MediaWorks

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MediaWorks TV was last night named Media Brand of the Year at the 2014 CAANZ Beacon Awards.

The parent brand of popular television channels TV3 and FOUR, MediaWorks TV won the Gold Beacon for its entry ‘Deconstruct & Rebuild’. The entry described the challenges faced during a major transformation of the business in 2013 (including receivership), and an innovative strategy that paid off in increased audience, revenue share and profitability.

MediaWorks TV Chief Executive, Paul Maher says the award is a great tribute to the efforts of the whole MediaWorks TV team during a remarkable year. Continue reading »

MEDIAWORKSPerhaps this appointment was prompted by the need to have someone figure out why the ratings for Sunday night at 7pm have been so low.

MediaWorks TV is delighted to welcome Inna Goikhman as Director of Research and Analytics.

Paul Maher, Chief Executive – MediaWorks TV, says: “Inna is a great addition to MediaWorks TV. She brings a real understanding of the media market, and how to best leverage our unique content relationship to find solutions for our customers. Continue reading »

MEDIAWORKSThe IRD has reached a settlement with the paint company DuluxGroup over a $13.73m dispute involving its New Zealand subsidiary, Alesco.  The decision is seen as a test case for more than $300m of disputed tax payments from a range of businesses including TV3 and Four owners, Mediaworks.

During the receivership, receivers suggested that the Mediaworks restructuring would see them dodge a $22.1m tax bill with the debt being left with the empty shell companies.   Continue reading »

This just in from Mediaworks but where is Homeland and Modern Family?

MEDIAWORKS TV INKS NEW CONTENT DEAL WITH 20th CENTURY FOX TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION

MediaWorks TV has announced a new relationship with major US studio 20thCentury Fox Television, securing a raft of programming that will play across both TV3 and FOUR. Continue reading »

ladygagasimpsonsThe pursuit of an output deal with Fox has come to and end for Mediaworks ahead of its sale to the new company tomorrow meaning that hit shows Bones, Modern Family and The Simpsons will be gone from the lineup.

While this isn’t ideal for Mediaworks, the output deal they were after that would allow them to pick and choose the shows they wanted, may end up becoming a reality for the new company which it is understood are now negotiating for the same arrangement.  That is unless Sky decides to cement their dominance on content and takes Fox’s entire package.  It would be great for Prime, but not so much for Mediaworks. Continue reading »

I know at least one person who won’t be happy about this announcement but Jason Gunn is moving to Mediaworks in 2014.  Granted, it’s only Mediaworks Radio but how long before we see him popping up on TV3?  Can anyone remember the last time Jason appeared on TVNZ?  Perhaps the return of Thingee will be on a different channel as well…

Broadcaster Jason Gunn has signed with MediaWorks Radio, owners of many of the country’s biggest radio brands, including The Edge, The Rock, MORE FM, RadioLIVE, The Sound, The Breeze, George FM and Mai FM.

MediaWorks Radio CEO Belinda Mulgrew says:  “Jason is an extremely talented broadcaster and I’m very happy to welcome him to our family.” Continue reading »

MEDIAWORKSIt truly scares me that there are so many politicians who oversee portfolios they seemingly have absolutely no clue about.

Labour’s broadcasting spokesperson, Clare Curran, has blamed MediaWorks’ receivership on Sky and pulls out that old $43 million loan nugget that was actually a deferred payment as further weight to her pretty poor argument.

Unbelievable.

Govt inaction plays part in MediaWorks woes

The Government’s refusal to break the stranglehold of pay-TV company Sky on the media market has contributed to the position MediaWorks finds itself in today, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran. Continue reading »

MEDIAWORKSRespected Australasian director Rod McGeoch has confirmed it is proposed he will be chairman of the company that intends to purchase the businesses of MediaWorks NZ Limited.

It was announced today that MediaWorks NZ Limited funders have appointed Brendon Gibson and Michael Stiassny of financial advisory firm KordaMentha to oversee the receivership of MediaWorks NZ Limited and its subsidiaries, including RadioWorks Ltd and TVWorks Ltd.

Mr McGeoch says he is excited by the opportunity.

“I’m upbeat about the opportunities ahead for the business. It goes without saying that the new company needs the right capital structure to continue successfully. We have put in place a capital structure that will see debt levels reduced from over $700 million to less than $100 million. This puts the company in a much stronger financial position. Continue reading »

MEDIAWORKSMediaWorks TV has this afternoon announced the appointment of Mark Caulton as Director of Programming for TV3 and FOUR.

Mark’s 18-year television career includes 15 years in the programming department at MediaWorks TV, most recently as Associate Director of Programming. He has been acting Director of Programming, overseeing a successful 2013 launch, and the premiere of the biggest programme in the company’s history, The X Factor NZ.

Paul Maher, Chief Executive Officer – MediaWorks TV says: “I’m delighted to announce Mark’s appointment to this pivotal role. Mark has played a key part in the success of TV3 and FOUR for many years, bringing top-notch international and local content to our screens. Continue reading »

RadioLive’s new Drive show begins on Monday 3 December, with Duncan Garner as host of the 3pm-6pm programme.

The face of 3 News’ political reporting for nearly ten years, Duncan is trading in the halls of parliament for the RadioLive studio. His new show will mix current affairs and breaking news with a range of entertaining and popular features, including the latest in food, wine, gardening, music, and film.

Garner’s infectious energy and enthusiasm, combined with a razor sharp intellect and the ability to get to the bottom of every story, means weekday afternoons are guaranteed to entertain and inform. Continue reading »