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21 Jun


by launch-admin Jun 21, 2016 0 News

Monday, 20 June 2016, SYDNEY:  International media executive and entrepreneur, Mark Brandon, will join the Multi Channel Network (MCN) senior management team as Chief Data Officer, reporting to CEO Anthony Fitzgerald, MCN announced today. 


Mr Brandon will lead MCN’s Multiview research, Insights & Analytics team, plus drive the company’s data development strategy. He will work closely with MCN’s stakeholders Foxtel, Network Ten, Fox Sports, Telstra Media, clients and ad tech supply chain partners to evolve MCN’s data proposition and roadmap. Mr Brandon will also manage MCN’s key research relationships with OzTAM and Quantium.


A highly experienced data expert, Mr Brandon began his career in agencies before moving to UK broadcasters ITV and Channel 4, where he led early stage activities in interactivity and digital.


He then co-owned and ran his own interactive services business before being tempted back to corporate life by UK multi-platform giant Virgin Media, where he led advanced advertising and data initiatives. Most recently, he has been successfully running his own consultancy business MB Media Advisory, working with big and small companies in the UK, USA and Australia.


Mr Brandon has extensive general management experience, as well as significant technology competence. He has also had direct experience with company mergers and acquisitions, and of raising finance from VCs, private equity businesses and angel investors.


Mr Fitzgerald said Mark is one of the most respected media executives globally.


“Mark has unparalleled global expertise in advanced advertising and data initiatives. We have been fortunate to have benefitted from Mark’s wisdom and insights in an advisory capacity for some years now, so we are delighted to have persuaded Mark to export his talents and expertise into our market and our business on a more permanent basis,” he said.


“This is a huge gain for MCN and the Australian media industry as Mark brings a unique set of skills and an entrepreneurial approach. MCN has built one of the most accurate and credible data platforms in the world and under his leadership, we look forward to expanding our analytics product suite to the benefit of clients and the industry.”


Mr Brandon said “I am incredibly excited to be joining MCN as the business looks to develop its market leading initiatives in Multview, MCN programmatic TV and it’s commercial partnerships. Data will become an increasingly important part of the dialogue that MCN has with its stakeholders, customers and supply chain partners, and I look forward to making my contribution to shaping those discussions to mutual benefit in the months and years ahead.”


Mr Brandon will commence his role as Chief Data Officer role immediately.




Further information:


MULTI CHANNEL NETWORK                                                                                     

Matthew Sainsbury, Launch Group


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About MCN: MCN is Australia’s leading media sales company, representing the advertising interests of Foxtel, Network Ten, FOX SPORTS, Telstra Media, plus many other premium content brands.


Accounting for the biggest commercial audience share of television and the largest broadcast-quality digital video network in Australia, MCN represents 15 capital-city free-to-air channels from Australia’s fastest growing free-to-air network, Network Ten, 71 premium subscription television channel brands across Foxtel, 117 premium digital publishers, plus online catch-up and streaming TV services tenplay and Foxtel Go.


MCN also represents 31 Digital-Out-Of-Home-TV screens and partners with Qantas to manage its domestic and international inflight entertainment network. MCN is a partner in MBX, a programmatic advertising exchange with NewsCorp.


A pioneer of innovative digital advertising solutions, MCN has led the development of local and world leading initiatives including Australia’s largest TV audience panel, Multiview, Australia’s most advanced trading platform, Landmark, and the world’s first integrated programmatic private marketplace for TV.


Established in 1997, MCN is a joint venture between Foxtel, FOX SPORTS and Ten Network.


20 Jun

StartupAUS supports AVCAL Policy Blueprint

by launch-admin Jun 20, 2016 0 News

StartupAUS supports AVCAL Policy Blueprint 

Australia, 20 June 2016: StartupAUS CEO Alex McCauley today supported the policy blueprint released by the Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL) calling it a “sensible, helpful addition to the innovation policy debate.”

The AVCAL Policy Blueprint calls for a range of policy reforms to help drive the next wave of economic growth amongst home-grown ‘scale-ups’ – companies that are in their second stage of growth and require additional capital to scale their business globally.

McCauley said supporting scale-ups is critical if we want to make sure our fastest-growing and most promising companies stay in Australia. 

“This is a period of unprecedented opportunity for Australian startups, and we must be careful not squander it.  A record $1billion has been raised or is being raised in private equity and venture capital funds since this time last year. That investment is an enormous boost to our early stage startups and a great indication of the powerhouse of high growth startup brands emerging around the country,” he said.

“However StartupAUS shares AVCALs concern that unless we take a long-term approach to supporting these startups, we may lose many of them to offshore competition or local funding challenges.

“StartupAUS works closely with AVCAL as a significant contributor to the growth of our startup ecosystem in Australia.  We have been active champions of a number of the recommendations in the AVCAL blueprint including the removal of existing barriers to employees receiving share options.  This is an urgently needed reform which will allow fast-growing companies to keep hiring employees in Australia,” McCauley said.

“We are also pleased to see quarterly payments of R&D Tax Incentives included in the AVCAL recommendations.  This is an area StartupAUS has been advocating for some time – and, in fact, we would like to see startups at the earliest stage have their tax incentives doubled,” he said. 

“We want to see an increase to research and development in this country because it’s the best way governments can support innovative young companies in Australia.  It also provides taxpayers great bang for their buck in terms of economic outcomes. This isn’t about fixing something that’s broken. This is about taking a government initiative that is working fantastically for startups, and making it even better,” McCauley said.

The StartupAUS Board of Directors, made up of entrepreneurs, investors, and technology leaders from around Australia, also recommend making employee visas more accessible for Australian startups and boosting funding to incubators and accelerators.

About StartupAUS

StartupAUS is a not-for-profit entity with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS believes a strong home-grown tech sector is vital to future Australian jobs and wealth. But getting there will require a national imperative to create the right environment, with a supportive culture and more entrepreneurs with the right skills.

StartupAUS will expand its efforts to bring financial partners on-board to help corporates have a bigger voice in the emerging innovation conversation and assist StartupAUS in increasing its resources and activities ahead of this year’s election, as both sides of politics vie for innovative traction. The organisation’s current corporate partners include Salesforce and Google Australia. It also has a growing list of philanthropic benefactors including successful tech entrepreneur, Steve Baxter, Co-Chairman of CHAMP’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee, Bill Ferris, and Director and Co-Founder of Allen & Buckeridge, Roger Allen.

For more information visit: www.startupaus.org

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