By Claudia Siron
ELLE magazine has touched Australian female readers since 2013, branded towards strong and stylish women who are looking to be inspired.
Available in print form, digital and social platforms, the brand continues to entertain and have meaningful dialogue with their highly engaged audience. Editor of ELLE, Genevra Leek, spoke to Mediaweek about the magazine brand’s readership, highlights of the year, and future plans for 2020.
Leek has worked with the title since it launched in Australia around six years ago. “I’m now editing the brand which is a very exciting position to be in because I think it is such a wonderful title for an incredibly switched on, stylish and strong woman who is really engaged in the world,” said Leek. “She’s socially aware, and she’s looking to be inspired, and we are able to give her something really entertaining.”
Roy Morgan has recently released readership figures that showed some really strong results for ELLE. “In terms of print, we had a 47.7% year-on-year readership increase, which amounts to the best performance in the category. We’re one of the top growth titles in paid print magazines in that category.
“We’ve also seen a growth in cross-platforms figures which is exciting. In terms of Instagram, we’ve had a 34% increase in our following this year – that speaks to the kind of support Bauer Media has put into the luxury portfolio here. We’ve recently signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Lagardere to continue publishing the title across all channels, which is really a testament to the strength of the brand. We’re in a really strong position of growth and very excited about moving into 2020 with those figures.”
Looking back over 2019, ELLE had many highlights in terms of cross-platform initiatives. In August, they released an issue dedicated to sustainability which looked at the climate change crisis to the circular fashion movement with regard to the beauty industry’s plastic use. “It was really a way of getting that conversation moving. That was hugely successful and we had some really dedicated friends of ELLE involved in making environmental pledges.
“Everything we do at ELLE comes back to emphasising the fact that our readers and women really have the power to make a difference. We want them to feel uplifted when she picks up a copy of the magazine and feeling like she can make a change.”
The magazine brand also introduced an initiative called ‘The ELLE List’ this year. “That was a fantastic portfolio featuring the next generation of change-makers; great men and women who are reshaping their industries and helping to shift perspectives. That was in our October issue and we featured some brilliant talent; we had people like Dylan Alcott and fashion designer Maggie Hewitt.
“We were able to roll out a series of digital covers around that as well, which had a combined reach of over a million followers. It was a great initiative to get behind that new generation and help to amplify their voice.”
ELLE launched onto IGTV this year and they’ve had over four million video views on Instagram in the past 12 months. “That’s really a focus for us moving forward and to grow those figures into next year. Instagram is such a visual and immediate platform, and it’s a really lovely way for us to be able to engage with our audience as well as have a two-way conversation and see what’s resonating with them.”
Leek said ELLE has a really distinctive point of view and a very clear voice. They’ve worked with their advertising partners really closely on an understanding of what their brand values are as well as their shared brand values. “We try as much as possible to provide a really uplifting and optimistic environment, and that provides a wonderful environment for us to work with these brands and create some exciting content that does tap into our shared values.”
ELLE has lots of plans for 2020. Leek said they are definitely focused on continuing to grow their audience and create incredible, engaging content that really connects with their readers. “We are definitely strengthening our brand in terms of growing our events; we already have an incredibly successful series called ‘ELLE Inspires’. It taps into that important balance of style and substance in terms of inspiring content and inspiring women that work with us to bring these events together. They have proven to be a sell-out series this year, and so we’re hoping to make the events even bigger and better in 2020.
“We of course also want to continue to grow our digital and social audience through really engaging and thought-provoking content – particularly in the video space. We’re looking at some exciting brand extensions as well which we’ll be able to reveal a bit more of in the coming months.”
When the ratings figures for Nova Entertainment evening host Kent Small (aka Smallzy) were downloaded last Tuesday morning they revealed his Nova network evening slot was again a ratings champ.
His #1 national night show, airing from 7pm until 10pm weeknights, was a winner 10+ with a 9.8% share across the five cap cities. That survey 7, 2019 win means he has been unchallenged in that slot for the last 50 consecutive surveys, beginning in 2013.
The program, Smallzy’s Surgery, is also #1 under 40 with a share of 16.3%.
Smallzy’s Surgery is also the most listened to show nationally with a 10+ cume audience of 759,000 (over 162,000 more than his closest competitor).
On social media the program has over 350,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Just last month Smallzy was named Best Music Presenter at the 2019 ARCAs. That was the fourth time he has won an ACRA.
Earlier this year Nova also appointed Smallzy and his team to look after mornings on Nova 969.
Nova held an event last Friday to celebrate the radio milestone that was attended by Smallzy, his long-time executive producer Zach La Cava, Nova Entertainment CEO Cathy O’Connor and Nova Entertainment chief programming and marketing officer Paul Jackson.
O’Connor and Jackson both spoke at the event, and Smallzy thanked his team who help fill six hours a day on air in Sydney and three each day in other metro markets.
Jackson said, “Smallzy is one of the world’s best music and entertainment broadcasters. It is a tremendous achievement for Smallzy’s Surgery to be recognised as Australia’s #1 Night Show for 50 consecutive surveys. Smallzy’s reputation within the global music industry and with the artists is second to none, and the longevity and consistency of the results for Smallzy’s Surgery is testament to Smallzy and his team’s hard work from an on-air and content perspective.”
Also joining colleagues wishing Smallzy well and continued success were Nova Entertainment’s head of programming Peter Clay, group programs operations director Brendan Taylor and music marketing director Claire Marshall.
All the major music labels sent a representative to make sure Smallzy keeps getting exclusives like these listed below:
Over the past 50 surveys, Smallzy has covered the biggest events in music locally & internationally including:
• MTV European Music Award – Belfast 2011, Glasgow 2014 and Milan 2015
• Live broadcasts from the ARIAs red carpet – Smallzy has interviews the biggest local and international artists on red carpet at ARIAs since 2012 (7 years to-date)
• Grammy Awards for 4 years – LA 2015, 2016, 2017 & New York 2018 (interviews and coverage)
• Ed Sheeran exclusively announced the launch of his own label, Gingerbread Man Records, in 2015 on Smallzy’s Surgery
• MTV Video Music Awards – New York, 2016 (interviews and coverage)
• BRIT Awards in London, 2016 (interviews and coverage)
• Pink’s Beautiful Trauma album launch interview
in LA, 2017
• Billboard Music Awards, Las Vegas, 2017 (interviews and coverage)
• Niall Horan backstage interview on Flicker Tour, 2018
• Katy Perry backstage interview on Witness Tour, 2018
• Coachella, 2018 & 2019
Smallzy has hosted over 200 local and international Nova Red Rooms during the past 50 survey results including:
• Nova’s Red Room Global Tour 2016 – headline performance by Coldplay in Manchester, June 2016
• Nova’s Red Room with Ed Sheeran. Nova fulfilled Ed’s dream to perform at Sydney Opera House, Feb 2017
• Nova’s Red Room with Harry Styles, LA 2017
• Nova’s Red Room Global Tour with The Chainsmokers in Rhode Island, Katy Perry in LA, Calvin Harris in Las Vegas, Miley Cyrus in NY and Peking Duk in Sydney, 5 June 2017
• Nova’s Red Room LA Edition with Shawn Mendes and Ariana Grande, May 2018
Over the past 50 surveys, Smallzy has travelled the world to interview the hottest actors for the biggest blockbuster releases including:
• The world premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in London 2014 with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson and Liam Hemsworth
• Ryan Reynolds interview for Deadpool 2 in Seoul, South Korea, 2018
• Chris Pratt interview for Jurassic World 2 in Hawaii, 2018
• Hugh Jackman interview for Logan in Taipei, 2017
• Cast interviews for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 in Tokyo, 2017
• Amy Schumer & Goldie Hawn interviews for Snatched in LA, 2017
Over the past 50 surveys, Smallzy has secured exclusive local and international stories including:
• Jonas Brothers announce they are reforming – March • 2019
Jonas brothers announced to Smallzy they were reforming & part Australia played part in reunion
• Sophie Turner interview – June 2019
Sophie confessed husband Joe Jonas almost kissed her ‘Game of Thrones’ stunt double
• Katy Perry interview – July 2019
Katy exclusive told Smallzy that she and boyfriend Orlando Bloom practice Panca Karma
Top Photos: Team Smallzy: The ratings champion with executive producer Zach La Cava (right) plus (L-R) Lachlan Guertin, Daniel Bezzina and Gemma Prendergast
Seven Studios has extended its content deal with Facebook to include new original formats.
Two episodes of each of the following titles are now available: How To Dad Bootcamp, The Unboxing, Date Keepers and Farmhouse Switch.
The new partnerships pairs production with creators to produce exclusive series for Facebook Watch. The first creators who will be featured include:
• Tanya Hennessy
• Jordan Watson (How To Dad)
• Elise Strachan (My Cupcake Addiction)
• Joel Creasey
• Erin Holland
Therese Hegarty, Seven Studios CEO, said: “This further cements the partnership with Facebook to create premium, short form series at scale, with some of our country’s best talent. The partnerships give the creators and us the freedom to experiment with formats and flex towards new ideas and audiences. It is hugely exciting for us and we are thrilled with the opportunity.”
Facebook’s Revie Sylviana, entertainment partnerships lead, said: “Facebook Watch is a video destination on Facebook, where content, community, and conversation come together. Fans can join the conversation by viewing along with others, interacting within Facebook pages and even connecting directly with show creators and talent. Our goal is to encourage high quality, appointment viewing style content across Watch.”
Seven Studios was the first production company in Australia commissioned by Facebook to create original, multi-episode series for its Watch video platform.
The new project is led by Matt Apps, executive producer and digital content lead at Seven, along with Michael Horrocks, executive producer – comedy.
The first shows are live now and can all be found on the Channel 7 Facebook page.
The online video platform Ticker, launched earlier this year by former Sky News reporter and bureau chief Ahron Young, is expanding its market coverage with the launch of two new programs, as well as a new sports show focusing on the business side of professional sports.
From Monday-Wednesdays, business journalist Laura Daquino (pictured) will present Lunchtime Express, bringing the latest market news from the ASX, as well as interviews with CEOs and young founders.
Elio D’Amato, executive director of Lincoln Indicators will host a new show Health of the Market on Thursdays at midday, wrapping up the major news of the week.
Celebrated sports executive Ali Terai, CEO of Future Sport, will host a new program Future Sport, focusing on the business of professional sport.
Lunchtime Express will move to a single host, as journalist Laura Daquino takes the helm.
Laura Daquino said: “My goal at Ticker is angling business news in a way that makes millennials tick. With millennials dominating the workforce, and Gen Z fast approaching, the onus is on the media to change the conversation.
“On that note, I wanted to be part of a team focused on showing more than just ‘millennial moments’. Ticker gives a platform to marginalised groups in the media. It’s simply smart business.
“In my view, the innovation in Ticker isn’t even so much about the product as it is about the communication. We’re having conversations about business and finance in a different way.”
Ali Terai, winner of the 2019 Telstra Business Award, said his program will focus on the leaders behind Australian and international sport.
Terai said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Ticker TV team to host Future Sport. Sport is a key part of our culture, it connects our communities, provides job and business opportunities ($13b economic impact) and plays a key role in driving our physical and mental health.
“I can’t wait to interview the top leaders in our industry, to extract the best lessons learnt and unlock trends and insights into the future of sport.”
Ticker CEO Ahron Young said: “Since the launch of Ticker two months ago we have been adding new programs every week, and trying to give Australians a better understanding of how business affects their lives.
“For a sports loving nation, Future Sport is a no brainer. We are at an historic time with sports broadcast rights and the commercialisation of sport. Ali has such an incredible passion and life story. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.
“Elio and I have been friends for over 10 years. He’s become part of the Ticker family with his regular insights. He’s a keen marathon runner and so we’re bringing it all together with his new show Health of the Market.
“Laura reached out to us as soon as we launched and we instantly hit it off as co-hosts on Lunchtime Express. Now Laura is going to anchor the program along with rotating guests. In recent weeks she has been interviewing some amazing founders.”
Ticker this week launched a new master control, allowing the platform to broadcast in more places live at once.
Ticker has also created a feed of its programs, which can now be watched on demand on its website, app, and on the Ticker Twitter feed – with more distribution announcements still to come.
The Australian Podcast Ranker chart for October has been released. The chart measures the top 100 most downloaded podcasts from September 30 through October 27 2019.
Crocmedia’s AFL Trade Radio podcast has taken top spot. Hamish & Andy slip to #2, but remain the highest ranking original podcast.
Macquarie Radio podcasts from Alan Jones and Ross Greenwood have both entered the top 10.
Highest new entry this month was PodcastOne’s Adam Shand At Large.
The Australian Podcast Ranker provides data surrounding the consumption of podcast content from participating podcast publishers across multiple hosting platforms.
Current participating publishers include News Corp Australia, PodcastOne Australia, Nova Entertainment, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network, Macquarie Media and SEN/Crocmedia. Additional publishers will join the ranker in coming months.
The Nova Network has launched its first pop culture podcast, The Babble. The bi-weekly series is hosted by Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Nat Bass) and Matthew Johnson (Matty J).
Nat Bass said, “I am super excited to join Matty J for my very first podcast The Babble. Having firsthand knowledge of reality TV with So You Think You Can Dance, The X Factor and of course I’m a Celebrity and Matty J being my personal favourite Bachelor, we are ready to get down and dirty with all things reality TV – nothing will be off-limits.”
Matty J is well equipped to talk all things popular culture/reality TV after being unlucky in love on The Bachelorette, before finding true love with Laura Byrne in 2017 on The Bachelor. In 2018 he filled in for Dr Chris Brown as the travel host on The Living Room, which saw him nominated for Most Popular New Talent at the 2018 TV Week Logie Awards and hosts Network 10’s series Luxury Escapes.
Matty J said, “These days I’ve turned into such a sucker for reality TV – it’s almost disgusting! Being able to turn my guilty pleasure into a job is an absolute dream come true and the icing on the cake is that I get to do it with Nat Bass.”
Andrew Brentnall, managing editor of the Nova Network said, “Nova is dedicated to innovating in the digital space by providing the best audio and video content, tailored specifically to our audience’s needs. As a radio brand at heart, audio has always been hugely important for us, and with the uptake of smart audio devices and the demand for podcasts, we’re seeing an audience that is hungry for more original audio content. That’s why we’ll be developing a range of original Nova podcasts with The Babble as our flagship launch.
“The Babble taps into our pop culture obsessed audience who aren’t embarrassed to admit they can’t miss an episode of Married At First Sight or The Bachelor. Nat Bass and Matty J may seem like an unlikely pairing, but they have much more in common than you’d initially think. When they first tested, the chemistry was instant and we knew right there and then that they were our show! We are so excited to be able to share this new podcast series with listeners.”
Listen to the first episode here.
Milk & Honey PR will celebrate its third anniversary in January of managing and nurturing the reputations for ambitious growth companies with the launch of its first international office in Sydney, Australia. The international office will be run by Milk & Honey PR board director, Caroline Addy.
Addy will work closely with managing partner and PR veteran of 25 years, Kirsty Leighton, as well as financial director, Laura Reijnders-Dorr. Prior to setting up Milk & Honey in 2017, Leighton held senior roles in Edelman, Text 100 and Waggener Edstrom.
Addy will work to emulate the success of Milk & Honey in the region by putting business storytelling at the heart of the narrative with the support of an award-winning team of 20-strong media, digital and creative professionals. With the aim of creating campaigns across multiple sectors that deliver business value.
Prior to joining Milk & Honey, Addy held the role of account director at Thrive PR in Sydney. Here she represented tech giants Cisco, Optus and GitHub, amongst other national and international brands.
On the appointment, Addy said, “I spent years learning my PR skills at some of the best independent agencies in London and Sydney, including Thrive PR and Mischief. Milk & Honey provided me with the training, leadership skills and business acumen to take my career to an exciting new level. In just three years, we have gone from strength to strength in the UK. A big part of our success is down to our people-first culture; the very thing that attracted me to Milk & Honey in the first instance. I feel privileged to be the one to bring our level of ambition, quality and commitment to the region.”
Leighton explained, “I started Milk & Honey with the goal of creating a company where people came first. Today we are a fast-growing and diverse team that continues to push boundaries. In August, we became B Corporation certified for our balance of profit and purpose and in January Caroline will open our first international office. We never stop challenging ourselves and I’m incredibly proud of the environment we have created. Where passion and creativity are prized. Where clients are celebrated. One where there is time to think, to go the extra mile. A land of opportunity, hence Milk & Honey.”
Milk & Honey PR has been set up as a Proprietary Limited company within Australia, encouraging shared ownership.
By Trent Thomas
Two new entries have entered the top five in the #1 and #2 slots bumping the rest of the field down the charts.
In pole position is the film based on the team that built the Ford GT40 racing car which aimed to rival the Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Ford v Ferarri.
The second new entry to the top five is Charlie’s Angles which continues the series which was launched by Charlie’s Angels (2000) and followed up by Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003). This is the latest rendition of the titular Angels since the failed 2011 TV reboot of the same name.
The two films to drop out of the top five this week where Maleficent: Mistress of Evil which has made $8.65m over five weeks, and Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep which slipped out of the top five after two weeks and currently has a total of $1.45m.
Overall the two new releases to join the top five has given the Australian box office a boost of 4% after making over a third of its total of $9.89m.
Featuring superstar pairing Matt Damon and Christian Bale as American Carroll Shelby and his British driver Ken Miles, the film has gone right to the top of the Australian box office. The film made an average of $5,516 on 468 screens.
The third Charlie’s Angels film has brought a fresh approach to Australian audiences. The movie stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska and averaged $4,326 on 390 screens.
The film with the highest average per screen goes to the first Christmas movie of the year which averaged $5,988 in its second week of release bringing its total to $4.63m.
The sixth Terminator movie had three straight weeks in the top five of the Australian box office bringing its total to $7.42m after making an average of $2,699 on 310 screens.
After seven weeks the film continues to inch closer to the $40m mark with its total currently sitting at $38.58m after making an average of $3,306 on 231 screens.
By James Manning
• Ob doc triple play on Nine has the edge on competitve night
• Soap, Desserts and Rookie cops place Seven #2, but #1 network
• Amazing Race and Australia Talks key titles as 10 & ABC tie
• Seven News 969,000/936,000
• Nine News 842,000/858,000
• A Current Affair 715,000
• ABC News 658,000
• 7.30 634,000
• The Project 267,000/497,000
• 10 News First 361,000
• The Drum 178,000
•SBS World News 131,000
• Sunrise 274,000
• Today 205,000
Home and Away isn’t often an all people timeslot winner, but it does bring a consistent audience to anchor the channel’s primetime every weeknight. The series averaged 563,000 last week and started week 47 on 608,000.
The second night of Zumbo’s Just Desserts did 393,000 after launching on 446,000 on Sunday.
Two episodes of US crime drama The Rookie then did 331,000 and 287,000.
The start of a new week of A Current Affair did 715,000 to win the timeslot with a story about crazy council fines among others. The average audience across last week was 645,000.
The channel then went into ob doc mode, something that had been programmed recently on Thursdays.
An hour of RBT at 7.30pm did 548,000.
A Paramedics repeat did 388,000 followed by Kings Cross ER on 246,000.
The Project featured Hamish Macdonald co-hosting as Waleed Aly was on ABC duty. Guests included Damon Herriman and Urzilla Carlson with 497,000 watching after a week 46 average of 435,000.
The Amazing Race saw the teams on another flight as they headed toward Africa. The influencers were last to the pit stop, but it turned out to be a non-elimination leg so six teams remain in the series. The episode was on 616,000 after 651,000 a week ago.
The penultimate week of survey means the penultimate episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? before it goes into hibernation until after next Easter. The guests joining Ed and Sam last night were Marty Sheargold, Urzilla Carlson and Hayley Sproull and guests helping Tom ask the questions included Bachelorette couple Angie and Carlin. The show was top five and back closer to its best with 825,000.
Australian Story featured Shanna Whan who realised she was an alcoholic, but she did a lot more than give up drinking. She drew on her experience to start a one-woman campaign to start a conversation about the culture of alcohol in rural Australia. The episode did 605,000 after 647,000 a week ago.
Annabel Crabb and Waleed Aly then hosted Australia Talks, with the duo delivering gags almost every ti me they introduced a new segment. The 90-minute special co-host was billed as The Project‘s Waleed Aly. Hosting segments from different places around Australia were Kitty Flanagan, Benjamin Law, Anne Edmonds, Craig Reucassel, Steph Tisdell and Adam Liaw. The set looked like it might have been recycled from the 80s which is not a bad thing if it saved resources. The program did 551,000 after Four Corners did 564,000 in the slot a week ago.
Media Watch had a week off while Q&A went to air around 10pm with 313,000 watching.
A new season of a UK season of Who Do You Think You Are?featured the new Queen Elizabeth, Olivia Colman. The episode did 189,000.
24 Hours in Emergency then did 155,000 while 24 Hours in Police Custody was on 93,000.
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||2.3%||7TWO||3.9%||GO!||2.9%||10 Bold||3.5%||VICELAND||1.0%|
|ABC ME||0.5%||7mate||4.7%||GEM||3.2%||10 Peach||12.1%||Food Net||1.1%|
|7Food||0.4%||SBS World Movies||0.4%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||10 Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY||3.0%||7TWO||4.8%||GO!||3.7%||WIN Bold||3.8%||VICELAND||1.0%|
|ABC ME||1.1%||7mate||4.6%||GEM||5.7%||WIN Peach||1.6%||Food Net||0.8%|
|ABC NEWS||1.2%||7flix (Excl. Tas/WA)||1.1%||9Life||1.8%||Sky News on WIN||1.5%||NITV||0.3%|
|7food (QLD only)||0.5%|
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25 – 54
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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
Network has appointed Belle Stewart (pictured) as commercial lead for its news and lifestyle site 10 Daily.
In this role, Stewart is responsible for driving sales and commercial revenue for 10 Daily. Her appointment is effective immediately.
Network 10’s digital sales director Sophie Hicks Lloyd said: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming Belle to the team at a time of rapid growth for 10 Daily. Belle has deep digital commercial acumen and knows the digital publishing landscape well. We have some really exciting plans for the site in 2020 and she is the perfect person to lead the sales charge for the site, well into the future.”
Stewart joins 10 from Concrete Playground where she was a senior business manager. Prior to Concrete Playground, she gained experience in the UK as brand strategist at Tastemade, responsible for the company’s brand and partnerships strategy. Stewart also spent time at Pedestrian Group as advertising and partnerships manager, responsible for managing and developing sales and partnerships across Pedestrian.TV.
Stewart said: “10 Daily has great momentum among readers and out in market. Having such a strong editorial team and being the official online ‘home’ of Network 10’s noisy shows like The Bachelorette, The Project and I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! means we have a really powerful and unique proposition for brands to partner with.
“10 Daily’s first 18 months have been huge and in 2020, the site has big plans to grow its audience and commercial opportunities. I’m really excited to be part of the team and can’t wait to be the 10 Daily mouthpiece out in market.”
Jon Penn, executive vice president of BBC Studios Asia Pacific (APAC), has announced the appointment of two general managers to lead the BBC Studios teams in Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) and South & South East Asia (S&SE Asia).
Fiona Lang, currently chief operating officer for ANZ, has been promoted to the new role of general manager, Australia & New Zealand, leading the Sydney-based branded services (including marketing, advertising and creative), commercial and content sales teams.
Ryan Shiotani, currently acting SVP, branded services, Asia, is promoted to the role of SVP & general manager, South & South East Asia, based in Singapore and leading the branded services, marketing, creative, content and affiliate sales teams in South East Asia and India.
Jon Penn said: “I’m delighted to promote these outstanding leaders to the roles of General Manager and have every confidence that they are the right people to lead the teams to the next level of growth in the APAC region.
“As COO for ANZ, Fiona has clearly demonstrated her strategic and commercial ability, as well as an aptitude for project and team leadership. Ryan has successfully developed and led the Branded Services portfolio in Asia, recently stepping up as Acting SVP for Branded Services and demonstrating his business leadership credentials.”
Both roles report directly to Jon Penn, as part of the newly formed Asia-Pacific (APAC) regional business, incorporating Australia, New Zealand and Asia, which was announced in September 2019.
Ryan Shiotani joined BBC Studios in 2007 as director, programming, Asia, overseeing the editorial direction of BBC Studios’ branded services in Asia, including programming, acquisitions, presentation planning and media planning.
Prior to joining BBC Studios, Shiotani worked across programming, acquisitions, content sales and production in Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America for Discovery Networks Latin America/Iberia, MTM Entertainment, TV Globo and Sesame Workshop.
Fiona Lang has been chief operating officer, BBC Studios in Australia & New Zealand, since 2014.
Lang joined BBC Studios in 2012 from private practice where she worked in mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate across various industries, including the retail, FMCG, telecommunications, media and communications sector. Working at Herbert Smith Freehills and Gilbert & Tobin lawyers in Sydney and for Hogan Lovells in Berlin, her clients included News Corp, Yahoo! Inc, Seven Network, Telstra, Pacific Magazines and Diageo.
The long-promised streaming revolution – the next great leap in how the world gets its entertainment – is finally here, reports The New York Times.
Streaming services, of course, have been challenging the Hollywood status quo for years. Netflix began streaming movies and television shows in 2007 and has grown into a giant, spending US$12 billion on programming this year to entertain 166 million subscribers worldwide. There are 271 online video services available in the United States, according to the research firm Parks Associates, one for seemingly every predilection – Pongalo for telenovelas, AeroCinema for aviation documentaries, Shudder for horror movies, Horse Lifestyle for equine-themed content.
While all this was happening, however, the three biggest old-line media companies – Disney, NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia – largely stayed on the sidelines. Charging into the streaming fray would mean putting billions of dollars in profit from existing cable networks like USA, Disney Channel and TBS at risk. Building video platforms of the size needed to compete with Netflix and Amazon would be frightfully expensive. And mastering the underlying technology would require a sharp learning curve. Better to bide their time. When it became clear that protecting their existing business model was more perilous than embracing the future, no matter now disruptive in the near term, they would act.
That time is now. And everything is changing.
As the Big Three entertainment companies launch their video platforms, streaming competition is mounting from Silicon Valley. Apple rolled out Apple TV Plus on Nov. 1. Facebook and Snapchat are determined to become bigger video forces. And never count out YouTube, part of the Google family. Feeling the need for more “quick bite” videos while standing in line at the grocery store? Quibi, a streaming start-up led by Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg, is due in April.
Almost 2000 current and former ABC employees will start receiving back pay from next month, with the outstanding entitlements expected to cost the public broadcaster millions of dollars, reports The Age’s Broede Carmody.
The ABC alerted staff in January about concerns it had inadvertently underpaid more than 2500 casual staff. On Monday, an ABC spokesperson confirmed a review has since found 1886 people did not get their correct entitlements. The other 689 were not underpaid, according to the review.
Close to $23 million has been set aside in the ABC’s budget for historical salary, wages and superannuation, according to the 2018-19 annual report.
“We are sincerely sorry that this happened and deeply regret the impact it has had on our people,” the spokesperson said. “This error should not have occurred. The ABC is continuing to have discussions with the Fair Work Ombudsman and the other unions about this matter.”
The Family Court of Western Australia has ordered The Australian to submit a draft article for its approval before it will consider allowing the newspaper to name a psychologist found guilty of professional misconduct, reports The Australian’s Nicola Berkovic.
The order came as Attorney-General Christian Porter vowed to consider whether strict secrecy laws that prevent scrutiny of Family Court psychologists “should balance privacy issues with open justice”.
The Perth-based psychologist, “Dr M”, was found guilty of professional misconduct a month ago but The Australian has been unable to name him because section 121 of the Family Law Act prevents the identification of any witnesses in family law proceedings, even independent experts.
Craig McLachlan allegedly indecently assaulted a female actor in front of an audience with an unscripted kiss and then told her she was “nothing” in an offstage confrontation, a court has heard, reports The Age’s Adam Cooper.
He is also accused of kissing another actor at least 20 times over her body and tracing a finger around her genitals in a scene where he was concealed by a bedspread but the woman’s face was visible to the audience.
Littlemore said McLachlan was given the license to “ad lib” during the production, both with the written script and his physical movements, in what actors “call bits of business”.
One of the women gave evidence on Monday to a court closed to the public and media. Before that, prosecutor Matt Fisher said McLachlan was charged with indecently assaulting three of the women while they were on stage performing.
The hearing is set to run for three weeks but will be closed to the public and media most of this week while magistrate Belinda Wallington hears the four complainants give evidence.
U2 frontman Bono was shocked to discover the attacks on media freedom in Australia in the wake of Australian Federal Police raids on journalists, reports News Corp’s Kathy McCabe.
The singer and activist, who advocates for the eradication of poverty and preventable disease through the One Campaign, said the witch hunt for whistleblowers and intimidation of journalists reporting on controversial matters of national security was “dangerous”.
“Truth is the bedrock … and journalists are its guardian angels,” he said last week after their opening Australian concert in Brisbane.
The Irish supergroup are renowned for immersing themselves in the current political and social climates of the countries they tour.
Bono asked for more information about the Australian media’s Right To Know campaign which seeks protection for journalists reporting on national security matters and reform of Freedom of Information and defamation laws.
The media director of a Vanuatu newspaper says his ban from the country is linked to his coverage of growing Chinese influence in the Pacific Island nation, reports The Age’s Anthony Galloway.
Canadian citizen Dan McGarry was stopped from boarding a flight out of Brisbane airport on Saturday morning.
The media director of the Vanuatu Daily Post group, who has lived in Vanuatu for 16 years, applied to have his work permit renewed but was rejected earlier this month.
McGarry and his partner, who is a Vanuatu citizen, travelled to Brisbane to attend a forum on media freedom in Melanesia, where his case was a major topic on the agenda.
McGarry said his lawyer had advised him he would be able to travel to Australia and return to Vanuatu as a visitor. “The advice was there was nothing barring me from returning to Vanuatu as a visitor – I can’t work but I can be with my family,” he said.
But when he went to board the flight to Port Vila on Saturday morning, he was told by Virgin staff the country had issued an order barring him from flying to the country.
Last week’s bushfires haven’t only – figuratively – fried brains right around the country and especially in the Melbourne-Sydney-Canberra triangle; they’ve also arguably singed the media’s ‘Your Right to Know’ campaign, reports News Corp’s Terry McCrann.
Over the last two weeks, we have seen little else than dishonesty, distortion and, above all, hysteria from great swathes of the media in relation to the bushfires. This has been led off by wall-to-wall hysteria from the biggest and most pervasive media group in Australia, the ABC; two of the three Nine broadloid papers; and the online Guardian, stuffed as it is with former Fairfax (Nine) people.
It has been unremitting, unrelenting, wall-to-wall coverage. It has been relentlessly partial, dishonest and hysterical.
For media organisations supposedly committed to ‘Your Right to Know’, the ABC, the Nine broadloids and The Guardian in particular have deliberately and through entrenched ignorance and pervasive cognitive dissonance excluded facts and context that they deemed were ‘Not your right to know’.
In their case, it’s been wall-to-wall unqualified ‘climate change caused the bushfires’ and all because the Coalition climate ‘deniers’ and the current PM Scott Morrison in particular had ‘failed to take action on climate change’.
Fuel TV Australia and the Seven Network have signed an agreement that will see a 24/7 streaming channel running on the 7plus platform, as well as dedicated block programming on 7mate.
Fuel TV is an Emmy Award-winning global channel with programming focusing on the culture and lifestyle of skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, MTB, motocross and wakeboarding.
As an independent business, Fuel TV is seen in more than 103 countries, broadcast in five languages to more than 770 million homes. The channel was born in the US, being founded by Fox Sports Media Group reaching 40 million homes in the US by 2013.
Fuel TV Australian managing partner Jay Palmer said: “We are proud to be aligned with such a progressive network as Seven. We look forward to adding to their action sports credentials and showcasing the sports and culture we love as we head towards a pivotal time in action sports with the inclusion of surfing and skateboarding in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
After the shock decision to let go of a longtime 3AW executive last month just before Nine Entertainment Co took control of the station, the new management has reinstated the much-admired Stephen Beers.
Nine Entertainment Co’s new MD radio, Tom Malone, sent this note to staff about the move:
I’m delighted to announce that Stephen Beers is returning to 3AW as station manager – Melbourne. Stephen has generously agreed to contract back to Macquarie Radio as we transition our business into the new Nine. I have taken this decision because even in my first week I see what an important contribution Stephen has made to the success of 3AW in this city and for this community and we need his wisdom and support as we move forward together.
Personally, I have known Stephen for 20 years, and I’m looking forward to working closely with him as we evolve the sound of 3AW and 1278, improve the way we produce and commercialise our content, and move closer together with the TV, print and digital parts of our business to drive audience and revenue growth for each other.
While I know you will be happy with Stephen’s return, this does not alter the challenge ahead of us. We must all strive to deliver great local content, while keeping a close eye on costs to ensure the health of our business and its contribution to the broader business. That is my challenge to you and Stephen as we move into 2020.
Mix94.5’s “Captain” Paul Shepherd announced his retirement from radio on Monday on the Clairsy, Matt and Kymba breakfast show, after over 30 years on air with the SCA station.
Shepherd was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August and after undergoing surgery has been receiving chemotherapy treatment and making regular guest appearances on the show.
He will be moving to Denmark to spend time with his family, his best friend, Golden Labrador, Bella and in true Captain Paul style, build a plane.
“It’s a big decision and I certainly wasn’t ready to leave at the time but this has brought my thinking forward a few years,” Paul said.
“When you get a smack in the face that you could die, do something about it, I’m doing something about it.
“There is a lot of things I want to do. I’m going to build an aeroplane right from scratch, build everything myself and start flying again.”
Shepherd started his career from the skies, flying his aircraft Chucky high over Perth roads, he has most recently been in the studio for Clairsy, Matt and Kymba.
“Gee we miss you, we just miss you, no one else laughs at our jokes,” Kymba said.
“It was very clear what a part of the furniture you are in this city, let alone this station,” Matt said.
“I’m sure there is a lot of people very sad to hear that you are retiring but happy you will be doing what you want to be doing for the rest of your life.”
Mix 94.5 will celebrate Shepherd’s career on-air across the next few weeks, with years of bad jokes and tributes airing in the Clairsy, Matt and Kymba breakfast show and across the workday.
“I feel very special and humbled by all the attention,” said Shepherd.
“Thank you to all the lovely listeners for their support, I won’t disappear completely.”
Mark Taylor will return to the cricket airwaves this summer, reports News Corp’s Ben Horne and Robert Craddock.
The former Australian captain has not been heard on commentary since Channel 9 lost the cricket rights two years ago, but will return to calling for Macquarie Sports Radio at the Gabba on Thursday.
Adding to the significance of his return, it’s understood the contract to call three Test matches this summer is the last deal legendary agent John Fordham signed off on before he sadly died last week.
There will be a strong back to the future feeling in the Macquarie box, with Taylor to share the microphones with another part of Channel 9’s iconic team, Ian Chappell.
It’s understood Taylor will commentate both Tests against Pakistan in Brisbane and Adelaide, and will also call the Sydney Test against New Zealand in January.
Even towards the end when his illness took hold, Fordham was still working deals and negotiated the terms of the new contract for Nine’s radio arm, Macquarie.