Tuesday August 8 2017
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||3.6%||GEM||2.2%||ELEVEN||2.0%||Food Net||1.0%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||12.4%||7||22.1%||9||20.8%||10 NNSW||2.8%||SBS One||3.1%|
|ABC ME||1.0%||7mate||4.3%||GEM||3.3%||ONE||3.3%||Food Net||0.7%|
|MONDAY METRO ALL TV|
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The Block was the big 7.30pm winner again as it powers into its second week.
Seven and TEN have been unable to land any punches in the timeslot with Australian Survivor and Hell’s Kitchen both short of expectations.
Seven’s combined channel share made the network more competitive with 7TWO’s UK dramas pushing share to 4.5%.
Home and Away started a new week on 783,000 after a week 31 average of 753,000.
The second night of Hell’s Kitchen was a shocker and should have the network thinking about plan B for the next few weeks. After a Sunday launch on 817,000, the celebrity cooks served up 615,000 for the second course.
That meant that part two of Blue Murder: Killer Cop might struggle and it certainly did. The launch audience of 717,000 shrunk to 516,000, which probably puts the miniseries biopic format on life support.
A Current Affair had another strong night with 963,000 watching. The Sydney audience of 334,000 makes it the second-highest rating episode in that market this year. The program had a metro average of 851,000 last week.
The Block was way in front of everything after 7.30pm where the contestants faced some massive challenges in what will be a very busy week. The second Monday episode this year did 1.09m after 1.25m last week.
Episode two of Karl Stefanovic‘s This Time Next Year was again a timeslot winner, although the episode two audience was down from 1.28m to 872,000.
There was lots of laughter amongst the panellists on Footy Classified with Caroline Wilson refusing to be drawn by Craig Hutchison‘s attempts to bait her. Across three markets there was an audience of 214,000 with 153,000 in Melbourne.
Australian Survivor was the channel’s best with 637,000 after 656,000 were watching on Monday last week. There initially seemed some confusion whether it would screen tonight, but it seems Shark Tank will be filling the 7.30pm Tuesday slot.
Jane Kennedy was the guest host on Have You Been Paying Attention?, which did 626,000 after 624,000 last week.
The Project 7pm started its week on 538,000.
Australian Story told the amazing story of Donna Thistlethwaite who told her partner she was going out to buy groceries. Instead she drove to Brisbane’s Story Bridge and tried to end her life in the waters of the Brisbane River. The episode told the story of her survival with 655,000 watching.
Award-winning reporter Caro Meldrum-Hanna was on duty at Four Corners with an investigation into the big business of rubbish and where it ends up. The episode pulled one of the show’s bigger audiences this year – 787,000. It was up over 200,000 on last week’s audience.
Media Watch then did 589,000 followed by a Q&A special which did 251,000.
Meet The Humans had 151,000 watching.
Next best was 24 Hours In Emergency on 149,000.
The battle for collapsed television broadcaster Ten is continuing to grab the attention of some of the world’s largest value hunters and talk has emerged that two mystery hedge funds have joined the pack of suitors circling, report Bridget Carter and Scott Murdoch in The Australian’s Margin Call column.
Both are said to have signed non-disclosure agreements to enter the data room, prompting some to wonder whether Bain Credit and either Varde Partners or York Capital are also taking a cursory look.
Nine parties are believed to be in the data room, but it is thought that the company has attracted only five serious bidders.
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Together, Netflix and Millar will bring Millarworld’s portfolio of critically and fan-acclaimed character franchises to life through films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix members globally. Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under the Netflix label.
The acquisition is the first ever by Netflix.
“As creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history, ranging from Marvel’s The Avengers to Millarworld’s Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Wanted and Reborn franchises, Mark is as close as you can get to a modern day Stan Lee,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
“We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”
Millar, who runs Millarworld with his wife Lucy Millar, is one of the most consistent hitmakers in the graphic novel and comics world. In his eight years at Marvel, he developed the comic books and story arcs that inspired the first Avengers movie, Captain America: Civil War, and Logan (Wolverine), which collectively grossed over $3 billion in worldwide box office.
Amazon Studios has acquired the Lucille Ball biopic Lucy and Desi, in which Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett is slated to star, reports Reuters.
Aaron Sorkin has written the script. The producers are seeking a star to play Ball’s husband Desi Arnaz as well as Vivian Vance and William Frawley, who played Fred and Ethel Mertz in the landmark sitcom I Love Lucy.
The project attracted Blanchett and Sorkin two years ago.
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Murray passed away on Monday 31 July, 2017 aged 71.
SBS managing director Michael Ebeid said: “It’s entirely fitting that Les is to be honoured in this way, and we’re extremely proud to broadcast the occasion live on SBS so that all Australians have an opportunity to celebrate his life and reflect on his lasting legacy.
“We’ve seen an incredible outpouring of grief from the football world and beyond since news of his passing, with tributes flooding in for the man who will be remembered as a much loved sporting personality, broadcasting icon, partner, father, grandfather, colleague and mentor – and above all, an inspiring Australian story.
“Les was not only an instrumental figure in the popularity and success of football in Australia and making the world game a part of our culture today, but throughout his life he was also a dedicated advocate for refugees and a champion of multiculturalism, someone who truly embodied what SBS represents.”
The state funeral will commence at 11am on Monday August 14 at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. The funeral is open to the public.
Maz Compton found out she was losing her radio job by reading it in a newspaper, reports Sarah Swain in the Manly Daily.
The former host of the 2DayFM breakfast show with Dan Debuf read about Rove McManus taking their spot two hours before she got the call in October 2015.
“I got sent a link to the news article – I can’t remember who wrote it – and that was the day we were told we wouldn’t be continuing,” she said.
The Newport resident reveals the details of her ordeal in a self-published ebook, “Unedited: This Is What Happens When The Microphones Are Off”.
Compton said these days she would much rather work out at her gym – she runs F45 branches at Avalon and the Central Coast with husband Glen – than stand on a red carpet. “It’s not glamorous,” she said. “I get recognised mostly because I own F45 in Avalon.”
“Unedited: This Is What Happens When The Microphones Are Off” by Maz Compton is available from Amazon.com.au.
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Both are career women who want to know what it takes to live a better life, raise grateful children and keep stress levels and sanity levels in check all in bite-size changes.
Life Bites aims to help mums and dads around Australia answer all those issues that keep you up at night, from the confusing to the complex. The 20-minute weekly podcast is about making life simpler, happier and more fulfilling, with just a tiny bit of therapy thrown in.
An Oxford University graduate has won a £5,000 payout from the publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail Online after a four-year dispute over their use of naked student charity pictures, reports Press Gazette.
Associated Newspapers settled out of court after being accused of publishing 12 pictures taken for the Oxford Blues Charity Naked Calendar 2014 without permission of the copyright holder.
The pictures are understood to have been sent into the Mail by a news agency who believed they had permission to use them.
Associated Newspapers settled in June, but declined to comment further. The news agency also settled, but for an undisclosed amount.
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Reese Witherspoon tells The Hollywood Reporter there is a long way to go before a second season of Big Little Lies will happen:
It’s totally in [novelist] Liane Moriarty’s court. The ball is definitely in her court because these characters were born of her mind and her imagination and we just want to see if she’s interested in creating more story about these characters. She really created an incredible road map for us that we followed almost to a T. Right now, we’re happy if this is all there is. We’re optimistic that there might be more.
It just comes down to: Do we have the story? It was a stand alone book and there was nothing after that, so it’s up to the mind of the writer to create the vision for the journey of these characters. Right now, we have nothing. We don’t have a book. We’re certainly not going to create it out of thin air.
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• Dunkirk again #1, Atomic Blonde and The Big Sick top five
Box office takings slipped 17% over the weekend to $11.06m. The weather was not quite cold or miserable enough to fill cinemas, making it the second-lowest weekend gross of the year so far. The lowest box office haul from the top 20 movies this year was in late March when Peppa Pig was the only major new release, which resulted in a $10.55m return.
After it was pushed into second place last week by War For The Planet Of The Apes, Dunkirk is back on top despite shedding another 87 screens to 340, which returned a screen average of $7,934. To-date Dunkirk has earned $16.46m, which pushes it into elite status this year.
Takings were down 49% on last weekend with the film holding on 370 screens, down 72 on its opening. The screen average was $5,630, which contributed to its total of $7.26m at the end of its second weekend.
The new spy thriller starring Charlize Theron was the best performing new release, opening on 436 screens, which resulted in a screen average of $4,020. However, that is the lowest screen average for a major release on this many screens this year.
The second new release in the top five didn’t ignite big crowds either with a screen average of $3,405 from its 322 screens.
After four weekends the movie just holds in the top five and on 269 screens with a screen average of $3,145. Baby Driver is just $180,000 short of earning $12m.
• All-star judging panel celebrates with guests at QT Melbourne event sponsored by Miele
A noisy, hungry and thirsty crowd of around 300 people jammed into Melbourne’s new QT hotel on Monday night to find out who the winners of the 2017 delicious Produce Awards were.
The crowd also wanted to talk, and event co-host and delicious columnist Matt Preston managed to control the rowdy guests.
Preston and delicious editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum dedicated the evening to the memory of Valli Little, founding food editor of delicious, who passed away just over a month ago.
Preston noted that in an industry that usually celebrates the chef, it was good to be able to shine the spotlight on the producers. “They play a vital part in our industry.”
Kerrie McCallum said the delicious Produce Awards, now in their 12th year, continue to champion the best Australian produce and the people behind it, thanks to a passionate network of food industry experts who nominate outstanding produce and producers from all over Australia, and the insights of the national judging panel and expert and critics panels.
“We celebrate the growers, the farmers and the food stores. They all play a part in bringing amazing food to our tables. This year we again have producers from all over Australia and more entries than ever before.”
McCallum thanked what is a small army of experts, critics and the superstar judging panel of chefs: Maggie Beer (Awards Patron), Matt Moran (2017 Ambassador), Ashley Palmer-Watts (International Guest Judge who is executive chef at Dinner by Heston in London and Melbourne) plus Guillaume Brahimi, Peter Gilmore, Christine Manfield, Alla Wolf-Tasker, Shannon Bennett, Andrew McConnell and Colin Fassnidge.
Among the crowd were about 40 News Corp Australia clients who support either delicious, the Herald Sun or other parts of the News Corp empire. HWT guests included the chairman of the Herald and Weekly Times Penny Fowler who was accompanied by managing director – commercial at HWT, Peter Zavecz.
Making the trip from Sydney were News Corp Australia’s chief digital officer Nicole Sheffield, executive GM of News Corp national sales Louise Barrett and director of food for News Corp Australia Fiona Nilsson.
McCallum paid tribute to Lucy Allon, who organises the awards annually while other delicious staff on hand included managing editor Samantha Jones and food director Phoebe Wood.
Sixteen awards were presented, including new awards to 2017: Outstanding Native Producer, Outstanding Artisan, and the Alla Wolf-Tasker Foundation delicious Produce Awards Scholarship which was awarded to Michael & Cressida McNamara from Pecora Dairy, NSW.
This year, state winners across the four major categories (From the Dairy, From the Earth, From the Paddock and From the Sea) were judged by the national judging panel, and all state winners were considered for the overall Producer of the Year Award, which was last night awarded to Ocean Grown Abalone Ranched Greenlip Abalone.
The full list of winners and gold medallists appears in the September issue of delicious, on sale Thursday, August 10, and on delicious.com.au.
Photo [L-R]: Nicole Sheffield, Kerrie McCallum, Matt Preston and Fiona Nilsson
• Julie Ward to EP daily episodes available on YouTube and TheShareSpace.com
This announcement from Sony Music Entertainment Australia and ZigZagTV:
A revolutionary music collaboration and talent development project broadcast through an innovative original content series.
The ShareSpace hosts and a range of special guests will be announced in the coming weeks ahead of the launch in October.
The ShareSpace invites a group of talented music-making creatives into a place that is set to become one of the most influential platforms in the music industry. Eight individuals (The Talent) will become part of a creative community for 30 days. During this time, they will collaborate and create engaging music-based content to share globally across multiple channels.
ZigZagTV is currently casting for The Talent.
The Talent will be guided by a group of industry experts and established local and international artists who will provide invaluable insights into today’s music industry, educating them on integral topics such as songwriting, recording, social media practices, live performance, marketing and PR. The Talent will be presented with various challenges, collaborative opportunities and developmental activities designed to arm them with skills for their future careers.
Developed in Sydney by Sony Music Entertainment Australia in collaboration with ZigZagTV and executive producer Julie Ward (Australian Ninja Warrior, The Voice, ARIA Awards, Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Australia’s Got Talent) and supported by YouTube and Pepsi Max, The ShareSpace is the next generation of music talent shows.
Denis Handlin, chairman & CEO Australia & New Zealand and president, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, said: “The ShareSpace is an exciting new initiative for local artist talent discovery and development. It will drive creative brilliance and is bound to attract significant attention particularly with the youth of Australia.”
Julie Ward, founder of ZigZagTV, added: “Having been at the forefront of TV talent formats for many years, I am genuinely excited to be part of the digital evolution with such incredible partners. Together, we are creating a format that puts music collaboration at the fore, supporting a group of artists to grow their talent and fan base.”
“YouTube is the best place for emerging musicians to be discovered, and The ShareSpace will encourage these artists to go for their dreams alongside the best in the business,” said Tony Elison, head of YouTube Music Partnerships, Asia Pacific.
Robbert Rietbroek, CEO of PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand, said: “We’ve had an established history with the music industry and artist community globally. We are thrilled for Pepsi Max to be involved with The ShareSpace series and are excited to help discover, support and establish the next generation of Australian artists.”
Each day, The Talent’s experiences will be shared on YouTube and TheShareSpace.com in the form of daily episodes.
Over the 30 days, The ShareSpace will have its own dynamic chart, which tracks the engagement and response across all platforms and ultimately delivers a winner who will receive significant career development support, including a global writing and collaboration experience and a Sony Music Entertainment recording contract.
Jason Pellegrino‘s journey to becoming one of the most powerful people in the media and technology industry in Australia and New Zealand is an inspiring one.
During Mediaweek’s recent visit to the Google office in Sydney, the managing director for the region seemed surprised by this description.
“I am not even the most powerful person in my household,” Pellegrino told Mediaweek, looking amused. “I have four kids and a wife, who would absolutely disagree with that at any point in time.”
Pellegrino’s father migrated to Australia from Italy as a 15-year-old. He introduced Pellegrino to the world of technology when he brought home an IBM desktop. Pellegrino’s father worked in the IT industry in its very early days.
“I was on the verge of being a teenager and all my friends had started to get the Commodore 64 and my father turned up with a IBM desktop. It was incredibly expensive for the time, and particularly for what we could afford. It didn’t play any games,” Pellegrino said as he took a trip down memory lane.
What Pellegrino’s first computer did have though was Lotus 1-2-3, a discontinued spreadsheet program that was widely popular in the 1980s. While this wouldn’t exactly be the idea of fun for a child about to enter his teenage years, it was the problem-solving aspect of Lotus 1-2-3 that appealed to Pellegrino.
“It didn’t have Solitaire, Minesweeper or anything, all the things that we take for granted – first world problems,” he said. “He [Pellegrino’s father] encouraged me to start playing with the programming and learn some basic things like that. It injected a love of IT and particularly problem solving.
“What really excites me is that whole concept of logic and problem solving.”
Husskie founder and editor Yelena Fairfax is the special guest on this week’s episode of the Seven Days podcast with Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi.
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.