Wednesday August 2 2017
|ABC ME||0.4%||7mate||3.9%||GEM||3.4%||ELEVEN||2.5%||Food Net||1.0%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||9.3%||7||19.1%||9||20.3%||10 NNSW||3.0%||SBS One||4.1%|
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||6.6%||GEM||5.8%||ONE||3.1%||Food Net||0.7%|
|TUESDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2017. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
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Home and Away edged higher to 775,000 and was the only primetime entertainment offering to outrate The Chase at 5.30pm.
Seven had flirted with running Diana’s Death: The Search For The Truth at 7.30pm, but instead it went later at around 8.45pm with 592,000 watching. It was never going to do the same numbers at Diana, Our Mother, and it ended up doing less than half.
Mighty Cruise Ships got the 7.30pm slot with 580,000 watching.
Yummy Mummies fans, and there does seem to be a smallish cult following developing, were then treated to two eps with audiences of 263,000 and 207,000.
A Current Affair held above last week’s average audience with 896,000.
The Block renovators always seem to get across the finish line each week, but some of them are certainly taking the long way round in bathroom week. The third episode this season kept the numbers over 1m. Only the launch episode made it over 1m last year in week one with the Monday and Tuesday episodes both close to 950,000 in 2016.
The Block Week One: Season 13
True Story With Hamish And Andy has taken one for the team as their show moved from Monday to Tuesday. The last time it screened, back in the last week of June, the show finished its first run of five episodes on 992,000. It returned this week in a later timeslot on a different night with 878,000. The show remains a timeslot winner though, and along with The Block, dominated the key demos.
Also returning last night, but to a totally different new home after a long layoff, were repeats of Kath and Kim. The first episode did 572,000 and the second 456,000, winning its timeslot in Melbourne, but trailing Diana’s Death in Sydney.
Rocker Tex Perkins and basketball player and coach Andrew Gaze were both on The Project. Viewing highlight though was Angela Bishop on the Top Of The Lake: China Girl red carpet outside the Opera House with Nicole Kidman. The 7pm half of the program did 525,000.
The third episode of Australian Survivor kept the audience above 600,000, but only just. Kate was sent home becoming the third person not to survive the first week.
Australian Survivor: Week One Season Two
Shark Tank returned after a week off with 442,000, down from 546,000 when it last screened. The Monday Food Co and Deliciou attracted some serious investment offers.
The final episode of Ask The Doctor did 398,000.
Episode three of Joanna Lumley’s India lifted the audience to 521,000 after 531,000 last week.
Queen Victoria’s Slum continued at 7.30pm and again attracted the channel’s biggest audience with 268,000.
Insight returned with a new episode on teen parenting with 197,000.
APN Outdoor Group has hired headhunters Egon Zehnder to find a replacement for chief executive Richard Herring, who is believed to be exiting the billboard company, report The Australian’s Dataroom columnists Bridget Carter and Scott Murdoch.
Herring’s departure was on the cards on the back of a proposed merger with oOh!media, but because the plan never eventuated, his future at the company remained unclear.
Dataroom also reports on speculation mounting that oOh!media’s advisers, Macquarie Capital and Highbury Partnership, are once again at work on some sort of potential transaction for APN Outdoor’s rival.
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The change of leadership reports coincide with a report in Mediaweek that APN Outdoor’s general manager of marketing Janine Wood will be leaving the company next month.
Earlier this year Richard Herring, with over 30 years’ experience working in TV, radio and outdoor, was appointed chairman of OzTAM, replacing Michael Anderson.
Isentia’s businesses for FY17 are expected to report as follows:
The Media Intelligence (SaaS/VAS) business is expected to report revenue of $141m, an increase of 4% YOY. ANZ is expected to report a revenue increase of 1% and in Asia, a revenue increase of 16%. Media Intelligence (SaaS/VAS) EBITDA (including corporate overhead) is expected to be $46m, a 3% decline YOY.
Content Marketing is expected to report revenue of $14.2m (down 30% YOY) and an EBITDA loss of $4.4m compared with an EBITDA profit of $3.6m in FY16.
As a result of the financial performance of King Content during FY17, Isentia has decided to fully write down the value of the business. This is expected to result in an impairment charge of $37.8m in FY17.
The King Content brand is being discontinued and its operations fully integrated into Isentia under the Isentia brand.
The company has closed the King Content New York and Hong Kong offices and will continue to service its US clients out of the UK and the Hong Kong clients out of Singapore.
“We have further cut the ongoing headcount in the content marketing business,” said the company.
The company also reported Isentia’s balance sheet remains strong. Net debt has declined to $51.7m as at June 30 2017 from $56.4m at December 31 2016.
FY18 initiatives and outlook:
Isentia CEO John Croll said: “While we are clearly disappointed with the performance of the business during FY17, particularly the King Content operations, the board and management remain confident in the market positioning and growth potential for Isentia.
“Our focus now is on leveraging our core business where we have a significant market share, and enhancing and broadening our products as we deliver the most comprehensive media intelligence and insights to our customers in FY18.”
“We need to remain ambitious and view the current state of play as a brilliant opportunity – because our vision for The Works has always been about building a creative brand and culture for the long term.
“But to take advantage of the opportunity that lies ahead, we need to be set up better than any competitor. Seeking the backing of a young and ambitious digital transformation company out of Melbourne provides that. It’s more than just future proofing for our people and our culture, it’s leading the way.”
In announcing the deal to the ASX, RXP said The Works purchase will be funded by a mix of capital raise, existing cash reserves, and debt facilities.
Reports indicated that RXP will pay $25m upfront with The Works partners able to be paid more under an earn out agreement.
American billionaire and Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is planning to go global with his US-based My Outdoor TV channel, which can be viewed online via an app, reports Fairfax Media’s Dominic Bossi.
The channel features, among other things, the hunting of big game in Africa and Kroenke plans to market it to an international audience, specifically earmarking Australia, alongside Britain, New Zealand and South Africa.
Kroenke’s web channel is part of a huge sporting empire, owned by the Denver-based Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, which also owns Arsenal, MLS franchise Colorado Rapids and NFL team Los Angeles Rams.
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Jane Huxley, who resigned as Pandora’s managing director, Australia & New Zealand in March, has taken the same role at Spotify, reports The Industry Observer.
Starting September 1, Huxley will join Spotify Australia and New Zealand as managing director.
Huxley replaces Kate Vale, who exited Spotify to pursue opportunities outside of business in May.
Huxley joins the local office of Spotify just as it pushed past 60 million paid subscribers, which means the digital music service has added 10 million paid users in less than half a year.
Spotify plans to relocate its Sydney headquarters later this year from Chalmers Street Surry Hills to two floors at One Wharf Lane (part of the Hyatt Regency development).
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The Turnbull government will seek answers from the ABC after the public broadcaster aired a profile on NSW Labor senator Sam Dastyari, sparking criticism it helped promote a book by the Iranian-born politician aimed at restoring his public image following scandals involving Chinese donors, report The Australian’s Joe Kelly and Rachel Baxendale.
The Australian Story program, aired on Monday, was yesterday attacked by MPs and senators who queried whether the ABC had provided an “infomercial” for Senator Dastyari’s recently released book One Halal of a Story.
The ABC defended its Australian Story program, saying it had broadcast and published “substantial and comprehensive reporting” on Senator Dastyari’s links to Chinese lobbyists.
“While giving viewers the essential background on these issues, Australian Story took the story further, getting Dastyari to respond to lingering and serious questions about his conduct as a senator,” a spokeswoman said.
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It’s an impossible question to answer, of course, but the Bali bombing series that went into production for the ABC in 2005 certainly has a strong claim to be the most radical ever commissioned, reports Fairfax Media’s Karl Quinn.
Michael Jenkins – the man who shot to fame with Blue Murder and Wild Side in the mid-90s and has resurfaced after a 15-year hiatus with the Blue Murder sequel – and his writer Peter Schreck conceived a two-parter about the dreadful terrorist attack in Kuta in October 2002 in which 202 people, including 88 Australians, were killed. It was tentatively called Mango River, but also known simply as The Bali Project.
Richard Roxburgh, who was to appear in the series, recalls that the second episode was to be filmed entirely in Indonesian, and screened with subtitles. And for the sake of authenticity, it was all to be shot where the events actually unfolded.
“Michael was so determined this thing had to happen where it happened, in central Java and Bali,” he recalls. “People were saying, ‘It’s just jungle, we could shoot this in Port Douglas.'”
According to Roxburgh, the Indonesian military finally shut the production down entirely.
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Meet The Oldfields – a reality TV show – could be on the cards for Lisa and David Oldfield, reports News Corp’s Jonathon Moran.
The News Corp journalist reports the controversial Sydney couple has been approached by a number of production companies looking to turn their lives into a reality series.
“If we were to do something, it would be authentic, unfiltered and hilarious,” a guarded Lisa Oldfield told Confidential.
Lisa is known most recently for being one of The Real Housewives Of Sydney while her husband is a former politician who famously co-founded One Nation and will appear on Hell’s Kitchen from Sunday night.
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“Write in very big print that ‘she’s ready and able’.” That is former A Country Practice star Penny Cook’s instruction after snagging a small role in Pulse, reports News Corp’s Colin Vickery.
Cook, just turned 60, would love to have more television work after playing nurse unit manager Carol Little in the ABC medical drama.
Cook worked alongside young stars including Claire van der Boom, Andrea Demetriades and Liam McIntyre.
“There’s not a bucket load of jobs for old ladies on television,” Cook says. “It would be lovely to see more people my age [on the screen] but I doubt that is ever going to happen.
“I was given some of the best lines I’ve ever had in my career on Pulse [but] it is pretty much my elbows and hand and the back of my head [viewers see] a lot of the time.”
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The Penrith Press has big news for soap opera fans – one of the scenes in a future episode of Home and Away will be filmed in Penrith.
Channel 7 will be filming a crash scene at the intersection of Third and Fifth Avenues in Llandilo on Thursday from 1.30pm, reports Isabell Petrinic in the Penrith Press.
Filming will end at 2am this Friday, with the intersection closed for the duration.
A network spokeswoman said the “cliffhanger” episode would air “at the end of the year”.
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The new Don’t Shoot The Messenger from the expanding podcast division of Crocmedia launched this week. The podcast features former colleagues and lifelong friends Caroline Wilson and Corrie Perkin. The two chat daily on a morning walk, now that discussion is being polished up for a podcast.
While Wilson is well known to many via her role as football writer at The Age and her TV and radio work, Perkin has shunned the limelight more recently via her career as a Melbourne bookseller.
In the introduction to their first podcast, Wilson describes the couple as mutual bridesmaids, and notes they first met at RMIT journalism school with Wilson later a cadet journalist at The Herald, while Perkin was a cadet at The Age. Wilson also noted that Perkin was a football writer before Wilson was, and indeed was the reason Wilson became a football writer.
Wilson also describes Perkin as “Melbourne cultural ‘it’ girl”. Wilson also teased that at college they had a mutual hatred of somebody she said who went on to become more famous than they are. When asked to name them, Wilson said “No way”.
After promising to get to the big issues later in the recording, episode one started with talk about Princess Diana. The big topics later included commentary on the AFL, the retirement of St Kilda’s Nick Riewoldt and the best in food, books, TV and movies. There was a brief discussion about Eddie McGuire with more promised next week.
One of the featured segments is called Grumpy Old Women.
Find the podcast on iTunes.
Santo, Sam and Ed‘s Total Football Podcast this week pays tribute with their “Remembering Les Murray” edition of the Working Dog weekly audio recording.
Santo Cilauro called Murray a great supporter and a great encouragement. “We were always making jokes at his expense and he understood it was a celebration.”
The trio then went straight into more jokes about Murray and his first job at SBS working at subtitling Hungarian movies. Ed Kavalee remembered the song from Melbourne band TISM asking which nationality was Les Murray. Sam Pang then recalled that TISM won an ARIA Award and asked Les Murray to accept it on their behalf. “He has always been fun.”
Find the podcast on iTunes.
• The Age, AFR and The Australian fight for Best Mobile Site
• Herald Sun doesn’t make nominees for Newspaper of the Year
Finalists for the 2017 Newspaper of the Year Awards, that recognise excellence in news media publishing in print and online, photography, environmental initiatives and print and production, have been announced.
The awards, known as the PANPAs, attracted a higher number of entries than previous years, coming from publishers across Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia.
The Newspaper of the Year awards will be presented on September 6th, at the conclusion of the INFORM News Media Summit at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.
The awards night will be hosted by The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel and Andrew Hansen. Tickets for the evening can be purchased at informsummit.com.
“Our news media brands continue to be among the best in the world and this year’s standard of entries again reflected a high level of excellence in each category. Our judging panel had the challenging task of selecting the best of the best for the hotly contested awards. The PANPAs are the region’s pre-eminent awards in the news media industry and I’d like to congratulate all the finalists,” said NewsMediaWorks CEO Peter Miller.
Most major dailies in Australia have been nominated for the major print awards. One notable absentee though in Newspaper of the Year is Australia’s largest-selling newspaper the Herald Sun.
There are six categories for this year’s Newspaper of the Year awards:
Newspaper of the Year – sponsored by Norske Skog
Digital Destinations of the Year
Photography of the Year – sponsored by Media Super
Technical Excellence – sponsored by DIC
Hegarty Scholarship (for young news media executives) – sponsored by Media Super Environment
Best Mobile Site (Open) Finalists
The Age Tablet App, Fairfax Media
The Australian Financial Review universal app, Fairfax Media
The Australian, News Corp Australia
News Site of the Year – National/Metropolitan Finalists
Australian Financial Review (www.afr.com.au), Fairfax Media
Channel News Asia (www.channelnewsasia.com), Mediacorp
Courier Mail (www.couriermail.com.au), News Corp Australia
Daily Telegraph (www.DailyTelegraph.com.au), News Corp Australia
The Advertiser, Adelaide (www.advertiser.com.au), News Corp Australia
The Age (www.theage.com.au), Fairfax Media
The Australian (www.theaustralian.com.au), News Corp Australia
The Canberra Times (www.canberratimes.com.au), Fairfax Media
The New Zealand Herald (www.nzherald.co.nz), NZME
The Sydney Morning Herald (www.smh.com.au), Fairfax Media
www.stuff.co.nz, Fairfax Media
Daily Newspaper of the Year – Community Finalists
Manly Daily, News Corp Australia
The Gympie Times, News Corp Australia
Bendigo Advertiser, Fairfax Media
Gold Coast Bulletin, News Corp Australia
NT News, News Corp Australia
Shepparton News, McPherson Media
Sunraysia Daily, Fairfax Media
The Advocate, Fairfax Media
The Examiner, Fairfax Media
The Mercury, News Corp Australia
Newcastle Herald, Fairfax Media
Townsville Bulletin, News Corp Australia
The Advertiser, News Corp Australia
The Age, Fairfax Media
The Australian, News Corp Australia
The Australian Financial Review, Fairfax Media
The Canberra Times, Fairfax Media
The Courier-Mail, News Corp Australia
The Daily Telegraph, News Corp Australia
The New Zealand Herald, NZME,
The Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media
The West Australian, Seven West Media (WAN)
After global premieres earlier in the year in Cannes and more recently in New Zealand, Jane Campion brought her second instalment of Top of the Lake to Australia this week with a premiere of the first two episodes at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. The full season gets a premiere screening at the Melbourne Film Festival this weekend.
The event was hosted by BBC Worldwide and Foxtel who are commissioning partners on the second season of six episodes. Welcoming the audience, made up of ticket holders and invited guests, was BBC Worldwide ANZ MD Jon Penn.
The invited crowd, which included friends and family from the production company See Saw Films, was treated to an introduction to the producers, key creators and key cast both prior to and after the screening. The stars on hand also worked the red carpet outside the Opera House earlier in the night with Nicole Kidman taking the longest time to navigate the short distance as she seemed to make an effort to stop and talk to everybody who wanted some of her time. She also stopped and chatted and took photos with the growing crowd of fans that had assembled.
The two episodes screened were both stunning and will surely attract a strong audience when shown later this month on BBC First. The cast is superb with Kidman and Elisabeth Moss at their best while there is great support from Gwendoline Christie who steals as many scenes in this as she did in Game Of Thrones. Also unmissable are Alice Englert (daughter of Jane Campion, godchild of Nicole Kidman) and Ewen Leslie as father and daughter. Look out for cameos, with varying amounts of time onscreen, from Kim Gyngell, Clayton Jacobson and Lawrence Leung.
Two executives in the audience with a keen interest in how the crowd reacted were Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh and Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh. Both would have been thrilled with the crowd reaction as the audience laughed its way through the two episodes, which had a liberal sprinkling of humour from writers Jane Campion and Gerard Lee.
During a post-screening panel, Campion indicated she was thrilled with how the episodes were greeted. She even dropped the bombshell that she had dreamt of making a third season where the storyline returns to New Zealand.
However, the star of the evening, both before and after, was screenwriter Lee who entertained the audience and his colleagues with insights about the writing process before and after the screening. Kidman revealed how she visited Campion in her Sydney office, hoping she might have a role for her in this second season.
There was a liberal sprinkling of Oscar winners on hand in the one room at the screening – among them Jane Campion, Nicole Kidman, the See Saw team for The King’s Speech plus interested onlookers, and Mad Max Oscar winners George Miller and Margaret Sixel.
Although the Mushroom Group of companies are plentiful (20+ brands with 200+ staff in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland), founder and chief executive Michael Gudinski has room for one more.
The music industry legend with a seemingly never-ending supply of energy was talking to Mediaweek about the launch of the new Mushroom Creative House agency (MCH).
Gudinski never stands still for very long and he started our discussion with a report on his recent visit to Britain’s Glastonbury festival. He went armed with gumboots, but fine weather meant he didn’t need them. He managed to stay in a teepee on site one night and saw what he calls the best Foo Fighters gig ever. He was also effusive about Ed Sheeran who headlined Sunday, while he told Mediaweek, “Barry Gibb just fucking killed it.”
He was also on hand for Jeremy Corbyn’s Saturday appearance. “He was greeted as if he’d won the election,” said Gudinski.
Being a promoter seems to be the role he enjoys most and he also spent time in London during his UK trip at the Hyde Park concerts that featured The Killers and another with Tom Petty with a guest spot from Stevie Nicks. The response from fans for The Killers was good news to Gudinski who has booked the Las Vegas band for the AFL Grand Final in September.
“Tom Petty didn’t play my favourite song – ‘Breakdown’ – I was shattered!” [Laughs]
Talking about the new MCH, Gudinski noted the business was an obvious next step considering Mushroom had always been a creative house.
“When my son Matt got more involved in the business a few years ago I got him to bring in half a dozen people who were under 25 and most of them have just been superstars. Some of them are involved in Mushroom Creative House.
“Mushroom tries to keep things in-house in general. We occasionally use outside people if needed, but we like to keep it internal.
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.