News Bulletin: Spotify hires lead creative; Gordon share deal hints at merger; WIN loses interim court injunction

By AdNews | 9 March 2016

Spotify bolsters Australian sales team

Spotify has announced two new hires across creative and account management with Matt Bryant being brought on as the company’s new client creative lead. Bryant joins Spotify from New York digital agency F Sharp where he spent the past three years working alongside Spotify in ANZ and throughout Asia.

Hayley Treasure joins as account manager, from Nine Entertainment Co, to work across Starcom, Zenithoptimedia, Match, Carat, Mitchells, Vizeum and Mediavest agencies. Andrea Ingham joined the business as new sales director for ANZ last year.

Gordon share deal hints at Nine/WIN merger

WIN owner Bruce Gordon has been revealed as the mystery buyer behind a $50 million share investment in Nine, fuelling rumours of a merger between the two broadcasters. Last Thursday, Gordon's private company Birketu bought a 3.4% stake in Nine while Gordon already has a 15% holding. The deal has been undertaken as a cash-settled equity swap, which means Deutsche Bank has bought shares on behalf of Birketu for a limited time - allowing it to skate within the fringes of current media ownership laws.

WIN loses interim court injuntion

A NSW Supreme Court judge has ruled against an interlocutory injunction to prevent Nine Entertainment Company from streaming content to WIN's regional areas. WIN is taking Nine to court, arguing that live-streaming could circumvent WIN's exclusive broadcast rights and cost it advertising revenue. The case will continue in early April.

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