Seven Up Fronts 2019


Slate includes new Bevan Lee drama and two supersized reality hits

Geraldine Hakewill, Joel Jackson and Catherine McClements headline Miss Fisher spin-off

MKR’s 10 th anniversary season to launch the year

Top Gear meets food” in new Gordon Ramsay series New overseas dramas feature screen heavyweights

Martin Clunes, Sheridan Smith, Kelsey Grammer and more

(Sydney, Friday October 26): The Seven Network today unveiled its content plans for 2019.

Four new local dramas, including the next offering from creator Bevan Lee; two supersized reality hits; a female spinoff to one of the year’s most heart-warming hits and the landmark 10th season of one of Australia’s biggest shows are just some of the programs set to take Seven into its 13th consecutive year of leadership.

Commenting, Seven’s Director of Network Programming Angus Ross said: “After a close win last year, we promised to up our game in 2018, and the team has delivered in spades. We’ve broken records and dominated the ratings throughout the year. In fact, in every month we have never dropped below a 39% share, while our competitors have never been above 39%. Our worst is still better than their best.

“What’s particularly pleasing is that this success is down to the strength and depth of our programming across the board. From 6am to midnight, we have the strongest spine of ratings winners, bar none. And with the AFL and Cricket locked up until 2022, Seven can guarantee those mass audiences, and certainty for our advertisers, for years to come.”



From Australia’s most prolific creator/writer Bevan Lee ( Packed to the Rafters, A Place To Call Home, All Saints, Winners & Losers, Always Greener ) comes an intense, high concept contemporary drama series about two disparate and disconnected worlds, thrown together by death and a sacrifice in one and the chance for new life in the other. Bold, daring, emotionally gripping, fast paced and unpredictable, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS will push the boundaries of popular commercial drama in Australia. BETWEEN TWO WORLDS is a Seven Studios production.


The lives of three friends are inextricably changed when one of them unwittingly invites a malevolent stranger into their world. A tangle of lies and laughter collides with a stalker’s chilling obsession in this contemporary adaptation of Elizabeth Coleman’s smash hit play. A celebration of female friendship reimagined as a high stakes thriller, SECRET BRIDESMAIDS’ BUSINESS will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. SECRET BRIDESMAIDS’ BUSINESS is a Seven Studios production.


Geraldine Hakewill ( Wanted ), Joel Jackson ( Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, Deadline Gallipoli ) and Catherine McClements ( Wentworth ) headline this spin-off of one of Australia’s most loved and successful series. Set in swinging ’60s Melbourne, Hakewill portrays the gorgeously reckless Peregrine Fisher who inherits a windfall when the famous aunt she never knew, Phryne Fisher, goes missing over the highlands of New Guinea. Detective James Steed (Jackson) is a smart, ambitious cop constantly hamstrung by the rigid leadership of his immoral boss but respectful of the hierarchy. Instantly attracted to Peregrine, he’s dazzled by her audacity and often drawn into her mad plans. With a mind like a steel trap, and ex-member of WW2 Special Forces, Birdie (McClements) is the ‘M’ of The Adventuresses’ operation and club president. A tough woman of high expectations, she recognises the ’60s are changing and they need new blood – but having Peregrine under her wing is also a way of staying connected to the old friend she misses desperately. MS FISHER’S MODERN MURDER MYSTERIES is produced by Every Cloud Productions with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria for Channel Seven.


Australia’s most daring social experiment has gotten a whole lot bigger Based on Seven’s controversial series Seven Year Switch , six couples will put their relationships to the ultimate test in THE SUPER SWITCH. At a crossroads in their relationships, these brave couples will say goodbye to their loved ones to live in an experimental relationship with a total stranger. They will be paired with a like-minded person who will hold up a mirror to their own behaviour and help them answer the question – is the grass greener on the other side? This year, the social experiment has been supersized with all the couples split into two mansions, transforming the experiment into a shared experience. With three experimental couples living in each mansion, new dynamics, relationships, questions and answers will help all our couples decide if their real partner is in fact the one. THE SUPER SWITCH is a Seven Studios production.


The mother of all social experiments is getting a facelift Two women from two very different families swap their homes and lives for two weeks. But in this brand new reboot, the drama is intensified - with visits from the mothers- in-law and bombshells being dropped, these families are going to get a lot more than they bargained for. WIFE SWAP is a Screentime production for Channel Seven.


From the creator of The Bachelor comes the new sensation in dating shows. Each episode, 10 eligible daters compete in four pageant style rounds to win the heart of a mystery suitor or suitress whose identity is concealed from them. When the winner finally gets to meet their concealed suitor, it comes with a romantic proposal. Big and bold, THE PROPOSAL is a Warner Bros production for Channel Seven.


A wedding is the most important day of a couple’s life. But for some, an ordinary celebration just won’t do. They want the extraordinary. Extreme locations, extreme themes, extreme expenses – our cameras will be there from the initial planning stages through to the big day. EXTREME WEDDINGS is a Seven Studios production.


For the first time ever, INSIDE ‘THE G’ takes viewers behind the scenes of one of the world’s biggest and busiest stadiums - the MCG. 100,000 capacity, 2,500 staff, 165 years of history The MCG is the place of our greatest national sporting memories, from Bradman to Warney to the greatest moments in AFL history. With unprecedented access to the cathedral of Australian sport, INSIDE ‘THE G’ will tell the stories of the projects, personalities and passions that bring this iconic stadium to life. From feeding the crowds to keeping them safe, every event offers a new set of challenges. INSIDE ‘THE G’ is a CJZ production for Channel Seven.


Martin Clunes embarks on an epic journey around the coast of America to discover what life is like on the surrounding islands for new documentary series, ISLANDS OF AMERICA. Following the successful series on the Islands of Britain and Islands of Australia , Martin has developed a fascination for the unique quality and appeal of island life, often in the most remote places on the planet. Now he’s setting off on a 10,000 mile journey, from the west to the east, to explore the vast swathe of islands which are scattered beyond America’s shores. He’s travelling from the primeval landscapes of Hawaii and Alaska to the playgrounds of presidents along the eastern seaboard. There are more than 18,000 islands with registered names, plus thousands more too small to be labelled. Each island has its own character and its own unique story to tell, and offers a new way of examining a country we imagine we know so well. ISLANDS OF AMERICA is a Buffalo Pictures production for ITV.


“Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip proves instant TV gold as fans dub it ’ Top Gear with food’” - Digital Spy Three big egos, one small van. Fiery chefs Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix pack up their camper van and hit the road on a tour of their cherished homelands, where each of them has a special feast to prepare for. There are breakdowns (and it won’t just be the van) along the way as they immerse themselves in extreme adventures competing to find the best ingredients from some of the most stunning locations. With three countries, three weeks and three “coqs au vin” in close confinement what could possibly go wrong? The series begins in Italy as Gordon and Fred join forces to help Gino put on a sumptuous feast for a very unique wedding blessing on the beach. In France, the threesome will help deliver the first oyster festival. The Scottish leg of the journey will see them taking part in some highland fun and games. This is food on tour like never before, but will it be a case of too many cooks? A recent ratings hit for ITV, GORDON, GINO AND FRED: ROAD TRIP is produced by Studio Ramsay.



The two-part drama is a punchy, funny and violent adrenaline-ride through Sydney’s decadently gorgeous but completely inane world of crime. It’s just the kind of story that writer and director Gregor Jordan ( Two Hands, Ned Kelly ) is the perfect person to tell. AUSTRALIAN GANGSTER is a Roadshow Rough Diamond production for Channel Seven, with production funding from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW.



Sandy Bay, Hobart, Tasmania. January 27, 2009. Mother of two, Sue Neill-Fraser , 55, is woken by a call from the police – her yacht is sinking out in the bay. Sue’s partner, Bob Chappell , who was sleeping on board, has disappeared. The boat has been sabotaged, blood spatters the cabin stairs, a knife lies on the floor. Bob is never seen again, dead or alive. Sue soon becomes a suspect in Bob’s murder investigation. During interviews with detectives, she is caught in a string of lies. Seven months later, detectives arrest Sue, charging her with murder. Sue strongly maintains her innocence. While evidence is circumstantial and there is no body, the case is strong enough to go to court. After a high-profile murder trial that splits the tight Hobart community, Sue is found guilty. In October 2010, she is sentenced to 26-years in prison. But this case is far from closed… a band of supporters refuse to accept that Sue Neill-Fraser is a killer and they begin their own investigation, much of it filmed as it happens. This is the story of UNDERCURRENT, a true-crime series in the tradition of The Jinx and Making a Murderer . An active, unfolding investigation with twists, revelations and cliff-hangers. A series with the potential to divide opinion and spark debate across the country, right up to the dramatic final episode when the threads come together and the truth is revealed. UNDERCURRENT is a CJZ production for Channel Seven.


The spine of Seven’s schedule in 2019 will be live and free coverage of Australia’s number one Winter and Summer sports, plus:

SEVEN NEWS - Australia’s number one news service

SUNRISE - Australia’s number one breakfast program

THE MORNING SHOW - Australia’s number one morning program

THE CHASE AUSTRALIA - Australia’s number one 5-6pm weekdays

HOME AND AWAY - Australia’s number one weeknight drama

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS - Australia’s number one lifestyle program

THE GOOD DOCTOR - Australia’s number one drama Also returning are:


Australia’s number one cooking show is back with its 10th anniversary season. This landmark season of MY KITCHEN RULES will test teams like never before with new challenges, new locations, new faces and new rewards, while a record number of perfect scores keeps every contender on their toes. And, in a series first, can perfect strangers team up to win MKR? Judges Manu Feildel and Pete Evans are joined by Colin Fassnidge as passionate home cooks from all over Australia compete for $250,000 and the title of MKR Champions for 2019. MKR is a Seven Studios production.


Whole house reveals will be the best yet when Jamie Durie joins judges Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Wendy Moore and host Johanna Griggs for the new season of HOUSE RULES. With massive challenges and a surprise transformation of warehouse proportions, the competition is tougher than ever but every team ends up with the ultimate reward – a complete transformation of their own home. Australia’s much-loved renovation show is a Seven Studios production.


After five years away from our screens, Andrew Denton returned to Seven in 2018, bringing his unique interviewing style to a series of surprising and inspiring conversations. Among many highlights, the first series included the powerful story of Magda Szubanski, the controversially frank Guy Pearce, the extraordinary journey of kidnap survivor Amanda Lindhout, and a glimpse into the complex inner life of Rebecca Sharrock, a woman who can remember every day of her life. In 2019, INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW DENTON will be back with a whole new crop of amazing humans. The series is produced by Legacy Media for Channel Seven.


Celebrating its 11th season in 2019, SUNDAY NIGHT has stamped its position as the country’s premier investigative news and public affairs programme, committed to delivering landmark investigations and exclusive reports and interviews that matter most to Australians. Host and senior correspondent Melissa Doyle leads a team of Australia’s finest reporters, including Matt Doran, Steve Pennells, Denham Hitchcock, Angela Cox and Alex Cullen .


After a hugely successful 2018, Mick Molloy, Sam Pang and Andy Maher will be back with their funny and irreverent take on all things AFL. And, after the footy season is over, the Front Bar team just might take a humorous look at some new territory further afield… all from the comfort of their bar stools. THE FRONT BAR is produced by Front Bar Entertainment for Channel Seven.


We’re back for another fun-filled adventure across the country to find Australia’s best Instant Hotel From a unique desert retreat to a lush tropical hideaway, this season’s teams will take the ride of their life as they travel the country with some quirky companions, visit some truly stunning locations and compete for a grand prize that will change our winning home hotelier’s lives. INSTANT HOTEL is a Seven Studios production.


Australia’s favourite fly-on-the-wall dating show returns with more single guys and gals hoping to meet their dream partner on a blind date. They’ve been matched on their likes and dislikes. Some will sizzle. Some will crash and burn. At the end of the night, they must decide… will they go on a second date? FIRST DATES is a Warner Bros. International Television Australia production for Channel Seven.


Season 2 welcomes Australia and New Zealand’s fittest, fastest teams of athletes back into the Spartan arena where no one triumphs alone. In front of a live audience, hosts Edwina Bartholomew and Hamish McLachlan , along with sideline reporter Wendell Sailor , guide us through each episode’s triumphs and tragedies as teams of three battle the course in a race for one of 10 places in the Grand Final, where one team will be crowned champions and win $150,000. AUSTRALIAN SPARTAN is a Eureka/Matchbox Pictures production for Channel Seven.


Seven has teamed up with US streaming giant Netflix to bring back ZUMBO’S JUST DESSERTS, an original Seven Studios concept from the makers of My Kitchen Rules . Australia’s celebrated pâtissier Adriano Zumbo and acclaimed British chef Rachel Khoo reprise their roles as esteemed judges of this ultimate dessert makers competition.

International programs returning with new and continuing seasons include 9-1-1, CRIMINAL MINDS, MODERN FAMILY, THE RESIDENT and GREY’S ANATOMY , plus 7mate favourites THE SIMPSONS, AMERCIAN DAD and FAMILY GUY .

Seven will also continue to deliver the best in Australian factual programming with new episodes of BORDER SECURITY, HIGHWAY PATROL, MOTORBIKE COPS and SURVEILLANCE OZ to air in 2019.



One of the biggest and boldest hits of 2018 will be back in 2019 – but this time, it’s LADIES’ NIGHT Eight female celebrities will pull together to create a show-stopping performance, as they battle to overcome their nerves and inhibitions, learn to love their bodies and raise awareness for women’s health. The standard has been set and the ladies will have a lot to prove when they take to the stage for their own empowering, moment of glory. Who will dare to bare this time for a worthy cause? LADIES’ NIGHT is a Seven Studios production.


On Saturday, December 22, Australia’s biggest stars will come together at this iconic event to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Now in its 36th year, Woolworths CAROLS IN THE DOMAIN is the largest Christmas celebration in the country with close to 50,000 people on-ground and hundreds of thousands more watching from home across Australia. CAROLS IN THE DOMAIN is an Active TV production for Channel Seven.


Join us on Wednesday, December 5 for the Australian screen industry’s star-studded night of nights. The 2018 AACTA Awards will honour the best achievements of the past year and celebrate 60 years of AFI | AACTA. The AACTA Awards are produced by AACTA for Channel Seven.



MANHUNT is a gripping three-part mini-series based on the true story of a murder investigation that kept the people of Britain on the edge their seats - and defined a detective’s career. Starring Martin Clunes ( Doc Martin ) as DCI Colin Sutton, the story begins in August 2004 when a young woman’s body is found. Sutton is appointed senior investigating officer but initially struggles: there’s no forensics, motive or witnesses. Painstaking detective work finally delivers a suspect – Levi Bellfield, but now the hunt is on for enough evidence to arrest him and make sure he’s found guilty at trial. MANHUNT follows the compelling story of how DCI Sutton charged one of Britain’s most notorious killers with two murders, as well as an attempted murder, whilst also impelling Surrey police to consider Bellfield as prime suspect in the high-profile murder of Milly Dowler. Based on Sutton’s memoirs, MANHUNT is written by Ed Whitmore ( Silent Witness, Rillington Place, Strike Back ) and produced by Buffalo Pictures.


Two women, one truth. From the makers of Fleabag and Liar comes this four-part psychological thriller about university professor Leah ( Katherine Kelly , The Night Manager, Strike Back ) who starts a dangerous relationship with her student Rose ( Molly Windsor , Three Girls ). What begins as a seemingly open and shut case of academic deception, quickly spirals out of control, ending in fatal consequences, and triggering a devastating sequence of events that threaten to engulf them both. With two fiercely intelligent minds unwilling to back down, CHEAT will keep audiences guessing from the start, exploring just how far we’re prepared to stand up for what we believe, and at what cost. The gripping drama is created by screenwriting newcomer Gaby Hull and produced by award-winning indie Two Brothers Pictures for ITV, UK in association with all3media international. Tom Goodman-Hill ( Humans, Mr Selfridge), Lorraine Ashbourne ( Unforgotten, Silent Witness ), Peter Firth (Spooks , Victoria) and Adrian Edmondson ( Bancroft, The Young Ones) also star.


BAFTA winner Sheridan Smith stars in this moving, funny and surprising story of a cleaning lady who struggles to maintain her life as a devoted mother after becoming addicted to online gambling. Office cleaner Sam is one of an invisible army who work every night in the gleaming buildings of London’s financial centre. She dreams of a better life but struggling with an online gambling addiction and spiralling debts, Sam is going under. Until one night, hidden in plain sight, she overhears an illegal trade being made. This lucrative stock market information, if used correctly, could be the break she desperately needs. Armed with a copy of Trading for Dummies and her gambler’s nerve, Sam has everything and nothing to lose – but how far is she willing to go to turn her fortunes around? Created by screenwriting newcomer Mark Marlow, this six-part drama is a Sister Pictures production for ITV.


HATTON GARDEN is based on the audacious jewellery and cash burglary at the heart of London’s diamond district, executed by an elderly gang of career criminals in April 2015. The four-part drama tells the inside story of how the men pulled off the heist which was considered in a class of its own in terms of scale and ambition, and the extraordinary level of planning, preparation and organisation required to penetrate the vault of the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company. Produced and co-written by Jeff Pope ( Little Boy Blue ) and Terry Winsor ( Hot Money, Danielle Cable: Eyewitness , Essex Boys ) for ITV Studios, the series sheds light on how the gang meticulously planned the raid, the tensions amongst the group, the loss of livelihoods suffered by the box holders and the complex police operation that captured the gang. Timothy Spall OBE, Kenneth Cranham and Brian F. O’Byrne star.


Set in the same 1880s London society that gave rise to Jack the Ripper, this British detective drama features a fearless, independent heroine played by Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, The Crown) . With her inquisitive mind, Miss Scarlet has always been more interested in running her late father’s detective agency than behaving like a proper lady. But nothing has prepared her for the dangers she is about to face as a woman in the murder investigation trade. From prolific British writer Rachael New comes this fresh crime drama about the first ever female detective in 19th century London. The six-part drama is produced by Element 8 Entertainment.


Written by award winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville ( Being Human, The Smoke, Cherrybomb ), THE BAY is set in the unique coastal town of Morecambe Bay. When Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong is assigned to a missing persons investigation in Morecambe Bay, at first it seems like any other – tragic, but all too familiar. As a police Family Liaison Officer, she’s trained never to get emotionally involved. Her job is to support families during the worst time of their lives whilst also being the eyes and ears of the police investigation; a cuckoo in the nest. But there’s something very different about this particular case. With horror Lisa realises she’s got a personal connection with this frightened family; one that could compromise her and the investigation. As she grapples to get justice for the grieving family, Lisa discovers it could come at the cost of her own. The six-part contemporary drama is executive produced by Catherine Oldfield, Tall Story Pictures ( Trauma, Bancroft, Tutankhamun ).


Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Danny Strong ( Empire ) partners with David Elliot ( Four Brothers ) to tell the emotional story of one woman’s fight for the innocence of others, as well as her own. PROVEN INNOCENT follows an underdog criminal defence firm led by Madeline Scott ( Rachelle Lefevre , Under the Dome, A Gifted Man ), a fierce and uncompromising lawyer with a hunger for justice. There is no one who understands the power of setting an innocent person free more than Madeline. At age 18, she was wrongfully convicted, along with her brother in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsession, a household name and a national cause célèbre. While a hero and a victim to some, Madeline’s bold and bullish tactics earn her a number of enemies – especially Gore Bellows (Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer , Frasier, Cheers, Boss ), the prosecutor who initially put her away and still believes in her guilt. Despite Bellows’ ceaseless quest to see her behind bars again, Madeline will continue to defend others, even as she fights to maintain her innocence and searches for the real killer in her own case. PROVEN INNOCENT is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Danny Strong Productions. Russell Hornsby ( Seven Seconds, Grimm ), Vincent Kartheiser ( Mad Men ) and Nikki M. James ( BrainDead, The Good Wife, The Book of Mormon ) also star.


Based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, THE PASSAGE is an epic, character-driven thriller written by Liz Heldens ( Friday Night Lights ). Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ridley Scott ( The Martian, Gladiator ) and writer/director Matt Reeves ( Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield ), THE PASSAGE focuses on Project NOAH, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl, Amy ( Saniyya Sidney , Fences, Hidden Figures ), is chosen to be a test subject, Federal Agent Brad Wolgast ( Mark-Paul Gosselaar , Pitch ) is the man who is tasked with bringing her to Project NOAH. Ultimately, however, Wolgast becomes her surrogate father, trying to protect her at any cost. The series also stars Henry Ian Cusick ( Lost ), Caroline Chikezie ( The Shannara Chronicles ), Vincent Piazza ( Boardwalk Empire, Rescue Me ), Jamie McShane ( Bloodline, Sons of Anarchy ), Brianne Howey ( The Exorcist ), McKinley Belcher III ( Ozark ) and Emmanuelle Chriqui ( Entourage ). THE PASSAGE is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

Seven announces re-launch of in Q1 2019

The Seven Network, Australia’s most-watched network, today announced that it will launch a new online home for Australia’s Number One and most trusted News and Public Affairs brand 7 News i, will debut in the first quarter of 2019 across desktop and mobile, with integration into major third-party news aggregators.

Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs Craig McPherson said: “This multi-million dollar investment will marry Seven’s hundreds of world-class journalists reporting from across the globe with best in class technology. We are delighted to finally be fully in control of our news online, and can’t wait to bring to our audiences.”

Seven West Media’s Chief Digital Officer Clive Dickens said: “Over two years ago SWM began the process of taking control of all our direct to consumer digital products.

“Today we are announcing the next stage of that strategy with the launch of, which will utilised leading technology to deliver best in class user experience, deep client integration and on and off network distribution. We are confidently predicting will become Australia’s number one online news brand within six months of launch as rated by Nielsen Digital Content Ratings.”

Seven’s Chief Revenue Officer Kurt Burnette said: “7News is Australia’s most trusted news brand, and with a predicted daily unique audience of 1.5 million, this new platform will provide advertisers with an evenfar more effective approach to client solutions, matching short form video, Premium display, first party data and native content to our now leading BVOD position.”

Seven News is Australia’s most watched* and most trusted broadcast news service, reaching an average of Broadcast Audience of 1.5m Australians every day of the week.

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Seven Network secures rights to Australia’s Greatest Cycling Race, the Santos Tour Down Under

Australia’s leading integrated media company, Seven West Media, (ASX: SWM) announced today at its 2019 Allfronts that it has signed a multi-year agreement with the South Australian Tourism Commission to broadcast and stream Australia’s Greatest Cycling Race, the Santos Tour Down Under (TDU).

SWM Chief Executive Tim Worner said: “We are thrilled to have secured the rights to Australia’s premier cycling event, the Santos Tour Down Under, which we will screen and stream across the screens of 7.

“The TDU will be a valuable addition to our unrivalled stable of world class sporting events, that have helped deliver our 12th consecutive year as Australia’s most-watched network.

“We’re looking forward to giving the TDU the 7 treatment and delivering the best and most exciting coverage of the TDU ever seen and, as with all our sport, it will be free for all Australians.”

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, said the SA Government was delighted the Santos Tour Down Under was being welcomed into Seven’s sporting portfolio.

“This domestic TV partnership will see the TDU become integrated as part of the Seven sporting line-up and we look forward to collaborating with them across their national platforms.

“This will further enhance and tell South Australia’s exceptional story by showcasing our sweeping coastlines, picturesque vineyards and experiences to audiences through the program coverage of the race.”

Executive Director, Events South Australia, Hitaf Rasheed said that the Santos Tour Down Under was delighted to be entering into a new partnership with the Seven West Media.

“Seven’s sporting calendar and coverage is second to none, so we are thrilled that the TDU will sit alongside the Cricket, AFL, Racing and Olympics in the Seven family.”

The 2019 Santos Tour Down Under commences on January 10, 2019 with the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, running until January 13, followed by the men’s race from January 15 to 20.


Seven Network to break Olympic Total Audience records at Tokyo 2020

The Seven Network, Australia’s most-watched network, today confirmed that it will make history with its all-encompassing all rights cross platform coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

At Seven’s 2019 Allfronts in Sydney today Chief Digital Officer Clive Dickens announced that Seven will Broadcast and stream over 3500 live hours of Olympics Sports coverage from Japan, across a record breaking52 live event streams all in 1080p HDR and numerous Ultra High Definition live streamed channels.

Furthermore, Seven announced that, during the Games, it will be the first Australian media company to host an 8K Ultra High Definition live sport site screening.

Mr Dickens said: “Tokyo 2020 will be the most watched Olympics ever, even more than The Sydney 2000 Games. Once again our Aussies will be going for Gold, and Seven will be supporting them every step of the way across multiple broadcast channels and via our 7plus Olympic Hub, Australia’s number one commercial FTA BVOD platform.

“We are committed to showingeven more live event coverage, in higher than HD quality, across more Connected TV screens than any sporting event in Australian history. And we’re proud to announce the debut of a 8K Live Sitein Australia as part of a very special event to celebrate the Greatest Show On Earth.”

Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer Kurt Burnette said: “The Olympic Games deliver the biggest audiences and the biggest marketing and advertising partnerships. Tokyo 2020 is going to eclipse anything we’ve seen before, and thanks to our market-leading addressable TV capabilities we will deliver one-to-one connections at real scale in an unprecedented way.”

Seven’s coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics broke records, with the latter ensuring Seven rated number one in every market and every key demographic throughout the 17 days of the competition. In total Seven’s coverage reached 16 million viewers, with 104 million total minutes live streamed and 4.5 million cumulative reach on 7Olympics Social.


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Seven West Media and News Corp Australia join forces to accelerate innovation within automotive advertising category

Australia’s two leading media companies, Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) and News Corp Australia today announced that they have formed a partnership to innovate and disrupt the automotive advertising category.

Designed to drive awareness and advocacy through to purchase, a new marketing platform, ‘Navigate Auto’, will provide advertisers with a powerful new way to reach the highly sought after category of those intending to buy a vehicle.

In market next week, Navigate Auto is a one-stop media package that includes –

the combined strengths of SWM & News Corp’s research and data, that together provide the best consumer insights and audience targeting in the market;

the creation of talent-fronted video and information content, featuring opinions and reviews from the two companies’ deep pool of lifestyle and motoring experts;

the strategic and targeted implementation of video, editorial, and product placement creative across all consumer touch points of SWM and News Corp’s market-leading broadcast, print, BVOD, digital and social ecosystems;

a national reach of 6.1 million auto-intenders, which covers 95% of all available intenders in metro markets.

The number of Navigate Auto packages will be limited across the year.

Both SWM and News Corp have one dedicated point of contact and delivery teams offering end to end solution and implementation across both companies.

SWM’s Chief Revenue Officer Kurt Burnette said: “Buying a car is more than weighing up functionality. It’s a lifestyle decision – how will this brand and model facilitate the lifestyle I want to have?

“We know that 98% of auto intenders are engaging with lifestyle and news content regularly, so by drawing on the combined scale and might of Seven and News’ insights, data, creativity, talent, media brands and reach, we will work side by side with our advertising partners to supercharge their existing brand creative and messaging.

“Make no mistake, this will change the game. A fully integrated bespoke offering, across all touchpoints, to help consumers navigate the path to purchase .”

News Corp Australia’s Managing Director, National Sales, Lou Barrett said: “News Corp is delighted to join forces with Seven Network in Navigate.

“For our auto clients, this is an innovative opportunity to unite the strength of two great media companies to deliver powerful insights, campaigns and results. Our customers will sit at the heart of Navigate and we can’t wait to start working with Seven on a range of exciting initiatives and projects.”


Seven serves up new channel for Aussie foodies

The Seven Network today announced a partnership with global leader in real-life entertainment, Discovery, on the launch of 7food network, Australia’s new destination for food coming to Channel 74 on December 1.

With a 24/7 smorgasbord of the world’s most popular food shows, 7food network is set to inspire, entertain, empower and educate Aussie foodies hungry for food, cooking, culture, travel and adventure.

From home cooks to iron chefs, dining in to diners and fast food to cakes that will leave you speechless, 7food network has a show to satisfy every craving.

Program highlights include first run seasons of international Food Network favourites GUY’S GROCERY GAMES, FOOD NETWORK STAR, CHOPPED, RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE, DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES, CUTTHROAT KITCHEN and IRON CHEF AMERICA.

The icing on the cake for dessert lovers will be new seasons of BEST BAKER IN AMERICA, SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP and KID’S BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, plus brand new episodes of RIDICULOUS CAKES, which features over-the-top creations so stunning, so lifelike and so huge that they deliver instant shock and awe.

These programs join the best Gordon Ramsay offerings from the UK and US and Food Network staples such as MYSTERY DINERS, BIZARRE FOODS WITH ANDREW ZIMMERN, CAKE MASTERS, CAKE WARS, THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE, RESTAURANT STAKEOUT and GIADA AT HOME.

7food network will also reheat and serve seasons of popular Australian originals including MY KITCHEN RULES, BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS, ZUMBO’S JUST DESSERTS, FAST ED’S FAST FOOD, ANH OES

The faces of 7food network include global icons Gordon Ramsay, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, Rachel Khoo, Giada De Laurentiis, Jonathan Bennett and Ted Allen, along with much-loved local chefs Manu Feildel, Pete Evans, Colin Fassnidge, Fast Ed, Karen Martini and Adriano Zumbo to name a few.

In due course, Seven will spill the beans on its original content plans for 7food network.

Seven’s Head of Scheduling Brook Hall said: “Food is a major part of our DNA at Seven and always has been. Food brings Australians together with the people they love and food brings audiences to the screens of Seven. We’re excited for 7food network to serve our core 25-54 audience more quality food content from home and abroad, anytime, on every platform, backed by the power of Seven.”

Seven’s Network Sales Director Natalie Harvey said: “7food network will add a new flavour to our already dominant network position and offer advertisers an engaged and of course, hungry audience. Leveraging the power of Seven combined with the strength of the number one women’s digital network, Pacific, plus West Australian Newspapers means we will be launching with a bang. I don’t believe there has even been, or will ever be a better platform and better timing to launch such a rich and engaging content platform.”

Discovery’s General Manager, ANZ & Pacific Islands, Rebecca Kent said: “At Discovery our passion lies in sharing the best real-life stories with our audiences. Producing globally renowned content that is engaging and inspiring is what we love to do and working with local partners to entertain as may Australians as possible is the icing on the cake We’re delighted to be joining forces with Seven on connecting all Australians to the power and joy of food with 7food network.”

Discovery’s Vice President, Lifestyle Products, ANZ & Pac Islands, Amanda Herbert said: “We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to strengthen and grow the Food Network brand with the talented team at Seven. Their passion for international brands and premium content is matched by our own and we know together, with our global pipeline and their local expertise, we can serve Australian audiences an unrivalled destination for food entertainment”.

7food network launches Saturday, December 1 on Channel 74 and 7plus, joining Seven stablemates 7TWO, 7flix and 7mate - Australia’s #1 multichannel in Total People and all key demos.

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