In this roundup from the Encore and Mumbrella Annual, we look back at the year in television.
James Warburton starts at Ten 10 months after he was appointed to the role.
The summer non-ratings period comes to an end in February kicking things off with the battle of the bulge as Nine and Ten go head-to-head with their weight-loss shows. Ten’s established format, The Biggest Loser, ultimately triumphs as Nine is forced to move their offering, Excess Baggage, to digital channel GO! after abysmal ratings.
Seven wins the first week of ratings thanks to American drama Revenge, which was heavily promoted during Seven’s Summer of Tennis. It premieres with a whopping 2.06m viewers.
Tom Malone, executive producer of Nine’s Today show, moves to Sixty Minutes. He is replaced by outgoing editor of Sydney’s The Sunday Telegraph, Neil Breen.
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The stars of the Rhonda safe driver campaign by insurer AAMI have appeared in a remixed version of its hugely popular commercials starring actress Mandy McElhinney and Melbourne forklift driver Kadek Mahardika.
A minute-and-a-half music video devoted to the Balinese romance between Rhonda and Ketut was uploaded to AAMI’s YouTube channel today. It will also run on AAMI’s Facebook page, but not on television. Read more »
Online petition group Change.org has released a list of its ten most popular petitions this year – with a campaign to pressure advertisers to boycott the radio show of shock jock Alan Jones topping the lot.
Jones’ station 2GB came under fire after the controversial host said in a speech that the PM’s father had “died of shame”. The Macquarie Radio Network station pulled ads after public pressure from groups including Change.org.
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In this roundup from the Encore and Mumbrella Annual, we look at the top screening rooms around the country.
1. Sony Theatrette, Sydney
A discreet rear door at Sony’s Sydney theatrette allows for an easy escape during terrible films, but coming out of the dark room of the Market Street venue, the city skyline is the first thing to hit you. One film reviewer suggested the backdrop of ABC’s At The Movies is based on the view.
2. Mu-Meson Archives, Sydney
The property of Sydney cult film enthusiasts Jay Katz and Ms Dead, the Mu-Meson Archives are as much a film museum as a cinema with film canisters and paraphernalia piled high. Directors often choose to view their rushes here and the theatre is available for private screenings.
3. Adelaide Studios Screening Theatre
As part of the new Adelaide Studios complex, the screening room seats 96 and is fully equipped with Dolby surround sound. It’s available for both rushes screenings and smaller guest screenings.
4. Universal Pictures, The Rocks
The screening room at Universal Pictures in Millers Point is located in an old sandstone building. It’s ideal for private screenings with a bar and plenty of room to mingle just outside the theatre door. It’s also used by Sydney-based advertising agencies.
5. La Premiere, Sydney
Hoyts Show Business has various screening options with La Premiere perfect for private screenings or campaign launches.
6. The Tribal Theatre, George St, Brisbane
Available for hire, The Tribal Theatre has one cinema running 35mm, with another fully digital. The cinema was previously owned by Dendy and the decor is best described as ornate. The venue is also open to the public and specialises in arthouse, cult and Australian films.
7. Cinema Nova, Melbourne
Favoured for small event screenings and film festivals including the Melbourne International Film Festival, Cinema Nova is an important part of Melbourne’s film scene.
Produced by Warp Films Australia’s Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw, Shopping is written and directed by New Zealand film-makers Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland. Read more »
A story in The Australian claims a source said the company had let four local staff go on Friday.
The overseas correspondents, based in New York, the Middle East and Latin America, were informed three weeks ago their roles would cease to exist according to the Middle East correspondent Jess Hill, who announced her redundancy on Twitter today. Read more »
In this roundup from the Encore and Mumbrella Annual, we present the year’s biggest TV flops.
1. Everybody Dance Now
Rumoured to have cost in excess of $10m, Everybody Dance Now was the biggest flop of 2012. From host Sarah Murdoch’s stiff delivery to the flawed format, the show was a write off from episode one. Ten were keen to turn it around, shortening the episodes and rejigging the show’s structure, but not even Murdoch’s pleas on Twitter to get the public to give it another shot were enough to save this disaster.
2. Bikie Wars
From the producers of Underbelly, Bikie Wars should have delivered. Instead it gave us bad wigs, bad acting and was a poor man’s Sons of Anarchy. Read more »
Screen Australia will not fund another drama production until mid-2013 due to a lack of funds.
The national screen agency has announced it has spent its budget for both film and TV drama production for the financial year.
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The ‘No more hiding’ campaign – which centres on the website NoMoreHiding.com.au – depicts the various ways smokers try to avoid looking at the gory images on the new plain packaged cigarette packets. These tricks were sourced from comments made by smokers in social media. Read more »
The Carmelite Monastery in Kew has launched a campaign for Monastique, a skincare and fragrance range made by the Sisters themselves.
The campaign, created by over-fifties specialist Evergreen pro bono, carries the line ‘Heavenly Care For Your Skin’. Read more »
The agency behind the campaign was Rouse Hill-based Xavier Advertising.
Mayo marketing manger John Thomas said: “We were looking for an agency that could turn around cut through creative in a hurry, off a solid strategic base. Xavier filled the bill perfectly.”
Two Australian films – The Rocket and Satellite Boy – have been selected to the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.
Having its world premiere and nominated for the festival’s Best First Feature Award, The Rocket is written and directed by Kim Mordaunt.
It follows the story of a Lao boy thought to bring bad luck, who must lead his family through his war-torn country to the dangerous Rocket Festival. Read more »
Melbourne-based Shane Marchewka, who designs under the pseudonym Studio 71 won the $1000-prized contest.
The winning design carries the slogan ‘It’s Our Ruddy Future” and will be worn by the former PM and his supporters during Rudd’s re-election campaign for his local seat. Read more »
The Perth-based pair behind February’s It’s A Snap! viral for Perth’s Central Institute of Technology produced the eight and half minute online video from this year’s festival, held on Rottnest Island. Read more »
Revenue at the publisher of The Australian, Herald Sun and Daily Telegraph fell by 11% – down from $2.9bn to $2.6bn for the financial year ending June 30, according to accounts filed with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.
Staff numbers are also down, from 9,849 for the 2011 financial year to 9,543 this year – a drop of about 3% Read more »
Two Australian-based brothers have had their script acknowledged on Hollywood’s Blacklist, an annual list of the top scripts circulating Hollywood.
The film, Sweet Virginia, written by twins Paul and Ben China, received 26 mentions on the list.
The Black List is compiled by film executive Franklin Leonard and made up of suggestions from over 290 film executives putting forward their top 10 films. Any film that received more than six mentions was included on the list. Read more »
Zenith Optimedia has launched a monthly report aiming to standardise Facebook metrics.
The report is pulled from a new platform built by the media agency globally in partnership with Facebook, and uses the social network’s own API. Zenith Optimedia is the only media agency to currently have access to Facebook’s API.
The repost classifies over 400 Australian Facebook pages, dividing them into 18 sectors. Read more »