldn’t; why she gave information to journalists and Twitter when the deal required her to keep quiet; and how she could argue Seven was waging a war of legal attrition when Sackar said it tried several times to settle…
There is a winner from the sordid affair, though. Andrew Bell, Seven’s barrister, made a flawless performance that could turn him into the go-to guy for the CEOs and companies who will inevitably follow Seven’s footsteps.
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Fairfax Media’s Elizabeth Knight:
With the value of hindsight Amber Harrison did not play this battle strategically. She was brave to take on the might of an organisation the size of Seven, which has a reputation for playing legal battles very hard.
The saga may have played out differently in some other organisation, but from the start it was abundantly clear Seven was not about to sacrifice its chief executive, Tim Worner, in order to adhere to the niceties of textbook corporate governance.
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In a recent GfK radio survey the breakfast show gained 33,000 new female listeners under 40.
Em Rusciano with Harley Breen’s Facebook community has over 13.6 million video views on Facebook alone. Their online community is especially engaged and interacts online 2.5 times higher than other breakfast show competitor pages.
The Hit Network’s head of content Gemma Fordham says, “Our listeners tell us they connect with, and relate to, Em. Her candour and the way she tells a story with such heart and humour is resonating with them. Listeners from outside Sydney have told us they too want to be able to listen to the show. We are thrilled to be able to answer that call and continue to build on Em and Harley’s super engaged community across the country.”
ThinkTV has announced that Bob Hoffman, the best-selling US author, speaker, blogger and advisor, will deliver the keynote speech at ReThinkTV 2017 when the advertising and marketing forum returns on September 14 at Luna Park in Sydney.
Hoffman has been chief executive of two independent agencies and the US operation of an international agency. He has created advertising for McDonald’s, Toyota, Pepsico, Bank of America and AT&T.
Through his company, Type A Group, Hoffman advises advertisers, agencies, and media.
Former Bachelorette Sam Frost has found a new home on the sandy shores of Summer Bay, with the former radio host joining the cast of Home And Away, reports News Corp’s Karlie Rutherford.
This is the first acting role for the former finance account manager. Yet, despite her lack of experience, Frost said she went through the same rigorous audition process as any other actor.
Seven’s head of drama Julie McGauran said Frost’s “natural ease in front of the camera makes her a wonderful addition to the Home And Away family”.
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The AFR’s Jessica Sier writes about trying to watch State of Origin 3 with the NRL Live Pass:
Firstly, the window is tiny, the size of a YouTube window, and it cannot, I repeat, cannot get any bigger. I don’t know how Telstra managed to piss the NRL off so much that their broadcast agreement restricts the display of live match videos to that of a moving postage stamp, but they did and it is.
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• Baby Driver fails to catch Spider-Man in Sony Pictures takeover
Although ticket sales couldn’t match last weekend’s $21.85m, a weekend fall of 19% to $17.72m was still the second-best weekend since mid-April. It is the end of the school holidays so we are going to need some special big release to keep revenue near the numbers for the past two weeks.
It’s been a good weekend for Sony Pictures, which has the top two movies that earned just short of a combined $10m on the weekend.
Weekend gross dipped 51% with just over a $10m opening turning into a still very respectable $4.92m. The movie held on over 600 screens with a screen average of $7,926. After its second weekend the Sony Pictures release has taken $18.98m. Spider-Man second weekend was on par with the second weekend of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, but it slightly trails the comparable two-weekend total because Guardians had a stronger opening.
Opening on 412 screens, Baby Driver managed the biggest screen average of the weekend – $10,867. With two Sony Pictures releases topping the chart, the film company seems to have been rewarded by a successful promo tour last week from stars Ansel Elgort and Lily James.
The film is nudging $30m after five weekends and it will overtake Wonder Woman some time this week. Screens dropped from 478 to 421 with those screens still returning a healthy screen average of $7,183.
Despite earnings slipping 22% over the weekend, after four weeks in release the Walt Disney movie still managed just over $1.5m. However, with a four-weekend total of $11.76m, the film is not in the same league as the other earners across the school holiday period.
Seven weeks and $30m are a testament to the pulling power of the Warner Bros release. The movie remained on over 200 screens with a screen average of $3,406.
Australia’s media agency market is this month feeling the full effect of last year’s pre-federal election advertising deluge with government category spending now back 69% year-on-year and disguising solid underlying growth across key media and media sectors.
As such SMI’s headline number shows the market back 9.2%, or by $60.1 million in June, to $596.7 million but that reverts to a stable position (-0.6% before late digital bookings are included) once $59.7 million in abnormal 2016 government bookings are added back.
Last year’s unusually high government ad spend also affects SMI’s June quarter figures which show a headline market decline of 4.8% reverting to growth of 1.4% to a record $3.23 billion once the $95.6 million in Q2 government category advertising expenditure is added back.
The Australian agency market is also on track to deliver its fifth consecutive year of record financial year advertising expenditure with the total for the 2016/17 year now back just 0.1% at $7.1 billion, but that with a difference of only $10.5 million from the previous year the record will be achieved once SMI included late digital bookings this month.
Meantime, the media most affected by the government spend last June is television with its top line decline of -10.8% changing to growth of 3% once normalised for government bookings. For full transparency, SMI has provided June growth figures both with and without government category bookings included. (See chart below.)
SMI AU/NZ managing director Jane Schulze (pictured) said the sheer size of government category ad spend in June 2016 ahead of the federal election on July 2 last year meant this was another month in which the top line numbers could not be looked at in isolation.
“As I said last month, federal elections are like Olympic broadcasts from an advertising revenue perspective and are absolutely abnormal events, and that’s even more apparent this month given the proximity to the date of last year’s fiercely contested federal election,” she said.
“So, again, it’s important to look at the underlying result and also the longer-term trends and despite all the tough comparative challenges from last year, Australia’s Agency advertising market is set to deliver its fifth consecutive year of record financial year ad spend which underscores the strength of our market.”
Schulze added the fall in government category ad spend also disguised continuing growth from other key product categories such as the market’s largest – automotive brand – lifting its media investment by 7.6% this month, while the home furnishing/appliances market grew its ad spend 14.4%.
On the flipside, retail advertisers delivered a rare month of lower ad spend (-1.5%) and travel bookings fell by 10.8%.
Grant Tothill, head of podcasting at Southern Cross Austereo, has announced two new original podcasts ready to listen to via the PodcastOne app and PodcastOne website.
SCA first announced PodcastOne in November last year, partnering with the US PodcastOne Network to expand the brand to Australia with a mix of the best podcasts from the US plus new original Australian content.
The new Australian podcasts being promoted are A Plate to Call Home with Gary Mehigan and Sex & Life with Nikki Goldstein.
Tothill said, “Podcasts are becoming more and more popular but there’s room for more original content podcasts made here in Australia. I’m proud to announce two new entertaining, engaging and informative podcasts to add to the PodcastOne Network.”
Tothill added: “We are audio content experts, so podcasting is a natural fit for the SCA business. We are pleased that we are able to offer our clients a new way to reach their audiences. Compelling audio entertainment on demand is immersive, lean-in content, which offers our clients new and effective ways to reach their audiences.”
Mediaweek’s podcasts, including our Seven Days podcast, are also available on the PodcastOne Network.
A Plate to Call Home is not a cooking podcast. Gary Mehigan brings listeners the stories of his guests through his and their passion for food and its impact on their lives.
In the first episode he talks to Tamsin Carvan who talks about leaving her corporate life to set up a farm in Gippsland, her daughter’s connection with the poultry and farm animals and setting up Tamsin’s Table.
In the second episode he meets Tamil refugees who hold regular Tamil feasts.
There will be 12 episodes in Series 1.
Sexologist and relationship expert Dr Nikki Goldstein’s Sex & Life addresses what she sees as a lack of credible and thoughtful discussion and information about sex. Looking at sex, relationships, marriage and intimacy, she seeks to answer her audience’s key questions: Am I normal? Am I doing it right?
Feeling that the podcasting medium gives her the opportunity to go places she is not able to using other media, Goldstein in Sex & Life acts as educator, wanting people to ask themselves what is it that works for them and how do they live their life.
The first episode introduces Goldstein and starts her initial exploration of the two key questions. The second episode sees her take her producer Alex to a BDSM club to watch a Sunday afternoon rope-tying practice session and meet a couple of regular girls who are members of the club.
There will be 12 episodes in Series 1.
Netflix has reported its latest earnings, noting it has passed a membership milestone and has big news about its international audience.
In a note to shareholders, Netflix reported streaming membership grew more than expected, from 99m to 104m, due to what it labelled “our amazing content”.
The company continued: “We also crossed the symbolic milestones of 100m members and more international than domestic members. It was a good quarter.”
Netflix noted it underestimated the popularity of the slate of content which led to higher-than-expected acquisition across all major territories. As a result, global net adds totalled a Q2-record 5.2 million (vs forecast of 3.2m).
For the first six months of 2017, subscriber growth was up 21% year-on-year to 10.2m.
Netflix assumes it will maintain current momentum, but it was wary of being too bullish.
The international subscribers now account for more than half of the membership base – 50.1%.
International revenue rose 57% year-over-year.
International losses were down to -$13 million vs -$69 million (all amounts US dollars) due primarily to higher-than-forecasted paid members.
Growth in Australia is contributing to a Netflix Q3 2017 international forecast of 3.65m new customers.
Regarding international earnings, Netflix commented: “We are making good progress with our international expansion as improving profitability in our earlier international markets helps fund significant investment in our newer territories. As a result, we expect positive international contribution profit for the full year 2017. This would mark the first ever annual contribution profit from our international segment.”
Netflix highlighted that the Television Academy has nominated 27 Netflix original programs with 91 Emmy nominations, nearly double last year’s tally. With five of the 14 total nominated best series contenders (Stranger Things, The Crown, House of Cards, Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ), Netflix had the most nominated series of any network.
Both Stranger Things and The Crown will have second season premieres in 2017.
The staggering content pipeline running out of Netflix has seen Q2 premieres of 14 new seasons of global Netflix original series, 13 original comedy specials, six original documentaries, two original documentary series, nine original feature films and seven seasons of original series for kids.
Netflix also shed some light on its programming decisions: “Sometimes those shows don’t attract as many viewers as we had hoped, compared to our other content. As much as we dislike ending a series early, it consoles us that it frees up investment for another new show, or two. We are programming to please our members and we keep that as our guiding light. We love it when we support a new series that has big impact like Stranger Things, Cable Girls and 13 Reasons Why.
Netflix has also commented on the changing way people are consuming video content:
“In addition to the many SVOD players around the world (Blim, Globoplay, FilmStruck, Hooq, iflix, Stan etc) the large-cap tech companies, especially Amazon, are investing heavily in original and licensed content around the world. They join all the existing TV networks (BBC, AMC, NHK etc) of the world, and us, in bidding for great content. Creating a TV network is now as easy as creating an app, and investment is pouring into content production around the world.
“We are all co-pioneers of internet TV and, together, we are replacing linear TV. The shift from linear TV to on-demand viewing is so big and there is so much leisure time, many internet TV services will be successful. The internet may not have been great for the music business due to piracy, but, wow, it is incredible for growing the video entertainment business around the world.”
Game of Thrones has returned with massive audiences tuning in across the US and Australia.
There were technical troubles at Foxtel with some viewers wanting to stream the first episode unable to do so after the massive demand on the system took it offline for some time. HBO also experienced some challenges in the US meeting online demand.
However, the linear broadcast was not affected with initial TV ratings figures available from the US and Australia.
The HBO initial audience report indicates there were 10.1m people watching the linear broadcast, while another 6.0m were watching on demand after the initial broadcast or via streaming online.
In Australia the two linear TV broadcasts of the first episode yesterday saw over 800,000 watching. The 11am broadcast had an audience of 447,000 while the 8.30pm evening broadcast did 362,000. The audience numbers were 13% up on the season six launch.
As to solving the technical problems in Australia, Foxtel spokesman Bruce Meagher said, “We are devastated that some customers experienced technical issues Monday night. As was the case in the US and Latin America, the unprecedented rush for a subscription just prior to the telecast crashed the system.
“Foxtel engineers were working through the night to resolve the issue. It’s most unfortunate and we apologise to those affected. We are committed to resolving the technical faults immediately and together with our broadcast partners around the world, we are giving this the same degree of priority. We assure anyone impacted that they will be able to watch the first episode of season seven either On Demand or via one of our encore screenings throughout the week. We will continue to communicate with affected customers to ensure they are fully informed,” he said.
Encores screen Tuesday at midday, 9.15pm, on Wednesday at 1.20pm, Thursday at 10.10pm, Friday at 11.25am and Saturday at 8.30pm.
Andrew Mercado and James Manning return to talk TV. Subjects this week include Australian Ninja Warrior, return of Game of Thrones, Yummy Mummies, Joanna Lumley’s India, Common Sense, The Handmaid’s Tale, Studio 10, Taboo, Friends From College and much more including a newspaper TV column Andrew didn’t appreciate!
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi are joined by news.com.au’s Melissa Hoyer in this episode of Seven Days. They talk about 2017’s fourth radio survey, Studio 10‘s extra hour, Nine’s big week of Origin and Ninja Warrior, The Block and Australian Survivor’s head-to-head premiere night and more.