Sophie Monk beats iso boredom in hilarious new Jimmy Brings videos

When it comes to adding fun to isolation, Sophie Monk has it down to a knack which she demonstrates in a series of new promo videos from drinks delivery service Jimmy Brings.

In the first video, the Aussie starlet gets her limbs in a twist while trying the ‘Aussie pretzel’ yoga move, before opening the door for her wine delivery – stuck in the yoga pose, she’s forced to hold her ID between her toes.

“Jimmy Brings is the best invention since reality TV. When I’m in a rush after a long day on-set, it’s convenient having the drinks come to me. Jimmy is such a good guy, always on time!” she said.

In the second video, Sophie tries her hand at vegetable carving to recreate her dream guest Keanu Reeves, completing his look with a slab of red cabbage leaves, yellow squash and chilli – and then enjoying a pink gin cocktail with her finished work of art.

In the third video, she gets into DIY beauty grooming in preparation for an online date, and opens the door to her Jimmy Brings delivery with facial hair strips all over her face.

The videos are being launched today as part of a digital advertising and TV campaign to promote Jimmy Brings.

“It was a no-brainer for us to work with Sophie Monk on these videos – she’s cheeky, entertaining and delivers the goods, just like we do!” Jimmy Brings Head of Marketing, Jamie Gagliardi said.

Renowned for its carefully curated range of wine, beer and spirits, Jimmy Brings is Australia’s original on-demand drinks delivery service, bringing beverages to your doorstep in 30 minutes or less – in other words, faster than you can do the ‘Aussie Pretzel’, carve your dream movie star guest or get ready for an online date!

Jimmy Brings is now delivering to over 800 suburbs nationwide. To find out if Jimmy Brings to your suburb, head to JimmyBrings.com.au.

Source: Jimmy Brings


Foxtel news as SBS On Demand lands on iQ3 and iQ4

Foxtel has announced that the SBS On Demand app is available to its customers with the iQ3 or iQ4 set top box. The move broadens Foxtel’s already significant streaming footprint and means customers now have access to content from three of Australia’s most popular streaming providers: Netflix*, ABC and SBS.

The arrival of SBS On Demand brings a host of streamed content including SBS-produced news, documentaries and entertainment as well as curated international drama and movies.

This includes complete seasons of shows such as Years and Years (season 1); The Handmaid’s Tale (season 3); The Young Pope (season 1) and The New Pope (season 1); On Becoming A God In Central Florida (season 1) and SBS’s award-winning local drama, The Hunting (season 1). SBS On Demand also offers complete box sets of fan favourites such as The Bridge (seasons 1-4); New Girl (seasons 1-7); The X-Files (seasons 1-11); Harlots (season 1-3); You’re The Worst (seasons 1-4) and Borgen (season 1-4).

Foxtel’s Chief Product and Strategy Officer Alice Mascia said: “We are pleased to add the incredibly popular SBS On Demand app to our iQ3s and iQ4s providing customers an even broader range of content directly on their Foxtel set top boxes while also giving SBS access to an highly engaged TV audience.

“The addition of SBS On Demand comes at particularly relevant time for customers as they settle in at home supporting social distancing measures. Since its launch last year, feedback from customers on the New Foxtel Experience has been exceptionally positive with more than one million homes now experiencing the best of TV and on demand all in one place.”

SBS On Demand General Manager Chris Tangye said: “SBS On Demand is home to some of the world’s best and most distinctive programming, providing a truly unique collection of content for Australians. With everything from culinary adventures, global cinema, compelling drama, thought provoking documentaries and trusted news and current affairs. There couldn’t be a better time to be bringing this to more audiences through Foxtel iQ3 and iQ4 as we all look for opportunities to escape and be entertained, as well as informed.”

“Foxtel audiences will also be able to access SBS On Demand’s extensive multilingual offering, including many locally-made programs available with subtitles through our Arabic and Chinese Collections.”

SBS On Demand will begin arriving for iQ3 and iQ4 customers from tomorrow morning and will download automatically to set top boxes putting its content, along with Netflix, ABC iview and Foxtel’s own live and on demand programming, at customers’ fingertips.

Source: Foxtel


Foxtel premieres more exclusive new drama

Foxtel is set to premiere even more high quality, exclusive new international drama content in 2020, all available to watch on Foxtel’s premium drama channels and to stream On Demand on Foxtel NOW. This stellar line-up of international drama rolling out over the coming months includes:

 

I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE – Starts Monday, May 11 at 11am & 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on FOX SHOWCASE

Starring Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo and based on the bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, the six-part series follows Dominick Birdsey, as he struggles to care for his troubled twin brother, Thomas, while discovering the truth about his own family history. Ruffalo appears in the double-role of the identical twin brothers and is joined on screen by an outstanding ensemble cast: Melissa Leo, Archie Punjabi, Rosie O’Donnell, Kathryn Hahn, Imogen Poots and Juliette Lewis.

THE A WORD – Series Three – Starts Wednesday, May 13 at 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on BBC FIRST

Starring Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie and Christopher Eccleston, the story follows Joe, 10, who is living in two places at once, processing the seismic change in his life through the filter of his autism. Alison and Paul are divorced and live 100 miles apart. Nicole has moved to London. Eddie lives with his dad. Rebecca is pregnant. Only Maurice is holding it together. A family is always a puzzle and this one needs piecing back together, albeit in a different shape.

 

BAD EDUCATION – Stars Sunday, May 17 at 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on FOX SHOWCASE

Inspired by true events, the feature length film stars Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman and Academy Award winner Allison Janney. The story follows Frank Tassone (Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Janney) who reign over a popular Long Island school district on the verge of the nation’s top spot, spurring record college admissions and soaring property values. But when an embezzlement scheme surfaces, Frank is forced to maintain order, by whatever means necessary.

FLACK – Season Two – Starts Monday, May 18 at 7.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on FOX ONE

Starring Academy Award winner Anna Paquin as Robyn, a talented celebrity publicist whose personal life is spiraling out of control. Season Two sees Robyn discover she’s pregnant, before throwing herself in to managing her new super-client, a model. Meanwhile, Robyn’s sister, Ruth (Genevieve Angelson) is convinced Robyn’s sobriety is just a front. Guest stars Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Martha Plimpton, Daniel Dae Kim and Lydia Wilson.

 

BELGRAVIA – Starts Sunday, May 24 at 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on BBC FIRST

Starring Tamsin Greig, Philip Glenister and Harriet Walter and written by Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, this six-part series is a story of secrets and scandals amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th century. When the Trenchards accept an invitation to the now legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the fateful eve of the Battle of Waterloo, it sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come.

PERRY MASON – Starts Monday, June 22 at 11am & 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on FOX SHOWCASE

Executive produced by Robert Downey Jr. and starring Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany and John Lithgow, the eight-episode detective drama is set in 1932 Los Angeles and focuses on the origin story of famed defence lawyer, Perry Mason (Rhys).  Living as a low-rent private investigator, Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage – but a kidnapping gone wrong leads to Mason exposing a fractured city, as he uncovers the truth.

 

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – Season Two – Starts Thursday, June 25 at 8.30pm, streaming on FOXTEL NOW and screening on FOX SHOWCASE

The ten-episode vampire mockumentary series follows vampire housemates Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) and their familiar Guillermo (Harvey Guillen), who have lived together for hundreds of years, as they return to give insights into their ‘nightly’ lives on Staten Island, NY. Season two sees Guillermo, discovering he is a descendant of famed vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing.

THE UNDOING – Coming Soon to FOX SHOWCASE and streaming on Foxtel NOW

Premiering in the second half of 2020, written by David. E. Kelley and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, this highly-anticipated six-part thriller focuses on Kidman’s Grace Fraser, a successful New York City therapist, her devoted husband, Jonathan (Grant) and her young son. A chasm opens in Grace’s seemingly perfect life: a violent death, a missing spouse and a chain of terrible revelations. Co-stars esteemed actors Donald Sutherland and Edgar Ramirez.

 

THE THIRD DAY – Coming Soon to FOX SHOWCASE and streaming on Foxtel NOW

Premiering in the second half of 2020 and starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris, the six-episode series is divided in to two parts: “Summer” and “Winter”. In Summer, one man (Law) visits a mysterious island off the British coast and discovers a group of inhabitants intent on preserving their home at any cost. In the second half, Winter, a strong-willed outsider (Harris) comes to the island seeking answers – but instead causes a battle to decide its fate. Co-stars Emily Watson, Paddy Considine and Katherine Waterston.

All of the content listed is exclusive in Australia to Foxtel. It will be available to watch on Foxtel and to stream for Foxtel subscribers On Demand via internet connected IQ boxes, on smartphones and tablets using the Foxtel GO app and via Foxtel NOW.

Source: Foxtel


Eurovision 2020: Joel Creasey & Myf Warhurst host ‘Big Night In!’ on SBS

Following the unprecedented cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest this year, SBS has announced a week-long festival of Eurovision from 10-17 May, culminating in a brand new alternative Eurovision 2020 with SBS’s Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! and Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light from The Netherlands.

In an exclusive network event, SBS will unite Australians and celebrate the 2020 artists and songs with Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! premiering Saturday 16 May at 7.30pm. SBS is inviting fans to vote for their favourite three 2020 acts from all competing nations and watch as they countdown the results over three big hours. Voting is open now until Sunday 3 May via sbs.com.au/Eurovision.

Hosted by Eurovisionaries music buff Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey, the must-see TV event will feature special guest appearances from big names across the globe and an exclusive studio performance from our very own Montaigne, giving audiences the first look at the performance she would have unveiled in Rotterdam next month.

Social TV will play a central role during Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! through tweets on screen and party pics from loungerooms across Australia. Viewers can join the conversation and the chance to have their party pics feature on screen during the broadcast by using #Eurovision #BigNightIn.

On Sunday 17 May at 8.30pm, SBS will broadcast a special two-hour program Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light from The Netherlands. Hosted by Dutch Eurovision presenters Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit, Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light will honour all 41 songs in a non-competitive format and provide plenty of surprises for fans at home.

SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of Delegation Josh Martin said:

“Sixty-four years ago, Eurovision was born as an idea to help unite people after a period of turmoil and instability. In 2020, SBS is incredibly proud to fill the gap left from the cancellation of this year’s contest in Rotterdam, with a network event that champions the very same goal.”

“Music really is the great unifier and a perfect antidote for a nation in isolation. We’ve already seen this through the thousands of apartment block singalongs and virtual choirs and, in this spirit, we promise this will be a fun, exciting and inclusive party that everyone is invited to! So get your costumes planned, and your twitter fingers ready as we countdown Australia’s Eurovision 2020 votes.”

Joel Creasey said:

“Myf and I are stoked to be able to celebrate Eurovision with Australia as we countdown to your favourite 2020 artists and songs. Thank you to SBS for putting together a whole week of festivities to keep us entertained while we’re spending more time at home. I thought I was going to have to play Sound of Silence on repeat. Join us and a bunch of big names with nothing else to do. Eurovision 2020: Big Night In! is going to be bigger than a big night out, but won’t break the bank and you’ll still feel good about your decision the next day (well, hopefully!).”

Myf Warhurst said:

“We can’t wait to see who your favourite acts are, Australia. Will it be one of the bookies favourites – Daði & Gagnamagnið from Iceland, VICTORIA from Bulgaria or The Roop from Lithuania? Or will our love of kitsch see Russia’s Little Big take the virtual crown? Let’s come together and celebrate our passion for music and make this an unforgettable moment in Eurovision history!”

On Sunday 10 May, SBS VICELAND will kick off Eurovision week with a Road to Eurovision special filmed live in the Netherlands in December. The two-hour program featured this year’s hosts of Eurovision celebrating the 64-year history of the event with 22 past Eurovision winners and performers coming together to perform their biggest hits including names like Sergey Lazarev, Dana International, Netta and Johnny Logan.

From Monday to Friday, we celebrate Australia’s history in Eurovision. Australia has been an official competitor in the song contest since 2015 and has progressed through to the Grand Final every year since. Relive these historic moments weekdays on SBS, with replays of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Finals 2015-2019.

Source: SBS


Virtual Meetings - are they working?

Companies fortunate enough to remain in business in these troubled times are just now beginning to see a big problem with virtual meetings — they’re just not all that engaging. Reality has set in, the honeymoon is over. What began optimistically as a means to keep us connected is becoming a daily reminder of just how distanced we are. Andy Sharpe, native Australian and CEO of SongDivision, the global pioneer of interactive musical experiences for corporate teams, believes the issue comes down to employee perception.

“Employees are stressed about everything from the global pandemic, to financial hardship, to homeschooling their children. Logging into a virtual meeting was novel at first, but real world pressures are taking their toll, and while virtual meetings can replace daily business conversations, they struggle to create meaningful engagement — the kind we get when we’re absorbed in a physical environment, and more removed from daily stresses.”

According to Sharpe, generating true engagement comes down to stimulating the senses and creating an absorbing ​environment. SongDivision accomplishes this through musical experiences such as collaborative songwriting with corporate teams.

“When experienced with others, music is proven to heighten positive emotions and strengthen social bonds. Because much of this experience depends on sound and sight, these same benefits translate seamlessly into the virtual space,” says Sharpe.

SongDivision’s musicians add another layer of intrigue to these environments as all are renowned rock stars who perform regularly with artists like Cher, Drake, Katy Perry and more. For SongDivision, it’s a proven formula that’s already helping companies like Salesforce and GSK get through these tough times by boosting employee morale and generating meaningful engagement.

For more on SongDivision’s Virtual Meetings & Events, visit ​SongDivision.com​.

Source: Song Division