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Ridiculously low numbers of female techies. Why?

8 Mar 2017

February saw a record 2,536 attend the ENTECH Roadshow, of which just 4.5% were female. This spurred some commentary as to whether it represents female participation in entertainment technical roles – or whether ENTECH isn’t considered welcoming. “It is a very obvious trend in the technical production community”, said Kat Grandquist, who is studying tech…

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How Lawyers Play You

24 Nov 2016

Your grief is their beef fillet By Julius Grafton Our story about the TCP Fraud in September had an unhappy sequel. The duped lease guy called and informed us he had spent $900,000 on un-successful legal actions to try to claw back some of the $1m in lease funding he advanced. It sent him broke.…

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Noise. It is all NOISE!

6 Sep 2016

By Simon Byrne Australia has no national framework for noise control, and national regulations and guidelines cover only a few aspects of the noise environment. When I set out to write this, my goal was to deliver a comprehensive state by state guide of the local noise regulations and how they applied to our industry.…

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Tech Tidal Wave. Strap yourself in, the surge has started

4 Sep 2016

Singapore has commenced its autonomous taxi trial this week. A startup called nuTonomy got the jump on Google, Uber, Apple, Tesla and Mercedes Benz who all desperately want to own the self driving car ‘space’. Uber didn’t exist in Australia three years ago and is now the largest ‘taxi’ transport entity there, but it lost…

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Masters of nothing. How to lose a lazy billion

2 Sep 2016

Biz Talk, By Julius Grafton About fifteen years ago McDonalds brought a US concept restaurant to Sydney called Boston Market. They built nine stand-alone restaurants and quickly discovered Aussies like their roast dinners different to Americans. What? No roast LAMB? What kind of place is this? They also had a revelation that costs here are…

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Touring NZ. Same but different

24 Aug 2016

  By Julius Grafton In July we had the pleasure of a short NZ tour with ENTECH NZ Roadshow. Having done this across Australia for some years we were keenly anticipating our new experience. Figuring out what to take was easy, we had airline baggage limits so no touring drawers cases or all the stuff…

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Going for broke. Guide to Bankruptcy

10 Aug 2016

By Julius Grafton Somehow I found myself talking to a couple of friends who are recently bankrupt. One just filed, the other was recently discharged. I thought their experiences were worth sharing. “I went home and told my wife my business was collapsing”, Andrew* said. “Her first reaction was ‘oh my God, we’ll lose the…

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ENTECH NZ a winner for all

8 Aug 2016

At presstime we were just finished ENTECH NZ and it was a fabulous tour. A week before our first one day event in Auckland I knew we were on track for a success. We did some specific promotions around the final date in Christchurch and that paid off with the right number and spread of…

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CX goes Digital Free

8 Aug 2016

CX was one the only fully paid circulation trade mags in the world until this month when we went digital free. It was a decision made some time ago and timed for the inflection point where advertising revenue fell below a trigger. This sounds illogical. Wouldn’t we be chasing every dollar, especially readership money, to…

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Vulture Gorges on Pizza

8 Aug 2016

Biz Talk: Inside the Eagle Boys disaster By Julius Grafton As an ex roadie I have a healthy interest in pizza and beer. The former is of course easy road food, and Eagle Boys was one of the more ubiquitous franchise chains, behind dominant Dominoes and Pizza Hut, purveyors of the best Hawaiian pizza in…

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Death of a son

21 Apr 2016

By Stuart Milne Early in 2015 I took 95-specialist crew to Baku, Azerbaijan to work on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the European Games. This was after successfully supplying crew to London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Glasgow 2014. I was on-site Administrator for all these projects and again for Baku. None of us really…

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RIP Dick Smith but Channelnews, WTF?

1 Mar 2016

The collapse of electronics retailer Dick Smith is dreadful to watch, as 3000 staff prepare for unemployment. Without any doubt the vulture fund Anchorage Capital have a lot of explaining to do, having dressed the retailer up for a half billion float and then walking away with the loot. But today’s EXCLUSIVE report in Channelnews,…

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