Dr Mumbo loves nothing more than a good talk back radio call and this one between ‘Barbara’ and Sydney’s king of breakfast radio Alan Jones certainly delivers in spades.
Barbara rang Jones yesterday morning to complain about people booing conservatives Tony Abbott and John Howard at the memorial to former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, but the call quickly moved on to a rant over a right-wingers checklist, including dole bludgers, the need to bomb the left wing sides of town, how Clive Palmer needed to lose some weight and her struggles with her cat.
After a hilarious four minutes Jones, clearly realising it was a prank, even asked her to stay on the line so they could get her number and make her their “regular social commentator”. Read more »
Sometimes it feels like no faster does a big piece of content hit the Internet, then some wag has found a way to parody it.
Here John Lewis’ latest tear jerking Christmas spot gets going over (Dr Mumbo suggests you watch the actual ad below before the parody – if you’re one of the three people in the English speaking world that hasn’t already.
This morning StreamCo CEO Mike Sneesby was waxing lyrical about how Stan was a “clean palate”, an Aussie character who Australians would imbue with their own meaning.
So of course it was only a matter of time before someone set the photoshop to the name and homepage image…
The actual Stan hompage:
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The new Nine/Fairfax streaming service Stan is all about helping local media companies stop viewers using VPN’s to access premium content from abroad.
So it was a little awkward at this morning’s press conference on the launch when comedienne/brand ambassador Rebel Wilson went off message and announced to the room that she would have to get a VPN in order to access Stan in the US, where she is based.
“We’ll have to get you Stan when you’re in Australia” CEO of StreamCo Mike Sneesby told Wilson only to have her quip: “and I’ll have to steal an IP address when I’m in the US,” much to the amusement of the room full of journos.
Sneesby was quick to cut her off.
The other awkward moment was when Sneesby spoke about how Stan was a “clean palate” with no negative connotations…
Channel Ten seems to be leaving it a tad late to decide what to run at 11am today…
He was the only one of more than 20 media big hitters Dr Mumbo asked who picked Protectionist to win, although honourable mentions go to: Seven’s Tim Worner, SBS’s Michael Ebeid, Atomics212’s Barry O’Brien, MediaCom’s Mark Pejic, Ogilvy’s David Fox and Bauer’s Deborah Thomas who all had the German horse in their top three.
Sadly for Steady, as he is known to most of the industry, didn’t win anything (other than of course, the glory of Dr Mumbo’s Cup guide). Read more »
And what a year it’s been. From Ita Buttrose getting stuck on a boat in the middle of Sydney harbour, to Sarah Harris trying to shoot herself in the head with a nail gun, and Joe Hildebrand and Jono Coleman’s now famous towel dance, there is something for everyone.
So to celebrate making the milestone (and let’s not forget the fate that awaited its launch buddy Wake Up) here’s a compilation of the show’s ten minute compilation of best bits from the year: Read more »
It’s the race that stops a nation, and at the very least the Melbourne Cup will definitely stop the media industry for at least a few minutes this afternoon.
But picking the winner of the two-miler can be notoriously hard, so Dr Mumbo decided to ask a few of the industry’s most learned form followers for their tips for the race.
Below you can see the picks from racing die-hards like West Australian News CEO Chris Wharton and MediaCom boss Mark Pejic who weighed the odds, studied the form and track to give us their carefully considered tips. Others with a more creative bent, such as McCann Melbourne executive creative director Pat Baron, have chosen their picks by the age old method of the horses’ name.
Which is more scientific? We’ll let you decide. And whilst Dr Mumbo is certainly not encouraging you to gamble, if you do choose to, do so responsibly.
Last Friday Dr Mumbo was surprised to learn that a new national newspaper The Australian National Review, was set for a low-key launch.
So, it transpires, was his newsagent, who asked him what exactly the new paper he was stocking was, when he went to buy the first edition of Australia’s only bi-weekly Saturday morning national newspaper.
Ahead of the first edition its editor promised that it would have “news with a difference” and it certainly delivers on that pledge.
The front page of Saturday’s inaugural edition featured a stern faced Vladimir Putin, with its splash written by the newspaper’s founder and entrepreneur Jamie McIntyre (who incidentally is the only byline to appear in the first 15 or so pages of the newspaper).
Meanwhile headlines like: “US Army held back assurance from Germany about Ebola virus being weaponised” and “Was Whitlam removed by the CIA? Critical facts you need to know” really caught the eye. Read more »
Leaving can be so hard, so to take the edge off it for their colleagues at Saatchi & Saatchi Milan creative team Luca and Luca covered the classic Evita hit Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.
Dr Mumbo congratulates Foxtel and the Multi Channel Network on very schmick 2015 Upfronts presentation last night.
One of the highlights was a very well produced video featuring the cast of the Wentworth in character on set brilliantly mocking adland’s growing obsession with all things digital, data and programmatic while also managing to name check every major media agency. (Special acknowledgement to Foxtel’s media agency ZenithOptimedia who by Dr Mumbo’s count got no less than five mentions.)
He wanted to show everyone the video today but was told by Foxtel’s corporate affairs unit: “Sorry to disappoint but we don’t have the necessary clearances to release the video.”
Dr Mumbo’s tongue-in-cheek request for whether a pirated copy might exist somewhere did not get a response, so he might have to join with TV Tonight in launching A Place Called Home style petition for Foxtel to release the video. Read more »
Racing Victoria has been undertaking a charm offensive ahead of next week’s Melbourne Carnival around how well looked after racehorses are, possibly something to do with that controversial anti-horse racing billboard in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago.
Today the racing body placed a full page ad in today’s The Age with trainer Peter Moody outlining “why I do what I do”. But while the words are all very noble and worthy, the choice of picture to illustrate it has raised some eyebrows…
Dr Mumbo wonders just how much research YuuZoo did before deciding this name was a good idea for its first mobile game.
While confident it will do well in some parts of Asia, it may not translate as entirely appropriate in English-speaking markets. Then again, this “visually appealing game” might do exceptionally well. Just not for the reasons YuuZoo intended.
As Dr Mumbo’s colleagues revealed yesterday Seven really did spare no expense in its 2015 upfronts.
Whether it was wheeling out Cathy Freeman and Bruce McAvaney to relive her historic Sydney 2000 gold medal, lowering a Seven News helicopter down from the sky to emphasise their strength in news or just the roll call of on-air talent who guided Dr Mumbo through his “journey” (Seven’s word of the day) the network really did roll out the red carpet.
But for the many talking points Dr Mumbo’s favourite moment had to be when Seven literally put Australia’s top media buyers on the X Factor stage to relive the experience of winning the talent song contest.
NSW Premier Mike Baird’s appeared in the Daily Telegraph’s latest subscription drive certainly raised a few questions about whether he was an unpartisan politician, and no doubt rankled with News Corp’s rivals Fairfax.
But Dr Mumbo is sure Fairfax’s Australian Financial Review putting the wrong picture in place of Baird on page four of today’s paper was just an accident.
It’s one of the big questions almost everyone asked when they saw Realestate.com.au had landed Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger for its latest campaign – how much did that cost?
Well this morning adland veteran, and creative head of BWM the agency which made the ads, Rob Belgiovane was on Channel Ten’s morning show Studio Ten talking about his three favourite ads from the last year.
One of them was the below Lenovo spot starring Ashton Kutcher. Afterwards one of the panel asked him “how much do these major stars get paid for that?” to which Belgo replied for the real A listers it was “at least a million bucks a day”.
It’s no surprise a big multinational like HP decided to dub its latest ad, about a digital native searching for his lost pet iguana Ralph, in local accents.
But what might be surprising are it appears the Aussie version of the ad is far more popular than the US, getting five times as many views despite running for just a week, compared to three weeks for the American version.
The Australian version:
There’s been plenty of speculation about the future of the 2DayFM breakfast show in recent weeks, and yesterday’s news Sophie Monk is not staying on past the end of this year has only added fuel to the fire.
But Dr Mumbo wonders whether Jules Lund is happy at The Guardian’s mistaking him for Merrick Watts’ former sparring partner Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross with the caption that went with their posting of the story on Facebook yesterday, which read: “Sophie Monk takes a stand on behalf of her beauty sleep and quits 2DayFM breakfast show with Merrick and Rosso.”