Quickflix seeks to challenge Foxtel’s Presto by undercutting price with $9.99 offering

quickflix-logoQuickflix is seeking to challenge Foxtel’s new online movie portal Presto by introducing a streaming-only service priced at $9.99, half the cost of its rival as it looks to steer away from finncial problems which have plagued the company for the last two years.

Foxtel launched its streaming service Presto last month at a price point of $19.95, with extra charges to be applied for premium movies.

“We think $9.95 is a great price that will hopefully make it irresistible for many,” Stephen Langsford, founder and CEO of Quickflix, which started as a mail DVD service, told Mumbrella. “At that price it’s half the price of Presto and half the price of a movie ticket.

“We are seeing growing demand for our streaming service. In the last three quarters we have the number of hours being streamed growing by 20 per cent per quarter. Having got our service across all the various devices, we think it is time to hit the button and that is clearly demand for our streaming only service.

He said the brand was looking for “high double digit growth” of its service in the net 12 months, saying Foxtel’s entry into streaming, with the pay-TV network also offering online access to its channels via its Play offering, was driven by a need to move away from the high cost of acquisition in traditional subscription television business. Read more »

Red Bull launches next installment of World of Red Bull campaign

Red Bull Australia has launched the next instalment of the World of Red Bull campaign which features Pharrell Williams new track ‘Come Get It Bae’.

Launched on Sunday night around The Logies the global commercial showcases the World of Red Bull with various sports featured including motor-x, cliff-jumping and surfing.

The commercial directs audiences to the digital portal where they can explore stories from local and international Red Bull athletes, with Australian surfer Sally Fitzgibbons featured.

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Adshel hires ex-Eye Corp boss Mike Tyquin as CCO



Outdoor company Adshel has hired industry veteran Mike Tyquin for the newly created role of chief commercial officer.

Tyquin had previously been CEO of Eye Corp Australia for five years before Network Ten sold it to Ooh in 2012 leading to a restructure of the business. Since then he has been running his own consultancy, Lodestar Media, and has recently been working on projects with Adshel.

The move comes three weeks after the company parted ways with sales director Matt Newcomb, although Tyquin’s appointment is not a direct replacement for that role.  Read more »

Sportsbet promote ‘man-sized solution’ iPad app

Sportsbet has launched a new tablet app with a commercial positioning the product as a “man-sized solution in a time of teeny tiny tech”.

Created by Grey Melbourne, the spot flashes back through the history of technology to the recent past’s obsession with “teeny tiny tech” before introducing the new “man-sized solution”, its iPad app.

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Westpac encourages graduate recruitment with point of view video

Westpac is giving students a first-hand look at what life would be like in its graduate program in a recruitment campaign created by Blaze which is similar to one launched by Deloitte New Zealand last month.

The website, which features Facebook integration, provides viewers an interactive ‘point of view’ video experience of a graduate’s life during a day in the program.

Scott Deakin, creative director at Blaze said: “The competition for the best graduate talent in Australia is fierce. We put Westpac group at the head of the pack by creating a digital experience that showed all the great things about the program”.

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My Kitchen Rules semi-finals watched by 2.005 million

My Kitchen Rules had another stellar night with the second semi-final attracting a metro audience of 2.005m, preliminary overnight ratings from OzTam show.

Running for 90 minutes from 7.30pm it out-rated Nine’s double-bill of The Big Bang Theory with the first new episode attracting a metro audience of 1.117m while the second, repeat episode had an audience of 1.047m, while Nine’s movie premier of Contagion at 8.35pm attracted just 557,000 viewers.

Seven’s next highest rating non-news program was Home and Away which saw 1.036m metro viewers tune in, however it was beaten by Nine’s A Current Affair which had a metro audience of 1.151m at 7pm.

Home and Away did trump both Ten’s The Project and the ABC News, with the second half hour of The Project only seeing 574,000 viewers tune building on the first half hour’s audience of 444,000 while 905,000 metro viewers watched ABC News. Read more »

Futurebrand continues senior management push hiring Susie Hunt as Asia Pac chair



FutureBrand has continued its senior management overhaul hiring former JWT Sydney channel planning director Susie Hunt as chair of its Asia Pacific operations.

The move comes just a month after the agency picked up Richard Curtis as its CEO for Australia from rivals Interbrand, and Graham Purnell as its first executive creative director for the branding agency.

Hunt, who has worked most of her career with WPP including stints at JWT Sydney, London and New York, as well as a role of regional director for Enterprise IG in the region, will have responsibility for offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore. Read more »

Morning Update: BuzzFeed confronts Weibo about fake account; Burger King names David as lead global agency

This is our Morning Update, rounding up international media and marketing news from while you were sleeping.

AdWeek: Woman Actually Enjoys a Vacation Without a Man Around in Booking.com Ad

“A woman’s love for her boyfriend is compared to her love for resort amenities while vacationing without him in Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam’s latest ad for Booking.com.

The man doesn’t fare so well in the comparison, though to be fair, neither does the woman. She is “Brianless” because Brian apparently doesn’t enjoy seafood, the ocean or horseback riding. (How could someone be such a curmudgeon?) And she sure takes advantage of his absence, letting loose with cartoony antics that echo other spots from the high-energy campaign. (Is it just a coincidence that “Brianless” is an anagram of “brainless?”)”

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The Other Woman tops box office, with The Amazing Spider-man 2 in second place

The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, has topped the Australian weekend box office, delivering Fox $4,345,633 in ticket sales across 310 screens.

Since premiering on Thursday the rom-com, which sees a wife and her husband’s two mistresses pair up for revenge on the three-timing husband, has made $11,234,595.

The film trumped The Amazing Spider-man 2: Rise of Electro which made $3.285m across 525 screens over the weekend.

Since premiering on April 17, the Marvel Comics movie has made a total of $11,462,84 while fellow Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed $1.326m across 440 screens this weekend and $18.3m in total.

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Mumbrella live blog: Monday, April 28

Welcome to Mumbrella’s live blog, your rolling media and marketing diary. For the latest updates hit refresh.

Top stories:

4:49pm – Just a quick reminder time is running out for the earlybird on Mumbrella360 which ends on April 30, and you can get tickets here. Today we published the full draft program which includes keynotes from Buzzfeed, an interview with Lachlan Murdoch and a heap of other great stuff, including a live pitch from agencies to market the Australian film industry. 

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3:31pm – Here’s a sordid little tale coming out of the US, where ad tech company RadiumOne has fired its CEO after he was charged with hitting his girlfriend 117 times in 30 minutes. The firing comes after a few customers said they were considering their use of the company after the charges were filed. Gurbaksh Chahal also wrote a blog defeding himself, and saying he had been provoked because his partner had been having unprotected sex with strangers for money. He was fined $500 for the incident but denies he hit the woman.

3:09pm – You’ll likely remember our piece last week on the Australian Financial Review’s major cock-ups with the front page for it’s ANZAC edition. It transpires that could now be the most valuable edition of the paper anyway.

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1.10pmPriceline’s marketing director Amanda Connors is to depart the retain chain after seven years in the role. Story here.

1.05pm – SMI has launched state by state analysis and digital medium breakdowns that show how much is spent in each state. Read about the changes here.

1.01pm – Vodafone is ditching the ‘kidults’ idea in favour of population coverage-centred campaign. Full story here.  Read more »

Agencies to pitch live on stage at Mumbrella360

m360Agencies will take place in a pitch live on stage at Mumbrella360 with a brief to devise a strategy to bring the local film industry closer to efforts to market the country overseas.

The tough brief will see five agencies – one representing each discipline of creative, digital, experiential, PR and social media – invited to participate.

The live pitch is being run in conjunction with industry funding body Screen Australia and Tourism Australia. The process will be led by pitch doctor Darren Woolley, managing director of relationship specialists Trinity P3.

Mumbrella360 takes place in this first week of June, with an afternoon of industry networking on June 3 and then a two day media and marketing conference on June 4 and 5.

The five agencies will be invited to tackle a brief aimed at leveraging the output of the Australian film and TV industry to promote Australia internationally. Read more »

Priceline marketing director Amanda Connors to depart

Amanda ConnorsAmanda Connors marketing director for Priceline and Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) is depart after seven years in the role, Mumbrella can reveal.

Connors is a former head of marketing at Myer and has also served as senior manager brand and sponsorships at Westpac. 

“After seven years of the most amazing journey with the Priceline brand, working with a team of  incredibly passionate and talented people across the business, I have decided to leave my API family for my other family,” said Connors. “My beautiful boys and concentrate on the most important role in my life being a mum.” Read more »

Naked Communications appoints new creative directors for Sydney and Melbourne





Naked Communications has appointed new creative directors for its Sydney and Melbourne offices, with Katie McCarthy joining the Sydney office and Tristan Graham promoted to the role within the Melbourne office, Mumbrella can reveal.

The pair are stepping up to fill the hole left by the departure of creative director Simon Veksner, who left the agency in January as it looks to rebrand itself as a creative agency.

McCarthy joins the agency from Los Angeles, having worked with agencies that include 72 and Sunny, Martin Agency, Razorfish, Arnold Worldwide and Goodby and Silverstein & Partners. Graham joined the agency’s creative team in October 2012, having worked at McCann and SMART for five years prior.

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Vodafone ditches ‘kidults’ in favour of population coverage-centred campaign

KidultVodafone has moved away from its controversial ‘kidults’ relaunch campaign in favour of a strategy highlighting the brand’s fast 4G offering.

Kidults, created by Ogilvy & Mather, was launched in September last year and was designed to win back customers which had been alienated by the telco’s network problems, focussing on the fact their customers were young at heart and loved to have fun.

However the campaign attracted criticism and became one of the most complained about of 2013, with many people saying it sexualised children. The brand declined to confirm why it had moved on from the much-hyped campaign.

The new campaign focuses on consumers’ love of the internet and how it covers 96 per cent of Australians allowing its consumers to access the online world from wherever they are. However, it does use the same backing music as the Kidults campaign.

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SMI launches state by state analysis and digital medium breakdowns

Source: SMI

Source: SMI

Australia’s advertising industry will now receive a monthly breakdown of the size of advertising market on a state by state basis, as well as a deep-dive into digital spend by medium under changes made to the Standard Media Index (SMI).

The new data shows New South Wales dominates aggregated advertising expenditure data with more than 52 per cent of spending, or $316m, in March followed by Victoria on $197m (32.7 per cent), Queensland on $56.5m (9.4 per cent), while a combined tally for South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory saw only $33m, or 5.6 per cent, of spend.

Source: SMI

Source: SMI

“By providing a quick tool to measure growth, this will enable TV networks to better reward and incentivise state-based sales teams,’’ said Jane Schulze SMI’s Australian managing director.

The new service will allow subscribers to measure their performance against their rivals within each state-based market with, for example, Metropolitan TV network shares able to be seen for the Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne agency markets.  Read more »

ABC director of radio Kate Dundas resigns

dundasKate Dundas director of radio for the ABC has announced her resignation and will leave the public broadcaster in July after five yeas in the role.

During her tenure the ABC audience grew to record levels, growing from a combined share of 21.2 per cent and a combined reach of 3.8m people in 2008 to a combined share of 24.6 per cent and a combined reach of 4.6m today.

“Kate has been an inspired leader of ABC Radio and a much valued member of the ABC Executive over the last five years. She always said she felt five years was about the right period of time to serve as the head of Radio – and I am disappointed I have been unable to change her mind about that,” said Mark Scott ABC managing director, in a statement.

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Ad Standards board rules BMW ad depicts unsafe driving

The Advertising Standards Board (ASB) has upheld a complaint against a 45-second cinema ad for the BMW 2 Series Coupé for depicting unsafe driving, despite the brand arguing “high standard” editing was what created the effect.

The ad, localised work from the US, shows the car driven on public highways in the US as well as public and private unsealed roads in a dusty desert environment.

A complaint submitted to the ad watchdog read: “The advertisement commenced with the vehicle being accelerated such that it lost traction of its driving wheels, then accelerating at speed and preceded to display 360s and significant loss of traction, typical of hoon activity. I consider it portrays an unfavourable message, contrary to safe and sensible driving.” Read more »

Ben Ulm joins ITV Studios Australia as head of content

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 11.35.11 AMBen Ulm is to join ITV Studios Australia in a newly created position as head of content.

Ulm will report to ITV Studios Australia managing director Anita Jacoby and has developed and produced content for all Australian free-to-air networks, subscription television, UK broadcasters as well as US Networks overseeing factual, entertainment, reality, and lifestyle productions.

“Ben is unquestionably one of the best in the business and he will play a pivotal role in the next phase of growth of ITV Studios Australia,” said Anita Jacoby, ITV Studios Australia managing director. Read more »

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