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Hammers vs ladles: who won the battle of the formats?

Hammers vs ladles: who won the battle of the formats?

On Wednesday night, Belinda MacDonald and Neena Truscott, dubbed the Modern Day Hippies, were crowned the first winners of My Kitchen Rules New Zealand. This moment concluded the battle for New Zealand's latest food porn crown, while simultaneously bringing an end to a ratings battle that has waged since TVNZ first decided to schedule its programme against MediaWorks' The Block NZ. StopPress takes a look at how the two formats fared against each other.

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Weldon's view of the world from Flower St

Weldon's view of the world from Flower St

MediaWorks’ new chief executive Mark Weldon took to the stage last night to show off the company’s new and returning content for 2015. Here’s what he said about the power of local, the future of TV and the effectiveness of multi-media.

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By the numbers: how the lives of advertising executives stack up next to regular Kiwis

By the numbers: how the lives of advertising executives stack up next to regular Kiwis

The advertising executive is a strange but predictable beast. It shares similarities with the average New Zealander, but is different in pertinent ways. While the advertising executive’s raison d'être is to know and understand the shopping, watching, working and lifestyle habits of the average New Zealander, it does not practise these habits itself. Latest statistics from Nielsen compare the lives of ad executives, or ‘adlanders’ to the lives of average New Zealanders, and unsurprisingly there is quite a divide.

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Data dump: who's got New Zealand's ears?

Data dump: who's got New Zealand's ears?

We live in increasingly visual times. And no-one's got time to read those pesky words anymore. So every week we'll publish some of our favourite graphs. In honour of MediaWorks' new season launch last night, here's one that shows what's been happening to overall share of audience in commercial radio since 2005.

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Horse's Mouth: Paul Maher and Liz Fraser

Horse's Mouth: Paul Maher and Liz Fraser

MediaWorks has had a fairly rough ride over the past few years. But the big guns were all smiles last night at the new season launch. We sat down with two of them—chief executive of MediaWorks TV Paul Maher and group head of revenue Liz Fraser—for a chat about the company's content strategy, results and evolution.

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Every brand needs a rugby player

Every brand needs a rugby player

This Sunday the All Blacks will take on the United States in a widely hyped exhibition match in Chicago. While the United States certainly can't be described as a rugby playing nation, all 61,500 seats at the Soldier Field have been sold out. Such is the star power of the All Blacks that they are capable of filling a stadium in a country where rugby ranks below badminton, ten-pin bowling and pro wrestling in terms popularity. And given the seeming supernatural ability of those who don the increasingly tight black shirts to make people interested in things that they don't necessarily care about, it comes as little surprise that Kiwi brands have shown such a willingness to attach their labels to rugby players. StopPress looks at how rugby players are helping brands get noticed.

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Kiwi dominance continues at Echo Awards as Republik and Colenso win big

Kiwi dominance continues at Echo Awards as Republik and Colenso win big

For the third year in a row the Diamond gong given to the best piece of work entered in the international Echo Awards will be returning from San Diego to Auckland. On 30 October, this prestigious direct marketing award was awarded to Republik New Zealand for Fuji Xerox's 'Wide War One' campaign, which also picked up a gold in the 'information technologies' category. This Diamond win follows on from Colenso's 2012 and 2013 wins. And while the College Hill agency didn't make three in a row, it didn't leave the awards show empty handed either.

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The Generosity Journal: Ant Salmon

The Generosity Journal: Ant Salmon

As part of our series with the One Percent Collective that's dedicated to celebrating good work and inspiring a bit more generosity, Ant Salmon, managing director of Big Communications, doffs his cap to Andy McDowell and all the others who have done their own thing.

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Lightbox fills the Kiwi void with 19 locally produced shows

Lightbox fills the Kiwi void with 19 locally produced shows

At end of June, upon lifting lid of Lightbox, the Spark subsidiary's head of programming and local content Maria Mahony told StopPress that she was in talks with local film distributors to secure a deal to screen several local shows. Shortly after Lightbox's announcements, Quickflix sent out a release saying that it had snapped up pair of local shows, which Lightbox was thought to have been interested in, and this seemingly spoiled the party for the newcomer. Then, when Lightbox later revealed its lineup there was a clear Kiwi-shaped hole in its programming, leading to questions as to whether the subscription video on demand (SVOD) provider would in fact be adding any local shows to its lineup. However, these questions have now been answered by today's announcement that Lightbox has added no less than 19 local shows to its catalogue.

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Ask and ye shall receive: Kiwi brands crowd-sourcing through social media

Ask and ye shall receive: Kiwi brands crowd-sourcing through social media

For those of you that thought social media was just for sharing selfies and pretending your life's way better than it actually is, think again. New Zealand brands and their fans are using the medium for a lot more than that. They are using it together to make things happen. PLUS: we look at examples of crowd-sourcing gone wrong.

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Online trackers: are our local news providers following us?

Online trackers: are our local news providers following us?

A battle is raging between online advertisers and those who don’t want to be followed on the Web, and New Zealand news websites are harbouring a surprising amount of trackers. Journalists and privacy experts have recently been pointing the finger at news websites as some of the worst offenders when it comes to collecting people’s data without any formal disclosure. Much of this is happening through online ‘trackers’, hidden pieces of code in websites that track how a user clicks, or even hovers, on a site.

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Spark partners with NBA, offers discount on basketball streaming

Spark partners with NBA, offers discount on basketball streaming

Following the recent unveiling of its ambitious 'Boroughs' project, which will see five high-tech basketball courts introduced in Auckland, Spark has now announced a marketing partnership with the National Basketball Association. As part of this deal, Spark will offer its home broadband customers NBA League Pass and League Pass Premium annual subscriptions beginning next month, giving customers 15 percent off the full price of either a full season or a one-month subscription.

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Kiwi brands experiment in six seconds of fun on Vine

Kiwi brands experiment in six seconds of fun on Vine

Since Vine launched in January 2013 it’s fair to say the six-second video app has taken off. According to Vine, every month now more than 100 million people watch Vines across the web. Owned by Twitter, the social media platform boasts 1 billion views or ‘loops’ of videos every day, with the majority of users being teens. The largest age group on Vine is 18 – 20 year olds. But are Kiwi brands slower on the uptake than our global counterparts?

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