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Face to Face with Jessica Britten and Sally Welsh

By SEVEN

With Mother’s Day approaching Sunday, we’re keen to shine the light on amazing working mums! In this weeks’ Face to Face, we chat with Jessica Britten and Sally Welsh who job share the role of Group Sales Manager in the Melbourne office.

Q1. How did you both get into the advertising industry and specifically Sales?

JESS: My first job in advertising was at Seven in 2007 as a Sales Coordinator and I have worked in media sales ever since. This is my second stint at Seven after 6 years in the UK but what I love about sales is that no two days are the same and there’s never a dull moment!

SALLY:  I recently joined Seven from 12 years at a media agency, and I’m enjoying the new challenge that sales brings. I have worked with the team at Seven across my career and it’s exciting to be part of the business during this period of change and growth.

Q2. Tell us a about you how the job share opportunity came about and how do you make it a seamless transition when handing over?

JESS: I feel very fortunate to have been giving the job share opportunity by Seven when I returned to Australia 3 years ago.  The best part is that it has enabled me to continue my career whilst still spending time with my young family.  I’ve now job shared on and off for 3 years, in between having my second child.  The most important thing when sharing a role, I’ve found is communication is key, given the nature of our jobs we’re constantly handover so finding ways to do this quickly and efficiently is important.

SALLY: I’m a huge advocate of job-sharing for working parents, it’s a win/win for employee and the employer who gain 20+ years media industry experience from Jess & I.

Jess and I share a morning in the office each week where we do a handover, schedule key client meetings and team WIPS. We’ve found constantly updating Trello (an online shared To-Do list) as a useful tool. The success of a job-share comes down to solid communication as we are both committed to our clients having a positive job- share experience.

Q3. What is your favourite part of the job and why?

JESS: I love the diversity of the role and the great group of people I’m lucky enough to work with, the team nature of Seven is really important to me.  In addition, the ever evolving nature of the industry we work in that keeps the role fresh and interesting but also exciting! Working on big Sporting events and new programs for clients that provide integrated marketing solutions that help solves business challenges is also very satisfying.

SALLY: I thrive off helping clients achieve business and marketing objectives through effective media campaigns. I have seen in my time at an agency the significant positive impact FTA TV can have on brand metrics and hearing this feedback is satisfying.

Q4. What is the most important piece of advice you have for mothers who are pursuing a career?

JESS: To be super organised, flexible and accept that you’re not superhuman.  

SALLY:  Be present, leave the guilt at the door. When I’m at work I try to be as present as I can be with my team, my clients. And I commit to the same focus when at home with my 2 boys.

Q5. Anything that you’ve learnt along the way that you hope to pass on to your children?

JESS:  Be kind and respectful to everyone you meet and treat them the way you want to be treated.  Manners are super important from the moment you can talk and for the rest of your life.

SALLY: That’s a big question – They are still young so at the moment so at the moment I am starting small and instilling into them the importance of ‘Be Safe, Be Kind’.

Q6. Lastly, what are you doing to celebrate Mother’s Day this year?

JESS:  I was pleasantly surprised that my 4-year-old knew it was Mother’s Day this weekend so I’m looking forward to afternoon tea at his kinder and then I’ll probably see my mother-in-law and have my mum over for dinner at our house! Basically, a big family day, that will be exhausting but lovely 😊

SALLY: Nothing crazy, hopefully breakfast in bed and a day off making decisions! I’ll be down the coast celebrating the day with my mum as well as my own family. Mother’s Day is also ‘Nannas Day’ in our family and it’s a perfect opportunity to thank my mum for everything she does for me, including picking my son up from school so I can work! Working mums needs all the help they can!

Face to Face with Joshua Tanner

By SEVEN

In this weeks’ Face to Face, Joshua Tanner from the Melbourne office opens up about juggling family life during lockdown, how viewer behaviour is changing in the way sports content is consumed and what he’s most excited for in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

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

Sport has always been my passion and this led me to a Sports Marketing course at Uni.  When I finished the course, I was lucky to have a family friend who was EA to the Melbourne Sales Director now Head of 7SPORT (nepotism at its best). It was a case of right place, right time and Adam Elliott who was running sport at the time needed some support and signed me up to book spots and billboards into the old NTS system back in May of 2005. Here I am, 16 years later and still loving it.

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

A tricky one to answer as there is a lot of variety to my role, which is why I enjoy it so much.

The week usually kicks off listening to Tim Hunter talk at volume about how good or bad the Saints were on the weekend, then we delve into a lot of analysis of weekend sport ratings, inventory analysis and reporting for the purpose of developing sales strategies and market comms to our sponsors/clients.

There is typically a handful of presentations to clients which at the moment is a mixture of AFL integration pitches, Tokyo Olympics opportunities and soon to be Ashes Cricket & Winters Sponsors opportunities.

A lot of time is spent workshopping solutions with the Sport Sales team, Production team and 7Red Campaign Team.  The constant dance of finding an angle whether it be via inventory or in-program idea to make our partners feel like they are valued and to ultimately build their brand and sell their product.

I also regularly work on building relationships with our sporting body partners at the AFL and Racing who we collaborate with on co-partner and are important to our success.  Often this happens at a major sporting event or two which is a nice part of the job.

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

Buy Bitcoin early.

More importantly though, respect every person you deal with and be authentic in your approach.

Q4. You experienced one of the lengthiest lockdowns in Australia being based in Melbourne, what was the biggest challenge and how did you stay motivated?

Biggest challenge was finding ways to manage the high workload that came with an ever-changing AFL season with trying to support my amazing wife who was attempting to run a primary school and kindergarten in our living room for our 4 young kids.  I became a part-time PE Teacher! Some interesting times indeed, but I also have very fond memories. During this time, I witnessed and learnt more about my kids than ever. They were my motivation pushing me to dominate my Seven duties so I could be present with them when they needed me.

Q5. Are there any trends you’re noticing with audience behaviour or different viewing habits in the way that they consume live sport or sports content?

Covid 19 expedited the growth and scale of audiences streaming sport and seeking out more social/sport doco style content. Fans were desperate to delve deeper with their passions and feel connected to sport which gave them a taste of normal.  Whilst Seven has some rights limitations with some of our sports in the streaming space it also bodes well for future growth into the areas we do like Supercars, Horse Racing, AFLW and the Olympics. Also, the opportunity to develop a new flavour with new social shows and content allows us to engage our sport fans in different ways with new opportunities for brands.

Q6. We’ve heard your quite the AFL fan, who is your team?

I’m a proud North Melb Kangaroos member (There aren’t many of us). The whole family are Roos as my Dad was fortunate enough to be a premiership player with the Kangas back in 1977. North are a long way last at the moment, however I did enjoy a successful era in the 90’s when I was lucky enough to be at the MCG to witness two premierships.

Q7. What sport are you most excited to watch in the upcoming Olympics?

I love watching the High Jump and Javelin as they were events I loved to do back in High School.  Other than this the BMX is a great watch as its fast and physical.  Favourite team to watch will be the Matildas led by Sam Kerr who is an absolute jet. Curious to catch Speed Climbing as well as it looks very cool.  I’ll be watching it all!!

More than meets the eye

By SEVEN

It’s time for Big Brother’s brilliant new season!

In 2020, one of the world’s biggest entertainment formats returned to Australian screens with a bang: Big Brother was back with a new voice, new format and new house filled with a modern melting pot of housemates.

Big Brother returns Monday, 26 April with an unpredictable, addictive and thrilling new season.

Next week, 20 housemates will enter the Big Brother house where they will live together for more than 60 days, cut off from the outside world, with cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day.

These housemates think they know Big Brother but with new rules and massive twists in a house full of secrets, they will have to think on their feet and play the game hard if they want to make it to the end.

Ultimately, three housemates will be left standing and, in a live Grand Final television event, Australia will vote to determine who deserves to win Big Brother and the $250,000 prize.

Who wins? You decide.

Big Brother starts 7:30pm next Monday, 26 April on Channel 7 and 7plus

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Highlights of TOKYO 100

By Olympics, SPORT

Marking 100 days to go until the Tokyo Olympic Games. Join Bruce McAvaney and our team for an exclusive insight into Seven’s Olympic and Paralympic Games preparations.

Opening

Introduction to Tokyo 2020

Meet the Hosts and Commentators

Mornings with Johanna and Luke

Afternoons with Edwina and Matt

7NEWS with Athlete Uniforms

Primetime with Hamish and Abbey

Live sites

Tokyo Shinya

7plus Ecosystem

Personalisation at Scale

After the Olympics

Watch Tokyo 100

Home of the Olympic & Paralympics

Seven unveils golden Olympic team

By 7SPORT, Olympics

Biggest broadcast undertaking in Australian TV history

After a year when the world faced its toughest fight in a generation, nations that have been darkened by lockdowns, curfews and quarantines will soon be lit by the Olympic flame.

With just 100 days to go until Tokyo 2020 begins, and athletes from all corners of the globe prepare to reunite in Tokyo to prove the human spirit cannot be defeated, the Seven Network has assembled a world-class Olympic and Paralympic commentary team that will lead the country’s biggest-ever broadcast and digital event.

For the first time in Australian free-to-air television history, there will be 45 dedicated Olympic channels across Seven and 7plus all live, free and in HD. 

Australia’s most loved and respected sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney returns for his 11th Olympic Games coverage, with Seven’s team featuring some of Australia’s greatest ever Olympians, who between them have racked up numerous Olympic and World Championship gold medals and 22 World Titles plus hundreds of Games both as competitors and broadcasters. 

On Wednesday, Seven announced its coverage would be anchored by Hamish McLachlan, Abbey Gelmi, Johanna Griggs, Luke Darcy, Matt Shirvington, Edwina Bartholomew, Lisa Sthalekar and Andy Maher.

Leading Seven’s contingent on the ground in Tokyo, Mel McLaughlin, Mark Beretta, Jason Richardson and Nathan Templeton will make sure audiences are kept up to date with all the latest news, colour and atmosphere of the Games.   

For pre-eminent broadcaster Bruce McAvaney, anticipation is building for what promises to be a remarkable Games across 17 days featuring the world’s greatest athletes, new sports and in the perfect time zone:  

We’ve been waiting a long time for this. Like our Australian athletes, Seven’s broadcast team have been deep in preparation for an unprecedented Games.

We’re anticipating milestone performances and a new crop of athletes who’ll become household names.

The Olympics remains the greatest event in international sport and it’s exhilarating to be able to share the experience with all Australians, in our own time zone.

Bruce McAvaney

Exactly 16 days after the Flame is extinguished in Tokyo, a new one will be lit, signalling the start of the Paralympic Games. Johanna Griggs and Paralympic gold medallist Annabelle Williams will anchor Seven’s unprecedented coverage across Seven and 7plus featuring up to 16 live streams.    

Seven will set a new benchmark as the most comprehensive, innovative and technologically advanced Olympic and Paralympic experience spanning all platforms.

Seven is the undisputed home of the Olympic Games with an unparalleled understanding of the event, since the very first television broadcast of the Games in Melbourne 1956. 

Rarely do we see a moment as historically significant as Tokyo and Seven is setting a new benchmark for the Olympic and Paralympic experience live and free across all platforms – something never offered in Australia. 

We can’t wait to deliver to Australians what will be the most-watched Olympic Games since Sydney 2000 and the biggest ever digital event.

Kurt Burnette, Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer and Director of Olympics

Viewers will wake up to all the latest Olympic highlights, news and exclusive athlete interviews each day with Australia’s #1 breakfast show Sunrisebefore Johanna Griggs, returning for her seventh Olympic Games coverage, steers Seven’s morning broadcast alongside Luke Darcy. 

Legendary Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington and Edwina Bartholomew, who will be covering her third Olympic Games for Seven, then take the reins each afternoon.  

Following 7NEWS live at 6.00 every night of the Games, two of Australia’s best sports broadcasters, Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi, will take audiences on a prime time golden rollercoaster of competition.

The Olympics will be essential late-night viewing with only a one-hour time difference on the East Coast and as the night kicks on, viewers will be welcomed to Tokyo Shinya with Andy Maher and Lisa Sthalekar, a show so mysterious, we can’t reveal any more.   

After a year that’s challenged us like few before, Tokyo is poised to bring the world together again in the most powerful sign yet that the human spirit cannot be defeated. This Olympic Games will be bigger than sport. Simply being there and taking part will be a victory in itself.

Australia has always had wonderful Olympic Games teams and when you look at our team for Tokyo, sport by sport, it will be another brilliant group of worthy individuals and teams that we will all marvel at when it’s their time to perform. We have world champions, world #1s and major winners, everywhere. 

In terms of the broadcast, it’s exciting and very humbling to be part of a Seven commentary team that includes Olympic legends like Anna Meares, the iconic Oarsome Foursome’s Nick Green, Scott McGrory and Russell Mark. They are some of the men and women I grew up idolising and cheering for.

Tokyo will see some familiar faces competing as well as some new sports, through which will come a new fascination and new faces.  As always, it will be the world’s best against each other, at the world’s biggest festival of sport. I can’t wait for it to begin.

Hamish McLachlan

Covering an Olympic Games is the ultimate privilege as a sports broadcaster and to be part of this team is something I’ve dreamed of.

The pressure, drama and emotion at an Olympic Games is at a level nothing else can match, and Tokyo promises to be a Games unlike any we’ve seen before.

The evening schedule is unbelievable, so to be side-by-side with Hame every night as we bring the stories of the Games into living rooms across Australia in prime time is beyond exciting. I cannot wait.

Abbey Gelmi

At Seven, we will unashamedly get behind our Australian team with the rest of the country, but we will never lose sight of the other nations competing. Their triumphs and feel-good stories deserve to be celebrated like never before.

As always, we will bring unrivalled expertise to our Olympic coverage. You can trust Seven and our extraordinary team of commentators to take you inside every single event, to where the best action is happening at all times.

Tokyo will be the greatest event you’ll ever see. From the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony – and everything in between – the only place you can witness all of the history making action live and free is Seven, Your Home of the Olympics.

Lewis Martin, Seven’s Head of Sport

Sunrise is the only place Australians will be able to see live competition and all the Olympic highlights every morning. 

Kochie and Nat will be live to Mark Beretta at the centre of all the action in Tokyo, while a panel of some of our greatest ever Olympians and athletes’ families will be cheering on as our Olympians go for Gold.

7NEWS, Australia’s official Olympic news service, is the only network with unrestricted access to the Games and will have the biggest team on the ground in Tokyo. 

7NEWS Chief Correspondent Chris Reason andsports anchorMel McLaughlin will lead a team of reporters, including Ashlee Mullany, Alex Hart, Matthew Carmichael, Sharnelle Vella, Rob Scott, Blake Johnson and Ryan Daniels, operating 24-hours a day from inside venues and alongside athletes, taking Australians into the inner sanctum. 

And 7NEWS.com.au will be the #1 online destination for Olympic news, updates and daily event schedules. 

The website will feature a dedicated hub for results and medal tallies, plus all the latest breaking news, exclusive content, in-depth features and the greatest stories from the Games. 

Having the privilege of working on an Olympic Games is the stuff of dreams in our line of work. I can’t wait to do it all again. 

Nothing beats being there and although things will look more than a little different, there’s no question Japan will deliver perhaps the best – and certainly most anticipated – Olympic Games ever. These Games are exactly what the world needs right now. 

Australia’s team will be its biggest ever and it could be our most successful ever. Our team at Seven can’t wait to bring you all the stories, the goosebumps and all the raw emotion that comes with an Olympic Games.

Mel McLaughlin

Australians will be able to keep up to date with all the latest news, the biggest and best moments, and exclusive content, on the 7Olympics social channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Olympic Games: 23 July-8 August
Paralympic Games: 24 August-5 September
Tokyo 2020 is live and free on Seven and 7plus

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Big Brother is back and ready to play on Monday, 26 April

By SEVEN

The wait is almost over! Big Brother’s unpredictable, addictive new season starts in two weeks

Think you know Big Brother’s game? Think again

There’s more than meets the eye when the big daddy of reality tv returns with an unpredictable, addictive and thrilling new season on Monday, 26 April.

With an eviction every night and massive twists in a house full of secrets, housemates will have to think on their feet and play the game hard if they want a shot at the $250,000 prize.

These housemates come from all corners of Australia and all walks of life. They’re hungry to beat Big Brother at his own game but little do they know the wild and wicked surprises he’s got lurking above, below and behind every corner.

So take a look at what Big Brother’s got in store this season – and get ready to play!  

Who wins? You decide.

Big Brother starts Monday, 26 April on Channel 7 and 7plus

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Face to Face with Paul Birt

By SEVEN

In this weeks’ Face to Face, we interview Paul Birt, Group Sales Manager in the Adelaide office. We dive into personal challenges, his tips for staying motivated working from home and what TV show he’d love to make a comeback.

Q1. Tell us a bit about your role as Group Sales Manager in Adelaide?

Adelaide is an amazing town to be involved in media. We have some great people in all corners of the Advertising and Marketing landscape here, and they do amazing work. My role is to try connect our team with these people, then develop solutions for them using the best of all the assets we have at Seven West Media.

Q2. Where did your passion for sales come from?

I learnt early on about attaining fulfillment through seeing others grow. That’s what drives me.

Seven West Media’s suite of Broadcast, Digital and Print assets connect strongly with Australians. Enabling our clients to connect to, and then intrigue potential consumers with their story brings them growth… and for me a sense of achievement.

Q3. What’s been the biggest challenge for you this year? 

Change Management. Our clients, our agency partners and ourselves are all knees-deep in an accelerating change in Advertising and Marketing, sped up by the pandemic. In our business, a new agility is required to get the gist of our client’s needs. Also, a stronger focus on the role of data and activating on our digital assets is required. These new focus points are fundamental to our clients’ and SWM’s success going forward. 

Q4. What main commercial trends have you noticed over the past twelve months?

It has been an unbelievable 12 Months. We have seen some industry segments suffer with some segments still not clear. Not long after April 2020, we did start to see a strong move of customers back to the Home Improvement sector. And that has just kept sailing strongly. South Australian’s spend a lot of money on Overseas Travel annually. A lot of that money is being redirected into creating an oasis at home, or at the holiday home.

And we have all seen the move many businesses to up their online shopping game as traffic to bricks and mortar slowed / stopped. We have seen clients coming to TV with a need to grab attention and online traffic as physical foot traffic was in decline. I believe this has had a big role in the strong demand the TV Industry is seeing at present.

Q5. What’s one tip that you’ve used to motivate yourself and your team while working from home?

I have to say that we are very lucky here in SA to have made it through COVID Lockdowns much easier than many interstate colleagues and clients, so I am not sure we are the most qualified in this area. I do know that eating fresh and getting exercise through the day was super energising. I live across the road from a beautiful park so it was easy to get some sun and exercise and make the most of a break.

Q6. Dancing with the Stars has made a triumphant comeback. If you could pick one show from the past to be rebooted, what would you pick?

I have long believed I can pick a banging song from a mile out, but I know that I have no idea on how programmers go about finding a hot show. So clearly this is coming from a rank amateur programmers’ standpoint… 90’s Grunge Variety Show – The Big Gig. I loved its irreverent comedy, alt music, stupid camera angles and bizarre moments. What do you think Angus? Maybe not!

Introducing Housemate Tilly

By SEVEN

This 21-year-old student is literally smarter than she looks, literally

Meet Tilly, a 21-year-old student from Sydney.

This blonde bombshell is used to being underestimated for the way she looks and speaks.

But in Big Brother’s game, Tilly’s turning stereotypes into strategy, literally.

I’m going to act dumb and play smart.

My whole life people look at my like I’m a bit stupid. I just want to prove my strength.

Tilly

Tilly’s part of a new breed of housemate, who will find themselves living together, cut-off from the outside world with cameras and microphones recording their every move – 24 hours a day. 

They’ll soon find out there’s more to Big Brother than meets the eye.

Think you know Big Brother’s game? Think again. 

Big Brother is coming soon to Channel 7 and 7plus

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Meet “The Charmer”

By SEVEN

This 31-year-old account manager is on the charm offensive

Meet Brenton, a 31-year-old account manager from Sydney. 

This “very single” guy describes himself as a passionate person, and he’s playing Big Brother’s game to win.

I don’t go into anything to lose.

I’m going to use every skill I’ve got, whether its charming them with cooking or charming them physically. There’s not a single challenge that’s going to break me.

Brenton

Will finding love in the house be Brenton’s weakness?

Brenton’s part of a new breed of housemate, who will find themselves living together, cut-off from the outside world with cameras and microphones recording their every move – 24 hours a day. 

They’ll soon find out there’s more to Big Brother than meets the eye.

Think you know Big Brother’s game? Think again. 

Big Brother is coming soon to Channel 7 and 7plus

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Take a look at Melissa

By SEVEN

This 33-year-old outback mum’s putting it all on the line to save her family farm

Meet Melissa, a 33-year-old sheep farmer from rural South Australia.

After battling everything from drought to bushfire, this outback mum is only just hanging on to her family farm.

Leaving her three young children at home for the first time, she’s entering Big Brother’s house with her eyes firmly on the prize.

Winning Big Brother will save our family farm and my kids will be ok.

That’s all I want for them, to secure their future. Nothing will break me.

Melissa

Melissa’s part of a new breed of housemate, who will find themselves living together, cut-off from the outside world with cameras and microphones recording their every move – 24 hours a day. 

They’ll soon find out there’s more to Big Brother than meets the eye.

Think you know Big Brother’s game? Think again. 

Big Brother is coming soon to Channel 7 and 7plus

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