Tuesday June 20 2017
Mediaweek’s James Manning joins Kruti Joshi in this episode of the Seven Days podcast. The pair discuss the Ten funding crisis, Rebel Wilson‘s defamation case win, the Global Spotlight refugee crisis project, changes to the Yahoo7 JV and Mia Freedman‘s controversy over Roxane Gay comments.
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At the start of a new week Home and Away kicked off with 784,000 after an average of 756,000. That is close to what the soap has averaged for the past few weeks.
House Rules climbed back above 1m with more in the great outdoors attracting a Monday audience of 1.01m.
Wanted had a good recovery week-on-week with the Seven drama from Matchbox Pictures up from 633,000 to 759,000.
A Current Affair featured reporter Martin King back on the Karen Ristevski case. The Monday episode did a strong 960,000 after consistent weekly averages close to 850,000 for the past month.
True Story With Hamish And Andy was the #1 non-news program of the night with 1.02m, down a little on 1.09m the week prior.
Following in its wake was Here Come The Habibs! which did 638,000. The comedy seems to have settled close to 650,000 in its third week after launching on 819,000 a fortnight ago.
Two episodes of The Big Bang Theory followed with 446,000 for the first and 352,000 for the second.
AFL states then got Footy Classified where Nathan Buckley was a great guest standing in for Caroline Wilson. The show did 168,000 with 121,000 in Melbourne. The AFL Footy Show did 153,000 last Thursday in Melbourne.
It was Naomi Simson night on the channel with Shark Tank investment specialist cropping up first on The Project and then later as a guest quizmaster on Have You Been Paying Attention?
The crowd watching her on The Project was 605,000 at 7pm. The show averaged just under 600,000 at 7pm last week.
For Simson’s HYBPA? appearance she had a much bigger audience of 804,000. The show’s panel last night was Merrick Watts, Fifi Box, Santo Cilauro (for Sam), Ed Kavalee and Urzila Carlson.
The channel’s biggest show of the night was again MasterChef Australia. An audience of 839,000 was watching day two of Heston‘s road trip. Last Monday MasterChef did 847,000.
Australian Story did 664,000 with its story about Australia’s first in-house school lawyer, Vincent Shin.
Four Corners was on 548,000 with a story called Rise of the Trolls.
Media Watch was on 517,000 with items on Rebel Wilson and Network Ten.
Q&A was hosted by Jeremy Fernandez with 397,000 watching, down from 449,000 last week.
Dr Christian Will See You Now remains the channel’s weak spot at 7.30pm with 132,000 turning up.
The numbers lifted to an average of 211,000 for two episodes of 24 Hours In Emergency after 8.30pm.
That process is under way this week at Pacific Magazines which has launched negotiations with staff over changes to the business model. Pacific publishes the weeklies New Idea, That’s Life! and Who in addition to monthly titles including marie claire, Better Homes & Gardens, InStyle, Home Beautiful and Women’s Health.
Mediaweek has seen an internal email from CEO Gereurd Roberts (pictured) that has told staff about “consultations with sub-editors across all brands about a proposal to outsource copy sub-editing to an external business, Pagemasters. These discussions are expected to culminate on Thursday.”
The email continued:
“The proposal includes a subbing solution which will be custom built for Pacific – one using staff with expertise in the categories in which we operate, which mirrors our own current three-phase sub-editing process (first, second and third reads), and will ensure strict adherence to our brand guidelines.
“Should the proposal proceed, a small team of copy directors/sub-editors will remain at Pacific, while some of our sub-editors may be employed by Pagemasters. We will keep you updated as these discussions progress.
“Outside of this proposal, 11 other positions were affected today in various areas of the business.”
Roberts added that many of the decisions have not been easy to make:
“I know they will be difficult for many of you also. They are in no way a reflection of the tremendous work, commitment and care these team members have always shown. They were taken only after all options were thoroughly considered, and once determined, it was imperative that we acted now to ensure we stayed well ahead of the challenges that many industries face, including ours.”
Pacific Magazines is expected to soon reveal a new strategy and vision for the business setting a road map for 2018 and beyond.
The plans of advertising guru John Singleton and longtime adviser Mark Carnegie to take control of Macquarie Media have been left in tatters after Fairfax Media denied the duo access to its data room to assess the publisher’s stake in the radio assets, report The Australian’s Mitchell BIngemann.
“Fairfax is not seeking offers or undertaking a process to realise its investment in Macquarie Media,” Fairfax said in a statement.
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The AFR’s Joe Aston:
These two have now written to Fairfax Media’s board, a company already in full takeover talks with two serious parties, requesting access to the data room so they can buy (back) Macquarie Radio Network.
Where do you even start?
We’ve seen this play before. Singo and Carnegie bought a whopping 0.15% of Fairfax for a takeover in December 2012 in which they generously shared equal headlines with Gina Rinehart, who had 15%. But the Iron Ore Lady lost interest and our then-chairman Roger Corbett felt unable to accept Monopoly money.
Singo and Carnegie were taking over Qantas too but they never stumped up the loot – not even at 99¢ a share (the airline’s stock closed at $5.51 on Monday).
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Media intelligence and content marketer iSentia has been approached by a would-be suitor, sources told The AFR’s Street Talk on Monday.
Street Talk understands the approach was made in recent weeks, as iSentia’s shares languish at close to record lows.
“We are not in talks with another party and we have no plans to release a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange,” a spokesman for iSentia told Street Talk.
When asked if iSentia had received an approach, the spokesman declined to comment.
A company does not have to disclose indicative and conditional bids while they remain confidential.
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Vice Media Inc. got a US$450 million investment from private equity firm TPG, valuing the irreverent chronicler of youth culture at $5.7 billion, reports Bloomberg.
[The investment comes as TPG mulls lodging a formal takeover bid for Fairfax Media.]
The funding will help Vice produce more video through a new in-house studio, and create online subscription services to sell those videos to consumers, chief executive officer Shane Smith said in a statement. The company continues to consider an initial public offering, Smith said in an interview on CNBC.
Vice already produces a slew of reality and news programs for its cable network Viceland, such as series about the culture of marijuana, gay and lesbian issues and food. Vice also publishes video for services like YouTube and Snapchat along with a daily news show for HBO. The company has more recently begun producing scripted programming, and will use this new money to do more.
Vice has already raised money from some of the largest media companies in the world. Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox Inc. both own stakes in Vice, which was valued at $4 billion at the time of Disney’s latest investment.
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Rebel Wilson could have commanded up to $6m a film but missed out on the rich roles because of defamatory articles written about her, a Hollywood agent says, reports AAP.
Wilson has won the fight to allow agent and producer Peter Principato to give evidence in her claims for damages after winning her defamation action against Bauer Media.
Principato believes Wilson would have received $5m to $6m following on from the success of her film Pitch Perfect 2 if not for the articles.
Principato is expected to give evidence via video link when the hearing resumes on Wednesday, during closing submissions.
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Broadcaster Red Symons has apologised for “coming across as racist” during a controversial interview in which he asked ABC journalist and radio producer Beverley Wang “what’s the deal with Asians?” and if she was “yellow”, reports The Australian’s Emily Ritchie.
On his program on Melbourne radio program on Monday Symons apologised, saying he was wrong in the way he conducted the interview and that it is “not who I am”.
“Last week on the program I spoke to Beverley Wang about her new podcast, It’s Not A Race,” Symons said.
“The plan was to take on a serious topic, race and culture, and talk with Beverley about a range of related issues. I came across as racist and I was wrong in the way I conducted the interview. This is not who I am, but I acknowledge on this occasion I caused offence and hurt, not only to Beverley but also to our listeners. I offer my sincerest apologies. We need to talk about these issues, but be careful we consider them.”
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Alan Jones was told he was “at the exit door” when doctors failed to find a pulse after the broadcaster was rushed to hospital last week, reports News.com.au’s Liz Burke.
The Sydney radio veteran was overcome by septic shock a week ago, and this morning detailed his near miss and improving condition in a call to his own radio show.
Jones said he was “weak, but OK”.
“I had a very bad weekend in that I was just shaking. My body was like a whole branch on a tree in a storm,” he said. “I was sweating and sweating … the situation was diabolical.”
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Distributor all3media International has confirmed sales for its new thriller Liar, including a significant acquisition by Australia’s Seven Network for the Two Brothers Pictures’ series, written by the acclaimed Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing).
Produced for ITV and SundanceTV, USA, the compelling six-part emotional thriller Liar – which stars Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) and Ioan Gruffudd (Forever) and makes its UK debut later this year on ITV – has also announced pre-sales to TVNZ New Zealand.
Angus Ross, director of programming at Seven Network, commented: “Australian audiences are demanding dramas that stand out from the crowd – and that’s exactly what Liar delivers. Terrific storytelling and powerful subject matter will have viewers hooked until the very end. We are thrilled Liar has found a home on Australia’s number one network, Seven.”
There have been a number of calls to overhaul Nine’s AFL Footy Show since it launched this year. The latest from News Corp columnist Rita Panahi this week:
Last year, the addition of Rebecca Maddern, who replaced Garry Lyon, saw the show achieve numbers not seen since Eddie McGuire’s days as solo host.
Maddern’s debut drew an average audience of 425,000 in Melbourne alone, peaking at 510,000 viewers, helping Channel 9 win the night’s ratings by some margin well ahead of Channel 7, the ABC and Channel 10.
Of course, as the novelty factor wore off, the audience fell away. But Maddern is clearly a solid performer who can hold her own.
In contrast, the addition of Craig Hutchison, who replaced James Brayshaw this year, has seen the Footy Show plummet in the ratings to Channel 10-like levels of failure.
[Panahi then had a three-point plan to make the show great again]
1. It’s the content, stupid
Give football fans more of what they want: robust footy talk and more laughs. The former is often missing from the program and the latter can be a hit-and-miss affair.
Dave Hughes and Sam Newman are reliable comedic contributors, but the show needs to capitalise further on their talents.
Investing more resources in sketches showcasing the team’s strengths would be wise.
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• Despicable Me 3 with Anti-Villain League just short of $6m opening weekend
Total box office takings for the four-day weekend from Thursday to Sunday inclusive inched higher this week according to data from the MPDAA. The total earn from the top 20 movies – $17.08m – was up 2% from the previous weekend thanks largely to Universal’s Despicable Me 3 opening.
Three new releases pushed their way into the top five dislodging Pirates Of The Caribbean, My Cousin Rachel and Baywatch from the top five.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 remains the top-grossing movie in the top 20 with $32.60m after eight weeks in release.
The latest instalment in the animated franchise opened on 456 screens with a healthy screen average of $12,291. Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig star as the voices of Gru and Lucy in this franchise return. The soundtrack featuring nine songs from Pharrell Williams could keep the ticket sales bubbling along.
A third weekend in the top five saw takings drop 41% on the previous weekend. The movie shed 74 screens to 388 with a screen average of $8,654. Wonder Woman has passed $20m over the weekend.
This Roadshow sleeper has bounded into the top five despite opening on just 164 screens. However, those screens returned an average of $10,586. It was a great start for the US biopic about rap star Tupac Shakur.
Takings fell 64% on the second weekend of release despite Tom Cruise‘s charm offensive which only goes so far these days. The film remains on 364 screens (down 107 this weekend) with a screen average of $4,569.
Slightly disappointing opening given Sony Pictures pushed out the movie onto 345 screens with a screen average of $4,535. The film, starring Scarlett Johansson, has been lauded for its portrayal of lesbian characters.
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado talk TV in the Mediaweek TV Podcast. James is reporting from Manchester in the UK and Andrew is in South West Rocks NSW after a busy long weekend at the South West Roxy cinema.