The team behind Sydney-based production company Jungleboys has signed a breakthrough Hollywood deal for their TV show A Moody Christmas.
The show is to be produced by CBS Studios and will air on Fox, with the creator of Entourage Doug Ellin as show runner along with Jungleboys’ Trent O’Donnell and Phil Lloyd.
A Moody Christmas was a hit comedy drama for the ABC last year. It featured the Moody family’s Christmas day on six consecutive years. The follow up series for the SBC begins shooting next week in Sydney. Read more »
Overall company revenue fell 8.2 per cent to $2.034bn, while the EBIDTA profit – earnings before interest, depreciation, taxation and amortisation – was between $359m and $365m.
The company this year recorded a further $444m in write downs from its regional, printing and agricultural business. The result is still a marked improvement on last year’s results which saw the company report a loss of $2.7bn, after write downs.
Fairfax also said that it now has 68,000 paid digital subscribers. Read more »
The appointment comes less than two weeks after the departure of Kim Williams and the appointment of Julian Clarke as CEO of the publisher’s Australian division.
News Corp Australia today announced the appointment of Peter Tonagh as chief operating officer. Mr Tonagh joins the company from Foxtel where he has held the position of chief operating officer and chief financial officer.
The show was also fifth among all people, with a total metro audience of 948,000, one of the network’s best performances of the year.
Meanwhile, ABC1’s Gruen Nation, exploring the marketing strategies behind the election, also performed very strongly – rating 1.052m, third for the night. ABC1’s The Hamster Decides, from The Chaser team, rated 774,000 viewers and won its 9.30pm timeslot. Read more »
The appointment, is one of a number of senior appointments to the team announced this afternoon, and also sees the public broadcaster hire Courier Mail investigative reporter Mark Solomons, The Age’s crime editor Daniel Oakes, Seven senior producer Andrea Jonson and TVNZ producer Dale Owens.
The expansion in its reporting team follows a $10m increase in the ABC’s budget in February. This funding boost saw the ABC create the national reporting team which is led by Jo Puccini, a former associate producer with 7.30, Lateline and Four Corners. She is also a former EP of Media Watch. Read more »
McDonald’s has launched a promotion aimed at enticing customers to upload videos describing the ingredients of a Big Mac.
Winners of the competition – to come up with the most original chant of the phrase “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” – win a holiday for seven people. Read more »
Environmental activist group Greenpeace has once again taken aim at Coca-Cola over its opposition to a national recycling scheme launching a new parody website Coke Refunds.
The website, which is a parody of Coca-Cola’s loyalty website Coke Rewards, talks consumers through a procedure for refunding 10 cents from the purchase of a contain then encourages then to click a button to get their refund.
When the consumer try to click on the “refund my 10c” button it jumps around on the page and cannot be clicked. Consumers who click on the technical help link are directed to a webpage which explains the Greenpeace campaign.
“Coke’s opposition to a beverage recycling scheme is dodgy. This is reflected in an impossible-to-click ‘Refund my 10c’ dodge button which like Coke’s support for recycling can’t be pinned down,” claimed Seb Cumberbirch, digital strategy manager for Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Read more »
Former Sunrise presenter Melissa Doyle’s second outing as presenter of Seven News at 4 spilled back on Monday’s second place debut, falling to third in its timeslot behind Nine’s Afternoon News and Ten’s children’s show Totally Wild.
Doyle was moved to Seven News At 4 and a 7pm bulletin on secondary channel 7Two in order to make way for Sam Armytage on Sunrise.
Yesterday, Seven News at 4 rated a metro audience of 182,000, according to preliminary overnight ratings from OzTAM.
It was just behind Ten’s Totally Wild, which rated 183,000 and Nine’s Afternoon News which averaged 235,000. Read more »
Brennan is a former director of programming for children’s channel Nickelodeon and she also previously spent six years as programmer for ABC Kids.
Brennan’s responsibilities at BBC Worldwide included the local development of subscription TV channels UKTV, UKTV NZ, BBC Knowledge, BBC Knowledge NZ and CBeebies along with local operations for BBC World News and iPlayer .
She said: “My three years experience at BBC Worldwide has been invaluable, but I am excited about the opportunity to return to ABC TV as Controller Children’s, an area of content that I hold a deep passion for. The ABC has an incredible connection with Australian children and families and I am thrilled to engage with this audience once again.” Read more »
The film, written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9, is set in the year 2154 where two classes of people exist: the very wealthy on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium and the rest, who lived on an overpopulated and ruined Earth. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, the film follows Damon’s character as he attempts to save the millions of people on Earth.
Elysium overtook the Eone/Hopscotch distributed Now You See Me which topped box offices last weekend in its debut. Now You See Me took home on its second week $2,582,830 across 265 screens.
Status Quo stand on an iceberg with penguin backing singers, a walrus on drums and a polar bear on double bass in the latest ad for Coles to promote its frozen produce.
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Video advertising company Boom is to launch its own content creation division.
Boom Natives will be run by newly appointed creative director Charlie Leahy, who is joining from branded entertainment company Ensemble..
Boom Video works alongside YouTube, helping advertisers distribute and sponsor content.
Previously the network has focused more on seeding advertiser-created video content on YouTube and helping them plan and book pre-roll advertising.
“Creating authentic social content is one of the biggest challenges for brands and their agencies,” said Spiro Pissas, commercial director of Boom Video. Read more »
This year’s Festival of Branded Content and Entertainment is to be extended with an opening night of networking to precede the conference and awards.
The draft program for October’s event – organised by Mumbrella’s parent company Focal Attractions – has now been released.
The networking night takes place on October 2, with the conference and awards following on October 3. The event takes place at Luna Park in Sydney.
The program will include workshops, panel discussions and presentations, as well as a mini gameshow which quizzes a panel of experts and the audience on whether they can tell the difference between native and non-native, branded and non-branded content, to be hosted by Dan Ilic.
This year’s Festival will address commonly-faced challenges in creating brand-funded content, from understanding ROI and measuring the effectiveness of content, to selecting the format, understanding content production partnerships and budgets, and the role of paid, earned and owned media in connecting content with its intended audience. Read more »
Perth commercial radio stations 96FM and Mix94.5 has tied with a 12.1 per cent audience share each, while the ABC’s youth channel Triple J moved to the top in the latest radio ratings.
According to the Nielsen radio ratings, Triple J has the largest audience share in the Perth radio market rising 2.2 per cent in the fifth survey of the year to pull 13 per cent.
The result saw 96FM and Mix94.5 tied, followed by Nova 93.7 on 11.3 per cent. Talk back station 6PR remained stable on 8.2 per cent. Read more »
Mumbrella and sister title Encore will next week hold a preview screening of Steve Jobs biopic Jobs.
The film, telling the story of the driving force of Apple computers and starring Ashton Kutcher, opens in Australia next Thursday.
Mumbrella and Encore readers are invited to a free preview at the Palace Verona cinema in Sydney this Monday August 26 at 6pm for 6.45pm.
UPDATE: Places are now full. Those who put themselves forward will be emailed to let them know if they are in luck, or on a waiting list.
The 5AA nighttime presenter sparked outrage last year after saying he hoped boat refugees would drown on the way to Australia.
He stepped down last month.
The latest set of rating published by Nielsen today show that 5AA’s share of the 7pm to midnight timeslot rose from 11.9 per cent to 15.4 per cent.
Paul Jackson, group programming director of Nova’s owner DMG Australia told Mumbrella: “Bob is a legendary broadcaster so it’s good to see him go out on a high number.” Read more »
The radio ratings top spot in Brisbane has swung from Nova to 97.3FM, according to the latest set of radio ratings from Nielsen released today.
The shift came as Nova dropped from 13.3 per cent to 12.5 per cent and 97.3FM rose slightly from 12.9 per cent to 13 per cent.
Of the five surveys this year, this is the fourth time that 97.3FM have taken out the top spot.
Nova had the largest fall in audience, dropping 0.8 ratings points to a share of 12.5 per cent. Read more »
Experiential agency Jack Morton has appointed Richard Bradley as its new executive creative director.
Bradley replaces John Collingwood-Smith who, according to the company, has moved to “creative director on specific projects within the business.”
“Richard is truly passionate about the power of brand experiences, so he is a perfect fit for the team. Richard has established himself as a leading digital consultant in the industry, and will add a huge amount of value to our clients and business,” said Helen Graney, managing director of Jack Morton Australia. Read more »