Tuesday September 5 2017
The former national crime writer for The Australian Dan Box flew out of Australia last weekend returning to the UK. Before he left he visited the Mediaweek studio to talk with James Manning about his most recent projects for News Corp’s national daily – the Bowraville podcast and his new investigation which was delivered as a TV series, The Queen & Zak Grieve.
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Seven has had one lower Monday share this year – but that was way back in week two.
Seven News was a network winner at 6pm, but then slipped behind Nine after 6.30pm.
Home and Away started its week on 699,000 after a week 35 average of 681,000.
The audience didn’t budge again for Hell’s Kitchen Australia, which was locked on 500,000, close to what it did for both parts of last week’s Monday marathon.
The 2015 movie Ant-Man then did 291,000.
The network News audience climbed over 1m after 6.30pm.
A Current Affair then did 939,000 after a week 35 average of 802,000. The story that caught our eye was the show’s Spring TV guide which looked at what was coming from Stan and Netflix. Stan CEO Mike Sneesby talked about Will & Grace, then showed the great trailer for Wolf Creek. Mediaweek’s Andrew Mercado then talked about what was new from Netflix, including the new season of Narcos.
The Block is promoting the week as the biggest challenge ever with the build and then fit-out of a new master bedroom, en-suite and walk-in robe. The Monday episode did 1.17m after 1.10m a week ago.
This Time Next Year was down to 729,000 a week ago but recovered last night to 821,000.
Viewers in AFL markets then got Footy Classified with 147,000 in Melbourne and then 44,000 in both Adelaide and Perth. Hutchy was back from the US after a week away and Caro fired back at James Brayshaw to keep their feud alive.
The Project 7pm was on 588,000 after a week 35 average of 536,000. Vance Joy was a guest on the show and he was reunited with his favourite university lecturer – Waleed Aly.
Australian Survivor was back over 600,000 after 575,000 a week ago. After surviving for 30 days on the island, 20-year-old Ben was sent home.
Nick Cody took a while to warm up on Have You Been Paying Attention? but he was soon mixing it with some stiff competition with Chrissie Swan and Kitty Flanagan the other panelists. Kates McLennan and McCartney livened up the episode later with 701,000 watching after 668,000 last week.
Australian Story was on 617,000 at 8pm after 637,000 last week.
Four Corners looked at building regulations in Australia regarding flammable materials. The episode did 674,000, up from 536,000 a week ago.
Media Watch was on 535,000 and then Q&A did 395,000.
The Obesity Myth at 7.30pm had the channel’s biggest audience with 285,000.
A repeat of London’s Super Tunnel did 171,000 followed by a late episode of 24 Hours In Emergency on 153,000.
In a distribution to Ten Network creditors, the administrator’s report said 21st Century Fox would only receive $3.4 million if it does not come to a renegotiated content deal with Ten, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
Under the CBS deal, employees, key content providers who stay with Ten and general trade creditors will receive 100¢ in the dollar on money owed. Onerous and terminated contracts, excluding Fox, will get 10¢ in the dollar, while financial, statutory and other creditors will receive 34¢ in the dollar.
KordaMentha partner Mark Korda told The Australian Financial Review that after running an independent auction, Ten was sold to the party with the highest price and best settlement terms.
“The CBS bid was a better return to creditors, had less settlement conditions and we took the view it was capable of being approved by the creditors,” he said.
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The Australian’s Darren Davidson:
Ten Network failed because of onerous contracts with US studios CBS and Twentieth Century Fox, according to administrators KordaMentha.
A cessation of support from shareholder guarantors was also blamed for the broadcaster’s troubles in a newly released report detailing the state of Ten.
Despite attempts late last year to restructure costs in relation to content agreements with CBS and Fox, new deals were not finalised.
Key challenges included the history of losses incurred by Ten and the continued contraction in the free-to-air television advertising market, on top of increased operating costs.
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In the launch of its new brand platform, realestate.com.au celebrates the special moments when Australians find their “place”.
The brand platform was created in conjunction with BWM Dentus, Finch and Mindshare.
Kieren Cooney, realestate.com.au chief marketing officer, said:
“Our brand needs to work on multiple levels – resonating with the emotion of buying and selling property, while also being able to be very direct and clear about the rational aspects.
Negotiations on the proposed overhaul of media laws have stalled despite the Government pushing ahead with its plans to debate the reforms in the Senate on Monday, reports Sheradyn Holderhead, political reporter for The Advertiser.
Senator Nick Xenophon told The Advertiser he had spelled out a compromised proposal to Communications Minister Mitch Fifield early last week but there had been no further contact.
The Greens have had similar radio silence on their demands for greater funding for Australia’s public broadcasters.
Greens communications spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young said the “ball was in the Government’s court”.
“We have been clear that the Greens want more support for media diversity, Australian content and our public broadcasters,” she said.
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The KIIS Network’s Hughesy & Kate yesterday launched an Agency Life Upgrade for Melbourne’s Carat, following a trade promotion that ran across July in media agencies across the city.
Hughesy & Kate hosted a Kick Start Wellness Lunch with the Carat team, before launching their program with fresh fruit hampers.
The Agency Life Upgrade ran in conjunction with KIIS 101.1’s 100K Life Upgrade inviting Melbourne agency staff to upload a photo to Instagram and say how they would improve their agency life.
Photo: KIIS Network’s Hughesy and Kate with the team at Carat
Sydney: Edge Digital is #1 in the market with a bigger cume audience of 72,000. Coles Radio has lost top spot and is now ranked at #2 with 69,000. The ABC’s Double J station ranks #3 with 62,000.
The biggest improvement this survey was at Oldskool Hits Radio which was up 14,000 to 42,000.
Melbourne: The ABC has a good grip on the Melbourne market with ABC Jazz on 57,000 and Double J with 56,000 ranked #1 and #2. Not far behind is the most listened-to commercial station, Coles Radio with 53,000. Of the 21 brands competing for listeners, the only other one to crack 40,000 was Buddha Hits Radio with 41,000.
Brisbane: Coles Radio continues to rank #1 in the market with 39,000, closely followed by ABC Grandstand on 37,000. The next best brands are Double J on 25,000 and then Smooth on 20,000.
Adelaide: Three brands share top spot in Adelaide with each of them boasting a cume audience of 20,000 – Coles Radio, Smooth and The 90s iHeartRadio (#1 in survey 4).
Perth: There are joint leaders here too with both Buddha Hits Radio and Smooth on 32,000. The ABC’s hottest brand is ABC Grandstand on 27,000.
More than 36.3m video segment views were recorded on tenplay in just one month, up 37% compared with July this year and up 52% compared with August 2016.
Until last month, tenplay’s best viewing month was October 2016, when 32.3m views were achieved.
In August this year, tenplay also attracted 4.37m total unique visitors, up 14% year-on-year. That number included 2.17m video unique visitors, up 28%.
From 1 January to 31 August this year, tenplay recorded 175.96m video segment views, up 30% from the same period in 2016.
The record-breaking results last month were driven by key shows such as The Bachelor Australia, Australian Survivor, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Offspring and Neighbours.
The Bachelor Australia, for example, had 13.87m video segment views in August alone, up 41% on the same month in 2016.
Network Ten general manager digital Liz Baldwin (pictured) said: “We’re thrilled with the results for tenplay, both across video views and our online catch-up viewing results.
“Through connected TVs, our audience can still have that great broadcast experience in their lounge rooms beyond a traditional broadcast window. What hasn’t changed is their desire to watch quality programming like Offspring, Australian Survivor and The Bachelor Australia.
“Tenplay is across 13 platforms and strategically growing on new ones. Our job is to allow people to access our fantastic content where and when they want it.”
Then at 8.30pm Lifestyle will launch its new series Love It Or List It.
The new locally produced series is aimed at helping home owners make one of their biggest, most life-changing decisions: whether to renovate their house or sell it.
Already a successful global franchise, Love It Or List It Australia features real estate expert and Selling Houses Australia favourite Andrew Winter and interiors expert Neale Whitaker, as they compete for the home owners’ final decision to stay or go.
Design guru Whitaker is firmly positioned in camp “love it” and encourages all the households featured in the series to stay put, as he takes on their extensive renovation wish-lists and budget, showing them how easily they can fall back in love with their current digs.
Winter is on team “list it” and works hard to convince the owners that listing their house for sale and moving is the best option. But again, with a strict budget and unwavering requirements, Winter will have a hard time convincing the families to trade in their current abode for something unknown.
The series is made for Foxtel by Beyond International.
Both states have expressed interest in hosting TV’s “night of nights” with New South Wales tourism minister Adam Marshall hoping to lure the show to Dubbo while his Queensland counterpart would like to see it on the Gold Coast.
Bauer Media general manager Jayne Ferguson said a location for next year’s awards was yet to be finalised, but expected an announcement to be made very soon.
“We’ve received a lot of interest and numerous bids from different states,” she said.
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Channel 10 was in damage control yesterday after yet another attempt by a media outlet to spoil the outcome of The Bachelor, just over a week out from the finale, reports Sydney Confidential.
While Channel 10 would not make any specific comments on the potential spoiler, a spokeswoman said they hoped viewers continued to watch the show and not believe everything they read.
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Greg Pickhaver (aka HG Nelson – pictured) is on a mission to discover the secrets of some of Australia’s most iconic cities.
Travelling to Fremantle, Fitzroy and Bondi, Pickhaver uncovers the hidden history and unsung residents who’ve helped shape these places into the cities they are today for a new series coming to SBS – Secrets Of Our Cities.
Set against the backdrop of moments that have made history, Pickhaver explores the different waves of migration that have shaped some of our most famous cities, and meets fascinating and colourful local characters along the way to remind us of our unique Australian heritage.
The series is being made for SBS by Perth-based production company Joined Up Films.
Twitter has announced a collaboration with Branded for All That Matters 2017. For the first time in the Asia Pacific, Twitter will showcase new original content offerings and live programming to brands and agencies in the region.
Twitter speakers including Matt Derella (@derella), global vice president, revenue and operations, and Maya Hari (@maya_hari), managing director of Asia Pacific, will be presenting across all five conference tracks of music, sports, gaming, marketing and online, from September 11-13 2017 in Singapore.
As the official live partner, Twitter will live broadcast select sessions from the conference on Periscope from @TwitterMktgSG and @AllThatMatters, and feature exclusive speaker Q&As from the onsite #BlueRoom. In addition, Twitter will host an invite-only breakfast session at the event.
Twitter will participate in the following sessions:
11 September 1:20pm-2pm: Panel – Gateway to Australia with Jennie Sager (@thejenspot), head of entertainment partnerships, Asia Pacific for Twitter
12 September 2:30pm-3pm: Panel – Beyond TV with Maya Hari (@maya_hari), managing director of Asia Pacific for Twitter
Ahead of the second season coming from Netflix at the end of October, Stranger Things has edged higher on the TV Demand charts as measured by Parrot Analytics. The family sci-fi drama is back at #1 on the Australian digital originals chart and at #2 in New Zealand.
The brilliant Netflix series Ozark is still strong too at #1 in NZ and #2 in Australia.
The release of season three of Narcos from Netflix has seen the series re-enter the chart in both countries. Also new is Disjointed, the Netflix sitcom from Chuck Lorre starring Kathy Bates as a legalised Los Angeles marijuana seller.
No prizes for guessing that Game Of Thrones remains the clear leader on the Overall TV Charts. Making a reappearance on that chart in Australia are Wentworth, Westworld and Grey’s Anatomy.
Box office weekend revenue has recovered slightly after what was a record low under $8m on the previous weekend.
Takings crept higher by 8% to $8.52m with two new releases making a mark at cinemas.
Some of the reviews were not very flattering, but the new action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek generated enough buzz to deliver the weekend’s biggest screen average – $7,445 – from its 313 screens. That was enough to qualify for the best screen average since Annabelle: Creation launched with $9,903 four weeks ago.
The second weekend of the Tom Cruise real-life crime drama dropped 29% but itD screen average only dropped $1,000 to just under $5,000, which was enough to grab second place. The film shed 40 screens to 319 and will pass $5m in total this week.
Four college friends reunite for a US road trip to New Orleans and co-star Jada Pinkett Smith has been plugging the film during a quick trip down under. The movie opened on 282 screens with a screen average of $4,621.
After seven weeks the movie remains top five with a total take of $22.5m, which must have warmed the hearts of some cinemas looking for a winter hit. The movie remains on 223 screens with a screen average on the weekend of close to $2,500.
Weekend four for the horror film. Takings were down 41% over the four days with a screen average of $2,529 from its 212 screens. Later this week the movie should bust above a $7m total haul.
The Australian’s crime investigation documentary special The Queen & Zak Grieve will premiere on Wednesday September 27 at 7:30pm, on Foxtel’s CI.
Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter Dan Box has produced this six-part vodcast documentary series for The Australian newspaper, which will be available to watch as a 90-minute special, only on Foxtel’s crime + investigation.
The Queen & Zak Grieve tells the story of a young indigenous man convicted of murder and facing a life in prison as a result of the Northern Territory’s mandatory sentencing laws, a decision the judge himself described as an “injustice”.
Box and his team spent weeks in the Top End town of Katherine investigating the killing and the events that led to Zak Grieve being jailed, despite evidence he was not there when the crime took place. They conducted exclusive interviews with many of the people involved, including the judge who sent Grieve to jail, and obtained rare access to crime scene footage, forensic photographs, police interviews with suspects and trial recordings from the case.
The compelling documentary raises questions about the criminal justice system itself. How could this apparent injustice have happened? Is it time for the mandatory sentencing laws that led to Grieve’s lifelong incarceration to finally be revoked?
Director Ivan O’Mahoney said: “This was a unique opportunity for us to work with one of Australia’s best reporters on a story of national importance and pioneer a new way of long-form documentary storytelling.”
Jim Buchan, Foxtel’s general manager – factual channels, said: “We’re pleased to be working with The Australian, In Films and Screen Australia in bringing our CI audience this important and moving Australian story.
“Dan Box’s investigation highlights how Australia’s mandatory sentencing laws challenge our everyday perception of what justice should look like.”
The Queen & Zak Grieve is produced by In Films for The Australian and Foxtel, with production funding from Screen Australia, in association with Create NSW.
Mediaweek podcast: Listen to Dan Box as he talks with Mediaweek’s James Manning about both his Bowraville and Zak Grieve investigations here.
• Continued double-digit year-on-year growth
• Mobile advertising now over 50% of total display market
• Video represents a third of total display market
The Australian online advertising market has once again delivered double-digit growth figures increasing by $799 million to reach $7.6 billion for the full financial year ending June 30th 2017, a 11.7% increase over the prior financial year.
The data from the latest IAB/PWC Online Advertising Expenditure Report reveals that all online advertising categories experienced double-digit growth in 2017:
General Display: Mobile represents over 50% of display dollars for the first time, whilst video advertising is rapidly increasing its share, up 49% to $0.9b – a third of the total display market.
The auto category was once again the number one display category in 2017 and saw the largest year on year growth, increasing from 17% of category share in 2016 to 18.5% in 2017.
Automotive, along with Real Estate and Retail, account for 41.1% of the General Display advertising market.
Classifieds: The category continues to grow faster than other global markets due to the strong local Australian pure plays. Classifieds grew more than Display and Search, up almost 15% year on year.
Mobile advertising expenditure now exceeds $2.6b, an increase of $641m (or 32.7%) compared to 2016. Of this $2.6b expenditure, 46% was attributed to mobile search and 54% to mobile display. 70% was attributed to smartphones and 30% to tablets.
Video advertising now accounts for $894.4m of expenditure, up $294.4m (or 50%) compared to the previous year. It now makes up 32.9% of General Display advertising expenditure, compared to 24.3% in 2016.
“As mobile and video advertising continues to drive the growth in online advertising, IAB Australia is committed to helping brands, agencies and publishers improve their understanding of the mediums,” said Vijay Solanki, CEO of IAB Australia.
“During the last quarter alone, the IAB Video Council has published its inaugural Connected TV White Paper and the Video, Audio and Mobile Councils have published new Glossary of Terms to equip marketers with a common understanding of metrics and terms – with much more to come before the end of 2017.”
By James Manning
It will be hard to top last week’s decision to anoint CBS Corporation as the successful bidder for Australia’s Ten Network as the media event of the year. CBS has a number of hurdles to clear before it acquires the business.
The TV network is referred to variously as “the eye” because of the look of its distinctive logo, while to others it is the “Tiffany network” referring to the glory days last century.
As a FTA TV network in the US, CBS has been the dominant broadcaster this century, dominating the ratings for 14 of the past 15 years. It has the best attributes of Seven and Nine – winning total people and the key demos this past year.
The proposed acquisition throws up many questions which will no doubt be answered when it is the new owner.
What is known is that CBS plans to leverage TEN’s linear and digital assets to launch CBS All Access in Australia as a digital subscription video-on-demand service.
The arrival of CBS All Access will no doubt follow the announcement of Seven’s “Project 8”, which could be unveiled at an upfront in October. That will possibly happen not too far away from Nine’s upfront in mid-October that will reveal their latest strategies for 9Now, which now has over 4m registered users.
CBS has also confirmed it wants to grow its new asset, which rules out running a low-budget broadcasting service.
There will also continue to be a place for NCIS and other shows produced by the group that aren’t covered by existing broadcast deals for Australia. While US dramas have posed challenges for broadcasters recently, NCIS remains the most-watched US drama show, and other programs that should remain in the schedule include Bull, Hawaii Five-O and Madam Secretary.
The Australian operation will possibly report to the president and CEO of CBS Studios International Armando Nuñez, who has confirmed that the new owner will expand the news, reality, drama and sport offerings for Australian viewers.
Joining Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi this week is comedian, podcaster and the host of Gruen, Wil Anderson. This special podcast includes Wil’s special job application – he wants to return to radio, but only on one particular show.
Edwina McCann takes Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi behind the scenes of what it is like to be the editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia.
Andrew Mercado joined James Manning in the Mediaweek studio this week to talk TV, including CBS/Ten, GoT, Seven’s newest hit and much more.
As he toured Sydney media as part of a publicity blitz ahead of the first episode of Seven’s Little Big Shots, Shane Jacobson spent time with Mediaweek talking about his hosting role.
Mediaweek stayed on topic for the first half of the interview, but we weren’t going to let the opportunity pass without hearing about four new movies he has been working on, plus chatting about his time on Top Gear, his friendship with Clarkson, Hammond and May, and his work on the wonderful ABC TV series The Time Of Our Lives.