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Tingle - 5th December 2010
punters, casino and gambling millionaires and billionaires,
media magnates, journalists, historians and art lovers.
Art lovers?! Yes, today we bring you a special Kerry
Packer special. The legend lives on, not only here,
but now at an Australian artists exhibition, and of
course 'Our James' (James Packer) continues to fly
the flag and do the family legacy proud with his Crown
Limited empire. Not only that, we also cover the pending
return of KP to Australian television in an ABC mini
series tipped to hit the jackpot, and Network Nine
is bringing back 'Underbelly', complete with gambling
themes. Media Man http://www.mediamanint.com and Gambling911
present The Kerry Packer Special...
Packer & Friends...
Packer & Friends - NG Art Gallery - 7th Dec -
24th Dec 2010
Little Queen Street
NSW Sydney AUSTRALIA
- Saturday 11.00am - 5.30pm
punters, here's the rundown. The artist - storyteller
is Gina Sinozich. She's an 80 year old, Croat, Sydney
based artist who paints in order to help recycle memory.
Sinozich's latest exhibition, Kerry Packer and Friends,
is her first solo commercial effort in Sydney and
is tells the story of the legendary Kerry Packer.
She covers the unique personality and complexities
of a legend who was known for his astronomical wealth,
super whale gambling exploits, running his business
with an iron fist, and colourful run ins with the
Australian government, amongst other things.
migrated down under to Australia is 1956 and began
to paint at the age of 75, now having work in Australian
and New Zealand corporate and public collections.
Her show showcases Packer as 'one of us' rather than
the untouchable media tycoon. Sinozich was inspired
to tell the story on the premise that we often hear
bad before good. This tribute to KP is generous and
reveals alot of the most powerful men in the world,
who in 2004, was estimated to have a net worth of
AUD 6.5 billion. The work of Sinozich will be showcased
at NG Art Gallery from the 7th-24th of December and
is certain to excite audiences, punters, art lovers
or both. A fews Aussie commentator think this blows
away much of the art that American gambling tycoon
Steve Wynn shows off. Maybe Wynn might like to make
a purchase of some classic Packer creations.
says Packer gave back to society in a meaningful way
and the series was intended to stand as a testament
for this man's intrinsic goodwill after his death
in December 2005. She recites a story that fuelled
her initial interest in Packer, "...one lady
said that she was on George Street with two little
kids behind her and she was running...running to go
on the train, and he (Packer) stopped her and said,
'don't you have a car?' and he wrote a cheque for
her and said here, 'buy yourself a car'." Sinozich
also fondly recalls, "...when he was playing
in casino in Perth he won so much money and the girl
who was serving wine...he asked her, 'do you have
a mortgage on the house?' she said 'yes', then he
wrote a cheque for AUD 600,000."
talented, even cunning, artist worked like a Trojan
horse for a fortnight and managed to produce 26 paintings
that deeply explore her subject's nature, removing
much of the mystic of Packer as an uncompromising
media mogul. All the characters in Sinozich's work
have a yarn to tell, and most aspects of his life
are covered... birth, death, and much of the in between.
Make no mistake, the works are smart, and unique,
and are tipped to become collectors items.
work is relatively simple, but full of life, and has
been described as "traditional representational
painting", which one may argue is a dying art.
We think KP would have liked the tribute, and we await
word to see what living members of the Packer clan
think of the works.
Kerry Packer Legend To Return To Australian TV In
Cleo Mini Series...
is to return to life on Aussie TV via new ABC drama
Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo (not to be confused
with the Cleopatra slot game).
readers may recall the public backlash to the introduction
of the super sexy womens title in 1972. There
were Cleo lovers and haters, but we're still talking
about it today, so it made an impact, which is better
than many of today's rags.
Carlton will play a young Packer opposite Asher Keddie
as publishing pioneer, the sexy and smart Ita Buttrose.
of a sexual relationship between Packer and Ita around
the time of Cleo magazine's start off, but this won't
be a focus on the mini-series, due to air next year.
who first made her mark as the magazine's editor,
was a consultant on the production.
there was a supposed affair it didn't happen in this
timeframe. I have no idea if there was, we didn't
raise it with her," Edwards said.
ABC publicity brief has whet our appetite for lots
of Packer classic stuff and enough scandal to keep
us coming back for more.
1972. Skirts are up, pants are down. Girls can have
anything: Fabulous careers, fashionable clothes and
oral sex," spruiks the promo.
drama cleverly follows the death of Sir Frank Packer
and the rise of his second son, who defies even family
expectation to succeed, in a way no one could have
was a real turning point in Kerry's career. It was
a period when he made his first big move and it was
an astonishing success and one against the odds in
some respects," Edwards said.
magazine itself was a fine, yet controversial work,
and introduced the nude male centrefold and sexual
hits, tips, tricks and more for women. Media Man friend,
actor Jack Thompson, is tipped to have his racy centrefold
recreated. Something about a 6th finger, down there.
TV by all accounts have taken a calculated risk on
the series. Most quarters of society, both insiders
and outsiders we've chatted with believe the gamble
will pay off with a tidy jackpot, and whispers already
circulate as to how many awards the show and actors
will pick up.
Nine's David Gyngell Respects Packer History; PBL
Becomes Nine Entertainment Co...
put Publishing & Broadcasting Media on the map
and grew it to become arguably the biggest media brands
- the name, is now history, since Bondi Beach based
chief executive, David Gyngell, rebranded it with
Nine Entertainment Co.
who announced the rebranding at Nine's 2011 program
launch in Sydney on Friday, advised the new name would
be more recognisable to the public and large and went
on to emphasise Nine's broad range of businesses,
which sport Nine, ACP Magazines, Ticketek and NineMSN.
recognition factor is important since the firm is
likely to be floated on the Australian Stock Exchange
by its private equity owners, CVC Asia Pacific, in
the first half of next year.
understood that a strong level of support from a host
of retail investors will be key to the $5 billion-plus
float's chances of a jackpot.
wisely acknowledged it was not an easy decision given
he is the late Kerry Packer's godson and great mate
of James Packer. History buffs, just in case you wondered,
PBL was formed way back in 1994 when KP merged Nine
with ACP (Australian Consolidated Press).
has a long association with the Packers so personally
I don't take that lightly. But it's modernising a
business that needs to be publicly known. We don't
have the luxury of having James Packer or another
mogul giving the company real gravitas."
media updates down under include Network Seven being
backed by Kerry Stokes and Network Ten's board now
has James Packer, News Corporation director Lachlan
Murdoch, mining magnate Gina Rinehart and WIN TV owner
is the biggest thing that we have and it is also the
thing that supports all the other companies in the
best possible way," Gyngell said. "It will
be a new year. We are starting again.
confirmed its crime drama Underbelly would come back
with a series set in the roaring 20s in Sydney as
well as 3 Underbelly movies! And, get this, a good
spot of gambling will also be featured.
Tingle is a Special Contributor to the Gambling911.com
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Kerry Packer was Australias richest man for
many years. Packer was a media mogul in every sense
of the word.
media business is what attributes to his wealth and
power, and with ownership of the Channel Nine television
network, and 60% of the magazine market, and interests
in Pay TV, he is a force to be reckoned with.
Frank Packer established the media empire in 1933,
with Womens Weekly, the magazine was hugely
successful and it allowed Sir Frank to expand his
business beginning with newspapers like Sydney's Daily
a rare interview broadcast on radio in 1979, Packer
Jr. talked about his tough upbringing, at the hand
of his father.
mean I got a lot of hidings because that's the sort
of person I was and the sort of person he was."
young life was lonely and disrupted.
was sent to boarding school at the age of five, and
just a year later caught a serious illness called
polio myelitis or infantile paralysis.
children are immunised against the virus, but in the
1940s severe cases could kill or leave a child crippled.
case was severe and he spent nine months immobilised
in an iron lung, an early version of a respirator,
which helped him to breathe.
the time he got back to boarding school, at the age
of nine, he was way behind his fellow students.
his recovery from polio had been complete because
it was his size and strength that helped him excel
in one area , sport.
life was sport. I was academically stupid. My method
of surviving through school and those sorts of things
finished school when he was 19 and went to work for
his father's newspapers. He took over the business
when Sir Frank died in 1974.
difficult their relationship, Kerry admired his father
and from the start he was a lot like him.
also liked to win, and his often did.
1977, when he couldn't get exclusive television rights
to Sheffield and Test cricket he made up his own teams
with the best players in the world and started World
the Australian Cricket Board wanted the services of
these players it would have to give Kerry the TV rights
and, in 1979, after a long struggle, he got his way.
business trait of Kerry Packer's is timing - knowing
when to sell and when to buy.
1987, he sold his two Channel Nine TV stations to
Alan Bond for one billion dollars.
was a lot more than they were worth and the deal made
Kerry Packer his first billion.
years later, Bond was in financial trouble and Kerry
bought the stations back for just two hundred and
fifty million dollars.
things haven't always gone Kerry Packer's way.
1991, he attempted to increase his media empire by
buying the Fairfax newspaper group, today often referred
to as f2.
members of parliament believed Kerry already had way
too much control over the media, and wanted to limit
what he could own. Kerry wasn't happy and his anger
gave us a rare public glimpse of his personal determination.
telling you there is no arrangement. No agreement.
I am not going to run John Fairfax."
Kerry Packer leaves most of the running of his business
to others, in particular his son, James.
greatest love is polo and he spends three months of
every year in England playing the game and millions
of dollars on horses, stables and players for his
1990, a heart attack while playing polo left him literally
dead for six minutes until he was revived by ambulance
once again his return to form has been spectacular.
Packer has, and will continue to leave his mark on
the Australian media business.
Packer passed away in December 2005
Man Australia would like to publicly thank Kerry Packer's
staff for their support and assistance over the years.
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