Tag

Staff

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 strengthens sales leadership team

By SEVEN

Seven West Media today announced the creation of a new senior role and a restructuring of its sales senior leadership team to reflect its position as Australia’s leading total audience network in across capital city, regional and digital markets.

Seven has appointed Prime Media Group’s Sydney Sales Manager, Adam Forbes, to the new role of National Direct and Independent Agency Sales Director, responsible for building and overseeing client relationships across independent agencies and direct channels.

Following the recent acquisition of Prime’s assets, which has created the largest national total video audience in the country, Seven has expanded the responsibilities of its capital city television sales directors to include regional markets:

  • Georgie Nichols is NSW Sales Director
  • Peter Charles is Victoria Sales Director
  • Todd Dickinson is Queensland Sales Director
  • Damian Hampson is Western Australia Sales Director
  • Stephen Woolley is South Australia Sales Director, working alongside Russell Media

Katie Finney, Director of 7RED and the executive responsible for the strategy, creative direction and implementation of brand integration in Seven’s programming, has expanded her remit to include regional amplification and creating deeper connections for brands with critical regional audiences.
The new roles report to Seven West Media National Sales Director, Natalie Harvey, and are effective immediately.


Ms Harvey said: “The expanded remit and new structure of the senior leadership team across capital city, regional and digital has been designed for customer and business success. The new structure ensures we will retain expert knowledge in capital city and regional markets and have the right skills, resources and capabilities in place to ensure our commercial partners and brands remain at the heart of what we do.


“As Seven accelerates towards a dynamic and converged audience trading model, we are rapidly adapting and innovating our commercial strategy to ensure an easier, faster and more effective ecosystem for our clients as they engage with the largest national total video audience in the country.


“As the most watched free-to-air broadcaster across all screens, Seven can now help advertisers and agencies easily reach more than 91% of Australia’s population each month, including in the capital cities, regional Australia and digitally on 7plus,” she said.

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!

Seven appoints National Sport Sales Director

By SEVEN

The Seven Network today announced the appointment of Rob Maclean as National Sport Sales Director, effective immediately.

Mr Maclean will be responsible for delivering the sales strategy across all of Seven’s powerhouse sports broadcasts, including the AFL, cricket, horse racing, Supercars, NFL and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in July. 

Reporting to Seven West Media National Sales Director, Natalie Harvey, Mr MacLean will lead the national sport sales team to develop and execute market-leading sponsorship opportunities and work with clients to integrate their brand stories into Seven’s powerful sports content.

Mr Maclean joined Seven in 2007 and has a successful track record in driving commercial success across key sporting codes and events. He was most recently Head of Commercial and Partnerships, Network Sport, and led the sales strategy and implementation of two of the most commercially successful Olympic Games ever on Seven – Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022.

We are thrilled that Rob will take up the role of the national Sport Sales Director. Over Rob’s 15 years at Seven, he has created strong partnerships, delivered exceptional commercial outcomes and provided excellent team leadership. As we integrate the Seven and Prime businesses, Rob will lead the charge in evolving our sport product and creating even better opportunities for brands to connect with millions of Australians in the most exciting and engaging content there is.

Natalie Harvey, Seven West Media National Sales Director

Sport has always been in my DNA and I’m thrilled to be able to lead Seven’s wonderful sport sales team to deliver exceptional brand and business outcomes for our partners through the power of live sport and the strength of Seven’s truly national, cross-platform offering.

Seven has an incredible sport schedule, including Australia’s #1 winter sport – the AFL – Australia’s best horse racing 52 weeks a year, the best cricket plus the exhilarating Supercars and NFL. Add to that the most inclusive and diverse event of 2022, the Commonwealth Games, and we have a big year ahead.

Rob Maclean, National Sport Sales Director

Seven West Media receives WGEA citation in Australian media first

By SEVEN

Recognised as Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) is proud to announce it is the first media company in Australia to be named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

Seven West Media is one of only 12 new change-making organisations across Australia to receive the highly regarded citation in 2022, after being assessed against extensive and rigorous criteria.  

The citation is a significant recognition of the company’s industry leadership and an important endorsement of its commitment to drive positive change and achieve gender equality in the workplace.

Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, James Warburton, said: “Diversity and inclusiveness are at the core of our values and part of our business strategy at all levels. We are focused on achieving gender equality across our business. Currently 52% of our people are female across on-screen and off-screen roles, and female representation accounts for 51% of our senior leadership positions.

“Being recognised as among the best employers for women is an important milestone for Seven West Media and one that we are immensely proud of, but our work is not done. This is just part of our continued evolution to create a supportive, flexible and fair workplace for all people to be recognised and to thrive.”

Seven West Media Chief People and Culture Officer, Katie McGrath, said: “Creating a safe environment and richly diverse culture is critical for any high-performing company. We’ve taken progressive action to increase the representation of women in senior positions and we are whole-heartedly committed to ensuring ongoing gender balance at all levels throughout Seven West Media, including during recruitment and career development opportunities.

“The WGEA citation builds on our continued responsibility to promote diversity, equality and inclusion while actively engaging with communities across Australia. The latest citation comes after Seven West Media was again the proud broadcast partner of UN Women Australia for International Women’s Day. We are also the official media partner of White Ribbon Day and we recently registered our intent to develop our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan with Reconciliation Australia.

“Our extensive charity activities also positively contribute towards a better Australia, with Seven West Media donating over $34 million a year in airtime support to over 140 organisations across the country. Our 2021 Good Friday Appeal raised $18 million for Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, and over $48 million was raised during Channel 7’s Perth telethon last year,” she said.

Seven has implemented a number of people-focused policies and support systems to improve gender equality. These include policies to eliminate gender remuneration gaps, targets to improve gender equality outcomes, flexible working, gender neutral paid parental leave, employee consultation and initiatives to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination. 

One hundred and twenty Australian companies sit alongside Seven West Media as WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, including Accenture, Allianz, Blackmores, Deloitte, ING, Kellogg, Medibank, PwC, Telstra, Woolworths and more.

WGEA Director, Mary Wooldridge, said: “Each year, we accept applications for our WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation from those employers who are raising the bar when it comes to driving change, creating the circumstances that allow all people, regardless of their gender, to thrive.

“After passing through our evidence-based benchmarking evaluations, our EOCGE citation holders are officially recognised as some of the best employers in Australia, who are committed and dedicated to action in achieving gender equality.

“Critically, these organisations are delivering on a formula that sees better support structures in place for working families; stronger actions to address pay inequalities; and strategic recruitment and promotion practices that help to encourage the full participation of women at work,” she said.

“We extend our congratulations to these leading employers, and look forward to working with them closely to accelerate positive change across Australian workplaces.”

Seven announces senior sales leadership appointments

By SEVEN

Seven West Media today announced key new senior sales leadership appointments as part of its ongoing strategy to deliver unrivalled national total video trading for commercial partners and brands.

Reporting to Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer, Kurt Burnette, the new appointments follow the recent acquisition of Prime Media Group, which has created Australia’s first wholly-owned national television and digital group.

Natalie Harvey, previously Network Director of Sales, has been appointed National Sales Director, responsible for leading the network’s convergence and growth across capital city, regional and BVOD markets.

Nicole Bence, previously Network Digital Sales Director, takes up the new position of National Sales Director of Digital, responsible for driving a range of advanced digital advertising initiatives and overseeing Seven’s commercial digital, data, innovation and programmatic offerings.

Dave Walker joins Seven from Prime as Director of National Trading and Revenue Operations. With over 30 years of industry experience in Australia and New Zealand, Mr Walker brings to Seven a wealth of knowledge across sales leadership, television trading, system integration and media agency strategy planning and buying. 

Greg Gabel, previously Sales Director at 7Queensland, takes on the new role of National Regional Sales Director of Local Markets, responsible for overseeing sales in all regional markets and driving new products and processes for local teams across broadcast and digital. His appointment brings together regional sales areas under one person for the first time.

In Western Australia, the local regional sales team will work closely with the Perth capital city sales team and report into Chief Executive Officer, Seven West Media WA, Maryna Fewster, and Seven Perth Sales Director, Damian Hampson.

Seven is the most watched free-to-air broadcaster across all screens and our acquisition of Prime provides our commercial partners and brands with an unmatched total video audience proposition.

Seven can now reach more than 90% of Australia’s population each month as one integrated company, giving advertisers and agencies easy and seamless access to metro and regional markets. It’s a game-changing move for our customers, our people and our company, meaning quite simply we are even better together.

Seven’s national leadership team and new sales structure is designed to support Seven’s transformation and deliver a brilliant customer experience, making it easier, faster and more effective for brands to reach their desired audience across all of Australia, including in the capital cities, regional Australia and digitally on 7plus.

Our advertising and trading solutions will be further enhanced as we accelerate towards a dynamic and converged audience trading model.

Kurt Burnette, Media Chief Revenue Officer

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 announces first David Leckie Seven Scholarship Program recipient

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Seven West Media is delighted to announce that Madeline McKeown is the recipient of the inaugural David Leckie Seven Scholarship Program.

The annual program was established in September 2021 in memory of former Seven West Media Chief Executive Officer, the late David Leckie.

It was set up in conjunction with Skye Leckie and David and Skye’s sons Harry and Ben, and offers a 12-month scholarship at Seven West Media for a junior graduate with a passion for sales, programming or news.

The applications were judged by Skye, Harry and Ben Leckie and senior Seven West Media executives.

Skye, Harry and Ben Leckie said: “Harry, Ben and I were thrilled to be involved in the selection of the recipient of David’s inaugural scholarship.

“The candidates were outstanding, however, there can only be one recipient. Madeline is a very accomplished young person and we felt that she will really excel in her experience at Seven. The scholarship will cover all facets of a highly successful business and Seven is a fantastic place to work and to learn.

“David’s first love in his life was always TV. He was so passionate about all aspects of it. Davo was a tough taskmaster, from the old school, and if you didn’t ‘stack up’, you knew about it! That made people strive to achieve and improve,” they said.

“We felt in our discussions with Madeline that David would be very pleased to welcome her to his team. We wish her all the best and encourage her to take advantage of everything that is offered by Seven.

“We are so grateful for this legacy to honour David’s life and we look forward to watching Madeline’s success – and we will never forget David’s mantra about his competitors: ‘When they zig, you zag!’.”

David was a wonderful mentor and colleague to many of us at Seven and the David Leckie Seven Scholarship Program is a fitting tribute to his legacy and memory.

Madeline is smart, motivated and keen to learn and grow in the media industry. I know David would have been very impressed by her and would have been a great mentor and support. Like everyone at Seven, I’m very pleased to welcome Madeline and I look forward to seeing her career with us flourish.

James Warburton, Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Face to Face with Amie Albergo

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

In this months’ Face to Face, we sit down with Partnerships Executive, Amie Albergo from Melbourne. Amie talks us through the exciting projects she’s working on and how her team are prepped and ready in the ever-changing media landscape.

Q1. Congratulations on your recent appointment as Partnership Executive! Could you give us a quick summary of what this new position entails…?

My position as a Partnership Executive is to work closely with a specific program/s. I get to work with all markets and clients on opportunities that will execute a successful partnership connecting their brand and our program seamlessly in line with their business objectives. Currently, SAS Australia and Dancing With The Stars: All Stars have been my recent focus. They’re just about to launch and I’m very much looking forward to watching them!

Q2. Tell us about your career journey so far and what’s your goal?

I have worked at Seven Network for six years now. I was initially hired as a Sales Coordinator and very quickly realised I wanted to step up, so I aimed for that. When I achieved the promotion to Sales Executive, I was fortunate enough to work across a very wide variety of Melbourne agencies and clients. Now, in a 7RED Partnership Executive role, it’s keeping my cup full especially with being new to the 7RED team. I’d like to learn much more and my goal is to gain as much experience and knowledge from the incredible people I work with and to grow.  I love the media industry; it’s constantly advancing with the times and encouraging us all to adapt!

Q3. As the media landscape constantly shifts and evolves, what do you think is the biggest challenge that the partnerships team must start preparing for?

As the media landscape shifts, we see clients moving their budgets across different platforms of advertising. This isn’t always permanent and can be to trial something new for them. I think it’s important that partnerships remain a big focus for brands as there is a proven cut-through and they hit mass audience on scale. With that movement, it does become challenging, however given the strength of a partnership the team welcome this and can adapt and compliment client’s objectives. We are constantly working on innovative and creative ways to partner with our clients.

Q4. What do you get up to in your spare time?

I have recently moved close to the coast and have since taken up surfing which is a newly found hobby. Let’s hope I keep it up during the freezing winter months!

Q5. Finally, favourite coffee shop in Melbourne?

I’m not the biggest coffee drinker, but I do enjoy a caramel latte from Vacation Coffee on Exhibition Street.

X

Privacy Statement

Seven and its related entities (collectively “Seven”) is collecting your personal information for the purpose of responding to your enquiry.

By submitting your enquiry you consent to Seven using your personal information for the purpose of Seven and its related entities sending you information, insights, results and opportunities regarding our programs, products, services and events, as well as those of our business partners. We will always provide you with the ability to opt out of those communications.

Seven will handle your personal information and other data in accordance with Seven’s Privacy Policy which is available at sevenwestmedia.com.au/privacy, and which contains information regarding how you can access your personal information, correct it and/ or make a complaint about our handling of your personal information.