If just the thought of working in newspapers is enough to make you want to dance, watch out for a new Australian reality TV programme.
Set to be one of the stars of Seven's Dance Boss - and in the running for a $100,000 cash prize - is a team from Sydney newspaper and magazine printer Spotpress.
Dorothy Joly, Johnny Campos and Christine Rymer - all of whom work there in administration - have already appeared in a promotion on YouTube where they are pictured dancing around the pressroom of the Marrickville company.
They are one of 12 teams in the competition, being hosted by Danii Minoque, who is also its executive producer. Judges are Step Up dance stars Sharni Vinson and Adam Garcia, and entertainer Timomatic.
Seven say that while the final hasn't yet been filmed, a broadcast date probably won't be far away.
The show will be an apt tribute to Spotpress and incidentally, to the Goss hardware on which founder George Georgantzakos and his sons John and Dimitri, have built the business.
George arrived in Australia in 1970 with $20 in cash, and two years later managed to buy a small Greek language newspaper. It went bust a year later, but not without introducing him to a possible opportunity in printing. First it's invitation cards and letterheads, but by 1981 he is back into newspapers, installing a four-unit Goss Community in the Sydney suburb of Glebe, with help from friends and after putting his house on the line.
With a handful of clients and few more "extremely difficult" years, the foundations of today's Spotpress are built, and by 1986 he has moved to larger premises in Marrickville to accommodate a new Community, and then colour towers, mailroom and CTP equipment. A first used heatset press has also taken Spotpress into a wider market with the more recent installation of two Heidelberg M600s.
Having officially joined in 1995, sons John and Dimitri learned the business from the accounting and IT departments and grew up with it, the trio working together on plans to develop a new $20 million investment in the present print facility. Their father having sadly died before the relocation was completed in 2007, John and Dimitri Georgantzakos lead today's business as joint managing directors, continuing a tradition as what is now one of Australia's largest printers of multicultural publications. nngx
Pictured (from left): Dorothy Joly, Johnny Campos and Christine Rymer (Seven photo)
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