David Penberthy has spent much of his career in the media in newspapers. He has edited news.com.au, Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s The Sunday Mail.
By Kruti Joshi
This meant many late nights in the office. Therefore, it was a big lifestyle change in 2015 when he took up a job as a breakfast presenter on Adelaide’s only talkback station FIVEaa.
“Going to bed early sucks and I am not a morning person. With newspapers, particularly in Sydney, I was rarely home before 11pm. Now, I am barely awake after 11pm,” Penberthy told Mediaweek. “That has been a hard and weird transition.”
However, after four years in breakfast radio, one would think he is used to it.
“I can’t lie, I am bloody hopeless. I have gotten to the studio at two minutes to six on a number of occasions,” he said. “Then there was also that one infamous day where my phone died overnight and I didn’t get in until 6:40am. Will has never let me live that down.”
Will Goodings is Penberthy’s on-air partner, who comes from a political background. Prior to becoming a radio presenter, Goodings was the senior advisor for some of South Australia’s top politicians.
Tickford Racing’s Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert teamed up with Supercars legend Russell Ingall to launch Fox Sports’ coverage of the inaugural Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight 300.
To celebrate the return of night racing to Australian soil for the first time in over 20 years, Mostert and Winterbottom upgraded their usual race suits for a glow-in-the-dark version, squaring off in a friendly Supercars racing challenge.
It was a close race, but Winterbottom took home the crown on the night.
The inaugural Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight 300 cranks into gear tomorrow, with every practice, qualifying session and race live, ad break-free and exclusive on Fox Sports, on Foxtel.
The new race format will feature a single 300km race run in a three-hour window from 7.20pm EST on Saturday.
On the return of night racing, Winterbottom said: “It’s great to re-live history 20 years on and do it again. I can’t wait. I think under lights it showcases our sport to the next level and Saturday night in Sydney, under lights, it doesn’t get much better than that.
“Plus 300 points, one race in the evening, it’s a completely different feel. I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get out there.”
Before the action starts there will be a special 90-minute edition of Supercars Trackside, live from Sydney Motorsport Park at 4.30pm tomorrow.
Top Photo: Chaz Mostert, Russell Ingall and Mark Winterbottom
Fox Sports has announced a new partnership with Australia’s leading provider of surf cams, Coastalwatch, which will deliver users free access to their Surf Check app for the first time with over 100 live streams from Australia’s most popular surfing spots.
The landmark deal, which gives Fox Sports and MCN exclusive commercial rights to the app through advertising and sponsorship space, is set to solidify the network’s already strong relationship with surfing.
Under the relaunched app, which is now available on both iOS and android smartphones, Foxtel will be able to market directly to a large body of prospective subscribers, with the popular surfing app having amassed over 500,000 downloads since its creation.
Fox Sports’ head of digital Brad Schultz said: “Surfing has always been a part of Fox Sports’ DNA and we’re delighted to partner with Australia’s most popular surfing platform.
“Coastalwatch already has over 3.6 million unique visitors logging in every year, and Fox Sports will now provide access to more surfers, with the app now free to download.
“Surfing and sport go hand-in-hand in Australian culture. The focus of this partnership is to grow the sport, and to explore ways to tap into Coastalwatch’s engaged audience to grow Foxtel.”
Both partners will market the newly launched app through their owned and syndicated properties to help grow surfing in Australia.
Coastalwatch will continue to operate the app, with Fox Sports providing user experience and product support. Fox Sports will also look to supplement the existing news section within the app, with additional content produced by Fox Sports News.
The new app will compliment Fox Sports’ suite of single sport apps including Fox League and Fox Footy.
Fox Sports has enjoyed a long partnership with surfing, having been the first broadcaster in the world to show a World Surf League Championship Tour event live from start-to-finish.
Fox Sports continues to deliver every World Surf League event on both the men’s and women’s Championship Tours, along with the Big Wave World Tour events and the groundbreaking new wave pool events.
Fox Sports also partners with Surfing Australia to support its world-first club-based national competition, The Australian Boardriders Battle, the grassroots Surf Groms program, and its quest to bring home gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Welcome to Mediaweek’s new weekly podcast column, created in partnership with PodcastOne Australia. Here we will look at the ins and outs of the burgeoning sector and hear from some of the key players driving the medium forward.
Longtime Hollywood-based entertainment reporter Jenny Cooney has been one of the success stories on the PodcastOne platform since she launched her podcast series Aussies In Hollywood. The first series featured an impressive list of talent with her Abbie Cornish interview one of my favourites. Others in the series included Nicole Kidman, Ben Mendelsohn, Rachel Griffiths and Katherine Langford.
The trademark of the podcast series is the relationship Cooney has with her guests, often recording the podcasts in their homes. They open up to her about their life, career and what it is about Aussies that make them so loved in Hollywood. From Mel Gibson chatting about his breakdown, to Rachel Griffiths speaking about her near-death experience and Toni Collette admitting she was disappointed that she got The Sixth Sense role, it is clear that people feel comfortable enough to open up to Cooney about very personal matters.
She has been hard at work on a second season and three podcasts are being released this week:
• Phil Noyce – Best known for his films Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Bone Collector and Patriot Games, director Phil Noyce is also known as a godfather figure who has always looked out for fellow Aussies trying to make it in Hollywood. Noyce shares his insider view about the early days of the Australian film industry with Cooney, including the $97 million lesson he learned along the way
• Toni Collette – The Aussie actor is synonymous with two movie lines “You’re terrible Muriel!” from Muriel’s Wedding and “I see dead people,” from The Sixth Sense, which is funny seeing she didn’t deliver either of those lines. Recorded in the hotel room where they first met during the press tour for Muriel’s Wedding, Collette chats to Cooney about her unique career and why she wasn’t always convinced that the roles she became known for would even be a hit in the first place.
• Lee Smith – The film editor has worked on some of the biggest movies in Hollywood, from Suicide Squad to The Dark Knight and Interstellar. He became a trusted member of both Peter Weir and Chris Nolan’s film teams and won an Oscar along the way. Smith took a break from editing the new X-Men film to catch up with Cooney and to chat about being a multi-disciplined editor and how his Aussie work ethic got him to where he is today.
The Australian reported this week its investigative podcast series The Teacher’s Pet was downloaded a million times in six days last week, bringing total downloads to more than four million.
The series, by national chief correspondent Hedley Thomas and producer Slade Gibson, is delving into the 1982 disappearance and suspected murder of Sydney mother Lyn Dawson.
International downloads are surging, led by interest in the US followed by Britain, New Zealand and Canada.
Television host, radio personality and author Sami Lukis is unapologetically unfiltered and brutally honest about her struggles with modern dating and the mistakes she’s made in her quest to find love, in her new podcast Romantically Challenged now available on PodcastOne.
“This podcast is a refreshingly honest and very real discussion about sex, dating and relationships,” Lukis said.
“The fact is, dating doesn’t get any easier as you get older. I actually feel like I’m more romantically challenged now, in my 40s, than I have been at any other stage in my life. I want this to be the ultimate ‘support group’ for anyone trying to navigate the modern dating scene.”
In her first podcast, Lukis will chat to other men and women who are also struggling in the dating world as mums, dads, divorcees, widowers, lifelong singletons. They’ll share funny real-life dating stories and open up about the challenges they’ve faced along the way. No topic will be taboo… from battles with body image, the sense of shame after divorce, overcoming dating self-sabotage, online dating dos and don’ts and our changing attitudes towards sex.
Lukis has recorded episodes with:
• Kerri Sackville (author) – The good, the bad and the ridiculous about dating in your 40s.
• Nadia Bokody (editor of SheSaid) – Female Sex Positivity.
• Cassie – The challenges of online dating apps, body image, embracing sex, dating and singledom in your 40s.
• Pete – The emotional and financial fallout after a marriage breakdown.
• Samantha X (Australia’s highest paid escort) – What men really want isn’t what you might think.
• Katia Loisel (body language and dating expert) – A dating “expert” who found herself divorced at the age of 39 admits that even she couldn’t believe how difficult it was to navigate the modern singles scene.
This year will be headlined by international award-winning podcast producers and storytellers Julia Lowrie Henderson (USA) and Veronica Simmonds (Canada), who will share their secrets for creating successful and distinctive series with social impact.
Kellie Riordan, manager of ABC Audio Studios, the podcast creation hub behind series such as Conversations, The Pineapple Project and Ladies, We Need to Talk said OzPod 2018 demonstrates the ABC’s commitment to creating opportunities and collaboration within the Australian media industry:
“Australia punches above its weight internationally in the podcast space and it’s great to come together to celebrate that and learn from each other. Podcasting is not a side hustle any more, it’s in the main game and having real impact, from exposing injustices to sparking social and legislative change.”
OzPod 2018 will be hosted by the ABC’s Patricia Karvelas, presenter of RN Drive and co-host of The Party Room podcast. The one-day conference will also feature presentations, panels, mentoring sessions and live performances from leading local podcasters, including:
• Allan Clarke, ABC Unravel – Blood on the Tracks
• Hedley Thomas, The Australian – Teacher’s Pet
• Honor Eastly – Being Honest With My Ex and Starving Artist
• Nick Cummins, The Royals – Tough Conversations with Henry Rollins
• Tommy Dassalo and Karl Chandler – Little Dum Dum Club
• Myf Warhurst and Zan Rowe, ABC Radio/Double J – Bang On
• James Parkinson, Wavelength Creative – By Association
• James Cridland – “radio futurologist” and editor of Podnews.net
• Wendy Syfret – Vice Australia
• Joanne Woo, GE Australia, New Zealand & PNG – Decoding Genius
• Joel Werner, ABC Audio Studios – Sum of All Parts
• Kyla Slaven, ABC Producer – Short & Curly
• Miyuki Jokiranta, ABC RN – Earshot
• Yumi Stynes – Ladies, We Need To Talk
Additional speakers will be announced in the lead-up to the conference.
Australian magazine publishers have been using podcasts to engage with their audiences. Major publishers like Bauer and Pacific have been releasing podcasts, some of them weekly, from their major titles.
In February, Pacific’s New Idea launched New Idea Investigates, a true-crime podcast that reopens the cold cases of some of the country’s most famous crimes. Hosted by veteran journalist Mary-Ann Harris, the podcast includes interviews with victims’ families, police and witnesses.
Also earlier this year, Bauer launched Ripper Real Life, a podcast featuring the wacky real-life stories that appear in Take 5 magazine. Ripper Real Life is hosted by the magazine’s editor Paul Merrill and narrated by deputy editor Kate Kirsten. Weaving says: “The team has great natural chemistry. They have worked together for a long time and it’s just really entertaining from the first listen.”
Lipp Media, a new podcast network, has launched in Australia. Lipp Media is a collaborative partnership for on-demand, digital audio by women and members of the LGBT+ community. Lipp Media facilitates commercial brand integration to ensure the development of popular, well-produced and profitable podcasts.
Lipp Media has launched with three original shows, The Gays Are Revolting, a dedicated weekly news source for contemporary gays, Cher and Retweet, a comedic journey down the rabbit hole that is Cher’s Twitter feed, and Word of The Gay, a weekly dissection of common words in the queer vernacular. The network also represents two existing shows, Popchops and It’s Time To Go: A Big Brother Australia podcast.
The driving force behind Lipp Media is Dan Gregg, who came from a career in TV production and casting, including producing music videos for some of Australia’s biggest pop stars (Delta Goodrem and Guy Sebastian) as well as stints in community radio before launching Lipp Media. He hosts the podcast Popchops, which has secured sponsorship from Select Touring, Smiling Dick and Gayle.
The US HowStuffWorks podcast network has teamed up with Whooshkaa for Australia and New Zealand.
The news comes after the network’s flagship show Stuff You Should Know is the first podcast to surpass 500 million cumulative downloads, according to Apple Podcasts.
The global network is claiming 2 million monthly downloads in Australia and New Zealand as part of the monthly global audience of 50 million downloads.
The alliance was agreed to by HowStuffWorks president and CEO Conal Byrne and Whooshkaa founder and CEO Rob Loewenthal.
“HowStuffWorks presents more than 100 hours of new content each month, new releases every month and an evergreen back catalogue of almost 10,000 episodes,” Byrne said. “Our shows present deep-dive information in an entertaining format that has struck a chord with Australian audiences. All are shot through with our core values of the pursuit of knowledge and authenticity.”
Whooshkaa’s Rob Loewenthal said the HowStuffWorks network opened globally successful shows such as Stuff You Should Know, Stuff You Missed in History Class and The Daily Zeitgeist to Australian markets.
“These shows are actively sought out and listened to by engaged audiences in Australia and New Zealand, driving two million downloads a month,” Loewenthal said. “Those numbers are rising every day and Whooshkaa is proud to partner with this iconic, leading network in the ramp-up phase of a fast-growing industry.”
Whooshkaa is currently in the market with an opportunity for one brand to sponsor the Stuff You Should Know podcast and its upcoming Australian and New Zealand tour.
Amidst a string of returning reality shows (Australian Survivor, The Block, The Bachelor), Seven is always trying something new.
By Andrew Mercado
Amidst a string of returning reality shows (Australian Survivor, The Block, The Bachelor), Seven is always trying something new. Launching a new format is always a worry but sometime it captures the public’s imagination and scores big, like Australian Ninja Warrior and Little Big Shots did last year (although all eyes will be on LBS this weekend to see if it returns with more than half its audience like ANW did). Others, like The Single Wives, struggle from night one, although catch-up viewing online may well prove to be enough for Seven to renew (given it is bringing back the universally panned Yummy Mummies under similar circumstances).
Dance Boss is a big shiny dancefloor format and when they say new, they mean it. This is an original in-house production from Seven, which means host Dannii Minogue talks up its World Premiere status and how the winning group will be the first one ever. Dannii gets pretty excited about it all and why not? Judges Sharni Vinson, Adam Garcia and Timomatic are all up for a bit of fun and have been perfectly cast as her offsiders. They all know their stuff and, without a desk to sit behind, they are free to jump up and bust a move themselves.
Seven wants you to believe this all takes place on the top floor of some circular city skyscraper, hence its round and bizarrely futuristic-looking set. But the real bum note is an uncomfortable focus on the bottom-ranked team. It is forced to stand around in an “On Notice” section while nervously watching each new act, hoping it will score worse than they did.
Luckily, none of this matters much because, once the dancing starts, this show is beautiful to watch. Familiar workplace groups like “ambos” and “public servants” are represented, although the “marketing guys” may not be as recognisable to those with actual marketing degrees, given marketing now seems to consist of handing out free samples and flyers. What is more authentic is that these “everyday Australians” are multicultural and with some disabilities, none of which is obvious once the routine begins.
Dance Boss isn’t quite a Dancing With The Stars yet, but it’s no Everybody Dance Now either. Instead, this could be the new So You Think You Can Dance and it deserves to be a big hit with the family audience it is aimed at.
Meanwhile on Doctor Doctor, the Aussie drama returns to Nine with the death of its boss. Rural property patriarch Jim Knight (Steve Bisley) is no more, leaving his family with plenty of new drama to deal with this season. Although it is sad for any series to lose the legendary Biso, he played a country bloke who never had much to say. So in a way, he won’t be missed and he leaves behind a much more talkative widow, Meryl (Tina Bursill). One also assumes his two sons (Rodger Corser and Ryan Johnson) are going to be butting heads over his assets. Whoever ends up boss, let’s hope they can dance to so they can enter Dance Boss next year as “the farmers”.
The second 2018 episode of Australian Survivor: Champions vs Contenders was rocked when Russell Hantz, one of its most infamous players, was voted out at just the second tribal council.
• Russell misreads the Aussie game
• Elimination #2: Russell, 45, USA
Aussies don’t like a big star, and for the second time in two nights a would-be tall poppy was eliminated.
When Survivor USA villain Russell realised he was on the outside of his tribe, he decided to make a massive power move by showing the rest of his team his idol. Shocked, his fellow Champions were forced to contemplate another option for their vote.
Confident in his plans, Russell said: “I am the master manipulator. It’s amazing how good I am at this game.” Oh dear…
At the immunity challenge, the two tribes faced a massive relay that involved a sprint through water, a massive climb, dive and shooting hoops. The Contenders streaked ahead early and despite a valiant effort from Steve Willis to catch up for the Champions, the Contenders held on to their lead, giving them their first Immunity win.
Drama bubbled away at the first Tribal Council for the Champions, as rugby league legend Mat and criminal barrister Sharn came forward as natural leaders for the tribe. Wearing his idol proudly around his neck, Russell felt confident in his position in the tribe, despite the taunts from Moana.
After their votes were cast, host Jonathan LaPaglia asked the tribe if anyone had an idol they would like to play. When Russell refused to play the one around his neck, he became vulnerable to the result.
A tied-vote between Russell and poker player Jackie sent the tribe back to the voting urn where an overwhelming number decided to send the Texan home.
Mediaweek’s Peter Olszewski rounds up the latest media news from the Asian market.
By Peter Olszewski
Following the merger of Discovery with Scripps Networks Interactive in early March, Discovery has now appointed Anna Pak Burdin as its Southeast Asian general manager. Pak Burdin will be based in Singapore, reporting to JB Perrette, president and CEO of Discovery Networks International. Her job will be to increase Discovery’s presence in the region and to expand the company products, with a particular focus on digital properties to capitalise on Southeast Asia’s ever growing numbers of digitally savvy consumers. Pak Burdin is a Discovery veteran, having held several senior roles including running the company in Eastern Europe, taking in Russia, the Baltics, Ukraine, and Central Asia. Most recently she was with the National Media Group, the largest media company in Russia and a partner of Discovery, where she was managed pay-TV distribution. Previously, she had executive roles at Eurosport, KidsCo TV, and EuroNews. At Discovery, she replaces Shavkat Berdiev, who held the role since 2016.
New York-headquartered Civil Media, a blockchain-based journalism organisation soon to launch its own CTV crypto-tokens, will jointly launch a US$1 million dollar fund for 100 Asian media startups over the next three years with Singapore-based The Splice Newsroom. Splice will manage the fund and Splice co-founder and CEO Alan Soon told TechCrunch that it is still to be figured out if financing will be by grants or equity-based investments. He told TechCrunch that deals will be “pre-seed, micro-investments to help entrepreneurs take their ideas to prototype stage.”
A+E Networks Asia will launch the new season of HISTORY Asia’s original production and award-winning automotive reality series Celebrity Car Wars in September, sponsored by Caltex. This will be the show’s third series and production and filming were recently completed in the Philippines. Among the six regional celebrities who will compete in the new series are Australian actor, singer, and model Matthew Deane and his wife and competitor Lydia Sarunrat, a Thai R&B idol and actress. US actor Bobby Tonelli hosts the new series, and guest mentors, professional race drivers Gaby dela Merced and Michele Bumgarner, are back in the new series.
Thailand’s largest private healthcare group, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS), has partnered with CNN International Commercial for the fourth consecutive year. The healthcare group has extended the partnership for 2018/19 to include sponsorship of a new show, Live Longer, hosted by CNN’s Emmy award-winning chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta. Live Longer launched on July 28 with a 30-minute episode, which will be followed by eight monthly segments. The show will conclude with a final 30-minute episode in February 2019. The healthcare group’s partnership with CNN also continues its sponsorship of flagship news program Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN International’s Asia feed.
South-East Asian OTT video streaming service HOOQ has appointed Bryan Seah as its head of original productions, and Tina Arwin as its head of content, Indonesia. Seah will be based at HOOQ headquarters in Singapore, and Arwin will work in the Jakarta office. Before HOOQ, Seah was head of original content at Discovery Network, overseeing original branded content for companies including Nestlé, Audi and Samsung. He has also produced programs for Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, NHK and TLC. Tina Arwin was previously head of content and programming at Viu Indonesia and has also worked for MTV Indonesia, Fremantlemedia, Astro Indonesia and Vivasky. HOOQ chief content officer Jennifer Batty said the hirings were part of HOOQ’s local content expansion, including original productions with the inaugural run of HOOQ Filmmakers Guild.
Singapore Press Holdings Magazines and Times Publishing have launched the sale of digital magazine redemption cards at all Times bookstores. The cards allow users to redeem digital magazines of either a single issue or a three-month subscription with 15 SPH magazine titles, including Men’s Health, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, and Home & Décor. To redeem, readers go online and activate the account using a code found on the card. This initiative follows the announcement in early March of the partnership between Times Publishing Ltd and SPH Magazines to digitise and distribute titles electronically. Times Publishing Group is a premier Asian media group, owned by Fraser and Neave. The group integrates several leading brands including Marshall Cavendish, Times Printers, Pansing, Times bookstores and GoGuru.
Beijing-based elevator advertising company Tikin Media, which is now operating outside China, has raised a RMB120 million (A$17.6 million) Series A+ round led by Sequoia Capital China, and joined by IDG Capital and Baidu Ventures. Tikin Media started up in 2017 and provides ad services in elevators in office buildings. The advertising displays are placed on elevators, and play automatically when elevator doors open. Tikin Media founder and CEO Ren Bin says the company has gained an 80% market share in the Chinese elevator advertising industry by providing a less costly alternative to advertising firms. Tikin has placed advertisements in more than 25,000 elevators in cities in China as well as major cities outside China – the company began marketing outside China earlier this year. China’s outdoor advertising market was worth RMB117.4 billion (A$23 billion) in 2016 and is forecast to post RMB144.4 billion for 2017.
Tencent Video is the leader in China’s subscription OTT video market and will continue to outperform rivals iQiyi and Youku in coming years, according to eMarketer, which predicts that 24.0% of China’s digital video viewers will subscribe to Tencent Video in 2018, and surpass 29% by 2020. Content investment has been a key element for the so-called BAT companies – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent. Alibaba’s Youku has led in content spending so far this year and picked up the rights to the FIFA World Cup. eMarketer predicts that this will boost Youku’s subscriber base by 55.0% this year, and by the end of next year Youku will overtake iQiyi in second place for digital viewer share. Almost 229 million Chinese people in China will watch video via a subscription streaming service this year and by 2022, more than a quarter of the population will use an OTT service.
• CNN Digital is seeking a news enthusiast with a fascination for Asia and beyond to join the digital team in Hong Kong. The successful candidate must have a deep understanding of what makes a good digital news story that can engage audiences on different platforms in different parts of the world, and needs to deliver breaking news with speed and accuracy.
• Tokenised social engagement platform JET8, which has offices in Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, and Spain, has appointed Marthin Romero as director of growth and development in Indonesia. Before joining JET8, Romero was sales and corporate marketing director for Masima Radio Network, overseeing marketing for 18 radio stations in nine Indonesian cities.
• Southeast Asian-based video streamer iflix has joined forces with two Indonesian agencies to promote and showcase young Indonesian artists in music and entertainment. The new initiative will consist of five film projects to be jointly developed and produced by iflix, the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy, and the Indonesian Film Board.
• A recent study – PayPal’s Global Freelancer Survey – showed that 58% of freelancers surveyed in four Southeast Asian markets have at times not been paid for their work and services. Paypal conducted an online survey of 1,602 freelancers from Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
• Singapore Press Holdings will streamline its digital advertising sales with Lineup’s Adpoint, a cloud-based media sales solution that doesn’t require a complex IT infrastructure to deploy and maintain. Ad booking for SPH digital media channels will also directly interface with Google’s DFP Adserver for instant inventory availability checking, product management, reservations and campaign revisions.
• Outdoor Channel (Asia) has today announced its launch on CAST, Singtel’s OTT app that “combines the flexibility of live TV and video streaming apps with on-demand entertainment”. Outdoor Channel (Asia) is owned and operated by Multi Channels Asia, and is available in more than 10 million households in Asia and more than 45 million households globally.
Shootsta, an Australian-based video disruptor that smashes the cost of video making by giving clients the technology and expertise to shoot their own videos, has seriously set up shop in Asia.
By Peter Olszewski
In July last year it opened a Singapore office partly because, as co-founder and CTO Tim Moylan says with political topicality, the company tax rate in Singapore is an attractive inducement.
Shootsta’s entry into Singapore came on the heels of Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop officially launching the federal government’s landing pad for Australian startups in Singapore in mid-March, 2017, with Shootsta CEO and co-founder Mike Pritchett saying at the time that Singapore was a “very big place to start” for Australians wanting to break into Asia.
Tim Moylan tells Mediaweek, “Singapore was a natural progression from Australia with many large brands having a Singapore HQ or office, so leveraging the existing client base was a good launching pad.”
He added that Singapore’s welcoming attitude to startups also played a big part in the decision.
“The Singapore government made it easy to set up a business there with the ability to employ people, and it also has a much better company tax rate,” he says.
Since opening in Singapore, the company now has a team of seven covering sales, customer success, strategy, training and editing.
• Survivor joins other Thursday hotties: The Front Bar & live NRL
• Aussies turn on another loudmouth, US Survivor superstar Russell
• Seven’s The Front Bar surges toward 300,000 in Melbourne
By James Manning
Home And Away had its smallest audience of the week with 613,000.
The Single Wives remains in the 7.30pm slot, but only on Thursday this week, with 293,000.
The Front Bar had a strong night with a network audience of 362,000 and a massive 274,000 in Melbourne. The episode, which attracted the biggest audience this year, featured special guests Bob Murphy, Simon Black and Luke Darcy.
Reporter Dan Nolan filed a special report on the drought on A Current Affair for the audience of 738,000.
Thursday night NRL did 216,000 in Sydney and 165,000 in Brisbane.
The AFL Footy Show took a hammering again last night from The Front Bar with an average audience of 139,000 in Melbourne, which was close to half the number watching what must now be Seven’s most successful footy entertainment show.
Pointless did just 222,000 for the channel toward the end of its second week.
The Project then did 279,000 and 502,000. Guests included Jamie Oliver and Ed Oxenbould plus Peter Helliar visited Russell Coight on location.
Episode two of Australian Survivor saw the Champions head to tribal council for the first time. Aussies don’t like a loud mouth or a show off, so it was perhaps no surprise that the much hyped US Survivor superstar Russell Hantz was sent home at the first opportunity they had to vote. It reminded some viewers of the brief appearance of Anthony Mundine on I’m A Celebrity earlier this year. The second Survivor 2018 episode also performed for TEN with 615,000 watching, which gave it wins in total people and key demographics.
A repeat of Law & Order: SVU then did 239,000.
Grand Designs Australia did 472,000 followed by Everyone’s A Critic on 241,000.
The late night repeat of Victoria did 143,000.
It’s not often Michael Portillo gets moved out of 7.30pm Thursday. However, he has lost that slot to Sir Tony Robinson for three weeks with the arrival of Britain’s Ancient Tracks. The first episode did 335,000. (Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys is on Wednesday nights at present.)
Next was a repeat of Alcatraz: Escaping The Rock on 223,000.
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113 Partners has appointed Richard Harris (pictured) business and creative strategist from August 2018.
Harris joins 113 Partners after a stint as head of business and audience at Screen Australia, where he was responsible for distribution, international strategy and the enterprise business program.
Prior to this, Harris was instrumental in building the creative and production company base in South Australia during his tenure as CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation. He brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role and is well-recognised as an innovator and leader in the screen industry.
Ian Murray, CEO of 113 Partners, said, “Richard is renowned for his dedication to fostering the development of individuals and businesses at all levels of the industry. We believe he is an excellent fit with 113 Partners. He shares our passion for growing creative enterprises and has the knowledge and experience to help our clients transform their businesses.”
In addition to holding executive positions in a variety of industry associations, Harris has headed the Australian Directors’ Guild, taught media policy at Sydney University, and authored the book Film in the Age of Digital Distribution. In 2010, Harris was voted by the readers of Encore magazine as one if its Power 50, and in 2007 was named by film industry magazine Variety as “one of the 20 film executives to watch”.
113 Partners is a boutique corporate advisory firm that assists businesses in the creative industries to grow, seek investment, and realise their value.
High profile businessman John Singleton says he has no plans to sell his stake in the Macquarie Media radio empire to Nine Entertainment but acknowledged that everything has a price.
The veteran adman noted he was very happy with the financial performance of the company’s stations, which include Sydney’s 2GB and Melbourne’s 3AW, reports The Australian’s Lisa Allen.
His comments come as Singleton gave his backing to Nine’s planned $3.86 billion merger with Fairfax Media. He expects that revenues for his large personal stake in the Macquarie Radio Network – home to broadcasters Alan Jones and Ray Hadley – should increase dramatically under the deal.
While he said there were no plans to sell the business, he acknowledged everything has a price.
“I get approaches every six weeks from various entities… the joint venture with Fairfax has worked beyond expectations,” Singleton told The Australian.
“But obviously there’s a price, most things are for sale.
“We have spoken to Ryan and Kerry Stokes – there’s hardly anyone that hasn’t spoken to us.”
OMD has promoted Sian Whitnall to chief digital officer, OMD Australia.
Whitnall has over 11 years’ industry experience working across the UK and Australian markets. Having first started her career at MediaVest and Initiative, Whitnall re-located to Australia in 2013 to take her first role with OMD Sydney as interactive director, working across clients such as Qantas and Estée Lauder. Whitnall re-joined OMD as head of digital, Sydney 12 months ago, coming from Ikon Communications, where she was head of digital amplification and trading.
Whitnall will be joining the national executive team, reporting directly into Aimee Buchanan, CEO, OMD Australia.
Buchanan said, “Sian has made a significant impact to our clients’ work and our digital product. Sian embodies the OMD ambition of driving performance for our clients, always done with integrity. We are thrilled to see her step into the chief digital officer role, continuing to elevate our capability in digital, data and technology.”
Whitnall’s appointment is effective immediately.
Animal Logic has announced a new appointment to the group executive team, naming Darin Grant chief technology Officer. Grant joins co-founder and chief executive officer Zareh Nalbandian, chief operating officer Sharon Taylor and chief business officer Robert Norton.
Grant has over 20 years’ experience in the industry, holding a variety of senior positions as a technologist including head of production technology at DreamWorks Animation and more recently as the global CTO at Digital Domain and Method Studios where he drove innovation and operational excellence across engineering and operations.
For over 10 years, Taylor has been a central figure to the Animal Logic Group, most recently managing the successful startup and rapid growth of the Vancouver studio.
Norton is responsible for the financial operations of the company and all business matters of Animal Logic Entertainment. His career spans over 30 years as an executive in the business-side of filmmaking.
“Darin’s appointment rounds off an incredibly talented and experienced executive team who will continue to drive Animal Logic’s commitment to creative and technical innovation,” said Nalbandian.
Crocmedia’s weekly podcast The Sounding Board with Craig Hutchison and Damian Barrett is the place you can usually find discussion about what “off the record” usually means for a working journalist and how it is applied in the Australian media.
However, The New York Times has an intriguing item today after its encounter with US President Donald Trump this week:
President Trump has ignored bedrock diplomatic alliances. He has stared directly into an eclipse. His disregard for the “off” part of an off-the-record meeting would seem to surprise exactly no one.
But the president’s decision to speak publicly about his recent private discussion with A.G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times, has prompted questions from some readers: What does “off the record” really mean? How does it work in practice?
This particular case was straightforward, in theory. At the request of the White House, both parties agreed not to talk about their July 20 meeting publicly. Then Trump tweeted merrily about the encounter anyway. And then, with the agreement voided by Trump’s comments, The Times responded by challenging his version of events.
While these exact circumstances – a sitting president placing a private meeting on the record on a whim – are uncommon, wrangling over the terms of a given conversation is a constant concern for many journalists.
Robert A. Sauerberg Jr., the chief executive of Condé Nast, plans to address senior staff members on August 8. The meeting will come in the wake of an extended visit from Boston Consulting Group, which recently concluded a months-long examination, reports The New York Times.
It does not promise to be a cheerful gathering. According to more than a dozen current and former Condé Nast executives, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal matters, the measures instituted at the company over the last decade – closing Details and the print versions of Self and Teen Vogue; laying off some 80 employees last year; combining the photo and research departments of different magazines – have not been enough to stem the bleeding.
The company lost more than US$120 million last year and plans to put three of its 14 magazines – Brides, Golf Digest and W – up for sale, three executives said. The marquee titles, including Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, are safe.
Southern Cross Austereo has signed the hosts of its Tripe M Adelaide breakfast show Roo & Ditts, Mark Ricciuto and Chris Dittmar (pictured), to a new three-year contract.
Starting out in drive on Triple M Adelaide’s Rush Hour in 2011, Roo & Ditts made their way to breakfast in June 2014. The new deal will see them hosting breakfast until at least the end of 2021.
Roo said, “People always ask me if I hate getting up early, but I actually love watching the sun rise and talking about the big topics that matter most to the people of South Australia.
“When I signed this contract, I had a choice between working three more years with Ditts or getting six kids ready for the day ahead. My wife Sarah wasn’t too happy when I chose Ditts.”
Ditts added, “I feel very lucky, I love what I do and I work with one of the best blokes and a fantastic team, though it hasn’t been lost on me that Roo has hung onto me and my squash career to further himself.”
Southern Cross Adelaide’s General Manager James Pedersen said, “Roo & Ditts have seen consistent audience growth since moving into the breakfast shift in 2014. They are both ultimate team players and this is reflected in their popularity with listeners as well as within the Triple M team.
“We are delighted to have them on board for another three years and we are confident of their continued success.”
hit105’s content director Mathew Eggleston (pictured) has announced that Rohan Edwards has been appointed the new afternoon announcer and he will also take on the role of assistant music director at the SCA Brisbane station.
Just three weeks ago Edwards was in a similar role at 2DayFM in Sydney, looking after Ash London Live, which broadcasts nationally to 50+ stations. He’s now taken the unusual step of moving to Brisbane from Sydney, despite having never set foot in the River City, and all based around what he’s heard!
Edwards said, “While I had a great team at 2DayFM and would often leave work with a sore face after laughing all day, I’ve always heard awesome things about Brisbane so when the arvo’s gig came up I knew I had to jump at it! Plus I kept hearing about The Valley, so why not?!”
Sydney shock jock Ray Hadley abruptly ended an interview with Peter Dutton after the Home Affairs Minister failed to immediately give his assurance that the government would dump its company tax policy, reports The Australian’s Rachel Baxendale.
Hadley accused Dutton and his cabinet colleagues of nodding in agreement with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull “like one of those dogs on the back shelf of a car” during a testy interview, which at one stage saw Dutton threaten to start asking the questions because Hadley was answering on his behalf.
While Dutton appears weekly on Hadley’s 2GB radio show, which is broadcast throughout NSW and Queensland, it is not the first time the broadcaster has come to blows with a member of the Turnbull cabinet.
In April 2017 Hadley dumped Treasurer Scott Morrison as a regular guest, broadcasting a song about their fight based on the Righteous Brothers hit Lost That Loving Feeling.
ABC Radio is right to target new audiences – but not like this, comments Fairfax Media’s Michael Lallo.
In its most recent ratings survey, research company GfK reported a drop in the breakfast share of all major ABC capital city stations except Brisbane. (Though none of these programs fall neatly within GfK’s 5.30am to 9am time slot.)
Given their sharp decline since January, Melbourne hosts Jacinta Parsons and Sami Shah – who replaced Red Symons – have endured intense scrutiny. The most frustrating thing is that ABC is squandering the talents of two exceptional broadcasters.
The pair’s Sydney counterparts have largely escaped these problems. In January, former morning host Wendy Harmer joined Robbie Buck in breakfast. Both are radio veterans, and it shows.
ABC is home to some of this country’s best broadcasters. If only it stopped looking over its shoulder – and underestimating the tastes of younger listeners – it could make the most of them.
Pose, the much-anticipated dance musical, will stream on Foxtel and screen on showcase, the home of FX Originals, from Tuesday September 11 at 8:30pm AEST.
Set in the 1980s, Pose is a dance musical that explores life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene.
Making television history, Pose features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series.
The transgender cast includes MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross, who co-star alongside Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, Tony Award winner Billy Porter, Charlayne Woodard, and newcomers Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllón Burnside and Angel Bismark Curiel.
Pose was co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, with Murphy directing the first two episodes.
The series is executive produced by Murphy, Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh. Canals and Silas Howard serve as co-executive producers, and Janet Mock, Our Lady J and Erica Kay also serve as producers.
The eight-episode first season is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
Foxtel and MTV Australia have announced a brand new spinoff short-form series, Goldie Shore: Radgies to Riches featuring the four Aussie housemates who made a splash on the international reality sensation Geordie Shore.
Available to stream on Foxtel on demand for a seven-day exclusive before launching on MTV, the local content initiative Goldie Shore: Radgies to Riches is the story of what happens next for Goldies – Dee Nguyen, Nick Murdoch, Alex Macpherson and Chrysten Zenoni – after last night’s season 17 finale.
The eight-episode series follows The Goldies’ journey on Geordie Shore, with highlights from every party, press opportunity and red carpet in their quest to find fame and fortune. From A-List events, to exclusive photo shoots, an epic press tour and a run-in with Kyle Sandilands, the series follows The Goldies as they get a taste of what it really means to be a star.
Stephen Baldwin, director of Foxtel Networks & On Demand, said, “Foxtel is excited to deliver this exclusive streaming content for fans of the reality show juggernaut, giving an extra special behind-the-scenes journey off the back of the local Aussie presence in the cast. Available only On Demand, this content play is one of many evolutions to the way we offer viewing and experiences to our subscribers.”
Simon Bates, VP Head of MTV APAC, said, “Moving into its 18th season, the Geordie Shore phenomenon has well and truly captured Australian fans. We wanted to give Australian audiences even more insight into the Australian cast and their journey as Goldies. Radgies to Riches will give viewers full fly-on-the-wall access to see the perks and the perils of being a reality television star and will be filled with the ups and downs newfound fame brings to Dee, Nick, Alex and Chrysten.”
Goldie Shore: Radgies to Riches premiered August 1, streaming exclusively On Demand on Foxtel and available on MTV from August 8.
On Monday, August 6, Nine’s Today show will be broadcasting live from the epicentre of drought-ravaged Australia. Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Georgie Gardner will be at Loomberah Hall in Tamworth, North West NSW, while Sylvia Jeffreys and Tim Gilbert will be in the town centre of Dirranbandi, South West Queensland.
Shining a spotlight on what we can all do to lend a hand, the special event show will raise awareness in city communities on just how tough farmers are doing it and what needs to be done by the State and Federal Governments. With farmers facing the driest winter on record, we dissect what further assistance needs to be given.
Karl Stefanovic said: “Our farmers are the backbone of this great country, and they need our help. We want to shine a light on their plight and explain the issues they’re facing.”
Georgie Gardner added: “Our farmers are known for their resilience and work ethic. They’re a proud bunch that shun the limelight and rarely ask for help. That’s why it’s so critical to put the focus on this drought crisis and assist them to get back on their feet. We want our farmers and their families to know the whole nation is here to lend its support.”
Viewers can help by donating to a special drought relief fund called Fighting For Our Families. The tax deductible donations are being administered by Rotary Australia and will be distributed to farmers in need with the help of the National Farmers’ Federation.
Anthony Bourdain tragically took his own life in June – but he’ll live on in new footage from his show, Parts Unknown, reports the New York Post.
Prior to his suicide in France on June 8 at age 61, Bourdain was filming the 12th season of the CNN series, which followed his explorations of various cultures and cuisines.
The final season will reportedly feature episodes filmed on the Lower East Side, the US-Mexico border, Indonesia and Spain.
Aside from an episode in Kenya, the show won’t be accompanied by his usual narration, which he hadn’t recorded before his death. But the final two episodes will feature interviews with the crew about making the show and Bourdain’s impact on the world.
The Simpsons has been a part of the Fox network almost as long as there has been a Fox network. Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman don’t see that changing when the network separates from 20th Century Fox TV, the show’s studio home, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“The Simpsons is so much a part of the brand, there’s been such an incredible halo effect of that show and the other animated series that are on our Sunday night,” Walden said Thursday during her time at the Television Critics Association press tour. “There are no plans for them to go anywhere other than Fox.”
Walden added that “a couple years of episodes” for the show are already in production, given the long lead time for the animation process, so it’s very likely the show will continue beyond the upcoming 30th season.
When 20th TV and other 21st Century Fox assets become part of Disney, Newman said, The Simpsons will become to Fox what The Big Bang Theory is to CBS – a long-running show licensed from an outside studio.
Optus is believed to have secured local broadcast rights to the UEFA Champions League, doubling down on its strategy to be the Australian home of international football, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
The telecommunications provider is sticking to its football-focused content strategy under chief executive Allen Lew, despite a disastrous World Cup campaign that was plagued by technical glitches.
An Optus spokesman declined to comment.
In May Lew said the Champions League rights would allow Optus “to add another string to our bow”, as the telco provider looks to differentiate from its rivals as the home of overseas football.
Optus is believed to have beat previous rights-holder beIN Sports Australia.