Wednesday September 5, 2018

Mediaweek Sydney radio wrap: KIIS 106.5 and Triple M

Mediaweek editor James Manning examines the results for KIIS and Triple M in Sydney from Radio Survey #5.

By James Manning

Radio metro market reviews: Week 1 Sydney

KIIS 106.5 10+ 7.0%, Breakfast 9.3%

Don’t panic, Kyle and Jackie O down, but long way from being out

 Cume audience: 10+ 916,000, Breakfast 557,000

Nova has the biggest 10+ cume, but Kyle and Jackie O have #1 breakfast cume.

A sprawling breakfast radio canvas that broadcasts across four hours, sometimes longer, powers the share of the station.

As with most shows, the 6am hour is key listening for regulars. Who’d want to miss the delightful psychic Georgina Walker (18 years with K&J) and also the Birthday Wheel? And exec producer Bruno when he presents his news highlights? Or “What’s in Jackie’s mouth”?

Although the show is famous for its celebrity interviews it can get away without much on offer. Today it was Shannon Noll. Then there are Pop Quiz, First Calls (which are often after 7am) and Last Calls (which can be as late as 10am).

Jackie is the show’s secret weapon. Today there was a great segment about vagina steaming. “Do you want to do it now?” asked Kyle. “Intern Pete, put the jug on.”

She also suggested a segment on whistling. “OK, so not all my ideas are great,” she offered. The station was then flooded with K&J fans and their whistles. “This is the best thing we have ever done,” deadpanned Kyle. “People will be copying this all over the world.”

The breakfast show has the infamous censor on duty, although sometimes you wonder how closely they monitor the program. A couple of weeks ago Kyle spoke frankly about his favourite porn clips!

ARN’s Duncan Campbell spoke to Mediaweek after the survey five results:

“Some people have painted this as a doomsday scenario, but you need to put it in perspective. The likes of Triple M and Nova would kill for a 9.3% breakfast show. This time last year Kyle and Jackie O were on 10% and they did a 9.3% last year too. Earlier in the year they had a very high 12.3%.

“There are, however, some challenges at the station we need to work our way through. We still have a very strong duopoly where KIIS is usually the stronger, but now it is WSFM.

“The music offering across Sydney is interesting and the 2Day music shift has not worked and KIIS could certainly do better too. We will look at that.

“Nova and smoothfm both had some heavy marketing campaigns [which helped]. WSFM had marketing too of course.”

Campbell didn’t think the opposition was coming after them.

“I think the Nova result is more of a one-off at this point.

“Kyle and Jackie O have a unique ability to bounce back just when some people start to write them off. I’ll take a 9.3% breakfast show any day.” Campbell noted the current breakfast cume is higher than it was this time last year. He also spoke about the breakfast brand versus the station brand.

The KIIS challenge is perhaps to have a stronger identity past Kyle and Jackie O. When the breakfast show is over, many people check out and don’t return until 6am the following day.

“That is an interesting question. With such a strong breakfast show the argument can be the show dwarfs the overall brand. And it’s a brand that was built by Kyle and Jackie O.

“In the case of WSFM and Gold, it is the format that came first.

KIIS is Kyle and Jackie O, while WSFM has more to offer than just Jonesy and Amanda. There is a very strong music foundation.”

ARN of course is hoping KIIS’s Will and Woody becomes a stronger drive attraction after its superstar Sydney breakfast show. “They are sounding more focused than ever and they are working on converting their new listeners to be regulars with more short-form content. The show is an easier listen because of that and it looks like becoming a successful national drive show in time.

“We will give new shows the time they need because the feedback we are getting around the content is very strong.”

Campbell also pointed out the survey five demo movement among 18-24s was “too high”. WSFM jumped an incredible 10.5 to 18.5% to be #1 18-24, while KIIS dropped 8.2 to 9.4% in that age group. “That is too big a swing and that will correct itself pretty quickly.”

Campbell said the market intelligence ARN gets apart from the survey releases indicated WSFM would have a good book, “and we were nervous about KIIS,” he admitted.

104.9 Triple M 10+ 5.4%, Breakfast 5.5%

Cume audience: 10+ 557,000, Breakfast 325,000

It was Freddie Mercury’s birthday today and Triple M Sydney was celebrating. There’s lots to like about the breakfast show and the music celebration proved what Triple M boss Mike Fitzpatrick told Mediaweek – that it is not just a football show.

The show revolves around Matty Johns, who gets great support from Gus Worland, Emma Freedman and the great Chris Page.

Wil Anderson was a guest in the first hour of the show before he started work on Melbourne’s The Hot Breakfast.

While it’s not just a footy show, it was lucky to have Johns on hand to preview some of the NRL finals clashes coming this weekend.

Apart from playing some great Queen tunes, the station spoke to Triple M Hall Of Famer Rob Duckworth, who noted he has been sacked from Triple M more times than anyone else! Matty Johns asked if he’d been asked to host 2Day breakfast yet!

Duckworth had some great Queen stories after being lucky enough to tour with the band on a number of occasions.

Matty asked Duckworth about his friend, and the original Triple M Hall of Famer, Doug Mulray. Gus couldn’t help asking what Mulray thought of The Grill Team. “He doesn’t listen to much radio, but I think he likes the show.”

The show arguably deserves a bigger audience, something the classic rock from AC/DC, Cold Chisel and Dire Straits should be helping with.

Fitzpatrick noted The Grill Team doesn’t rate as well as it might be expected to during the NRL season. He admitted to Mediaweek: “The Melbourne and Sydney stations have done better in the past. There are some highlights though – the workday audience in Sydney has grown.”

See also from this week:
Mediaweek radio wrap: Sydney leaders 2GB and WSFM
Mediaweek radio wrap: Nova Entertainment’s powerful double

Geelong to Hollywood: Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden

• Hello Sunshine’s Aussie CEO Sarah Harden talks to Mediaweek
• CEO of Reese Witherspoon start-up speaking at AANA’s RESET 2018

By James Manning

The Australian-born CEO of Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine media company, Sarah Harden, keeps in contact with her land down under. Harden hails from Geelong and still has property there, keeping in touch as regularly as she can.

At times in recent years that might have been quite a task, juggling her schedule in a busy career that has seen her working alongside of Hollywood’s best and brightest including her current role.

Harden will be making another trip home when she is a guest speaker at the AANA’s September conference RESET 2018 on September 18.

“I have been heads down building this company and I have been so busy I don’t do a lot of speaking,” Harden told Mediaweek, confirming she had a fair bit on her plate.

“RESET 2018 has been a nice opportunity for me to gather some of my thoughts more formally. I will be talking about the story of why we have been building Hello Sunshine, particularly at this time in the media landscape.

“We have a very specific point of view and we are trying to build the company with a level of intention and part of what I want to do is share that.

“We are a much earlier and different architected brand than many of the story brands that are in the room. We talk about how important storytelling is in today’s world where the media landscape is so crowded.

“We are living in a world of hyper-social connection and real disconnection in a lot of ways. We talk about storytelling in terms of finding ways to build brand love and to connect people. For us that is about the authentic authorship in storytelling – our mission is to really change the narrative for women by telling authentic stories that have women at the centre of them across many platforms.

“In our case we are a storytelling brand in essence but a lot of what we are seeing in the marketplace is really relevant to any brand that wants to connect deeply with a consumer and influence them whether it is trying to get them to buy a product or use a service.

“At RESET 2018 I will also talk about what I see as authorship disconnection in a lot of media. By that I mean if you look at the feature film market, people are talking about the astonishing performance of Black Panther or Crazy Rich Asians and how successful they have been.

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

Jillian Davison returns to NewsLifeMedia as creative director of Vogue and GQ

Jillian Davison has been appointed creative director of NewsLifeMedia’s Vogue Australia and GQ Australia.

In the new role, which she starts immediately, Davison will be responsible for the visual direction of the two brands. She will work closely with Vogue Australia’s fashion director Christine Centenera, who continues to be based in New York, and GQ Australia editor Mike Christensen. The men’s quarterly magazine marks 20 years this year.

Davison returns to Vogue Australia from New York, where she was fashion director of Glamour for over four years after being asked by Condé Nast’s artistic director Anna Wintour to oversee all fashion editorial for the title.

News Prestige Network’s editorial director of Vogue Australia and GQ Australia Edwina McCann said: “With her creative vision, international experience and fashion knowledge, Jillian is highly respected in the industry. I’m delighted that she is returning to the Vogue Australia family and also taking on the remit of GQ Australia. Her appointment allows us to do even more Australian storytelling and we feel very lucky to have her expertise and creativity back in the country.”

Davison said: “I’m thrilled to explore this next creative chapter with Edwina and the Vogue and GQ teams. There are major shifts in the fashion industry globally and to return home to explore all the new possibilities for these premium titles is very close to my heart.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to shape a new visual language for fashion imagery in Australia that celebrates our unique point of view and lifestyle – to create and oversee original content for Vogue, and to explore the dynamic new menswear landscape with GQ.”

Davison was previously the creative director of Vogue Australia before taking up the role with Glamour. Prior to that, she was the fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar in the United States. She has also been a contributing editor at Teen Vogue, Vogue China, Vogue Germany, and Vogue Japan.

TV Demand charts: Brooklyn Nine-Nine #1 in Aus, American Horror Story #1 in NZ

There was little change in the charts this week with Orange Is The New Black maintaining its place as #1 in both Australia and New Zealand on the Digital Originals Charts.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has maintained its popularity, staying #1 on the Overall TV charts in Australia with a new season coming to Netflix this month.

American reality show World of Dance cracked Overall TV charts with the finale of season two a week away.

The only change at the top of the charts was in New Zealand with American Horror Story now #1 on the Overall TV charts.

TV Ratings Analysis: September 5

• Blow-up on The Block, merger on Survivor, date night on Seven
• Tuesday pre-finals AFL Footy Show soft despite no Front Bar
• Great Indian Railway Journeys keeps Michael Portillo #1 at SBS

By James Manning


Over the two episodes so far this week, Home And Away has moved from 691,000 to 614,000.

Also dropping across those two nights was Take Me Out, which started on 604,000 on Monday with episode two on 513,000. That will be enough to keep the show in the timeslot, but it won’t be enough to outperform the opposition.

The Seven drama 800 Words followed with 473,000 after 446,000 a week ago.


A Current Affair spoke with TV and radio great John Blackman. Reporter Martin King chronicled his current health challenge and then shared too much information with viewers about what the reporter wears to bed – delivered with a cheeky grin down the barrel. The episode did 820,000.

The Block nearly had a walk-out two weeks ago, yet this time the Kerrie and Spence blow-up looks a bit more serious and the episode ended last night with them walking off the site and disconnecting the microphones. The drama helped keep the audience over 1m after 1.01m on Tuesday last week.

Nine then had two episodes of True Story With Hamish And Andy in some markets with both the new and the repeat featuring Ryan Shelton. The first episode did 744,000 while the repeat was on 264,000 in Sydney and Brisbane.

AFL markets didn’t get a second True Story. Instead they got an early edition of The Footy Show, which did 197,000. Without going up against The Front Bar, the Melbourne audience was 134,000 after 128,000 on Thursday last week.

Two episodes of Kath & Kim followed for Sydney and Brisbane viewers with audiences of 136,000 and 115,000.


Lily Allen, Vance Joy and Heath from Australian Survivor were all guests on The Project with 509,000 watching.

The merger episode of Australian Survivor was one of the best so far this season and also featured a food auction, the first individual immunity challenge (which Shane Gould didn’t even bother attempting) and then tribal council where Lydia was sent home after narrowly failing to win immunity. The episode did 668,000 after 667,000 a week ago.


Foreign Correspondent did 439,999 after 8pm followed by Catalyst on 443,000.

The final episode of Search For Second Earth then did 198,000.


Michael Portillo travelled with his copy of Bradshaw’s Handbook Of Indian, Foreign And Colonial Travel for one more time on the final episode of the too-short series of Great Indian Railway Journeys. The episode made the top 20 with 341,000 watching, which should make it the channel’s #1 for another week.

Insight then did 220,000 followed by Dateline on 157,000.

Week 36 TV: Tuesday
ABC Seven Nine Ten SBS
ABC 11.0% 7 17.3% 9 21.9% TEN 12.6% SBS One 5.6%
ABC 2 2.8% 7TWO 3.8% GO! 3.5% ONE 3.5% VICELAND 1.1%
ABC ME 0.8% 7mate 4.1% GEM 3.7% ELEVEN 2.2% Food Net 1.1%
ABC NEWS 1.5% 7flix 1.7% 9Life 1.6% NITV 0.1%
TOTAL 16.1% 26.8% 30.8% 18.3% 8.0%
TUESDAY REGIONAL – Numbers not in at time of publication


84.6% 15.4%


  1. The Block Nine 1,027,000
  2. Seven News Seven 982,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 931,000
  4. Nine News Nine 888,000
  5. Nine News 6:30 Nine 883,000
  6. A Current Affair Nine 820,000
  7. ABC News ABC 752,000
  8. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 744,000
  9. Australian Survivor Ten 668,000
  10. Home And Away Seven 614,000
  11. 7.30 ABC 553,000
  12. The Chase Australia Seven 525,000
  13. Take Me Out Seven 513,000
  14. The Project 7PM Ten 509,000
  15. Hot Seat Nine 480,000
  16. 800 Words Seven 473,000
  17. Catalyst ABC 443,000
  18. Foreign Correspondent ABC 439,000
  19. Ten Eyewitness News First At Five Ten 380,000
  20. Great Indian Railway Journeys SBS 341,000
Demo Top Fives

16-39 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 294,000
  2. Australian Survivor Ten 254,000
  3. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 210,000
  4. The Project 7PM Ten 157,000
  5. Take Me Out Seven 142,000


18-49 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 454,000
  2. Australian Survivor Ten 353,000
  3. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 351,000
  4. The Project 7PM Ten 252,000
  5. Take Me Out Seven 245,000


25-54 Top 5

  1. The Block Nine 514,000
  2. True Story With Hamish & Andy Nine 390,000
  3. Australian Survivor Ten 357,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 285,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 279,000
TUESDAY Multichannel
  1. Noddy Toyland Detective-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 198,000
  2. Highway Patrol E.2 PM 7mate 196,000
  3. Peppa Pig-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 194,000
  4. Fireman Sam-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 188,000
  5. Little Roy-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 183,000
  6. Pj Masks-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 182,000
  7. Hey Duggee-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 179,000
  8. Thomas And Friends: Big World! Big Adventures ABC Kids/ Comedy 178,000
  9. Highway Patrol-PM 7mate 177,000
  10. New Tricks 9Gem 171,000
  11. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 166,000
  12. Aussie Salvage Squad-PM 7mate 166,000
  13. Neighbours ELEVEN 164,000
  14. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 164,000
  15. The Big Bang Theory Tx2 9GO! 162,000
  16. Go Jetters AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 158,000
  17. Kiddets AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 157,000
  18. The Big Bang Theory Tx3 9GO! 155,000
  19. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 154,000
  20. The Big Bang Theory Tx1 9GO! 154,000
TUESDAY Subscription TV
  1. Wentworth showcase 102,000
  2. Live: Afl 360 FOX FOOTY 84,000
  3. Jones & Co Sky News Live 84,000
  4. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 65,000
  5. Live: Back Page FOX SPORTS 501 63,000
  6. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 56,000
  7. Live: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 54,000
  8. Credlin Sky News Live 54,000
  9. Bones TVH!TS 52,000
  10. The Simpsons FOX8 50,000
  11. Family Guy FOX8 48,000
  12. Open Mike FOX FOOTY 46,000
  13. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 45,000
  14. The Fan FOX LEAGUE 39,000
  15. The Simpsons FOX8 39,000
  16. AFL: Rise Of The Baby Bombers FOX FOOTY 39,000
  17. Jeopardy! FOX Classics 38,000
  18. Tennis: Us Open ESPN 37,000
  19. Ncis TVH!TS 35,000
  20. Cops crime + investigation 34,000

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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

Facebook and Twitter message for US lawmakers: We’re trying

For months, Facebook, Twitter and Google have grappled with criticism over the misuse of their services by foreign operatives and the disproportionate influence of their platforms on people’s thinking, reports The New York Times.

On Wednesday, when Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, appear in Washington to testify on those issues, they plan to answer lawmakers’ questions using two main tactics: a conciliatory and apologetic approach, as well as a rundown of the growing number of efforts that the companies have taken to combat manipulation and disinformation problems.

“We were too slow to spot this and too slow to act. That’s on us,” Sandberg said in prepared testimony that was obtained by The New York Times. “We’re getting better at finding and combating our adversaries, from financially motivated troll farms to sophisticated military intelligence operations.”

In testimony that was posted on Tuesday, Dorsey said, “Twitter is approaching these challenges with a simple question: How do we earn more trust from the people using our service? We know the way to earn more trust around how we make decisions on our platform is to be as transparent as possible.”

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News Brands

ACMA: Seven Sydney breached the Industry Code of Practice

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has found that Channel Seven Sydney breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice in a Sunrise Hot Topics segment broadcast on 13 March 2018.

The ACMA found that the introduction to the segment claiming indigenous children could “only be placed with relatives or other indigenous families” was inaccurate and in breach of the Code. The licensee explained that this repeated a statement from a newspaper of the day. However, the ACMA considered that Seven should have taken steps to verify the accuracy of this claim before it was used as the foundation for a panel discussion.

The ACMA is in discussions with Channel Seven about its response to the breach findings. Channel Seven has indicated that it may seek judicial review of the ACMA’s decision.

Seven’s director of news and public affairs Craig McPherson said in a statement he was disappointed by ACMA’s decision.

“The irony is that the very issue the commentators were critical of, that is political correctness preventing meaningful discussion and action, has come to bear with this finding.

“The decision is a form of censorship, a direct assault on the workings of an independent media and the thousands of issue-based segments covered every year by Sunrise, other like programs, newspapers and talkback radio.”

The Australian’s Chris Kenny comments:

The Australian Communications and Media Authority ruling against Seven Network breakfast program Sunrise is a worrying overreach against free speech. It represents the sledgehammer of political correctness branding well-intentioned citizens with the odious tag of racism, and ensuring others will continue to ignore or skirt around some of the most important issues confronting this country.

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Malcolm Turnbull to “Why don’t you leave us alone?”

A furious Malcolm Turnbull has unloaded on the media in New York City as he attempts to retreat from the public eye, reports’s Emma Reynolds.

Less than two weeks after he was ousted from the top job in a bloody leadership coup, Turnbull is attempting to reclaim his life as a private citizen, jetting into the US to stay at his luxury Manhattan apartment.

Turnbull and wife Lucy were clearly frustrated that the media still had questions about one of the most turbulent fortnights in recent political history.

When approached by outside their apartment overnight, they became agitated, saying they were “just here privately on a break”.

“We’ve been harassed by paparazzi this morning,” Lucy Turnbull said, referring to photographers taking pictures of them walking in Central Park and at the airport.

A frustrated Malcolm Turnbull added, “Are you going to stalk us now?” and “Why don’t you leave us alone?” as the pair departed on foot, before he filmed a photographer on his phone.

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CBS orders Channel 10’s newsreaders to do voice training

Network Ten’s newsreaders and presenters must undergo voice coaching as part of a push from new American owners CBS to give bulletins a more grandiose sound, reports News Corp’s Jonathon Moran.

The Daily Telegraph reports Ten talent, including those with decades of experience such as Sandra Sully, are being forced to do the training.

Ten’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey and newly appointed director of news Ross Dagan delivered the decree this month and are understood to have offended TV veterans in the process.

One media commentator said the training could be the broadcaster reviewing its news output. “Is this an indicator they are about to review their commitment and increase news across the channel with the backing of CBS?” the commentator said.

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ABC Commercial taking Robyn Butler & Wayne Hope comedy global

ABC Commercial has acquired the global distribution rights to the new Gristmill comedy Back in Very Small Business (8 x 30 mins) as a new season went to air this week.

Created by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope, the award-winning creative duo behind Upper Middle Bogan and Little Lunch, alongside celebrated comedy writer, Gary McCaffrie, the series serves as a follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed comedy Very Small Business and follows the exploits of Don Angel – an aspirational small businessman who helms his suburban empire with equal parts zeal and tax evasion.

“Confronting and emotionally involving, Wayne and Robyn have crafted a comedy that speaks directly to our current cultural climate while maintaining the trademark humour that’s made their shows such a hit with family audiences,” said Jessica Ellis, head of content sales & distribution, ABC Commercial. “We’re thrilled to be bringing this smart and heartfelt series to the world.”

Back in Very Small Business is a show about the desire for love and acceptance and what happens when that fundamental need is thwarted,” said Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope. “We’re excited to be partnering with ABC Commercial to distribute the series both locally and internationally.”

Back in Very Small Business is a Gristmill production, in association with ABC TV, Fulcrum Media Finance and Media Super. Filmed with the assistance of Film Victoria and Screen Australia, the series was written and created by Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope and Gary McCaffrie and executive produced by Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope and Greg Sitch, with Rick Kalowski as executive producer for ABC TV.

ACA reveals Hey Hey comic’s “kick in the guts” medical diagnosis

The funnyman behind some of Australia’s favourite television characters might never speak again after surgeons told him he needed to have his jaw removed to save his life, reports A Current Affair producer Luke Mortimer on

John Blackman, the voice behind Hey Hey It’s Saturday puppet Dicky Knee, on Friday has his jaw removed and replaced with a part of his thigh bone in a marathon operation lasting 10 hours at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

Blackman was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer, basal-cell carcinoma, that doctors feared would spread to his brain if not removed quickly.

The comedian told A Current Affair reporter Martin King in an exclusive interview that surgeons were warning him his ability to speak would be changed forever.

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Heathers to premiere September 28 on Stan with all 10 episodes

Stan will exclusively premiere Heathers, a pitch-black satirical comedy series based on the cult classic film, on September 28 with all episodes dropping at once.

The 10-part series is set in the present day and follows Veronica Sawyer as she deals with a very different but equally vicious group of Heathers, led by the fashionable yet cutthroat Heather Chandler and her sidekicks Heather Duke and Heather McNamara. The much-anticipated reboot perfectly blends drama, love, rivalry and comedy into a modern-day masterpiece.

The series stars Melanie Field, Jasmine Mathews and Brendan Scannell as the new group of Heathers, Grace Victoria Cox as Veronica and James Scully as JD. Shannen Doherty, who portrayed Heather Duke in the film, has a guest role in the series. Selma Blair, Kurt Fuller, Jamie Kaler, Wallace Langham, Drew Droege, Travis Schuldt and Deanna Cheng also star.

Jason Micallef (Butter), who wrote the pilot script, will serve as executive producer and showrunner, and Leslye Headland (Sleeping With Other People, Bachelorette) directed and was an executive producer on the pilot.

Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi were executive producers for Lakeshore Entertainment.

Sports Media

The SMH’s Andrew Webster on Mad Monday: Intoxicating mix of Tooheys New and the sound of “Sweet Caroline”

Fairfax Media’s Andrew Webster writes about:

The Daily Telegraph’s front-page screamer on drunken Bulldogs players getting nude while listening to Neil Diamond (I mean, who hasn’t?) at the Harbour View Hotel in The Rocks before another player was captured passed out on the footpath – before regaining consciousness and having a spew.

Why the Tele decided to strategically place photographers with telephoto lenses at a high vantage point to snap drunken footballers attending a private function is a question for them.

Another might be this: was it really necessary to run a front-page photo of winger Marcelo Montoya, bent over and looking at the final result of his technicolour yawn on the pavement? How do we unsee that?

According to those in attendance, the private function was roped off and players couldn’t be seen by other patrons. The photographers got their money shot when the players and coaching staff ventured out onto the balcony to enjoy the intoxicating mix of Tooheys New and the sound of “Sweet Caroline”.

The Bulldogs and the not-so-easily-outraged person on the street might argue this story is a beat-up. And they are probably right.

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Ray Warren to be used sparingly during Nine’s NRL finals broadcast

It will come as a shock to most TV viewers that the voice of rugby league will be heard just once during the opening weekend of the NRL finals, reports Fairfax Media’s Christian Nicolussi.

Rugby league doyen Ray Warren remains the best in the business but has only been rostered on for the Sydney Roosters-Cronulla clash on Saturday night.

Channel Nine will rely on Matt Thompson for the other three matches, including the Friday night blockbuster between premiers Melbourne and South Sydney.

Warren was happy to be spared flying to Melbourne on Friday and then to Brisbane on Sunday and knows the network’s less-is-more approach with him could actually preserve his career in the box.

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