Mumbrellacast: Outbreak at The Masked Singer, killing Captain Risky, and Seven and Nine talk numbers

This week, a COVID-19 outbreak on the set of Ten’s The Masked Singer sparked a discussion about whether the entertainment industry should be exempt from lockdown restrictions. Is entertaining Australians constrained at home an essential service? The team debate if it’s worth the risk to keep Australia’s media and arts industry afloat.

Elsewhere in TV, Seven and Nine released their financial results to the ASX this week. CEOs James Warburton and Hugh Marks are looking towards green shoots in the industry, but Ooh Media will just be happy when people can go back outside…

And why would a marketer kill off a popular brand figurehead? Budget Direct’s chief marketing and delivery officer, Jonathan Kerr, stopped by to chat about the evolution of the brand’s public faces and his partnership with creative agency 303 MullenLowe (17:43).

In agency land, there is one less independent playing the media field after Virginia Hyland sold her eponymous agency to Havas Media this week. The Mumbrellacast team asks, ‘why sell?’ and chats about the pros and cons of joining a holding group.

In the news

  • Ooh, Seven and Nine report their financials (1:09)
  • Havas buys Hyland Media (46:43)
  • The Masked Singer goes into lockdown (53:32)

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