Friday September 8 2017
WHIMN editor Felicity Harley joins Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi in this episode of Seven Days.
Joining James Manning and James Daggar-Nickson on the show:
• Michael Miller, News Corp Australasia executive chairman
Sky News Business Channel
Channel 602: Foxtel
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Home and Away ended its week in some markets with 345,000 in three markets.
The AFL First Elimination final between Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney was a one-sided game after the first few minutes but it still pulled a good crowd. The game did over 900,000 metro for Seven and 7mate. The broadcaster put the game on the primary channel in Sydney with close to 100,000, a good result given some were calling the result during the second quarter.
Viewers in Brisbane and Perth watching the primary channel saw Magic Makes You Laugh Out Loud, World’s deadliest Weather and then Ramsay’s Costa Del Nightmares.
A Current Affair reported on Dustin Martin‘s dad amongst its stories with 755,000 watching.
After 7.30pm RBT did 575,000.
Sydney and Brisbane then got The NRL Footy Show which did 180,000 – 108,000 in Sydney and 72,000 in Brisbane.
Anthony Callea was a guest on The Project with 534,000 watching the Thursday episode.
The Bachelor is getting closer to making a decision with 717,000 watching after 739,000 last week.
The Wrong Girl aired around 9pm with 325,000 after 336,000 last week.
Finals week continued last night with Pulse wrapping its first season with 384,000 after 343,000 a week ago.
Earlier in the night Short Cuts To Glory was on 260,000.
Great British Railway Journeys was in Scotland with 310,000 watching.
Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans was building an outdoor oven for 232,000.
Part one of the three-part Secrets of the Kitchen then did 85,000.
Media mogul Bruce Gordon has won the first round in a legal challenge to US media giant CBS’s takeover of Ten Network, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
Gordon, the owner of Ten’s affiliate WIN Corp, has successfully delayed a meeting of the failed company’s creditors.
Gordon joined forces with Lachlan Murdoch and Twentieth Century Fox to take urgent action in the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday to prevent Ten’s administrators KordaMentha holding a second creditors’ meeting next Tuesday, September 12. It will now be held on September 19.
Meanwhile, disgruntled Ten shareholders will not be launching a class action against the network, the Australian Shareholders Association has announced.
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The AFR’s Tony Boyd:
The list of strategic blunders committed by Bruce Gordon and Lachlan Murdoch in their quest for control of Ten Network Holdings is staggering.
As shareholders of the company and guarantors of the secured debt, Gordon and Murdoch were in an unassailable position to gain control of a company that has many links to other Murdoch controlled companies, including 21st Century Fox, Foxtel and Fox Sports.
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Fairfax boss Greg Hywood and his Domain Group boss Antony Catalano look to be hoping that the media group’s future lies, in part, in financial services, report The Australian’s Chris Lacy and Ben Butler.
With time ticking on the November Domain float, the execs are polishing the silver at Domain and have just inked a deal with insurance and financial services private equity outfit Envest to create Domain Insure.
The new push follows a similar mortgage broking deal with online broker Lendi, which was struck mid-this year by Catalano, to form new entity Domain Loan Finder.
This time around, Domain has 70% equity in the new insurance arm, which looks to have been funded with $2 million in total seed equity. Envest has 25%. Local insurance industry identity Antony Mitchell has the remaining 5% stake.
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A new funding package targeted at small and regional news organisations could salvage the Turnbull government’s overhaul of media laws and drive the reforms through parliament next week, report The Australian’s Rosie Lewis and Greg Brown.
The Australian understands the Nick Xenophon team has put forward a plan to help organisations better resource their newsrooms in exchange for its support for the media reforms, which have been stuck in the Senate since June.
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The ABC has paid tribute to Peter Luck (pictured), the acclaimed journalist, author, producer and presenter who has died at the age of 73.
ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie said: “Peter Luck was a trailblazing journalist who became a role model to generations of reporters and was also loved and respected by audiences.
“He made a huge contribution to the ABC in his early career and remains forever part of the fabric of the national broadcaster. All ABC staff join me in paying our respects to Peter and passing on our deepest sympathies to his family.”
Director news Gaven Morris paid tribute to Luck’s pioneering work, which included reporting for iconic ABC current affairs programs This Day Tonight and Four Corners.
“Peter was an extremely talented broadcaster with a natural warmth and accessibility that Australians immediately responded to,” he said. “His wonderful conversational tone – actually a rare ability – made everyone feel like he was talking directly to us.
“His legacy lives on at the ABC and he will not be forgotten.”
ABC news reported Luck, who had both cancer and Parkinson’s disease, died last night at Concord Hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Penny, his son Anthony, daughter Anna and three grandchildren.
It has been a tumultuous year at Conde Nast and this morning Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan reported on change within:
After 25 years at the helm of this magazine, Graydon Carter announced Thursday that he is stepping down as editor of Vanity Fair in December. I feel lucky to have been here for 1/25th of his remarkable tenure. Carter, 68, is heading to France for six months to recharge with his family.
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The New York Times reports:
Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, plans to step down from the magazine in December after a 25-year tenure, leaving the role that established him as a ringmaster of the glittery spheres of Hollywood, Washington and Manhattan media.
His departure is likely to spark a steeplechase of sorts in elite circles of journalism. The editorship of Vanity Fair is among the industry’s most coveted positions – Carter’s predecessor was Tina Brown, who went on to run The New Yorker – and speculation about Carter’s heir has long simmered. Adam Moss of New York magazine and Janice Min of The Hollywood Reporter are often mentioned as contenders.
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Mick Molloy is not the only person departing Triple M Melbourne’s The Hot Breakfast this year. Molloy is leaving breakfast for a new national drive show with Jane Kennedy which launches next month.
Meanwhile the executive producer of The Hot Breakfast since it launched, Jay Mueller (pictured), has confirmed to Mediaweek he will stand down at the end of the year.
“I’m going to focus on [my company] Bad Producer Productions and explore other opportunities in media (including radio),” Mueller told Mediaweek.
“After eight years with The Hot Breakfast it’s time for the next challenge.”
Mueller was recruited by Eddie McGuire when The Hot Breakfast launched. At the time Mueller was producing 3AW’s Ross and John breakfast show.
Mediaweek recently spoke with Mick Molloy about his move to drive radio. Read more here.
After a successful takeover of the Melbourne CBD just a week ago, Vogue Australia held its Sydney Vogue Fashion’s Night Out last night.
The central city’s streets and many of its stores were clogged with shoppers for the eighth successive year as Vogue Australia readers embraced the chance to fossick for bargains.
A formal launch event was held in a Vogue Australia marquee in the Pitt Street Mall which ended with launch MC, News.com.au editor-at-large and Vogue Australia contributor Melissa Hoyer instructing the hundreds gathered inside and out to “start shopping”.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore spoke as did a rep from American Express who showed off her special ring which lets you debit your credit card should you be out shopping without your wallet, phone or smartwatch.
The crowd, most sipping on Moet from gold champagne flutes (which apparently some people took home!), also heard from Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann. She was also joined onstage by models Jesinta Franklin and Jessica Gomes.
Watching from the audience were News Corp editors Kerrie McCallum (delicious) and Mick Carroll (The Sunday Telegraph). Also checking out proceedings were News Corp Australia chief digital offer Nicole Sheffield, NewsLifeMedia publisher Nick Smith and CEO of The Australian, who may have come from straight from the celebrations for Newspaper of the Year, Nicholas Gray.
Vogue Living editor-at-large Neale Whitaker featured in a session on design in H&M straight after the launch event talking about the homewares range he curated for the store.
News Corp executive GM of sales Lou Barrett was watching in the crowd. Upstairs at the cash register later Mediaweek invested in a number of items. (Disclaimer: We claimed the $20 H&M Fashion’s Night Out discount.)
Photos: Edwina McCann with Nick Smith, Nicole Sheffield and Melissa Hoyer go shopping, Jessica Gomes with Jesinta Franklin (Source: Westfield, Nick Smith, Melissa Hoyer, Jesinta Franklin)
The 2018 TV Week Logie Awards will take place in July at The Star on the Gold Coast with broadcast partner the Nine Network once again bringing all the action to viewers across the country.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the Queensland Government, Tourism and Events Queensland, The Star and Nine Network to bring the TV Week Logie Awards to Queensland for the first time,” said Jayne Ferguson, general manager, women’s lifestyle & entertainment at Bauer Media.
“The Logies have enjoyed considerable support over the many years they have been held in Melbourne but it’s the right time, as we celebrate our 60th year, for us to share that excitement with another great Australian city and we look forward to the Gold Coast hosting television’s night of nights in 2018 and beyond.”
To celebrate the launch of the 2018 edition of the new IKEA catalogue, Adshel and ARN have joined forces to deliver a new campaign that recreates an IKEA living room display complete with comfy lounge seating at bus shelters in Sydney and Perth.
The activation puts a full-size living room on the street for them to enjoy at Adshel sites on Enmore Road in Sydney’s Newtown and St George’s Terrace in Perth.
The special builds feature the look and feel of an IKEA display lounge-room, complete with patterned floor decals replicating the KRONGE rug, and replicas of the IKEA VIMLE sofa and EKET cabinet filled with IKEA home decoration and copies of the new IKEA Catalogue.
The execution is part of a national integrated campaign including TV, online video and radio.
From this morning, IKEA representatives and KIIS Network street teams will be onsite to entertain and engage, handing commuters the IKEA catalogue and giving away Opal and Smart Rider cards.
The campaign is live from September 4-September 17 across Adshel Immerse and September 4-October 15 nationally across Adshel Street Furniture. The campaign is running across September 4-October 10 on ARN’s KIIS and Pure Gold Networks.
The director of ABC Radio Michael Mason today announced a $1 million boost to the corporation’s podcast production aimed at supporting emerging community-based podcasters and extending the range and diversity of content.
The podcast fund was launched at the opening of the second annual podcast conference OzPod 2017, hosted by the ABC and held at its Ultimo HQ in Sydney.
Mason said the fund had been established to focus on smaller existing podcasting as well as up-and-coming podcasters with a view to giving them a larger platform and audience base.
“The fund will be used to commission podcasts around specific communities and their interests across a wide range of activities including sport, culture, lifestyle, comedy and the arts…
“The ABC has had phenomenal success with its podcast format over recent years and this fund allows us to invest not only in the extension of our own podcast content but also content from the brightest freshest creative talent in this field.”
The new fund will be run by ABC Audio Studios, which was established in July this year. The ABC will call for submissions in the coming months.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and WNYC Studios in New York have announced the co-production of a special five-episode season of Short & Curly, which will ask children across the world a series of ethical questions grounded in everyday life.
The podcast co-production follows a successful season of Short & Curly released in Australia in 2015 and 2016, produced by the ABC’s Audio Studios team.
Short & Curly’s producer Kyla Slaven will team up with WNYC Studios vice president for on-demand content Emily Botein for the new series.
ABC’s Carl Smith and Shumita Basu from WNYC Studios will co-host the series. It will be known under the name Pickle for its North American release.
The series will be launched in December in Australia and the USA.
• Nova Entertainment and Acast claim to be biggest podcast player in Australia
Nova Entertainment has partnered with Acast to create what they have labelled a deeper strategic partnership to become the biggest podcast offering in the Australian market.
The statement from the two companies said:
Nova Entertainment and Acast are now the biggest podcast player in the Australian market with over 2,000 podcast shows on both platforms and in excess of 3.5 million monthly listens locally and 56 million globally. This strategic partnership sees Nova Entertainment now representing and selling all of Acast and Nova Entertainment’s combined inventory in the Australian market.
Cathy O’Connor, Nova Entertainment’s CEO, said, “Our strategic partnership with Acast is the next step in Nova Entertainment’s leadership in the rapidly growing digital audio sector. As Acast’s exclusive partner, we now represent the largest digital audio network in Australia in terms of weekly audiences with best in class ad insertion technology, analytics and native content opportunities for Australian advertisers.”
Acast’s platform currently exclusively hosts a number of the world’s biggest podcasts such as The Football Ramble or The Financial Times Shows, and including the global phenomenon My Dad Wrote A Porno, which has over one million listens in Australia per month.
Acast’s Australian country manager Henrik Isaksson said, “Acast has achieved great success in Europe and in the US over the last three years bringing together podcasters and advertisers. We are excited to replicate that in Australia with Nova and bring podcasting to the next level here. Being able to provide brands and agencies with unique advertising solutions in podcasts is something that has been missing in the Australian market.”
Nova’s own show content is consistently among the top performers in podcasting with Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty recording over 500,000 listens per month in Australia.
Nova original productions include:
Modern Babies, Nova Entertainment’s first tailor-made podcast for Genea, is the first of its kind and will launch a second season in mid-September. Modern Babies takes a close look at fertility and the IVF industry and has been shortlisted for an industry commercial podcast award.
The partnership between Nova Entertainment and Acast has provided the opportunity to discover new talent with the Podquest initiative providing opportunities for new and emerging audio content creators.
Launching two successful Podquest series, the winner of series one, Phoebe Parsons’ Confessions of a Twenty Something Train Wreck, is prominent on iTunes’ “new and noteworthy” and number 32 of all podcasts on iTunes.
Podcasters use Acast to host, distribute and monetise their content while getting detailed analytics on where, how and when their content is being consumed. Acast connects brands and advertisers with some of the most popular podcasters at scale being the only true end-to-end audio on demand service.
Peter Charlton, Nova Entertainment’s group commercial officer, said, “Nova Entertainment’s partnership with Acast allows us to give our customers new dynamic advertising opportunities, access to huge brands and unique audio content, and an engaged audience with mass reach extension.
“Acast’s integration into our business has given us market leadership in podcasting and digital audio commercial opportunities. This enables us to provide our clients with access to automated trading, addressable audiences, unique partnership opportunities and a vastly increased scope of listeners.”
Photo: Nova CEO Cathy O’Connor with Acast founders Karl Rosander and Mans Ulvestam
One of the ABC’s more interesting programming decisions lately has been to quietly launch a new weekly sports show, Sideliners, at 6pm Fridays which is hosted by swimmer-turned-sports broadcaster Nicole Livingstone and relative newcomer Tegan Higginbotham.
Livingstone has a long media career including many years working with the Nine Network and calling Olympic Games on radio. However, in recent years she has worked mainly for international broadcasters and sees the ABC gig as a welcome move back to reach a local audience.
While Higginbotham may not yet be a household name, she has been working as a comedian for over 10 years.
Livingstone told Mediaweek: “For the last couple of Olympic Games, I broadcast for the Olympic Broadcast Service, which is the world coverage. I’ve done the opening ceremonies, the closing ceremonies, the swimming commentary, and a few other sports, but not in the domestic market. I haven’t really been on Australian TV since December 2013 when I last hosted The Project.”
More recently Livingstone has been working in sports administration. Her management company, TLA (formerly Elite Sports Properties), got her an audition for the new ABC TV sports show.
“I was happy to be screen tested and have a look, in my head thinking, well, it may or may not happen, but I’ll go along and give it a go. I screen tested on the Friday and by the Monday, I’d been called by the producer to say they wanted me involved.”
Livingstone said the program did two live-to-air pilots prior to launching.
Photo: Tegan Higginbotham, Nicole Livingstone and Amberley Lobo [rear]
The print closure of Singapore daily broadsheet Today at the end of this month means that 40 staff will be shed. The weekend edition of the paper had already gone fully digital in April. In October 2015, Today outsourced the bulk of its editorial production to Australia’s Pagemasters, which ran the Today operation out of its Ho Chi Minh City office. But the closure of the print edition doesn’t affect Pagemasters as it had already amicably parted company with Today earlier this year. “We discontinued our print production agreement with Today some months ago by mutual agreement,” Pagemasters managing director Peter Atkinson told Mediaweek.
The dramatic globally bemoaned closure on Monday of the 24-year-old quarto-sized Cambodia Daily newspaper has immediately given some commercial relief to Cambodia’s two remaining English-language newspapers, the Khmer Times and the Phnom Penh Post. Before the Daily was shut down over an alleged US$6.3 million (A$7.9m) back tax bill, the three English-language dailies were scrambling for a share of the small Cambodia market.
The majority-Australia-owned Phnom Penh Post announced that Kay Kimsong, the editor-in-chief of the paper’s Khmer edition, would become group editor-in-chief, also in charge of the English edition. Days earlier, the paper’s CEO Alex Odom was removed, with Perth-based Bill Clough taking over the role.
Alan Parkhouse, the Australian editor-in-chief of the Khmer Times, while regretting the Daily closure said: “Khmer Times is only three years old and the readership has been growing steadily as the paper has slowly improved and now we expect our readership will grow even more as readers’ choices have narrowed to only two English-language papers.”
Melbourne-based The Cambodian Broadcasting Network has shut down its Phnom Penh office in fear of retaliation. The network carried the video interview that prompted the midnight arrest of Cambodia’s opposition leader Kem Sokha, ostensibly on treason charges. Ironically, the offending 13-minute video was old, covering a 2013 speech. “This is an old video clip that CBN filmed a long time ago,” the network’s president Cameron Sar said in a Facebook message. Sar, whose media organisation has addresses in Springvale South and Nunawading, said the Phnom Penh office may stay closed until next year due to fear.
Jonas Engwall (pictured), the founding CEO of RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network, has been appointed as head of Asia with iflix. He replaces David Goldstein, who shifts to a new role as non-executive chairman of iflix Asia, working closely with iflix Group CEO, Mark Britt.
Before the launch of RTL CBS in 2015, Engwall was vice president at RTL Group Asia, where he led expansion into India and Asia, including the launch of RTL’s Indian channel.
The Digital Advertising Association of Thailand forecasts that Thai digital ad spend this year will grow by 29% to 12.2 billion baht. In 2016 Thai digital ad spend increased 17% to 9.47 billion baht. The association also forecasts that the top four categories in terms of ad spend remain unchanged from last year, being motor vehicles, non-alcoholic drinks, skincare products and communications.
ABS-CBN’s website is ranked as the Philippines’ biggest local media website, according to web traffic data and analytics sites Alexa and SimilarWeb.
The website logged 36 million users and over 1.7 billion page views as of the end of May this year, and at time of survey its page views numbers had passed the halfway mark of its 2016 record of three billion page views.
Thailand’s media giant GMM Grammy will sell a 50% stake in its TV and radio subsidiary GMM Channel Trading to Adelfos Co for 1 billion baht (A$37.7m). Adelfos is an investment firm owned by brothers Thapana and Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, the sons of Chang Beer tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi.
Members of Asia News Network, including news editors from 24 leading media organisations in 20 countries, met for two days at the end of August to determine how to improve their news and information exchange. The meeting was hosted by Lao Press in Foreign Languages government agency, which publishes Vientiane Times, the Lao national English-language newspaper, and was supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media Progamme Asia. ANN was established 17 years ago and claims to be the world’s largest and most active media alliance of its kind.
The South Asia bureau chief for Time magazine, Nikhil Kumar (pictured), has been hired by CNN International as its New Delhi bureau chief. Previously Kumar was a senior editor based in New York, editing and managing Time’s international editions, as well as foreign coverage in Time’s US edition.
• Mediacorp in Singapore is launching a new business unit, Mediacorp’s Creators Network.
• Korea’s leading media conglomerate, CJ E&M, launched its tvN Movies in Southeast Asia at the beginning of this year, and now has expanded regionally by launching tvN Movies on PCCW’s OTT video service, Viu, available in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
• CNBC’s long-running program Managing Asia was relaunched in May and has now started to air a series of special editions focusing on young business leaders “who have disrupted their respective industries”. The editions began last month and included Catcha Group’s Patrick Grove, who is also co-founder and chairman of iflix.
• Singapore Women’s Weekly, published by SPH Magazines, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and in October will honour 18 inspiring women at its annual Great Women of Our Time 2017 Awards.
• Singapore-based sports media agency One Championship has appointed Jack Lim as chief commercial officer with a brief to unite the company’s revenue streams and help stimulate growth. Lim resigned as Mediacorp’s chief commercial officer earlier this year.
• Thailand’s BEC-Tero Music has teamed with IMIMobile in Myanmar to provide a streaming service through the Ooredoo mobile network for music produced by BEC-Tero, Sony Music, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment and AVEX Group. BEC-Tero Music has already successfully launched in Cambodia.
• A new editorial segment, Staying Informed, launches on all CNN International’s feeds in Asia Pacific to give audiences, especially business travellers, fast and easy access to the top stories of the day.
Next month Turner Broadcasting’s Cartoon Network will celebrate a quarter of a century since its US launch in October 1992.
It launched in Australia and New Zealand three years later, and the man now in charge of keeping Cartoon Network the number one international kids pay-TV channel and in 135 million homes in the Asia Pacific region is former Seven Brisbane employee Mark Eyers (pictured), Turner International Asia Pacific’s senior vice president and chief kids content officer.
Talking about Cartoon Network’s success, he says, “If there’s a secret to be shared, it’s that we’ve always stayed true to our mantra of original, fresh, forward-looking and funny content that you haven’t seen before.
“Cartoon Network’s unique style of development means that there’s usually a creator or an artist at the centre of it all – someone who ‘has a show in them’.
“We have definitely stayed true to that philosophy and I can’t see it changing any time soon. One thing that will increase, though, is productions from within the Asia Pacific region.
“We have been able to expand the reach beyond pay-TV with launches of branded blocks and other platforms in countries like the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. This is in addition to new digital destinations such as the apps: Cartoon Network Anything and Cartoon Network Watch and Play.”
Hong Kong-based Eyers added, “Cartoon Network’s sister channel Boomerang – home to the likes of Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry – has witnessed growth in the past few years in Asia.
“Turner has had particular success with the brand in Thailand, where it’s the clear leader in the kids space.”
Eyers began his brilliant TV career after graduating from the Queensland College of Art in 1989.
“After graduating college with a BA in Film and Television, I worked on a number of pilots and freelance editing on shows and production companies,” he says.
“The way I ended up working at BTQ 7 was the old-fashioned way. Back in the 90s my business partner Noel O’Riordan and I cast the popular Australian celebrity Pascall Fox as the host and produced a pilot for a movie show called Popcorn.
“We pitched it to David Franken, Seven’s then programming director for Brisbane who has now retired, and he greenlit the show. It continued for many years.”
His job at Seven led to a Singapore-based job with Walt Disney Television International, where he worked for almost eight years.
“At the time, Seven was responsible for looking after the Disney Club, which meant I became familiar with a number of the cast, crew and Disney executives,” he says, “Including Marc Buhaj (now SVP& GM Disney XD Worldwide) based in the US, Eileen McCarthy, now a colleague in Turner EMEA senior programming operations based in the UK, and Gary Mathisen, who was the original programming director that launched Disney Channel Australia.
“Taking the opportunity was a natural one. It’s something that I’ve always advised colleagues over the years – and Jamie Meldrum from your recent article was one of them – that you should always take any opportunities when they present themselves.”
After taking part in our Seven Days podcast last week, Wil Anderson spent some extra time talking to Mediaweek about the new season of Gruen. He walked us through the show’s weekly production cycle and explained how it all worked. Anderson also told us how much he has absorbed about the world of advertising and marketing – “I wish I had learnt more,” he confessed. It’s a fascinating insight into one of the ABC’s most-watched shows.
During a short visit back to Sydney, Mediaweek was lucky to spend time with Kathy Lette. During our talk about the prolific author’s visit, which included several appearances at the Canberra Writers’ Festival, Lette revealed she had optioned the rights to her latest book “Best Laid Plans” to FremantleMedia Australia. During her time in Sydney Lette met with the FremantleMedia Australia drama team to discuss what they had planned for the production.
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.