MediaWorks Ownership Update

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MediaWorks is now majority owned by Oaktree, which has a 77.8% share of the business, after recently purchasing shares from RBS and Westpac. The transactions were lodged with the companies office this morning.

Mark Weldon, MediaWorks Group CEO says: “Oaktree is an experienced, long-term investor into media businesses. They are a serious, very well managed investment company with a very strong reputation and track record, including a very successful investment into Nine in Australia. We are very happy to have Oaktree as a majority owner of this business.”

NZ Dancing with the Stars hosts announced

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MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars.

Stepping off The X Factor NZ stage and onto the dance floor, Dominic Bowden is excited to be hosting Dancing with the Stars in New Zealand, which is a brand new reality format for TV3.

“I know this show like the back of my hand after being on set for six months last year in the USA” , says Bowden.
“The energy, the pressure, the sportsmanship of it all, when I heard there was a New Zealand version in the works; I was the first to put my hand up”.

Bowden has been at the forefront of television in New Zealand for the past 15 years. His vast experience, together with his versatility, has placed him as one of the country’s most respected television personalities.

Making her moves beneath the mirror ball alongside Bowden will be The Edge Afternoon’s Sharyn Casey, who has been with The Edge radio station for just shy of nine years.

With her recent TV experience presenting on FOUR LIVE, as well as being one of the hosts of The Xtra Factor – the twice weekly dissection of The X Factor NZ – Casey can’t wait to be in the best spot in the house to watch the low dips and occasional snapped heel.

“When they first asked me I thought it was my radio co-hosts Guy & Clint playing a joke on me because they knew I really wanted to be part of the show”, says Casey.

“The last couple of months being part of The X Factor NZ has been amazing so when they asked me to co-host DWTS I jumped at the opportunity!”

The names of the 10 Kiwi stars who will be slipping into the sequinned outfits, along with when the show goes to air, will be announced at a later date.

Dancing with the Stars will continue the MediaWorks trend of cross-platform integration with extensive extra coverage available on tv3.co.nz and across social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Dancing with the Stars is a BBC Worldwide format produced by TV3. The smash-hit BBC format is licensed to 52 countries, with over 250 series aired around the world to date

Trading Places: Sussan Turner appointed to TVNZ board

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced the appointment of Sussan Turner as a Director of TVNZ and the elevation of Therese Walsh to Deputy Chair.

“As a former Group CEO of Mediaworks, Ms Turner has extensive television and media knowledge and experience and will bring real depth and substance to the role,” says Ms Adams.

sussanturner“Ms Walsh has been a Director of TVNZ since 2012 and has made a considerable contribution since her appointment. She will provide strong leadership support to the board in her new position as Deputy Chair.

“Together these women bring a breadth of experience and talent to TVNZ and I wish them well as they settle into their new roles.”

Both women have been appointed three-year terms. The TVNZ Board will now have a majority of women members.

The Minister also announced the reappointment of Gary Monk to the Board of Radio New Zealand for a term of six months.

“Mr Monk has been a Director of Radio New Zealand since 2009 and continues to make a good contribution to the board,” says Ms Adams.

TV3’s Dancing with the Stars: Who would you like to see on it?

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Hold on to your sequins! MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce that hit series Dancing with the Stars will add even more sparkle to TV3’s stellar local line up.

The series will see 10 Kiwi stars – to be announced at a later date – ready to rumba and battle it out to take home the coveted mirror-ball trophy.

Each week, the celebrities will be pushed out of their comfort zones and endure hours of gruelling rehearsals to master demanding choreography and entertaining performances.

Under the scrutiny of the judging panel, the stars and their professional dance partners will have to prove they have mastered all the moves on the dancefloor.

The judges’ scores, combined with the viewer vote, will determine who wins the trophy and a place in the Dancing with the Stars hall of fame.

Andrew Szusterman, Group Entertainment Content Director, says: “This new local series of Dancing with the Stars is going to be fantastic. It’s set to be packed with more stars, dancing and drama than ever before. The series is a stunning addition to our massive 2015 line up, helping us to deliver the very best in entertainment to all New Zealanders.”

Helen Pendlebury, BBC Worldwide ANZ’s Head of Business Development, says: “We’re delighted that MediaWorks will be reviving Dancing with the Stars for New Zealand audiences. The brand has never been stronger – exciting and inspiring audiences around the world – and we know that TV3 will shine with the show in its new home.”

There will be extensive extra coverage available on the official tv3.co.nz and across social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Dancing with the Stars is a BBC Worldwide format produced by TV3. The smash-hit BBC format is licensed to 52 countries, with over 250 series aired around the world to date.

VIDEO: Paul Henry announces on air date for new breakfast show

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MediaWorks’ highly anticipated breakfast show, Paul Henry is on the launch pad and set to blast off on Tuesday April 7 on RadioLIVE, TV3 and paulhenry.co.nz.

Host Paul Henry says: “I’ve got a date. A date where life will change forever in New Zealand. It’s Paul Henry, from 6am to 9am, five days a week, from April 7. Go!”

Paul Henry will integrate MediaWorks’ leading capabilities in radio, TV and digital, creating a unique product and a major shift in the delivery of news and entertainment in the New Zealand market.

“This show will change the face of mornings. It will be focused on news and entertainment. I won’t be compromising any of that for the platforms. This will be a conversation you can join at the beginning, or whenever you feel you want to, right through to 9 o’clock. You never have to leave it, because we’ll be there on any platform that works for you. Plus, I’m on it, and I will be myself, I’ll just be being me… fantastic,” Henry says.

Joining the show as sports presenter is Jim Kayes, who will be part of a line up that includes Hilary Barry and Perlina Lau.

Kayes has reported on nearly 200 All Blacks tests and covered four Rugby World Cups. After completing a degree in English and Politics, he started as a general reporter for the Waikato Times in 1992. His newspaper career continued until 2009, working as a police reporter then later a sports editor and senior rugby writer. Kayes joined TV3 in April 2009 and was named television sports news reporter of the year at the TP McLean sports journalism awards in 2011, principally for his coverage of that year’s Rugby World Cup. He is also a regular contributor to several radio shows and sports magazines.

MediaWorks Group Head of News, Mark Jennings says: “Jim, at heart, is a news man. He just happens to be covering rugby for us at the moment. People tuning into the show will soon find he has a wide general knowledge and an opinion on most things. He told me he lost most of the dinner table arguments to his older sisters but I suspect he has honed his skills since then. Of course, viewers and listeners will also get the benefit of his vast sporting knowledge and a few rugby scoops.”