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Seven scores 20 Logie nominations

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

More than any other commercial network

The Seven Network has triumphed in the TV Week Logie Awards nominations this year, securing 20 nominations ahead of the much-anticipated return of Australian television’s night of nights after a two-year hiatus.
 
Seven’s nominations range across 15 categories, including highly-coveted Gold Logie nominations for Sonia Kruger and Home and Away’s Ray Meagher.

Some of Seven’s biggest and most popular shows are up for awards, with hit programs 7NEWS, The Voice, Home and Away, SAS Australia, The Front Bar and Better Homes and Gardens all securing nominations.
 
The TV Week Logie Awards celebrate the nation’s best-loved shows and stars.
 
Here are Seven’s nominations in full:

MOST OUTSTANDING

TV Week Silver Logie Most Outstanding Drama SeriesRFDS
Most Outstanding Entertainment or Comedy ProgramThe Voice
Most Outstanding Reality ProgramSAS Australia
Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report7NEWS – War In Ukraine
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage2021 AFL Grand Final
Most Outstanding Sports CoverageOlympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

MOST POPULAR

TV Week Gold Logie – Most Popular PersonalityRay Meagher Sonia KrugerHome and Away Big Brother, Dancing With The Stars: All Stars, Holey Moley, The Voice
TV Week Silver Logie Most Popular ActorRay Meagher Stephen PeacockeHome and Away RFDS
TV Week Silver Logie Most Popular ActressAda Nicodemou Sophie DillmanHome and Away Home and Away
TV Week Silver Logie Most Popular PresenterSonia KrugerBig Brother, Dancing With The Stars: All Stars, Holey Moley, The Voice
Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New TalentMatt EvansHome and Away
TV Week Logie Most Popular Drama Program Home and Away RFDS
TV Week Logie Most Popular Entertainment Program The Voice
TV Week Logie Most Popular Panel or Current Affairs Program The Front Bar
TV Week Logie Most Popular Reality Program SAS Australia
TV Week Logie Most Popular Lifestyle Program Better Homes and Gardens

Be sure to get behind our Most Popular nominees by casting your vote now at tvweeklogiesvote.com

Face to Face with Margherita McAuliffe

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Introducing Sales Executive based in Adelaide, Margherita McAuliffe as she shares what motivates her and tips to relax and unwind.

Q1. Tell us about your career to-date and your path to becoming Sales Executive at Seven’s Adelaide office?

I have been in the media industry for 30+ years, working in radio, advertising agencies and TV in New Zealand and Australia.   

When I moved back to Australia in 2010, I accidentally bumped into an old Rep of mine at Seven and he told me there was a job going at the Network; I applied, and 12 years later, I’m still here!

Q2. What’s your favourite part of the role and why?

I enjoy being in a fun and energetic team environment who strive to do their best – I also love entertaining clients as part of my role – and being fortunate enough to do lots of cool things people in other jobs don’t have the opportunity to do.

Q3. What motivates you and what would you say has been the key to your success?

Great outcomes for clients and ensuring they are happy with every aspect of their television and digital campaigns. I also enjoying winning big pieces of business (and get grumpy when I don’t).   The key to my success is being very thorough, attentive, servicing my clients as best as I can and forging good relationships with them.

Q4. 2022 is a huge year for content. What are you most excited to watch?

Big Brother – I love this show. All the twists and turns and colourful characters, I believe this year is going to be the best ever!

Q5. How do you relax and unwind?

I love reading a good book as well as going for a sneaky massage once-in-a-while. I also enjoy baking cakes and catching up with family and friends.

Q6. What does a typical weekend look like for you?

Sport, sport and more sport! My 8 year-old plays Soccer, Athletics and Basketball and my 15 year-old competes in Triathlons, Duathlons and Athletics.  Between playing and training, there doesn’t leave much room for anything else – but I love it and wouldn’t change a thing!

Face to Face with Stephen Johnston

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

In this weeks’ Face to Face, we meet Sport Sales Manager, Stephen Johnston as he shares insights about the consumption of live sport, plus some tips to coaching Under 6s AFL!

Q1. How did you venture into the world of sport sales?

I started my career in Melbourne at Nine followed by Prime7. I moved to Sydney in 2007 where I was fortunate to lead the Prime7 sport sales team. I transitioned over to the 7Sport sales team about 6-7 years ago.

Q2. Tell us about a typical working day for you.

I drop my eldest at school. Catch up on trade press. Meet with my team mates and review ongoing partner campaigns. Present 7Sport opportunities to brands. Commonwealth Games go to market and is currently in full swing. Plenty of external & internal online meetings – looking forward to getting out and about for face to face meetings.

Q3. If you could give your 20-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?

Invest in something prior to loading up on overseas travel.

Q4. What has been your biggest challenge from the last year and what do you do to stay motivated?

The beauty of media sales is there is rarely any downtime and there is always a challenge. We’ve come off a massive 12 months from a sport content perspective with Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, the Ashes, AFL and more. The Commonwealth Games is less than 75 days away so we are full steam ahead planning.

I am lucky to form part of a high achieving Sport Sales team who keep each other motivated.

Q5. Have you noticed a shift with audience behaviour in the way that they consume live sport or sports content?

Absolutely yes over a number of years but Tokyo 2020 on 7plus was a game changer with how the audience was handed ultimate control over which sport they watched, when and on what platform. I’m excited to see how that consumption evolves for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Q6. We’ve heard you’re a big AFL fan, who is your favourite team?

Western Bulldogs. Slow start to the year for the dogs. My dad in Melbourne isn’t too happy with their performance so far. I enjoy taking my kids to see the GWS Giants and Sydney Swans.

I am lucky – my three young fellas are keen to go to all sport – footy, cricket, supercars, horse racing, anything really.

Q7. Lastly, we learned that you coach AFL on the side (including your kids). What do you think makes a good coach?

Yes the under 10s and under 6s at the mighty Glebe Greyhounds junior club! It’s very serious stuff, especially the under 6s. If we lose a game the Johnston household isn’t a pleasant place to be on Saturday nights. I had hair prior to taking on this responsibility. For proper strategic coaching tips, I suggest you interview my colleague Peter Quinn.

Seven joins UN Women’s Unstereotype Alliance

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Seven West Media is proud to announce it has joined the Unstereotype Alliance’s Australian chapter to help end harmful stereotypes.


Unstereotype Alliance is an industry-led initiative convened by UN Women that unites media, advertisers and advertising agencies to affect positive cultural change by using the power of advertising to help shape perceptions.


The members of the alliance collaborate to help create a world without stereotypes, empowering people in all their diversity, be it gender, race, class, age, ability, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, language or education. The Australian chapter was set up in November 2021.

As one of Australia’s leading media companies, Seven West Media is committed to its responsibility to work with the industry and encourage the end of harmful stereotypes, including gender stereotypes, to lead positive social change.


Whether it’s depictions of men struggling with household chores or changing a nappy, to girls being less academic and women unable to park a car, campaigns that reinforce negative stereotypes can cause offence, resentment and restrict people’s aspirations and opportunities.


Seven West Media Chief People and Culture Officer, Katie McGrath, said: “Seven takes its role as a positive and progressive force in society seriously. We recognise our important responsibility to work with brand partners to lead positive social change. “It’s clear that harmful stereotypes contribute to inequality in society and limit people’s potential. As an industry, we must continue to work with our peers to encourage diverse, inclusive and non-stereotypical representations of all people on-screen.”


Founding members and allies of the Australian chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance include Accenture, Bayer Australia, Coles, Diageo Australia, Facebook Australia, Google Australia, IKEA, IPG, Ipsos Australia, Mars Australia, Mastercard Australia, Omnicom, Optus, Publicis Groupe, Salesforce, Snap Inc., Suncorp, Unilever ANZ, WPP AUNZ, Westpac and the Australian Association of National Advertisers.


In February, Seven West Media was the first media company in Australia to be named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

Nigella Lawson joins MKR

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Australia’s favourite cooking show welcomes the home cooking queen

The Seven Network today announced the queen of the kitchen, Nigella Lawson, is joining the new season of Australia’s favourite cooking show MKR, coming to Channel 7 and 7plus in 2022.


Nigella will travel around Australia with returning host and judge Manu Feildel to dine in the homes of passionate home cooks who are competing for the title of MKR Champion.


Nigella said: “Going to restaurants can be a treat, but for me, the true story of food is told through the cooking we do at home. So, to have the chance to champion home cooks and be given the intimate privilege of being invited into people’s homes to eat their food fills me with gratitude and excitement in equal measure!


“I’m so looking forward to working with Manu too. Although he’s a chef and I’m a home cook, the fact is we both just want to eat good food. I feel I’ve got a lot to learn from him, but just know we’ll have a lot of fun in the process. I can’t wait!” Manu said: “I’m very excited to be sitting back at the head of the MKR table and even more thrilled to have the lovely Nigella Lawson at my side.


“As MKR judges, we make the perfect team with our years of experience in professional and home kitchens respectively. And as lovers of delicious food and a fabulous dinner party, I can promise you we’re also going to have a lot of fun. Bring it on!” Also joining MKR this season is award-winning food journalist and TV personality Matt Preston, while celebrity chefs Colin Fassnidge and Curtis Stone return as guest judges.


The new season of MKR takes the much-loved show back to the original recipe – real people from all over the country, cooking real food in their own homes for the superstar judges and their fellow contestants.
This must-see celebration of home cooking premieres later this year on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Coming to Channel 7 and 7plus in 2022.

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Seven launches 7Connect

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

New ad solution to maximise national reach

The Seven Network today announced the launch of a significant new advertising product to turbocharge marketers’ national reach across Seven, 7plus and 7news.com.au.

7Connect gives clients the ability to simultaneously place one television commercial at the same time in all capital city and regional markets, plus parallel placements across 7plus and 7news.com.au.

7Connect will come to life on Sunday 17 April during 7NEWS at 6.00pm with the official launch of Hyundai’s major new “We’re not waiting for the future | Imagine that” campaign.

The first of its kind ad solution in Australia, 7Connect is part of Seven’s ongoing strategy to deliver unmatched national total video trading for commercial partners and brands.

Following the acquisition of Prime, Seven is the largest premium video content company in the country and we’re focused on creating easier and more effective ways for advertisers to connect with the scale of our unrivalled audience.

7Connect is a new product within Seven’s Enhanced Advertiser and Viewer Experience [E.A.V.E.] initiative and was developed to help brands easily maximise reach across capital city and regional markets on our broadcast and premium digital channels.

7Connect is the best place for brands to achieve fast and effective reach across Australia’s most-watched network and we are thrilled that Hyundai and its media agency, Hearts & Science, are the first to take up the opportunity and we can’t wait to see their new brand spot up in lights this Sunday.

Georgie Nichols, Seven NSW Sales Director

Hyundai Motor Company demonstrates and delivers leadership in innovation. Locally in Australia we excite with the innovative products on sale today. At Hyundai, we believe innovation comes in more forms than just product, it’s the product and services that are available. What better way to demonstrate such attributes than by launching the campaign via another innovative and exciting platform such as 7Connect?” Hearts & Science Business Director, Gail Halbert, said: “We are proud to be partnering with the Seven Network to launch 7Connect. Hyundai’s shift to brand marketing is a game changer and our campaign needed unmissable media moments to showcase Hyundai as the most progressive automotive brand in Australia. A nationwide 6pm news roadblock across linear TV and digital screens is the perfect platform to launch Hyundai’s new brand messaging into market.

Kevin Goult, Hyundai Marketing Director

Chris Reason awarded for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 coverage

By 7NEWS, 7SPORT, Seven West Media, SPORT

7NEWS Chief Reporter Chris Reason has been recognised for excellence in journalism for his “extraordinary” reporting during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Mr Reason was awarded the prestigious Harry Gordon Memorial Award by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and commended for his special report on the showdown between Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and US legend Katie Ledecky in the women’s 400m freestyle – the first television journalist to ever receive the honour in the award’s history.

Mr Reason said: “I’ve covered 11 Olympic Games now, but this was one of the most extraordinary events I’ve ever had to report on. I’ve rarely seen a moment so uplifting and inspiring. It was the race that stopped two nations. And thanks to COVID, next to no one was in the stands to witness it. So being front and centre to relay that history and emotion to Australians back home was an honour and a privilege.

“It was a career high point being on this assignment, and it’s a high point too to be receiving the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. I met Harry multiple times and had enormous respect for him. I’d like to pay special tribute to producer Emma Dallimore, cameraman Paul Walker and editor Guiseppa Nastasi. Outstanding, each of them.

“The Tokyo Olympics was one of the most criticised and questioned in the modern era, but all credit to the International Olympic Committee, the AOC and the Games organisers for pushing through and delivering them – just at a time when the world needed them most. They brought hope and happiness to millions, and I was happy to play a small part in helping deliver that,” he said.

Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson said: “This award acknowledges a true master of the art of television journalism. As 7NEWS Chief Reporter, Chris spearheaded our exceptional Olympic News team, providing our audience with a nightly all-encompassing trip through the events and spotlighting those who made the Games all the more memorable.

“It’s fitting that Chris is the first from television to earn the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. He’s now set the bar extremely high.”  

The independent panel of judges further observed: “Chris Reason’s story for 7NEWS was extraordinary. In the five minutes that it ran for, only 30 seconds was allocated to the race itself. Chris added more than four minutes to make it a much more personal story.”

Entries from both the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Games were considered by a three-person independent panel.

Face to Face with Bree Johnson

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

In this weeks’ Face to Face, Bree Johnson shares what her Sales Coordinator role entails and her journey at Seven as well as her go-to spot in Brissy!

Q1. What made you want to join Seven?

Working for a market leader is what initially drew me to Seven. Fresh out of University and unfamiliar with the Media industry, I never expected to land the role of Sales Coordinator. Luckily for me, I had a very close friend working for Seven at the time who reached out and encouraged me to apply. Almost four years later, I have made lifelong friends and learned so much that I will value for years to come.

Q2. Tell us a bit about what your role involves as Sales Coordinator?

Having been at Seven since 2018, I have worked as a Sales Coordinator across Broadcast and Digital. My day-to-day includes assisting in the implementation and management of campaigns as well as putting together converged brief responses for clients. I also have been in the Salespro team for a few years representing the Brisbane market where I assist in the training and development of new and existing team members.

Q3. Do you have any predictions for the media industry this year now that travel is back and there’s some normality in people’s lives?

It will be great for the Media industry to get back into the social scene. I think the return of events will have a positive influence on everyone’s well-being and help harness relationships. We are already seeing a strong advertising market and I think this will only grow more as the world goes back to normal.

Q4. What’s the most creative campaign that you’ve seen so far in 2022 and why?

I think the new Qantas ad featuring a remake of Peter Allen’s ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ is extremely emotive and well done. Covid obviously hit the travel industry hard, and to see the world opening again and people being able to reunite with friends and family is so special.

Q5. Who or what inspires you most?

I get inspired by the people around me. Whether that be friends, family, or colleagues. I am lucky to be surrounded by great people at Seven, and they always inspire me to work harder and go after my goals.

Q6. Finally, what does a day off look like for you and what do you get up to in your spare time?

In my spare time, you can catch me wining and dining with friends – An afternoon down at Howard Smith Wharves is always a winner! I also enjoy simply relaxing and unwinding at home with a good book, cuddling (aka annoying) my two cats, and of course, watching the AFL any chance I get. Go Bulldogs!

Face to Face with Clarissa Chun

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

In this months’ Face to Face, we catch up with Senior Sales Executive, Clarissa Chun in the Sydney office. She chats through her career to date, her inspirations and where’s next on her travel bucket list.

Q1. Tell us about your career journey so far?

I started my media career at Seven, a little over five years ago, in the Broadcast team as a Sales Coordinator. When we brought our digital offerings back in house, that’s when I moved over to the Digital Sales team where I learnt everything I could about video and online advertising and I’m now working across both broadcast and digital.

Q2. You recently moved from Digital to Broadcast, tell us about the transition and why you made the move?

The transition from Digital to Broadcast was quite smooth since I previously used work in the Broadcast team. I was already familiar with the language, software and system they used. The main reason why I decided to move is because it was an opportunity to work in the Convergent team in Central Sales and being able to use everything I’ve learnt at Seven in my new role. It has been great being able to have both Broadcast and Digital conversations with our clients/agencies and providing holistic solutions for their campaigns and businesses.

Q3. What are your most looking forward to from Seven’s upcoming content slate for 2022?

Big Brother! I’m a big lover of reality TV and Big Brother is one of my all-time favourites. I can’t wait to see the new housemates and what’s in store for the upcoming season.

Q4. Who inspires you?

Queen B (aka Beyonce)! She’s one of the most emblematic female figures in today’s world and how she empowers women is something I think is particularly inspirational. She puts her super stardom to good use, standing up for social issues like advocating for gender equality, as well as creating radical, well-written music.

Q5. When you aren’t working on exciting tentpoles, what are you getting up to?

Mostly eating, drinking and catching up with friends and family. I’ve also been reading quite a bit ever since I discovered BookTok/BookTube during lockdown (if anyone ever needs any book recommendations, go on TikTok or Youtube! I have no doubt you’ll find something there), and I’ve set myself a challenge this year to read 50 books this year – I’m currently finishing book #11.

Q6. Finally, now that international travel is back again. Where’s first on your list?

Cuba and Cartagena, Colombia! My husband and I were meant to go there for our honeymoon back in 2020, so hopefully we can get over there soon!

Seven honoured at Sport Australia Media Awards

By 7SPORT, Olympics, Seven West Media, SPORT

Tokyo Olympics coverage collects two SportAus gongs

The Seven Network’s ground-breaking coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 has shone bright among a field of Australian broadcasters, recognised with the 2021 Sport Australia Media Award for Best Coverage of a Sporting Event at the annual gala event in Sydney last night.

Esteemed sport broadcaster David Culbert was recognised with the Sport Australia Media Award for Best Sport Coverage by an Individual – Video for his informed, impassioned and entertaining commentary across Seven’s coverage of Games, including his most memorable call of Jess Fox’s canoe gold alongside Jess’ father, Richard.

The honours follow three awards from the International Olympic Committee’s coveted Golden Rings Awards in Lausanne in November last year.

Seven’s Tokyo 2020 broadcast reached more Australians than ever before, with 21 million people tuning in to watch the 17 days of competition on an unprecedented 45 channels across Seven and 7plus, making it the biggest television and streaming event in Australian history.

The network also proudly delivered the biggest and best Paralympic coverage ever for Tokyo 2020 across 13 unmissable days, shattering all previous Australian television audience records with coverage of the Opening Ceremony reaching 1.94 million people and each day of competition reaching between 2.5 million and 3 million viewers.

Seven produced a history-making broadcast and digital coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo that united and gripped Australians in their millions, arguably at a time when the country needed it most.

It really does take a village and we relied on the resources of the entire network to deliver a world-class, award-winning viewing experience. Every person at Seven played a part, big or small, and this is deserved recognition of their achievements and valuable contributions.

We also congratulate Dave Culbert. One of Australia’s finest callers, Dave has a very proud history with Seven and has been a respected voice across numerous Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games with his outstanding ability to engage and inform, peppered with a sharp sense of humour.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

The Sport Australia Media Awards recognise excellence in sports journalism, broadcasting and production. They focus on analytical and insightful reporting and the presentation of sport and sporting issues, with the aim of fostering improved coverage of key issues within sport.

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