Wednesday January 30, 2019

MKR's Pete Evans & Manu Feildel with Mediaweek Day 2: Pete was “too boring“ for TV! Manu on best & worst TV days

To mark the milestone 10th season of My Kitchen Rules, Mediaweek is featuring separate interviews with the hosts across this week.

By James Manning

Mediaweek has also released separate podcasts on PodcastOne with both Pete Evans and Manu Feildel.

Listen to the podcast here or on iTunes.

Working with format co-creator and first executive producer Rikki Proost

Pete: Rikki is a well respected and much loved executive producer. He’s wonderful at creating concepts and bringing them to reality (pardon the pun). He’s a true master of the genre. It is always a privilege to catch up with him and I owe him a debt of gratitude for giving us this opportunity.

When I did the audition I think I got the job the first day. I then did a chemistry test with another host a couple of days later, but it didn’t feel right.

I hadn’t met Ricky yet, but I looked at the call sheet and rang him up. [Evans call to Proost] “We haven’t met, and thanks for the job. But the person we are working with, I don’t think [as a duo] we will be strong enough to go up against MasterChef. There is only one person that I know of in the country that I think would make a great partner for me.”

I’m very studious of my industry and I keep a watch on the hospitality world like a hawke and I said for this show to work you need someone like Manu Feildel.

Rikki laughed and told me Manu had done three pilots with Seven, but they had to sideline him because some people thought his accent was too strong which is why we reauditioned.

Manu and I had been mates for many, many years prior and I just knew…I like to work with big, colourful personalities when there are two of us onscreen.

Someone else like me isn’t the right formula. I love working with bold people. It allows me to be myself and be comfortable with that.

Evans didn’t always get the roles he tried out for

Pete: My first day ever on television I auditioned for Foxtel and a show called Home. It was a very simple premise – there was a landscape architect called Brendan Moar, a stylist called Shannon Fricke and then they brought me in as the cook because somebody pulled out at the last minute. I was the shyest person in the world. They asked me twice to come in because they loved the food I was doing in my restaurant.

I’ll never forget the first audition day when they had someone to train me.

They told me I was too boring. “Can you be a bit more flamboyant like maybe Jamie Oliver.” I told them the only person I can ever be is me. Now 10 years later I am still being me, so far so good!

Even the seemingly easiest things can take some time

Pete: When we arrive in the car outside a [contestant’s] home – that scene can take the longest to film out of anything. We do it about five times in and out of the car to get all the different angles. That is part of the success of the show – the high production values and they don’t cut corners.

Even ringing the doorbell can take some time. We walk up to the door, press the button and do it with all different angles. Then there is the entrance with the teams – hopefully we get that in one take. Sometimes it takes us two takes to get the angles right.

Then it is game on as we wait for the different courses.

One of us always visits the kitchen for entrée, main and dessert. Maybe they might only show one visit, sometimes none.

When the good stuff happens at instant restaurants

Pete: Manu and I leave the table for a substantial amount of time. We find the contestants open up a little bit more amongst themselves. When we are at the table it is MKR. When we leave the table to go into the kitchen, or to talk to production, that is when they can be more themselves.

Best parts of working on My Kitchen Rules every season

Pete: The first episode is always the best because we have never met the teams.

The viewers get ads leading up to the first episodes and they are getting to know the contestants. We sit down without knowing anything about them.

The first time the contestants cook for the public in challenges is always great.

The ultimate instant restaurants are also fantastic which is when they get to cook in their homes again. At that stage of the series they are right into competition mode.

The grand final of course is a highlight when we see the results of all the hard work and the experience gained across the series. This year we have changed it a little as to how the teams get to the semifinals and it is brutal. It was hard for Manu and I and a brutal way to pick the last four teams. There was so much pressure both for us, and the teams.

The lowest points are when we have to say goodbye to teams. It is very hard to tell a team they might be going home because they haven’t put enough salt on a dish. Something so petty can be the difference between winning and losing. I can be gut wrenching for us. Some people think it is all glamorous for us, but it is not as easy as they would think.

What are the days on My Kitchen Rules you enjoy most?

Manu: It is the day when contestants finally understand what they are there for. The first few weeks are holiday time. They are all away from their families and their work. They are meeting new people and making new friends.

We have to remind them that the instant restaurant round is actually the easiest part of the competition.

There is $250,000 to win – we are not going to give that money to just anyone.

When the people realise it is a real competition they start working their hardest and it is when they start cooking some great food.

What are the hardest days during a My Kitchen Rules shoot?

Manu: They are long days, some days maybe two challenges in a day. We might be hot, sweaty and exhausted and half of the food that you had was not great.

It is a lot more than what you see on TV. We have big responsibilities and it can be tiring.

Tomorrow: What people don’t always understand about the MKR format + trouble in the kitchen

Talent raid: How SCA’s Mike Fitzpatrick rocked the radio world

Southern Cross Austereo rocked the Sydney radio world last week by poaching one of Australia’s hottest executive producers – WSFM’s Laura Bouchet – to work on the new Triple M Sydney Lawrence Mooney breakfast show.

By James Manning

Triple M head of content Mike Fitzpatrick talks to Mediaweek about the move and how the network is positioned for 2019.

To Mike Fitzpatrick, hiring Laura Bouchet for his Sydney station looked an obvious move:

“She has runs on the board and you cannot find anyone in the industry that doesn’t speak highly about her. I already knew we made the right decision, but it was nice to have affirmation from many people after the announcement was made.

“I’m sure she will be sorely missed by Jonesy and Amanda. We will make sure we look after her and she will be great for Moonman [Lawrence Mooney].”

Asked if he was lucky that Triple M could secure her services without a long no-compete period, Fitzpatrick replied: “There is no such thing as luck!”

Fitzpatrick said he hadn’t been talking to Bouchet over a long period of time. “We always intended to start the year at Triple M breakfast with Sydney content director Jamie Angel producing breakfast. It is great to have the content director getting his hands dirty working on a show. We have also got some great producers from SCA working with me and Jamie getting that show right prior to Laura starting with us.”

When asked if Bouchet’s arrival means a change of target audience at Triple M Sydney, Fitzpatrick said: “It was obvious from the show we had before we were very, very male and also nearly exclusively western suburbs targeted. That was great because it was what we needed at the time.

The Grill Team Triple M created nine years ago was what we needed. We had been in the wilderness and we had a share of about 2.9% in breakfast. We didn’t really stand for anything, we weren’t playing rock music and we had just bought the NRL rights.

“Creating The Grill Team was a necessary move to claim back our core audience, put a flag in the sand and say this is what we stand for.

“That show is not what we need now. Our NRL coverage is 10 years old and remains #1 under 70. The audience also knows what we stand for musically.

Our goal now is to grow our 10+ audience in breakfast. Breakfast is where all the audience comes in and we then keep them across the day. We weren’t ever going to grow 10+ with the show we had there before.

We are still a male targeted radio station with weekend sport and rock music. But in breakfast it should be able to be enjoyed by everyone over the age of 10.

The new Sydney show is led by Mooney with Grill Team original Gus Worland, SCA veteran the great Chris Page and Jess Eva from Sunshine Coast breakfast radio.

Fitzpatrick reminded us both Jonesy and Amanda are both ex-Triple M and very talented. “I love them both. Why wouldn’t the opposition try and take one of the reasons for that success?”

He added the role of executive producer is critical to the success of the show. “They work hand-in-hand with the talent, so you need and EP that understands and had a great relationship with the talent.”

The Moonman breakfast team were very happy with the new appointment, said Fitzpatrick.

He added that Mooney is cutting back big time on many of his commitments to focus on his Sydney radio challenge. “He’s not doing the Melbourne Comedy Festival or the Brisbane Comedy Festival. He is doing 11 shows at the Sydney Opera House which turns out to be fortuitous for the host of the Sydney Triple M breakfast show.

Without the question being asked about where Mooney will be based (it was coming), Fitzpatrick said: “Despite what some of the press would have you believe, Lawrence isn’t doing the show from Melbourne every day. He will be in Sydney for the first couple of surveys and he is looking for apartments. He needs to be in Melbourne for some commitments and he will split his time between the two.

“He will be in Sydney a lot.”

Of the arrival of Jess Eva in Sydney to be part of Triple M breakfast, Fitzpatrick said: “She will be a fantastic long term radio player. She has not come from a reality TV background. She comes from a radio background.

“She was with SCA in regional Queensland and more recently was on the Sunshine Coast where she did breakfast for the past six years. She is a radio person first.”

Has she moved to Sydney?

“Of course! She has moved her whole family to Sydney. Including her husband Norm who is a bit like Mick Dundee at the moment – he can’t believe how many big buildings there are.”

Triple M around the network: Brisbane

The Brisbane station had a great end to 2018 with a record share.

“Moony likes to downplay his role in that. The reality is that the Triple M breakfast show has great bones with Robin Baily and Greg Martin. Newcomer Nick Cody is great. He lives in Brissie and his strike rate is very high. He will be a long-term prospect too for Brisbane. We ended last year with a record result. It was heartening we did it via a slow, steady build over 12 months, which indicates we got the strategy right.

I don’t expect to have a 14.1% in surveys one and two this year, because you can’t change your breakfast show and stay #1. I certainly expect it to be competitive though.

Triple M Melbourne’s Hot Breakfast

“I was very happy with the growth at Triple M Melbourne. They have had one of their best books in a long time. We have really managed to reinvent that show with Wil Anderson coming in. After eight years it needed a freshen up.”

Fitzpatrick admitted there were a few soft surveys last year. “But we didn’t just replace Mick Molloy with Wil. It changes everything when you change a person. We also realised the show we need now is not what we needed when we built the show nine years ago. Eddie understands that too and sees the need to keep the core promise that we will keep the audience in touch with everything happening in Melbourne. He also sees the need to broaden the audience and not just focus on football.”

Adelaide’s Triple M

“We had consistent figures across the year and we were consistently winning the workday, but unfortunately we ended dropping a little in the last two surveys.

“There is no reason that won’t come back in 2019.”

Triple M’s new networked drive show with Mick and Jane

Kennedy Molloy has been hugely successful in Brisbane and Perth. It is growing in Sydney with some good recent results.

“In Melbourne, it is taking a little longer than I would have thought although we ended the year above 7%. It is a very tough market in drive. There is still room for growth and we are only a year in. No show works in a year anywhere…no matter who you are.”

New Triple M signing special guest at Moonman Opera House gig

She is not allowed to start her new job until March, but new Triple M signing Laura Bouchet was a special guest at Lawrence Mooney’s Sydney Opera House gig last night.

Southern Cross Austereo turned on the hospitality for a number of clients and the breakfast team, inviting them for pre and post-show drinks and tickets to one of Mooney’s 11 Opera House shows.

Mooney had the Playhouse Theatre rocking with laughter in much the same way his new Sydney home rocks its audience with its playlist. His An Evening With Malcolm show is nearing the end of its national tour and the centrepiece of the show is a TV chat program hosted by Malcolm Turnbull.

There are just a few shows left at the Opera House and Mediaweek advises readers they should move quickly to get tickets!

Supporting Mooney in the audience last night was not just his new executive producer, but his colleagues from breakfast Gus Worland, Jess Eva and Chris Page with some of their production team.

Also on hand was Sydney content director Jamie Angel who SCA’s Mike Fitzpatrick notes elsewhere here today is current “getting his hands dirty” producing the breakfast show with a 4am start.

Others from SCA at the gig were head of marketing Nikki Clarkson, head of radio sales Sydney Carla Vella and head of direct sales Lyn Barp.

Carla Vella with Lyn Barp, Nikki Clarkson and Jamie Angel

Others at the gig included former SCA exec now with CRA, Jaime Chaux, and always busy journalist Melissa Hoyer. Also attending was former Triple M breakfast production guru Richard Mortlock.

Top Photo: Laura Bouchet with Gus, Pagey and Eva

Shall We Dance? Australia, 10 introduces its 2019 stars

Network 10 has confirmed the names of all the contestants signed this year for the return of Dancing with the Stars to television:

Network 10 has recruited from the north, south, east and even from the West Indies to bring a stellar line-up of celebrities who are super excited to show off their foxtrot, rumba and waltz on the all new Dancing With The Stars.

Premiering Monday, 18 February at 7.30pm, the 11 illustrious hopefuls will be rhinestoned and sequined within an inch of their lives, ready to deliver the sparkliest season yet.

And, for the first time in Australia, Dancing With The Stars will see a male celebrity paired with a male professional dancer. Shane Jenek will undertake rehearsals as himself but come show time will perform under his drag pseudonym, Courtney Act.

Courtney, a triple threat who has been practising her dance moves relentlessly, said: “My balls…of my feet have been very sore. I’m used to high heels hurting but my feet are killing me already.”

And joining Courtney, Samuel Johnson, Sir Curtly Ambrose and Cassandra Thorburn are another seven stars.

From fitness moguls, chefs, comedians and lifesavers, will they have what it takes to shimmy, sparkle and spin their way to dancing glory, all in the name of charity?

Here’s what they had to say:

Michelle Bridges, Fitness Expert

“At a wedding recently, I was on the dancefloor all night to the point where I busted my heel and like any good Aussie girl, I threw my shoes into the corner and kept going!”

Denise Scott, Comedian and TV Presenter

“People do like to cheer on the underdog. Surely being the oldest in something doesn’t make you an underdog, it just makes you old.”

Olympia Valance, Actress

“I’ve watched the show every year and I wanted to try something that I’ve never done before. How cool would it be to whip out a freaking tango at a salsa bar?”

Jett Kenny, Competitive Lifesaver and Model

“My sister who has danced her whole life told me to go and get basic lessons, but I saw it as more of a challenge to start from scratch.”

Miguel Maestre, Chef and TV Presenter

“Everyone is looking at me like this bowl of jamón rolling around the dancefloor!”

Constance Hall, Author and Social Media Sensation

“I was surprised when first approached but then I realised ‘no of course they want me there, everyone needs someone to laugh at.’ That’s their angle so I’ll give it to them.”

Jimmy Rees (aka Jimmy Giggle), Children’s Presenter

“My family are very excited, I think they have high expectations for me which I’m trying to lower.”

Dancing With The Stars is hosted by Grant Denyer and Amanda Keller.

Seven returns to UK production sector: BBC exec to run Seven Studios

Seven Studios, a wholly owned content creation division of Seven West Media, is to launch Seven Studios UK, a new venture that will be led by BBC Studios executive Damon Pattison.

Seven Studios UK joins Seven West Media’s growing content creation group, along with Great Southern Film & Television (Auckland), Slim Film & Television (London), Seven Studios Australia and 7Beyond (Los Angeles).

See also:Seven exits UK production biz as Screentime parent Banijay acquires 7Wonder

Pattison is currently head of entertainment North at BBC Studios, where he is responsible for several long running series including A Question of Sport. Since starting in that role he has executive produced Top of The Box for Channel Five and co-created BBC daytime series The Boss and Home Is Where The Art Is. Prior to his current role he was creative director of development across BBC Studios.

During his career, Pattison has co-created and produced numerous formatted series including You Are What You Eat, Show Me the Monet, Secret Location, Food Chain, Word Play and School of Silence, as well as producing the series of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? which included the first two millionaires and the infamous cheating major. He also ran his own company, Lucky Day Productions, as part of the Zodiak Media Group.

Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner said: “We are very pleased to be opening the doors of Seven Studios in the UK with Damon, whose record as an outstanding creative executive and leader speaks for itself. He has consistently generated fantastic ideas and executed them with great success. At Seven Studios UK he will have the benefit of an IP flow from our entire group’s creative output which is already finding a growing global audience.”

Pattison said: “The opportunity to work for an international broadcaster of such repute was too good a chance to miss. It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity, and I look forward to working with such a strong creative team to develop and produce new content at Seven Studios UK.”

7Beyond, which recently celebrated its fifth birthday, continues to go from strength to strength with its top rating My Lottery Dream Home moving into season 8, and new commissions from HGTV and Discovery.

See also: Inside the 7Beyond US joint venture

GSTV recently took home numerous honours from the New Zealand television awards for both scripted and unscripted projects, and its award-winning observational documentary The Casketeers has been a global hit.

Seven Studios Australia continues to create hit formats with My Kitchen Rules now produced in 13 international territories. Having launched a number of new titles on the Seven Network over the past year, it is currently co-producing Zumbo’s Just Desserts with Netflix.

Fox Footy welcomes return of AFLW 2019 with a fresh lineup

Footy is returning this weekend and all the AFLW action will again be on Foxtel’s Fox Footy channel.

Beginning round one, Fox Footy will show every game of every round of the 2019 NAB AFL Women’s third season live, including finals and the grand final with no ad-breaks siren to siren.

Fox Footy’s commentary team made up of expert analysts, players and coaches will be ready for the first bounce of the blockbuster between new club Geelong and Collingwood this Saturday February 2.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Fox Footy team and seeing the game from another point of view. I can’t wait to see how the skills and tactics of the players and coaches have changed and I am excited to dissect this with viewers at home,” said Bec Goddard.

Game days will be hosted by Sarah Jones and Kelli Underwood, with Fox Footy’s Katherine Loughnan, Sarah Olle, Katelyn Barry, Natalie Yoannidis, Tania Armstrong plus Sharni Layton covering all the action from the boundary.

Fox Footy’s Leigh Montagna, Ben Dixon, Alastair Lynch, Chyloe Kurdas, Kate Sheahan, Ben Waterworth, Adam Papalia and Sam Hargreaves also make up the team.

For the first year ever, the league will play semi-finals with the two winners of each pool facing off in the grand final.

In December last year, AFL and Foxtel announced a partnership that will see all NAB AFL Women’s matches broadcast live on television for the next four years. The partnership formalised Foxtel’s long-term commitment to AFLW, with all matches broadcast live around the country.

In 2019 and 2020, Foxtel will broadcast every AFLW game live, including all finals matches live nationally throughout the four-year partnership.

All games will also be available live on the digital platform Foxtel and via the official AFLW Live App.


• Saturday 2 February, 6.30pm live from GMHBA Stadium

• Saturday 2 February, 8.30pm live from Norwood Oval

• Sunday 3 February, 1.00pm live from North Hobart Oval

• Sunday 3 February, 3.00pm live from Casey Fields

• Sunday 3 February, 5.00pm live from Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex

Top Photo: Fox Footy’s Sarah Jones

SAG Awards: All the winners from Mrs Maisel to Bohemian Rhapsody

The Screen Actors Guild yesterday presented its annual awards for outstanding motion picture and television performances of 2018 at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by Megan Mullally.

In Australia the awards were telecast on the Foxtel Arts channel.

Mandy Moore

Honored with individual awards were Mahershala Ali, Emily Blunt, Rami Malek and Glenn Close for performances in motion pictures, and Patricia Arquette, Jason Bateman, Rachel Brosnahan, Darren Criss, Sandra Oh and Tony Shalhoub for performances in television.

The award for a motion picture cast performance went to Black Panther, while the award for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went to This Is Us and The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel.

Black Panther cast

Harry Shum Jr. and Sydney Sweeney revealed the honourees for outstanding action performances during the official live pre-show.

The stunt ensemble from Black Panther was honoured for film and the stunt ensemble from Glow was honoured for television.

Tom Hanks presented Alan Alda with the 55th Life Achievement Award, following a filmed salute to one of the world’s most respected and beloved actors.

The complete list of recipients for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards as follows:

Theatrical Motion Picture winners

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
• RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury – “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
• GLENN CLOSE / Joan Castleman – “THE WIFE” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
• MAHERSHALA ALI / Dr. Donald Shirley – “GREEN BOOK” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
• EMILY BLUNT / Evelyn Abbott – “A QUIET PLACE” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
• BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
• BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)

Television winners:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
• JASON BATEMAN / Martin “Marty” Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
• SANDRA OH / Eve Polastri – “KILLING EVE” (BBC America)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
• TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (Prime Video)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
• RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (Prime Video)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
• GLOW (Netflix)

The 55th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award

Top Photo: The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel cast

Ocean Alley’s Confidence #1 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018

Local heroes Ocean Alley topped the Hottest 100 poll with their song Confidence securing the majority of the record breaking 2,758,584 votes.

ABC radio station triple j summarises the voting highlights:

We always knew 2018 was gonna be a big one for Ocean Alley. The Sydney six-piece built up a solid fanbase over the 12 months prior, touring their blistering live show after claiming their first Hottest 100 entry with The Comedown at #38 in 2017. Then in February 2018, while gearing up for the release of their second album Chiaroscuro, they dropped a slinky little number called Confidence on the nation. Almost a year later, proving its mass appeal and lasting power, it topped the poll as the fave song in the 2018 Hottest 100.

triple j’s music director Nick Findlay says of the song: “Dripping with a level of sun-drenched soul that’s straight out of a 70s surf flick, Confidence proved to be such an earworm that it transcended the usual garage-ska scene and straight into the hearts of the nation. It’s a song that led the votes from day one of polling and never stopped its huge trajectory to success. Confidence is Ocean Alley at their finest and a well-deserved jam to take out the #1 spot in the 2018 Hottest 100.”

Triple j’s Hottest 100 stats:

• Ocean Alley’s Confidence marks the 15th Aussie song to hit #1 in the Hottest 100
• Ocean Alley placed with 4 songs, followed by Billie Eilish, Hockey Dad, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Post Malone and DMA’S at 3 songs each
• Ocean Alley bookend the countdown with #1 Confidence and #100 with Bones. That’s the second time ever, after Powderfinger did it in 1999 with #1 These Days and #100 Passenger
• 65 songs are from Australian artists and 21 artists appear in a Hottest 100 for the very first time
• 31 artists were first heard on triple j Unearthed and 6 songs were uploaded to triple j Unearthed in 2018
• 67 songs are from male artists, 22 from female artists, 8 from acts including both male and female artists, and 3 from artists who identify as Non-Binary or Genderqueer
• February was the hottest month with 14 songs released in that month, including 3 from Ocean Alley!
• 2 artists in the countdown had back-to-back entries: RÜFÜS DU SOL (#22 Underwater, #23 Treat You Better) and Vance Joy (#53 We’re Going Home, #54 Saturday Sun)
• Both Peking Duk and DMA’S celebrate their 5th consecutive appearance in a countdown, while Amy Shark, Cub Sport, Tash Sultana, Thundamentals, Vera Blue and Drake appear for a 3rd consecutive year
• Hilltop Hoods now have 19 songs in a Hottest 100, catching up with record holders Powderfinger and Foo Fighters (22 each)
• The shortest song is Up In The Clouds by Skegss (2:30min) and the longest song is Underwater by RÜFÜS DU SOL (5:49min)
• Music truly came from all over Australia, with regional Hottest 100 hometowns including Byron Bay, Forster, Forbes, Windang, Castlemaine, Blue Mountains, Arnhem Land, Delungra, Newcastle, Gympie and Menangle

Box Office: The Mule and Greenbook add some Colour to Top 5

There are two new entries in the top five this week amongst a competitive field of films, with eight films each earning over the $1m mark this past weekend. Despite this bevy of high earners, this flat box office produced a 5% decline on the previous weekend generating a total of $17.55m.

By Trent Thomas

The Mule debuts at #1 as Clint Eastwood proves that he can still draw a crowd, and is joined in the top five by fellow debutant Green Book. These two films have taken the place of Aquaman which made $1.34m (5 weeks, $39.29m) and Mary Poppins Returns which made $1.16m (4 weeks, $17.54m). Despite slipping out of the top five Mary Poppins Returns had the highest average per screen, generating $8,163 across 162 screens.

Bohemian Rhapsody finally commenced its inevitable slide down the rankings last week, and this has continued this past weekend with the biopic coming in at #11 after making $774,656. This brings the overall total to $50.23m as it inches closer to to the $50.38m needed to enter the top 10 all-time for the Australian box office.

Noticeable films outside of the top five this week include:

#7 Dragon Ball Super: Broly– $1.32m (First week)
#9 Storm Boy– $904,936 (Two weeks, $3.36m)
#10 Ralph Breaks the Internet– $800,973 (Five weeks, $19.51m)
#12 Mary, Queen of Scots- $636,796 (Two weeks, $2.59m)

#1 The Mule $1.90m

Being the top earner in its opening weekend is a good start for the film that was based on the New York Times’ article The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule by Sam Dolnick. In its first week of release, it averaged $6,123 across 311 screens.



#2 Glass $1.82m

Dropping down from top spot in its second week of release, the continuation of the story told in Split and Unbreakable averaged $5,302 over 344 screens this weekend.



#3 How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World $1.62m

After four weeks of being in Australian cinemas, the overall Australian box office total for the Dreamworks Animation film now sits at $20.10m, after averaging $5,059 over 322 screens this weekend.



#4 Green Book $1.60m

Fresh off winning a Golden Globe and with a possible Oscar on the horizon the film based on the book The Negro Motorist Green Book, and starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali debuts at number four. In its first week in Australian theatres, the film managed to average $6,191 after being shown on 260 screens (the highest average in the top five).



#5 Instant Family $1.58m

After three weeks the family comedy has stayed in the top five after only suffering a 24% drop off on last weekend, while still managing to stay above the $1.5m mark, and producing an average of $5,770 over 275 screens.


TV Ratings Analysis: January 29

• Married At First Sight maintains lead, keeps Nine #1
• Seven close behind primary but again #1 combined
• 10’s share lifts as Hughesy return helps fill out schedule

Week 5 2019 – Summer schedule – Tuesday

By James Manning

FTA early evening TV news

• Seven News 1,013,000 and 960,000
• Nine News 838,000 and 810,000
• ABC News 648,000
• 10 News First 426,000
• SBS World News 125,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 265,000
• Today 219,000
• ABC News Breakfast 109,000

Morning TV

• The Morning Show 125,000
• Today Extra 102,000
• Studio 10 65,000

Week 5 Reality Battle

Married At First Sight

• Monday 1,003,000
• Tuesday 955,000

My Kitchen Rules

• Monday 816,000
• Tuesday 814,000

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here

• Sunday 681,000/647,000
• Monday 676,000
• Tuesday 605,000


Seven got very close last night to a primary channel win, trailing Nine by just 0.2. Seven is able to claim a combined channel win though with a narrow lead over Nine by…0.2.

On My Kitchen Rules, the audience was steady for episode two just over 800,000. The instant restaurant from Amanda and Blake saw the first scores of 10 this year. As co-host Pete Evans told Mediaweek, there are more scores of 10 given out this year than ever before.

A second successive night of The Good Doctor was on 552,000 after 621,000 on Monday. Last night would be the smallest audience yet for the US medical drama.


After starting the week on 816,000, A Current Affair was on 677,000.

There was also an audience dip at Married At First Sight with the Monday audience down to 955,000. The program remains the leader in the timeslot and key demos though.

Nine then went with another movie – Bridget Jones’s Baby did 303,000.


After starting its weeknights at 7pm this week on 438,000, The Project lifted a little to 465,000. Dave Hughes returned to the show ahead of the launch of a new season of his panel show.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! had much going on including Luke Jacobz in a terrifying trial and then spilling the beans on Lindsay Lohan. The Tuesday audience was just over 600,000.

Hughesy, We Have A Problem helped build the channels Tuesday share with half a million staying with 10 until 10pm. The episode was #1 under 50 in its timeslot and was up 9% on the show’s 2018 average.

Week 5 TV: Tuesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 10.4% 7 21.7% 9 21.9% 10  13.7% SBS One 5.0%
ABC 2 2.8% 7TWO 3.1% GO! 3.0% 10 Bold 3.3% VICELAND 1.5%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 2.3% GEM 2.2% 10 Peach 2.2% Food Net 0.8%
ABC NEWS 1.6% 7flix 1.5% 9Life 1.8%     NITV 0.1%
    7Food 0.5%            
TOTAL 15.3%   29.1%   28.9%   19.2%   7.5%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 10.9% 7 23.1% 9 16.5% WIN 12.7% SBS One 4.2%
ABC 2 3.1% 7TWO 5.1% GO! 2.9% WIN Bold 2.7% VICELAND 1.5%
ABC ME 1.0% 7mate 4.0% GEM 3.9% WIN Peach 2.3% Food Net 0.7%
ABC NEWS 1.4% 7flix 1.6% 9Life 1.5% Sky News  on WIN 0.8% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 16.4%   33.8%   24.8%   18.5%   6.6%


  1. Seven News Seven 1,013,000
  2. Married At First Sight – Nine 955,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 846,000
  4. Nine News Nine 838,000
  5. My Kitchen Rules – Seven 814,000
  6. Nine News 6:30 Nine 810,000
  7. A Current Affair Nine 677,000
  8. ABC News ABC 648,000
  9. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 10 605,000
  10. The Chase Australia Seven 589,000
  11. The Good Doctor- Seven 552,000
  12. Hughesy, We Have A Problem 10 498,000
  13. 7.30 ABC 490,000
  14. The Project 7pm 10 465,000
  15. 10 News First 10 426,000
  16. Foreign Correspondent ABC 399,000
  17. Hot Seat Nine 391,000
  18. The Great Australian Bee Challenge ABC 375,000
  19. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 366,000
  20. Bridget Jones’s Baby Nine 303,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. Married At First Sight – Nine 307,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules – Seven 162,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 10 147,000
  4. Hughesy, We Have A Problem 10 136,000
  5. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 122,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. Married At First Sight – Nine 477,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules – Seven 275,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 10 273,000
  4. Hughesy, We Have A Problem 10 241,000
  5. Seven News Seven 233,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. Married At First Sight – Nine 507,000
  2. My Kitchen Rules – Seven 312,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 10 307,000
  4. Seven News Seven 288,000
  5. Hughesy, We Have A Problem 10 278,000
TUESDAY Multichannel
  1. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 175,000
  2. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 169,000
  3. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 166,000
  4. Bluey PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 162,000
  5. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 160,000
  6. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 154,000
  7. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000
  8. Pj Masks PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 147,000
  9. Go Jetters PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 143,000
  10. Noddy Toyland Detective PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 139,000
  11. Andy’s Wild Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  12. Thomas And Friends: Big World! Big Ad ABCKIDS/COMEDY 131,000
  13. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  14. Wallykazam! PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 124,000
  15. Neighbours 10 Peach 124,000
  16. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 118,000
  17. The Suspects – True Australian Thrillers- 7WO 115,000
  18. Hey Duggee AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 114,000
  19. Csi: Miami 10 Bold 108,000
  20. Giggle And Hoot ABCKIDS/COMEDY 108,000
  1. Live: Between The Innings FOX CRICKET 221,000
  2. Live: BBL: Sixers V Strikers FOX CRICKET 207,000
  3. Live: BBL: Sixers V Strikers FOX CRICKET 188,000
  4. Live: BBL: Hurricanes V Heat FOX CRICKET 101,000
  5. Live: BBL: Hurricanes V Heat FOX CRICKET 74,000
  6. Live: Between The Innings FOX CRICKET 69,000
  7. Live: BBL Post Game FOX CRICKET 64,000
  8. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 56,000
  9. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 54,000
  10. Family Guy FOX8 52,000
  11. The Great British Bake Off LifeStyle FOOD 48,000
  12. Family Guy FOX8 48,000
  13. Jones & Co Sky News Live 45,000
  14. The Simpsons FOX8 43,000
  15. Silent Witness BBC First 42,000
  16. The Simpsons FOX8 42,000
  17. Bones TVH!TS 42,000
  18. Paul Murray Later Sky News Live 41,000
  19. Silent Witness BBC First 35,000
  20. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 35,000

Shares all people, 6pm-midnight, Overnight (Live and AsLive), Audience numbers FTA metro, Sub TV national
Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM

Media News Roundup

Business of Media

BuzzFeed axes quarter of its Australian staff amid global cuts

BuzzFeed is set to axe about a quarter of its 40 staff in Australia as part of the embattled new outlet’s bid to slash costs, reports The Australian’s Lilly Vitorovich.

Simon Crerar, founding editor and general manager of BuzzFeed’s Australian operations, told The Australian that “25 people are entering (a) consultation period, 11 jobs to go after that period wraps up.”

Initially, Crerar said on Twitter this morning that management have informed them that 25 roles in Australia are “facing redundancy” out of about 40 employees. But shortly afterwards, sent a second tweet saying that 11 positions are to go in Sydney after the consultation period.

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Mark Day on digital news: The only workable model is subscription

BuzzFeed is only a dozen years old. It was established in 2006, designed to be a source of “alternative infotainment”. It quickly caught on with its quirky “listicles” of useless information, wittily presented, and lots of funny pictures of cats in hats, comments The Australian’s Mark Day.

It fulfilled the theory behind its model: put up clickbait and people will click on in sufficient numbers to attract lots of ads, which will in turn fund the business and make a profit. Its early success in building traffic brought big-bucks support from Wall Street entrepreneurs looking for the “next big thing”.

Seven years ago the BuzzFeed bosses decided to build a serious newsgathering and publishing business called BuzzFeed News.

Providing a deep and credible news service is a costly business. The Guardian has found a lifeline via the begging bowl, receiving millions each year by soliciting gifts.

As the internet ecosystem develops, it is becoming increasingly clear that if you aspire to provide a serious, credible news service, cats in hats won’t cut it.

The only workable model is subscription. Here, it helps to have a long-established brand as a masthead, a place where people can be confident they will get value for their money.

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Sacked BuzzFeed staff told to ‘celebrate’ their final days

Is there a more cowardly way to tell an employee being made redundant than to “consult” them about a “shift” in “business priorities”? asks Sydney Morning Herald columnists Kylar Loussikian & Samantha Hutchinson.

That’s a question for BuzzFeed Australia boss Simon Crerar and the company’s international head Scott Lamb, who flew in to explain “they were reducing the news footprint”.

The lucky employees not to get the chop have been told their jobs are likely to be “grouped” together, a terrifying prospect for writers peering over the abyss into sponsored content.

The key change, Lamb told staff, was that the “editorial” team – who compile all the non-news items – will be merged with the “creative” team, who produce paid articles.

Having left journalists hanging over the long weekend to learn their fate, Lamb was unable to offer even the most basic details, such as which divisions would be targeted for redundancies.

This is because the first step would be to have “conversations” lasting into next week.

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Bankers called in to float Asian TV & movie streaming business iflix

Rich Lister Patrick Grove is ramping up preparations to list his Asia-focused TV shows and movies streaming business iflix on the Australian Securities Exchange, in a float that could value the company at more than $1 billion, reports The AFR’s Street Talk.

Street Talk understands iflix has asked a handful of Australian investment banking teams to pitch for joint lead manager roles, with the view to having advisers mandated to work on the mooted float within weeks.

Should iflix – which is a competitor to Netflix in Asia – head to the ASX as planned, it would likely be one of the largest technology sector listings in Australia this year.

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GPJ Australia wins Tourism Western Australia’s experiential account

Marketing agency GPJ Australia has been appointed the experiential agency of record for the Tourism Western Australia account following a competitive pitch.

As part of the partnership GPJ will be delivering experiential, creative, strategy, activation and production services to Tourism Western Australia.

Natalie Pronin, regional manager Western Australia, GPJ Australia, said: “What better way to kick off 2019 than the opportunity to work with Tourism Western Australia. We can’t wait to showcase the very best of what WA has to offer through creating memorable experiences for the delegates of ATE2019.”

“GPJ Australia had an exceptional year last year with a number of new business wins and recognition at industry awards shows locally and overseas. We’ve got big plans for this year and the Tourism Western Australia win further asserts our commitment to continuing our strong momentum, firmly focused on our mantra – Experience at Heart,” said Caleb Bush, MD GPJ Australia.

Highlights for GPJ Australia in 2018 were being named among Australia and New Zealand’s Most Innovative Companies by The Australian Financial Review, winning Campaign Asia’s Experiential Marketing Agency of the Year ANZ and producing the opening and closing ceremonies for Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

News Brands

Indigenous leaders back Kerri-Anne Kennerley in racism row

Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt yesterday weighed in as a supporter of TV veteran Kerri-Anne Kennerley after she was ­accused of being a “racist” during an on-air spat over an “Invasion Day” debate, reports The Australian’s Paige Taylor.

“We have reached a point of political correctness in this country where people cannot talk about difficult issues for fear of being ­accused of racism,” Wyatt told The Australian last night.

A panellist on the Ten Network’s Studio 10 morning show, Yumi Stynes, labelled Kennerley “racist” after she asked why Australia Day protesters weren’t doing more for indigenous communities in the outback.

Kennerley and Stynes both declined to comment to The Australian yesterday, opting instead for a live radio “intervention” staged by celebrity hosts Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS radio 1065.

The awkward rapprochement opened with Stynes insisting there was no “bad blood” between the two women.

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Protesters demand 10 sack ‘Kerri-Anne KKKennerley’ following row

Protesters gathered outside Network 10’s offices in Pyrmont on Tuesday morning to demand the broadcaster sack Studio 10 presenter Kerri-Anne Kennerley, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Robert Moran.

On Tuesday, around 30 protesters – holding posters and banners with slogans including “KAK is racist” and “Kerri-Anne KKKennerley” – called on 10 to sack the Logie Hall of Famer.

Hersha Kadkol, ethno-cultural officer at the National Union of Students, said she attended the rally because “people like Kerri-Anne Kennerley should not be able to say comments like this without contestation”.

“She is not raising some kind of legitimate concern about Indigenous communities,” she said. “To say that those people [who took part in marches on Saturday] don’t legitimately care about Australian Indigenous communities, that’s a lie.”

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Screenwriter Bevan Lee awarded Order of Australia

Thanks to TV Tonight for noting Bevan Lee was also honoured in the Australia Day honours announced on the weekend.

Bevan was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the broadcast media, particularly to television.

Lee is a lifelong script executive, credited in the creation and writing of A Place To Call Home (2013) Winners And Losers (2011) Packed To The Rafters (2008) Headland (2005) Always Greener (2001) All Saints (1998).

Sports Media

Sutherland defends Big Bash: It’s a ‘three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle’

The man in charge of Cricket Australia when the Big Bash League was born has defended the tournament and its longer format, and maintained that two internationals for each franchise “was the right balance”, report Jon Pierik and Christian Nicolussi in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

James Sutherland quit CA midway through the year, but happily defended his former employer when it came to the latest edition of the Twenty20 tournament at a time when broadcast ratings and attendances have dipped, the standard of pitches are under fire, the lack of star power has become obvious and there are concerns about a modest salary cap.

Hours before a miserable attendance of 8000 fans was expected to watch the Sydney Sixers host Adelaide at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sutherland said the competition had not gone too long, and the international scheduling always created problems for organisers.

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Seven again the FTA home for the Super Bowl Monday morning

The New England Patriots will take on the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta, Georgia next Monday Australian time on what is the biggest day in American sport, the NFL Super Bowl 53.

Seven will broadcast live from Atlanta with CBS’s Jim Nantz leading the call, analyst Tony Romo and sideline reporters Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn.

The most enduring dynasty in NFL history, the Patriots have played in nine of the last 18 Super Bowls, taking home the silverware an impressive five times.

Led by legendary coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots will hope they can turn back the clock 17 years to the day to their first ever Super Bowl win, which was ironically against their opponents, the Rams.

The Rams will be chasing their second Super Bowl win, after first tasting victory in 2000, and will be expecting big performances from star running back Todd Gurley and defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who some argue might be the best player in the sport at any position.

Maroon 5 will headline this year’s Halftime Show and will be joined by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. The Super Bowl Halftime Show is usually the most watched musical event of the year with more than 100 million viewers in the US alone last year.

The “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight will perform the national anthem before kick-off.

Broadcast times NFL Super Bowl LIII:

• Monday February 4
• Sydney 10am on 7mate
• Melbourne 10am on 7mate
• Brisbane 9am on 7mate
• Adelaide 9.30am on 7mate
• Perth 7am on 7mate

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