Thursday June 29 2017
Joining James Daggar-Nickson on the show today:
• Special co-host: Nickie Scriven, CEO, Zenith
• Special guest: Nick Smith, Prestige & Lifestyle Director, News Corp Australia
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Channel 602: Foxtel
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|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||10.3%||7||21.6%||9||14.1%||10 NNSW||4.1%||SBS One||4.6%|
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A familiar pair of slippers is Seven’s Wednesday night. All of the programs screening now have a long pedigree at Seven, even if they are mostly past their glory days.
Home and Away was down 100,000 from Tuesday on 656,000.
After a slip last night, the ACA audience grew to 884,000 with reporters covering a drug bust and credit card reward makeovers.
Britain’s Got Talent is now a long way behind the UK screening date with 621,000 watching last night.
The Last Resort seems like a series that won’t go away until you put a stake through its heart. Something that featured a ring ceremony kept the couples on holiday with 261,000 watching.
After a fall to 567,000 Tuesday night, The Project 7pm did 612,000, up from 567,000 the night before.
MasterChef was a strong timeslot winner with 904,000 a great result. A week ago MasterChef against State Or Origin did 567,000.
Offspring returned to its Wednesday 8.30pm timeslot with what was a festival of Geraldine with some of the family very surprised by what she told them. The series return has started with a very healthy 724,000 – a number big enough to generate some traffic by various means to a diverse list of contacts.
Anh Do’s Brush With Fame is finally coming to an end with Fiona Wood the special guest with 623,000 last night, up from 549,000 last week.
Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell kept all the Anh Do audience – 622,000.
Then Ronny Chieng International Student did 351,000 and Adam Hills: The Last Leg did 277,000.
Filthy Rich and Homeless continued to profile the competitors and the challenges they face when they leave. Filthy did 354,000 after its launch last week on 335,000.
Extreme Railway Journeys saw Chris Tarrant making tracks from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and beyond.
As of Wednesday night, private equity suitors Hellman & Friedman and TPG were still working towards Fairfax Media’s imposed Friday [auction] deadline, although it remains to be seen whether either – let alone both – would have an offer in front of the media company’s board, as requested, reports The AFR’s Street Talk column.
It’s understood at least one of the bidders had talked with Fairfax Media and its advisers about extending the due diligence process for another week or longer, although Macquarie Capital and Herbert Smith Freehills advised Fairfax Media was sticking with the Friday deadline.
Should the process fall over, Fairfax Media is expected to revert to plan A which would be to spinoff online real estate business Domain.
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Shares in free-to-air TV and radio companies jumped yesterday after the Turnbull government dodged a Senate roadblock to scrap TV licence fees for the year, saving the broadcasters $127 million, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.
The one-off relief for commercial free-to-air TV and radio broadcasters was for the current financial year only.
Permanent relief from licence fees is part of the government’s media reform package, for which it is attempting to win crossbench support in the Senate.
Nine Entertainment will save about $33m, the company told the Australian Securities Exchange, while Southern Cross Media expects to save $11.8m. Shares in Southern Cross leapt 7.11% to $1.28, while Nine surged 4.49% to close at $1.395 and Seven West Media jumped 4.26% to 73.5c.
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Domain Loan Finder, launching in early July, is set to become a key digital solution for customers in Australia looking to secure a home loan. It offers consumers an online process to connect with more than 30 leading lenders, including major banks, coupled with access to a national community of home loan specialists for personalised help and expert advice.
Domain chief executive officer Antony Catalano said: “This is a very important strategic announcement for Domain, and means we are the first major real estate listings portal to move beyond helping our audience find a home to helping them secure a home. Domain will be Australia’s first end-to-end property search and finance platform.
“Lendi is a fast-growing consumer brand with a superior product offering, and we are very excited that Lendi will be powering Domain Loan Finder to help Australians secure the best home loan available to them.
Domain Loan Finder will operate as a joint venture with Lendi’s parent entity, Auscred Pty Ltd, with Domain holding a 60% stake.
News Corp, publisher of The Australian, has applauded the record €2.42 billion ($3.5b) fine handed to Google after the European Commission found the tech giant had abused its market dominance by manipulating search engine results in order to favour its own comparison shopping service, reports The Australian’s Stephen Brook.
The European regulator ordered the search engine to extend to rivals the same treatment it gave its own site’s search results, a move that, if upheld, has big implications for the entire industry.
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Southern Cross Austereo has announced the appointment of Dave Cameron as its Melbourne general manager.
In the role, Cameron will be responsible for running SCA’s day-to-day Melbourne operations.
“After two decades of working across SCA’s content, I’m excited to now be taking on a broader management role in Melbourne,” said Cameron.
“Melbourne has been the home of so many of SCA’s biggest and best shows, and I’m proud to be working alongside all our amazingly creative and dedicated Melbourne staff who are responsible for bringing our audiences great audio and visual entertainment.”
Cameron steps into the role on July 1 and will report to chief operating officer John Kelly.
Read more at mediaweek.com.au.
Yahoo7 has taken its search for Australia and New Zealand’s rising media industry stars to the next level, offering a once in a lifetime trip to New York City for the winner of its 2017 Digital Stars awards.
Now in its sixth year, the Yahoo7 Digital Stars program invites the best emerging talent in the media industry to prepare a text or video submission answering the question: “Data, content or tech. Which is the most important aspect of the marketing mix and why?”
The talented and ambitious winner will be rewarded with full access to this year’s Advertising Week conference in the US in September, which is billed as the world’s premier event for marketing, brand, advertising, and technology professionals. The prize includes a trip to New York, five nights’ accommodation in the heart of the city, a photoshoot for professional headshots, a $500 Visa gift card and mentorship opportunities with senior leaders at Yahoo7.
To enter the Yahoo7 Digital Stars program or for more information, visit yahoo7.com.au/digitalstars. Entries close on July 21.
For years, Netflix was seen as the dream spot for TV shows: a seemingly unlimited budget, and without the pressure of ratings because executives don’t reveal them, reports The Washington Post.
The company confirmed this week that Girlboss has been cancelled after one season. The dramedy – an adaptation of e-retailer entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso‘s book – didn’t get great reviews, but it certainly had loyal fans. It appears that’s no longer enough to ensure a second season.
Girlboss is the third Netflix show in a month to get cut, following Baz Luhrmann‘s musical drama The Get Down (one season) and Lana and Lilly Wachowski‘s sci-fi series Sense8 (two seasons).
For producers of Netflix shows, it looks like the honeymoon may be over – you don’t get a pass just because you’re at a very successful company. If this slowly increasing list of cancellations is any indication, you may need to step up your game, or be on the chopping block.
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Greg Peters, the chief product officer at Netflix, has announced the addition of Dolby Atmos support on Netflix beginning with Okja, a critically praised film directed by Bong Joon Ho that recently debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, and is available globally on Netflix starting today.
Peters said: “Much like how 4K and HDR bring more stunning and realistic visuals to the screen, Dolby Atmos delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment to life all around you, all in the comfort of your own living room. Imagine being surrounded by the sounds of the scene you’re watching – an airplane passing overhead, or the subtlety of the wind rustling tree leaves all around you. Having the extra dimension of immersive audio is a game changer for experiencing the realism of a story, and feeling like you’re a part of it.”
Dolby Atmos streaming is supported on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox One S. Support for 2017 LG OLED TVs is coming soon.
Seven, the PGA of Australia and Golf Australia have confirmed a new long-term agreement to broadcast the Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship.
The Emirates Australian Open, hosted by The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, is from November 23-26.
The following week, the Australian PGA Championship will be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from November 30 to December 3 and will welcome the European Tour to Australia for the co-sanctioned tournament. The tournament honour roll features past champions including Adam Scott, Greg Chalmers, Peter Senior and Geoff Ogilvy.
Both tournaments will be broadcast live for five hours each round.
Seven’s head of sport Saul Shtein said: “We take great pride in our long association with the Emirates Australian Open, as one of the great sports events in Australia. The Australian PGA Championship is also a time-honoured tournament in world golf and with its co-sanctioned deal, our broadcast will reach around the world, continuing to enhance Seven’s reputation as the network of the biggest events in golf.”
Melbourne-based December Media has announced the establishment of December Media Distribution, a new arm to handle distribution of films made for IMAX and giant screen theatres.
The new distribution unit will be headed up by IMAX and Giant Screen industry veteran Mark Bretherton.
The production company also has a TV division that has been home to The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Mrs Biggs.
DMD will distribute films made by December Media, as well as those made by other producers. The first film to be distributed will be December’s Earth Story, which is already in production.
“We have been producing films for IMAX and giant screen theatres for six years and we have a long-term commitment to the industry,” said Tony Wright, executive chairman of December Media. “We believe we now have a very capable and experienced team able to carry out our own distribution. It’s a logical step forward for December in the evolution of our giant screen business.”
Stephen Amezdroz, head of Giant Screen at December Media, welcomed the decision. “All the key players in the giant screen industry have a vertically integrated business model with production and distribution handled in-house. It’s a business model that makes sense and I believe we’ve reached the stage where we are equipped to do this successfully,” he said.
Mark Bretherton has more than 20 years’ experience in the IMAX and giant screen industry. He was formerly CEO of World’s Biggest Screens Pty Ltd, operators of the IMAX Theatre Sydney, one of the world’s most successful IMAX theatres. He has a strong marketing background, particularly in giant screen film marketing, having released over 90 giant screen films in Australia. He has served three terms on the board of the international industry body the Giant Screen Cinema Association and is well-known within the industry.
“Ever since I first met Stephen Amezdroz, I’ve been impressed with the way December Media has entered the giant screen industry,” said Bretherton. “They have invested time and energy really understanding the market and their first two film releases have demonstrated how successfully that has been achieved. Their forthcoming slate of films is exciting and relevant to the industry and I really look forward to introducing those titles to exhibitors.”
Although Pretty Little Liars hasn’t topped the Overall TV charts this week in either Australia or New Zealand, the last ever episode going to air has kept it hovering in the top three.
In Australia FOX8 has screened the final two-part episode this week and also the Pretty Little Liars: A-List Wrap Party Special.
The characters from Rosewood could’t topple perennial chart favourites The Walking Dead (Australia) and American Gods (NZ).
Orange Is The New Black continues to rank #1 on the Digital Originals chart in Australia while The Handmaid’s Tale is on top after toppling OITNB in New Zealand.
Despite its recent new season release and historical importance to the streaming sector, House Of Cards has lost some of its punch and sits at #4 in Australia and #7 in NZ.
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi discuss the week’s media headlines. Talking points include Pacific Magazines’ talks with staff about outsourcing subbing to Pagemasters, ESPN ANZ’s US Open rights grab, Bauer Media’s new ANZ CEO, Sony’s Parade Management and Talentworks joining forces, and much more.