A decade late, but Streets has taken some inspiration from film Brokeback Mountain for a clever outdoor execution in Sydney.
While 2015 may have been the year that the Australian media finally got the message about abuse towards women, domestic violence towards men was still a laughing matter for Nine’s Today show this morning.
Discussing a man who had sent a cheeky WhatsApp group text to four of his ex-girlfriends, presenter Sylvia Jeffreys suggested he deserved to be “knocked around” by one of them.
As the Ten commentary team didn’t demonstrate with Hobart Hurricanes player Kumar Sangakarra.
Like most non-luddites, Dr Mumbo has already bowed down to our new overlord and outsourced his brain to Facebook.
Fair to say, the related content algorithm may yet want a bit of a polish though…
Nothing much is happening, but those websites ain’t gonna click themselves.
Fortunately, help is at hand with the media trend of 2015: The entitled journo or celebrity’s midair tale.
No matter how minor the experience, if it took place at 43,000 feet, then it’s worth a yarn. Even better if it’s a really lame complaint, because that’ll drive the comment thread too.
Sitting on top of the news Christmas tree is WIN journo Jodi Lee. Read more »
Despite a promo which appeared to promise plenty of promotion for Nine’s new shows and a good kicking for Seven’s failures (with Restaurant Revolution being labelled a ‘giant flop’) the interviews with TV critics Andrew Mercado and Di Butler did a pretty good job of summing up what worked and what didn’t in the last year.
However while Restaurant Revolution and The Biggest Loser got deserved kickings for poor performances Dr Mumbo was interested to note the absence of any mention of one of the biggest and most expensive flops of the year – Nine’s very own miniseries Gallipoli, which even then boss David Gyngell described as his “biggest disappointment for the year”. Read more »
Lee Lin Chin and Osher Gunsberg.
If Malcolm Turnbull was in any doubt about the ride he can expect from the new editor of The Daily Telegraph Chris Dore, a caption in the newspaper today perhaps gives the answer.
Dr Mumbo struggles to believe that the phrasing was accidental, even if it’s slightly clearer in context… Read more »
If there’s one company that 2015 hasn’t been good to it is Aussie streaming player Quickflix, which has been stuck in an indefinite trading halt since August 31 with its share price at just $0.001.
With the trading halt ongoing, despite a recent restructure which saw it slash 20 per cent of its workforce, Dr Mumbo was surprised to see a very honest job ad (perhaps too honest) advertising for a digital marketing executive, and another for a communications manager who will be in charge of the brand guidelines.
The successful applicant will report to the head of marketing and will be “working closely with the remainder of the marketing team” – however many people that is. Read more »
The Stoner Sloth campaign has been a hot topic this week across the media, with many piling in to deride it, and numerous memes and parody videos springing up.
But you truly know things are bad when the science nerds pile on.
Like this Facebook post from the good folks at the CSIRO:
Dr Mumbo was intrigued to see the guys on Fairfax’s advertising team fronting up for a new ad campaign to spruik its Employment Network.
However the tongue-in-cheek Youtube clip, which sees the Fairfax rep speak to camera as he walks around the building but, does raise some important questions:
- Like since when does management allow the use of segways in the building, especially while drinking coffee? That looks like a serious health and safety issue.
Christmas is a time when agencies seemingly forget about working on those pressing client briefs and instead focus on making something quirky, interesting or twee for their Christmas missives.
But PR agency Edelman has decided to get practical, ditching the Santa hats to produce some helpful stock images.
Ever wondered what Sean Cummins’ bedroom looked like? Or his lounge? Or kitchen?
Well all has been revealed in a gushing editorial in the New York Post revealing the Aussie expat is selling his Tribeca apartment for a cool US$5.9m (that’s $8.28m in Aussie).
And it comes with a few photos of how the ‘ad ace from Oz’ lives:
Struggling for those last minute gifts for colleagues this Christmas? Not sure what to get them? Well here’s you answer – Agency Action Heroes.
There are 12 to collect including the Into Everything Designer who “won’t change anything”, the Eagle Eyed Finance Gut, Self-Obsessed Foppy Writer, the Wired-In Developer and Clickbait, the office dog.
Dr Mumbo has long been a fan of Tom Gleeson’s ABC show The Weekly (which Charlie Pickering also appears on).
So he was delighted to see Today show presenter Karl Stefanovic pop up as the Hard Chat guest last night, particularly as he appeared to know exactly what he was getting into.
And the timing of the interview on last night’s end-of-2015-special The Yearly was excellent, with brother Peter Stefanovic currently keeping Karl’s seat warm on Today while the haggling over his new contract continues.
The key issues were covered: What’s it like living in Peter’s shadow? As a journo with disaster area experience, how was presenting The Verdict? Was the Gold Logie fixed? Has he been on a year-long bender? Read more »
“Times are too tough to play around, so don’t expect anything funny,” intones Publicise Groupe CEO Maurice Levy in what looks to be his most straightforward Christmas video message for years.
“I have long suspected that some of you are not paying attention, and while it’s often tempting to skip the ads to get to the content, this time you should be glad to skip me and get to the ads.”
And then in the bottom right of the screen appears a button no-one can resist, the Youtube ‘Skip this ad’ icon. Read more »
Back in 1987, BBC weatherman Michael Fish revealed that a viewer had called in to ask if there was a hurricane on the way and confidently told British viewers: “Don’t worry – there isn’t.”
The ensuing hurricane instead turned out to be one of the devastating storms the country had seen, and Fish never lived it down.
Yesterday, hipster tipsheet Broadsheet joined the club, venturing into metereology to tell Facebook followers: “Don’t Worry, There’s No Tornado Coming.” Read more »
It’s that time of year when the annual collections of news bloopers come out.
This one from NewsBeFunny is 15 minutes but well worth your time, if you’re not slammed ahead of the end of the year.