Tuesday May 22, 2018

Nick Murray and Michael Cordell: Last major Aussie TV indie

• The makers of Gruen, Bondi Rescue, Home Delivery and more on financing hit TV, managing risk and selling original ideas

By James Manning

CJZ is the biggest remaining Australian indie production house after a raft of deals over the years has seen either investment or takeover of many local TV producers.

The most recent deal was the acquisition of Essential Media by Canadian-based Kew Media.

CJZ had two of the three most-watched non-news programs on the ABC last week – Gruen and Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery – which both managed to outrate the broadcaster’s royal wedding coverage.

Julia Zemiro in Home Delivery

CJZ is also the home of the Network Ten evergreen Bondi Rescue, now in its 13th season.

Mediaweek visited the Sydney headquarters of CJZ this week to talk with co-owners Michael Cordell and Nick Murray.

“We do feel like the last man standing,” Cordell told Mediaweek when discussing investment in the production sector by overseas companies.

This is an excerpt from the full article, which appears on Mediaweek Premium. Read the full article hereor subscribe to Mediaweek Premium here.

Can Royal Wedding souvenir editions reignite love affair with magazines?

• Bauer and Pacific power up over the weekend with Woman’s Day and New Idea specials

The newsstands in Australia’s biggest markets along the east coast were loaded with royal wedding special editions of Australia’s biggest-selling weekly magazines on Monday, just 36 hours after Meghan and Harry said “I do” on Saturday night.

Bauer Media in particular is going all out with a stand-alone Royal Wedding Harry and Megan special, which will also be published this week. The 100-page title will sell for $4.99.

Woman’s Day editor-in-chief Fiona Connolly told Mediaweek:

Woman’s Day went into overdrive from the minute guests started arriving on Saturday evening. We went to press at 2am Sunday morning and reached 72% of our readers (NSW, Qld and Vic) by Monday.

“We then backed up with a 100-page special souvenir edition, which we sent to press at 9pm Sunday night and is on sale nationally on Thursday for just $4.99. It will remain on shelves for a month and will be promoted at a special High Tea event at the QVB Tea Rooms on Thursday where we will have a replica of the dress, a Meghan Markle lookalike and where readers can taste a replica of the actual wedding cake.”

Fiona Connolly

Any extra readers that the Bauer Media weekly picks up from this royal fever should strap themselves in as there is plenty more to come.

This thoroughly modern royal couple will be the gift that keeps on giving,” said Connolly.

“We saw a whole new side to these cute lovebirds – in fact the whole royal family at the wedding. They wore their hearts on their sleeves and there was a realness and sweetness that we have never seen before with royal marriages. I can’t wait to see how they break protocol as they head into their first year of marriage and, even better, to see them here in Australia in just a few months’ time will be the icing on the cake for our readers.”

At Pacific, the weekend activity was carried out with military precision.

Louisa Hatfield, general manager, family & entertainment, explained to Mediaweek:

New Idea has been planning its coverage of the royal wedding for four months. We had two teams working through the weekend. The first was in from 6pm Saturday right through until the early hours of Sunday morning.

“They produced, in record time, 48 beautiful pages, detailing every moment of Harry and Meghan’s big day. The special issue of the magazine was on the newsstands within 24 hours of the wedding (Monday morning) and had three times the coverage of our competitors.”

Hatfield added they reached a big digital audience:

“The New Idea and Who teams achieved record numbers online, helping Pacific achieve its highest weekend ever, network-wide, and highest day of audience this year. New Idea and Who Instagrams featured rolling coverage and the social media brand extension, New Idea Royals, doubled its number of fans during the weekend.

“A second New Idea team trooped into the offices at 4am Sunday and worked through the day producing the ultimate one-shot souvenir magazine, which will be truly special for all royal fans, perfect bound and with a gold foil cover. It will have all the gorgeous official portraits of the happy couple.”

Pacific Magazines’ Louisa Hatfield

Pacific had the royal wedding special issue of New Idea on sale in Queensland, Victoria and NSW on Monday. The other states will have the updated version on Thursday.

Hatfield too noted there is plenty more to come as they continue the Duke and Duchess of Sussex watch.

“They rank right at the top for both New Idea and Who. Prince Harry was the favourite royal for so many of our audience and to see him so in love is the ultimate fairy tale. Meghan is definitely going to be one of our biggest cover stars. She has everything: the Prince, the A-list friends, the Hollywood background, she is intelligent, caring and beautiful. We love her!”

Pacific will publish a special edition of Who on Thursday which will feature the official photographs of the royal wedding.

House Rules judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is no television cliché

Australia has moved on from being a “beer nation” to becoming a “cocktail nation” when it comes to confidence in design, according to House Rules judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

By Kruti Joshi

The British designer and TV personality first appeared on the Seven show in 2017. He is known for his flamboyant taste and “brutally honest” attitude.

“If you are not careful, television can become a cliché in its own right – orange people being very nice to each other with big smiley faces. I have never fitted that mould,” he told Mediaweek. “I feel passionately about being engaged with my subject. When I go into a room that someone has done that I don’t approve of, I will say what I think. But I put the other side across as well.”

This is an excerpt from the full article, which appears on Mediaweek Premium. Read the full article hereor subscribe to Mediaweek Premium here.

Gallery: OMA announces quarter one winner of 2018 Creative Collection

The Outdoor Media Association has announced the quarter one winners of its 2018 Creative Collection competition.

The Outdoor Media Association has announced the quarter one winners of its 2018 Creative Collection competition.

Launched in 2013, the competition recognises the most creative and innovative out-of-home (OOH) campaigns.

They are judged across the following categories: Best creative execution, Best use of a special build, Best use of technology and innovation, and Best traditional use of the OOH medium.

There were over 30 submissions made by OMA members for the competition for the first quarter. OMA members include Adshel, APN Outdoor, JCDecaux, oOh!media, Paradise Outdoor Advertising, QMS Media and TorchMedia.

Guest judges for the competition were The Works creative lead Nathan Bilton, APN Outdoor’s campaign delivery manager Nick HenleySmith, Ikon executive creative director Rob Martin and QMS Media’s national insights and strategy manager Jordana Sherlock.

OMA CEO Charmaine Moldrich said: “The winners of the quarter one Creative Collection Competition show the breadth that the OOH channel spans – from eye-catching traditional campaigns, to bespoke one-off special builds that bring communities together, to timely brand messages that integrate technology – proof that OOH is more than a one-trick pony.”

Best creative execution winner (pictured above):
Campaign: “Nike React”
Advertiser: Nike
Creative agency: Nike Global
Media agency: Mindshare

Best traditional use of the Out of Home medium winner:
Campaign: “KFC Buckethead Army”
Advertiser: KFC
Creative agency: Ogilvy Australia (WPP AUNZ)
Media agency: Mediacom

Best traditional use of the Out of Home medium honourable mention:
Campaign: “Open Australian”
Advertiser: Coopers
Creative agency: KWP! Media
Media agency: KWP! Media

Best traditional use of the Out of Home medium honourable mention:
Campaign: “Don’t believe in never’”
Advertiser: Australian Football League
Creative agency: Clemenger BBDO
Media agency: Vizeum/Posterscope

Best use of a special build winner:
Campaign: “Australian Ethical Super’”
Advertiser: Australian Ethical Super
Creative agency: DO Agency and Australian Ethical Super
Media agency: Benedictus Media

Best use of technology and innovation winner:
Campaign: “#SoMuchYay – Mardi Gras 2018”
Advertiser: ANZ and Twitter
Creative agency: TBWA
Media agency: Twitter in partnership with PHD ANZ -VIC

Box Office: Despite opening up against the royal wedding, Deadpool 2 finds $12m

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at the weekend box office for May 17-20, 2018.

All it took on the weekend to boost the box office by 56% weekend-on-weekend was the magic title Deadpool 2. The film was pitched up against the Meghan and Harry royal wedding, which apart from flooding most TV channels also found a home in some cinemas. The nuptials were shown on 45 screens with an earn of $33,000. Unless those people bought up big time from the refreshment bar, it wasn’t a terribly lucrative Saturday night strategy.

The weekend take of the top 20 movies was $18.25m. Deadpool 2 was the only wide new release.

The only other better weekends since January were for the weekend launches of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. The global box office has been running on superheroes this year with one estimate claiming the three releases have generated a third of box office revenues so far in 2018.

#1 Deadpool 2 $12.61m

This was the second-best opening of the year behind Avengers: Infinity War, but better then Black Panther’s $10.52m and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’s $9.22m. The movie opened on 602 screens with a screen average of $20,963, which was the second-best this year behind only Avengers: Infinity War, which did $22,839. Deadpool 2 will need to keep up momentum to get close to the $43m earned by the original film.

#2 Avengers: Affinity War $2.35m

After four weeks the movie is now over $57m and by this time next week should rank as #3 all-time earner in Australia, behind only Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Affinity War remains on 481 screens this week, which was down 194 from the previous weekend. It had the second-best screen average in the top five with $4,903.

#3 Life Of The Party $885,000

Melissa McCarthy’s latest project dropped 56% to under $1m and remains on just under 300 screens with a screen average of $3,393 and a total to-date of $3.39m.

#4 Breath $385,000

Simon Baker’s directorial debut lingers in the top five for a third week, still holding on 242 screens at an average of $1,592. Total earn so far is $3.06m.

#5 The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society $326,000

$300,000 was enough to get in the top five this week as all the dollars flooded into Deadpool 2. However, this arthouse special spends a fifth week here with a total now just over $5.5m.

Top photo: Julian Dennison in Deadpool 2

TV Ratings Analysis: Monday May 21

• Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation returns, part of winning Monday lineup
• However, Nine entertainment show ranks #3 in critical timeslot
• House Rules continues to lift, multichannels lead Seven to network win
• Nigella + chocolate equals 25-54 winning recipe for TEN
• Mick, Celia and Susie shine on HYBPA? – winner, winner 16-38 & 18-49

By James Manning


The 7pm soap set in Summer Bay did 690,000 after a week 20 Home and Away average of 662,000.

On House Rules Mel and Dave returned to their Hope Island home as the teams did a walk through with 740,000 watching. That was up from 673,000 on Monday last week.

The Mentor was turning around a Melbourne pizza bar where the owner has anger issues. However, chef Michael got it together at the last moment and hosted a successful reopening with Mark Bouris giving it a tick. The episode did 379,000 after 349,000 last week.


A Current Affair started its new week with a horror story about a boat cruise. The week started on 884,000 for ACA after a week 20 average of 787,000.

Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation has taken over the 7.30pm Monday slot from The Voice. Shaun Micallef returned to Nine in a format he used to host on TEN, but with three new generation captains. The debut episode did 678,000, ranking #3 behind MasterChef and House Rules after 7.30pm.

Two episodes of The Big Bang Theory followed on 509,000 and 413,000.

The Nine feed then split into AFL and NRL with Footy Classified on 146,000 (99,000 in Melbourne) and 100% Footy on 86,000 (50,000 in Sydney).


Fantastic finish to The Project last night with a wonderful Hamish Macdonald interview with the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Arden and her partner Clarke Gayford. The 7pm half of the program started its M-F week on 568,000 after an average last week of 515,000.

Adele, Jenny and Chloe were in the MasterChef pressure test set by Nigella Lawson during Nigella week. The theme – chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. The episode was on 805,000 and ranked #1 for the night 25-54.

Nigella Laweson

The royal wedding episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? was always going to be a good one and Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee delivered as expected along with Susie Youssef, Celia Pacquola and Mick Molloy. Guests included the ubiquitous Joel Creasey. Ed Kavalee had the highest score and also had the most jokes cracked at his expense. The episode did 800,000 after the new season launched last week on 807,000.


The Massimo Mission was the name of the Australian Story episode that featured a journey to crack a mystery disease. The episode was on 588,000.

Four Corners looked at the health challenges that face workers making mobile devices in China. The special report was from filmmakers Heather White and Lynn Zhang and did 530,000.

Media Watch started with the royal wedding and was on 511,000 followed by Q&A on 383,000.


The Crown in Crisis was the title of episode six of Elizabeth as the series covered the 90s with 255,000 watching.

The final repeat episode of series four of Trust Me, I’m A Doctor then did 205,000.

24 Hours In Emergency grew that audience slightly to 216,000.

Top photo: Shaun Micallef and Robyn Butler in Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation

Week 21 TV: Monday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 13.5% 7 17.9% 9 18.2% TEN 16.1% SBS One 5.4%
ABC 2 2.5% 7TWO 3.9% GO! 3.4% ONE 3.3% VICELAND 1.2%
ABC ME 0.6% 7mate 3.5% GEM 2.5% ELEVEN 2.1% Food Net 0.6%
ABC NEWS 1.3% 7flix 2.3% 9Life 1.7% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 17.9% 27.5% 25.8% 21.5% 7.3%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates Ten Affiliates SBS
ABC 13.7% 7 20.8% 9 15.7% WIN 12.6% SBS One 3.7%
ABC 2 3.1% 7TWO 5.2% GO! 3.6% ONE 3.2% VICELAND 1.0%
ABC ME 1.0% 7mate 4.5% GEM 4.5% ELEVEN 2.1% Food Net 0.5%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix 1.3% 9Life 2.0% NITV 0.2%
TOTAL 19.0% 31.8% 25.8% 17.9% 5.4%
86.3% 13.7%
Monday FTA
  1. Nine News Nine 1,068,000
  2. Seven News Seven 1,064,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 1,026,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1,018,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 884,000
  6. MasterChef Australia Ten 805,000
  7. Have You Been Paying Attention? Ten 800,000
  8. ABC News ABC 740,000
  9. House Rules Seven 740,000
  10. Home And Away Seven 690,000
  11. Talkin Bout Your Generation Nine 678,000
  12. The Chase Australia Seven 634,000
  13. 7.30 ABC 601,000
  14. Australian Story ABC 588,000
  15. The Project 7pm Ten 568,000
  16. Hot Seat Nine 550,000
  17. Four Corners ABC 530,000
  18. Media Watch ABC 511,000
  19. The Big Bang Theory Nine 509,000
  20. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 464,000
Demo Top Fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. Have You Been Paying Attention? Ten 278,000
  2. MasterChef Australia Ten 244,000
  3. Talkin Bout Your Generation Nine 217,000
  4. House Rules Seven 168,000
  5. The Project 7pm Ten 156,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. Have You Been Paying Attention? Ten 457,000
  2. MasterChef Australia Ten 391,000
  3. Talkin Bout Your Generation Nine 329,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 290,000
  5. House Rules Seven 281,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. Have You Been Paying Attention? Ten 497,000
  2. MasterChef Australia Ten 437,000
  3. Talkin Bout Your Generation Nine 356,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 354,000
  5. Nine News Nine 342,000
Monday Multichannel
  1. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 194,000
  2. Hey Duggee-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 177,000
  3. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 176,000
  4. Fireman Sam-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 176,000
  5. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 170,000
  6. Thomas And Friends-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 167,000
  7. Peppa Pig-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 166,000
  8. The Big Bang Theory TX1 9GO! 166,000
  9. Andy’s Baby Animals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 163,000
  10. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 161,000
  11. Lewis-PM 7TWO 157,000
  12. Teacup Travels-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 157,000
  13. The Big Bang Theory TX2 9GO! 156,000
  14. Charlie And Lola-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 155,000
  15. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000
  16. Go Jetters-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
  17. The Justine Clarke Show! ABCKIDS/COMEDY 150,000
  18. PJ Masks-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 146,000
  19. Dot.-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 145,000
  20. Neighbours ELEVEN 145,000
Monday Subscription TV
  1. Live: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 92,000
  2. Live: On The Couch FOX FOOTY 79,000
  3. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 70,000
  4. Westworld showcase 63,000
  5. The Bolt Report SKY NEWS LIVE 60,000
  6. Live: Big League Wrap FOX LEAGUE 59,000
  7. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 56,000
  8. Family Guy FOX8 54,000
  9. Family Guy FOX8 52,000
  10. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 48,000
  11. Paul Murray Live SKY NEWS LIVE 45,000
  12. AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 45,000
  13. NCIS TVH!TS 45,000
  14. The Simpsons FOX8 44,000
  15. The Day Henry Met Nick Jr. 43,000
  16. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 42,000
  17. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver COMEDY CHANNEL 42,000
  18. Law & Order: SVU UNIVERSAL 40,000
  19. The Young & The Restless ARENA 40,000
  20. The Simpsons FOX8 38,000

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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

Adshel in play: APN Outdoor offers higher price than bids from oOh!media

APN Outdoor chief executive officer James Warburton has made it very clear since he joined the business early this year he was keen to grow the business via acquisition.

APN Outdoor CEO James Warburton

Yesterday the outdoor company confirmed to the ASX it had made a proposal to acquire 100% of Adshel Australia and New Zealand.

The statement from APN Outdoor came as oOh!media confirmed it had made a second offer for Adshel on April 30 after the first offer was rebuffed by owner HT&E.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the offers are both close to half a billion dollars.

The APN Outdoor statement to the ASX noted:

“The proposal is subject to a range of conditions, including due diligence, definitive agreements and applicable regulatory approvals (e.g. ACCC and NZCC).

“Adshel’s street furniture business would provide an attractive complement to APO’s existing out-of-home product offering.

“At this early stage, no agreement has been reached between the parties and there is no certainty that the proposal will result in any transaction.

“APO will keep the market updated in relation to the proposal as required by its continuous disclosure obligations.”

Adshel added that Cadence Advisory is acting as financial adviser and Allens as legal adviser to APO in relation to this potential transaction.

Meanwhile HT&E yesterday confirmed the two offers and it was continuing to work with financial advisers CLSA Corporate Finance and Credit Suisse, together with its legal adviser Baker McKenzie, to assist it in reviewing them.

HT&E indicated the revised offer from oOh!media was not the most attractive offer and does not offer compelling value for shareholders.

HT&E added: “[We] had offered to engage with oOh!media to enable it to more appropriately value Adshel so as to improve their price, including by providing further due diligence financial information subject to execution of a confidentiality agreement and on a non-exclusive basis. That offer was declined by oOh!media.”

Alan Jones spends third and final day in witness stand in Brisbane trial

Alan Jones had “eyewitness” accounts – but no scientific evidence – when he linked a quarry owned by Toowoomba’s Wagner brothers to the deadly 2011 Grantham floods, a court has heard, reports The Australian’s Mark Schliebs.

On his third and final day in the witness stand, the broadcaster told a Queensland Supreme Court defamation trial that he linked the 12 deaths at Grantham to the quarry after hearing witness accounts from the time.

Before broadcasting the allegations, Jones said he did not contact the Wagner brothers – who are now seeking up to $4.8 million in damages.

Tom Blackburn SC, for the four Wagner brothers who are suing Jones, Harbour Radio, 4BC and journalist Nick Cater, yesterday asked the broadcaster what evidence he had at the time he made the claims.

Jones said he had “plenty of eyewitness evidence”.

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News Brands

Nine Adelaide news director Tony Agars replaced by deputy Jeremy Pudney

Tony Agars has departed as news director of Nine News Adelaide after 15 years in the role. The broadcaster has promoted deputy Jeremy Pudney to succeed Agars.

Tony Agars

Nine director of news and current affairs Darren Wick said: “Tony leaves behind an important legacy and a length of service that is to be celebrated and admired.

“Under Tony’s leadership, Nine News Adelaide grew to a one-hour bulletin and he oversaw the introduction of an additional afternoon bulletin during the week. He has mentored many young reporters and ends his tenure knowing that he has made an important impact to news gathering in SA.”

Agars said: “Nine has played a huge and enjoyable role in my life and I’m fortunate to have worked with so many outstanding people. I’m proud to have been a part of Nine News, a great and trustworthy team.”

“To my friends and colleagues there – I wish you nothing but success. You deserve it!”

Pudney joined Nine News Adelaide in 2014 as deputy news director. He said: “I am excited to take on this important role and to lead the team during a time when gathering accurate and trustworthy news is more important than ever.”

Talking about the shuffle, Nine Adelaide managing director Sean O’Brien said: “Jeremy will build on the great culture we have at Nine, where creating great content and distributing it broadly is everything.

“With over 20 years’ experience, he has an exceptional resume across print and television, is the current president of the SA Press Club and the author of the best-selling book ‘Snowtown: The Bodies in Barrels Murders’.”

The change in news leadership at Nine News Adelaide is key “to taking the success it has achieved over the past few years to the next level”, Wick said.


Another magazine closing down: Andy Warhol-founded Interview bankrupt

Interview magazine, the fabled publication founded by Andy Warhol, is closing up shop, reports CNN.

News that the magazine will fold on Monday trickled out in a series of reports, which were eventually confirmed by staff members on Twitter.

Ezra Marcus, an editor at Interview, confirmed to CNNMoney in an email that the magazine is “folding both web and print, effective immediately”. He said staffers were told at an all-hands meeting on Monday that the company is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Interview was founded by Warhol in 1969, and was bought by the billionaire Peter Brant from the late pop artist’s estate in 1989. The magazine relaunched in 2008 under new editorial leadership.

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Boutique publisher Signature Media appoints managing editor of LATTE newsletter

Boutique publishing house Signature Media has appointed Guy Dundas to the new role of managing editor of Luxury Australian Travel Trade Enews (LATTE). The move comes as Signature Media seeks to further develop the LATTE brand.

Dundas was most recently the editor of Business Publishing Group’s Travel Daily, and brings with him over a decade of trade media experience.

In the new role, he is tasked with spearheading the development of native editorial for LATTE’s EDM. LATTE is a weekly B2B e-newsletter focusing on providing information about the luxury market to the travel industry. It is the brainchild of Signature Media CEO and Group Editor Cathy Wagstaff.

Guy Dundas

Signature Media is based in Chatswood and its brands include: Holidays with Kids, Signature Luxury Travel & Style, Signature Spa & Wellness, Five Star Kids, Ski & Snowboard with Kids, and Caravan & Camping with Kids.

Cathy Wagstaff said: “Guy’s trade-centric focus, storytelling skills and reputation among retail networks, hoteliers, airlines, cruise lines and tourism organisations will provide Signature Media with the ability to take LATTE to the next level.”

Guy Dundas said, “LATTE has only scratched the surface of its full potential in the luxury space. I’m thrilled to join the team at Signature Media and oversee the evolution of this brand.”


Social Content ratings: Nine News and Eagles v Tigers clash lead rankings

In the Social Content Ratings from Nielsen for TV shows for the week ending May 14, Nine News ranked #1 with over 200,000 weekly interactions.

Nine had three of the top five in the non-sport category with placings also for The Voice and Today Extra.

In the sports category, the dominant match was the AFL clash on Sunday that saw West Coast upset premiers Richmond in a game from Perth on Seven and Fox Footy. NRL matches and the Supercars at Winton filled out the remainder of the top five sports broadcasts.

The Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions sign multiyear deal with Netflix

Netflix yesterday announced President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multiyear agreement to produce films and series for the streaming platform:

(credit: K2/Shutterstock)

The Obamas will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features. These projects will be available to the 125 million-member Netflix households in 190 countries.

The Obamas have established Higher Ground Productions as the entity under which they will produce content for Netflix.

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” said President Obama. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” said Michelle Obama. “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.”

TV Demand charts: 13 Reasons Why, Riverdale and Lucifer new this week

The second season of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has moved to the top of the Digital Originals TV Demand charts in Australia after sitting at #2 last week behind Cobra Kai.

13 Reasons Why season 2 (credit: Beth Dubber/Netflix)

13 Reasons Why tops the Digital Originals chart for a second week in New Zealand.

On the Overall TV chart, Lucifer has entered the top 10 as it was revealed the US drama has been cancelled after three seasons.

Also cracking the Overall TV chart top 10 this week is the series Riverdale, which enters the chart as series two finishes.

Sports Media

Crocmedia ready to broadcast domestic cricket, radio deals almost finalised

Crocmedia is set to become the newest player in the cricket media landscape as Cricket Australia finalises its radio rights deal, reports News Corp’s Ben Horne.

The Daily Telegraph understands Crocmedia, the ABC and Macquarie Radio are all set to buy rights to broadcast during the coming summer, with Cricket Australia to potentially make an announcement by the end of the week.

It’s anticipated that the Big Bash League could be broadcast by Crocmedia and Macquarie as a joint venture, an arrangement currently in place between the networks for aspects of their AFL and NRL coverage.

Cricket Australia’s negotiations suffered a blow a fortnight ago when Triple M sensationally pulled out of talks despite Southern Cross Austereo putting together a successful product over recent summers.

CA had been following the AFL model of trying to sell to as many interested parties as possible before talks with Triple M unexpectedly broke down.

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