Jason Buckley_compressed.jpgDavid Sable, global CEO of Y&R, has appointed Jason Buckley CEO of Y&R Australia/New Zealand. Based in Sydney, he will be responsible for all the Y&R companies in the region.
Buckley joined Y&R in 2011 as chief financial officer and was named chief operating officer in 2012.  Under his leadership, Y&R launched VML and successfully aligned it with GPY&R Advertising, expanded the shopper marketing capabilities of Ideaworks and drove innovation throughout group, leading Y&R Group to be ranked one of the Top 5 Most Innovative Companies in Australia by BRW for 2014.  A re-energized new business operation has this year delivered significant wins including Australian Post, Belong from Telstra and Dick Smith and contributed to the agency's strong growth.
Says Sable: "Since Jason arrived at Y&R, he has been a remarkable catalyst for change.  He has strong business acumen, great entrepreneurial instincts, and a real affinity for our clients' businesses.  What makes it all work is his ability to motivate and inspire people on all sides of the business.  He has truly earned this promotion by building on our creative, collaborative culture, which is delivering results for our clients and for ourselves."
Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 7.23.57 am.jpgThe Warehouse has announced that this Christmas, the kids are in charge of the gift buying - via a new, five minute feature by DDB New Zealand.

The online video asks a selection of young people what they'd like to give their family this Christmas, as they prepare their lists and then take over The Warehouse Royal Oak. The kids are not actors, but were chosen from local primary schools. Their sentiment is touching, and reactions priceless.

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 7.02.12 am.jpgShots has announced the finalists for the 2014 Awards and two agencies from New Zealand have made the cut. Both DDB New Zealand and Clemenger BBDO, Wellington have been nominated in the Television Commercial of the Year category.

459954645_640.jpgDDB New Zealand has been nominated for Sky Television's 'Come With Us' and Clemenger BBDO, Wellington has been nominated for New Zealand Transport Agency's 'Mistakes'.

Says Chris Schofield, creative director, DDB: "'Come With Us' also made The Guardian's top 5 earlier this year, so it's great to see some more UK love from Shots. The Motherland is notoriously picky you know."

See the full nominations list here.
Fuji Wide war one D.jpgRepublik's 'Wide War One' campaign for Fuji Xerox, already a multiple award winner, has taken home the top prize at the 2014 International ECHO Awards. The campaign won Gold as one of the top Business-to-Business campaigns globally, and the prestigious Diamond ECHO as the Best in Show. It has recently won two gold's and best Art Direction at the NZDMA awards and a further two trophies at the AMES Awards in Singapore.
Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 9.24.27 am.jpgCAANZ has announced the call for entries for the 2015 Axis Awards. Next year will mark the 35th anniversary of Axis Awards, undoubtedly New Zealand's most important and prestigious creative awards program.

As part of this year's program, CAANZ will be celebrating the 35 years by showcasing the outstanding, internationally recognised creative work that's built powerful brands and created long term business success over three and a half decades.
Taking on the role of Axis Awards chair is Daniel Barnes, managing partner & CEO at Barnes, Catmur & Friends.

f0f90eb6-7e79-40e9-b1cf-c8e7ec64a456-thumb-400x268-166699.jpgWith close to 120,000 people viewing it online every hour, Air New Zealand's latest Hobbit-inspired safety video, The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made, has become the airline's most popular video to date, clocking up a record 16 million online views within a week of release.
The video stars cast members from all three films in The Hobbit Trilogy including Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dean O'Gorman (Fili the Dwarf) and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast).  It also features cameos from The Hobbit Trilogy director Sir Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop Co-Founder Sir Richard Taylor and the director of the video, Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi.

highres_423103172.jpgGlug Auckland has proved to be a major success with over 90 advertising, creative, design and digital types turning up to the event at 1885 Britomart on October 16.

Speakers Nathan James Cooper, TBWA and Rubbishcorp.com; Casey Eden, Neighbourly.co.nz and Mike Van de Elzen, TV celebrity chef, healthy food champion and restaurant Boy & Bird did not disappoint. The three delivered inspirational and insightful talks.

Olivier Apers Picture 2014.jpgEach week Bestads picks the very best advertising in the world, in every medium - which is reviewed by a top creative director or team to select their own personal favourites.

This week's guest judge is Olivier Apers, creative director at BETC, Paris.

The film, which surprised, stunned and amused me the most was Weekday X RFSU Be Carefree, not Careless. Encouraging the use of condoms isn't the easiest subject to deal with and a lot has already been done. But, by going with an approach that's both shocking and touching Weekday + RFSU pulls it off brilliantly. The film is well-crafted and has an excellent tag line. READ MORE...
national-depression-initiative-the-journal-600-48376.jpgFCB New Zealand, CB NZ Agency of the Year, has been awarded a Gold and Best International campaign for its National Depression Initiative, at the IPA Effectiveness Awards, the world's most rigorous and prestigious Awards scheme, which took place in London this evening (27 October).

The Awards showcase and reward campaigns that demonstrate their marketing payback, and provide the richest communications database in the world.
CB-Hot+Cold-Chart-NEW-ZEALAND-2014.jpgIt's soon time to pick CB NZ Agency of the Year and Australian Agency of the Year -- and also to work out the 2015 CB Creativity/Billings Index (or Hot+Cold Chart).

As far as most agency creative directors (and increasingly, more CEOs) on both sides of the Tasman are concerned, CB Agency of the Year is the most coveted of all trade mag titles to win - and where an agency is placed on our annual chart is critical to many agency's new business performance in the coming year (that's the bit of most interest to CEOs!).
WSHAT.jpgEnergi Advertising Auckland and Kontent Productions have teamed up to create a brand campaign for new players in the New Zealand fibre broadband market, My Republic.
After some brainstorming, William Shatner was suggested, tracked down, approached and snared. Shatner was delighted to be involved. Everyone agreed he seemed a great fit - part man of the future (Captain Kirk), part elder statesman (Denny Crane) - but mainly a much loved character actor. My Republic is offering Ultra fast fast fibre broadband services especially suitable to streaming TV shows and films so there was a perfect synergy there.


Veksner: Some philosophical bullshit for you

br4.jpgBy Simon Veksner
Creative Partner, DDB Sydney

I studied Philosophy at university. Well, in theory I did. Like many students I was more interested in going to discos and eating kebabs, so I only really got around to seriously looking at Philosophy in my last term, which was probably a little late.

Nevertheless, occasionally I observe something in advertising that dredges up a Philosophical memory. READ ON...

The Feds signs director Paul Goldman

Paul Goldman.jpgSydney based production company The Feds has announced the signing of award winning director and writer Paul Goldman for representation across Australasia.

One of Australia's most recognised directors, Goldman brings with him a unique visual aesthetic that transcends across advertising, film, television and music videos, aided by his background as a director of photography.

View Goldman's work here.
Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 8.02.27 am.jpgOgilvy & Mather New Zealand in true partnership with client Pernod Ricard, has developed a legendary activation concept for Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Drawing upon the rich legacy laid down by John Jameson, the creator of Jameson Irish Whiskey, the concept kicked off on Saturday 18 October 2014 at an invitation-only night time event hosted at Auckland venue, Zarbo's Loft.
Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 7.53.30 am.jpgOgilvy & Mather New Zealand has developed and executed an innovative art-based, marketing campaign for client Pernod Ricard, which champions the concept of 'memorable firsts'.

Ogilvy & Mather were tasked with developing a campaign for Brancott Estate that launched the 2014 Limited Edition bottle range while also reflecting the pioneering heritage of the wine brand and its 26-year long sponsorship of the World of WearableArt (WoW). Brancott Estate established a vineyard in the South Island in 1973 when popular opinion thought the region was too cold to grow wine grapes.
Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 6.54.44 am.jpgDDB has created a new brand campaign for STIHL Shop which puts the focus on its customers, those people who take pride in their piece of New Zealand.

The 45" TVC follows a typical DIY Kiwi as he uses his STIHL Shop tools in his backyard, his own 'land of opportunity'.

Sandy Widyanata_Film Construction.jpgHollywood studio Lionsgate has selected Film Construction director Sandy Widyanata for the movie adaptation of romance-drama "Goodbye for Now."
"Goodbye for Now," based on Laurie Frankel's novel, centres on a computer genius who invents a way for people to e-mail loved ones who have passed on. When he unexpectedly loses the woman he loves, he must face his own creation to keep her close or lose her forever.

The script is in development at Temple Hill, the producers of the 'Twilight' movies, 'The Fault in Our Stars' and 'The Maze Runner'. The script has been adapted by Jessica Goldberg ('Parenthood') and is currently being rewritten by acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Jonathan Tropper ('This is Where I Leave You').
image002.jpgA new agency has just launched in Auckland - and unusually it has just one client. Called McDowell & Parkinson's, the agency's aim is very clear-cut - to raise money for much-loved and highly-regarded suit and strategist, Andy McDowell.
McDowell, who launched The Department Of Marketing in 2008 and was previously at FCB, O&M Direct and owner of Nebula Marketing, was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2009 at the age of 43.

West Liquor appoints indie agency Republik

Unknown-4 copy.jpgThe Trusts operated West Liquor has appointed Freemans Bay Indie, Republik to manage its media and creative account, effective immediately.
Says Angela Butler, West Liquor's marketing manager: "We invited four agencies to present creative concepts for a brand campaign, and throughout that process Republik impressed. They produced some outstanding conceptual work that really challenged our thinking, and won them the business. We really enjoyed the engagement and we're excited to be working with them as our official agency of record."
Paul_Coles.jpgM&C Saatchi has appointed Kiwi expat Paul Coles from GPY&R/VML Australia to group head on IAG's direct insurance brands NRMA, SGIO and SGIC as well as other key agency accounts.
Widely considered one of the best suits in the business, Coles will lead the nation's largest insurer in the position newly created after M&C Saatchi won the account in a pitch that comprised incumbent Whybin\TBWA earlier this year.
d1a79881-9a3d-4ddc-9ea1-440db1bcc4d4.jpgDwarves, orcs and elves take flight once again as Air New Zealand unveils The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made via Weta Workshop, ahead of the December release of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).
Starring in The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made are members of the cast from all three films in the Trilogy - Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dean O'Gorman (Fili the Dwarf) and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast). The video, which is directed by Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows) also features cameos from The Hobbit Trilogy director Sir Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor and Waititi himself, who appears as a Wizard.

-1.jpgTeams from New Zealand have picked up Silver and Student Finalist spots in the first round of Young Glory 2014/15 - the international advertising awards competition which test teams across 8 months and 8 briefs set by 8 different judges.

Round 1 judge was 72andSunny Amsterdam ECD Carlo Cavallone, who tasked participants with using technology to address obesity issues.
eos2015_header.jpgThe One Club has announced the call for entries for the prestigious 2015 One Show with the entry deadline set for Friday, January 30, 2015.

The One Club, producer of the prestigious One Show and Creative Week, is the world's foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design. The One Show honors the best work across all disciplines, including Advertising, Interactive, Design and Branded Entertainment. Creative Week takes place in New York City every May and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.
Samsung House Hero.jpgFor a market leader in innovation - how best to showcase Samsung's collection of ground-breaking home appliances that by their nature create smarter, more progressive homes? Homes that stay one step ahead.
Colenso BBDO set out to build a house to echo Samsung's philosophy of unending innovation; observing the way people live and delivering inspired design.

NZDM-Awards-2014.jpgAn elite team of over 100 of New Zealand's most experienced direct marketers have been secured to decide who our modern pioneers of direct marketing will be. They'll be searching out the next generation of visionaries who are embracing big data and new media, and discovering new ways of delivering personal, relevant and timely messages to their 'audience of one'.

The NZDM Awards comprise the RSVP Industry, Channel and Craft Categories and the Nexus Awards. The latter recognise excellence in creating the foundations on which measurable campaigns are based. In addition, there are two special awards - the Direct Marketer of the Year, and The Keith Norris Direct Marketing Organisation of the Year, recognising individuals and organisations who are doing amazing things in the direct marketing space. The winners of New Zealand Post's Student Marketer of the Year Award will also be acknowledged on Awards night.

View the full list of judges.
WK_Mark Fitzloff B&W.jpgEach week Bestads picks the very best advertising in the world, in every medium - which is reviewed by a top creative director or team to select their own personal favourites.

This week's guest judge is Mark Fitzloff, executive creative director at Wieden + Kennedy, Portland.

Winner: BBC Music, God Only Knows. As a California kid, I consider the Beach Boys a sacred cultural institution of my native homeland. They were the third concert I saw live, after Neil Young and Pat Benatar and right before Van Halen. The musicians could've been performing in tracksuits on a highschool soundstage, and this still would've been my favorite spot. READ MORE...

Comedy director Harold Einstein joins Curious

Old Table 223.jpgCurious Film is now representing director Harold Einstein in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore through a deal with Dummy, the production company Einstein opened at the start of this year with his longtime executive producer, Eric Liney.

Says Peter Grasse, executive producer, Curious in Sydney: "Beyond the comic charm of Harold's work, I'm inspired by his process."

Veksner: Has the 'ta-da' moment had its day?

cloche.jpgBy Simon Veksner
Creative Partner, DDB Sydney

On another website, a Chief Marketing Officer was saying that he hates the 'ta-da' moment, when an agency does the big reveal of their new campaign.

So... why do we do it?

If we scrapped it, we would certainly save time and money. A 'big' presentation takes a day or two days of studio resource, plus the cost of the materials, which pretty much all ends up being wasted.

And it would save stress. There's always a late night or two putting that ta-da together. And the big build-up to the reveal can create big anxiety; if you haven't cracked it, it's a disaster. READ ON...
D&AD New Pencil Line-up 2015.jpgD&AD is set to replace its In Book and Nomination Awards with two newly designed Pencils as part of an Awards-wide refresh, bringing better clarity and coherence to the existing levels.
Coming into effect from the 2015 Professional Awards onwards, D&AD will award Wood and Graphite Pencils at the equivalent bronze and silver levels, bringing them into line with the Yellow, White and Black Pencil structure. The new Pencils are designed by Turner Duckworth and will be incorporated across all of D&AD's Award programmes, including the New Blood Awards and the new Next series of Awards, launched earlier this year.
photo.PNGMobile Embrace's 4th Screen Advertising, New Zealand's leading mobile advertising sales agency, has created a rich media mobile game to promote the release of Kiwi film The Dead Lands for Transmission Films, in cinemas October 30, 2014. 
The innovative creative features an immersive rich media gaming ad unit initiated from the banner ad. Using 3D rendering, the mobile game brings to life the film's central characters and the world of Maori warriors to create an interactive and adrenalin pumping gaming experience.
Says Cindy Leong, spokesperson at Mobile Embrace's 4th Screen Advertising New Zealand: "We were approached by Trigger Marketing to develop an interactive campaign to generate excitement around the film's release. By creating something engaging and fun, the mobile game offers audiences an entertaining ad format that is highly impactful and ignites user interest to see the film.

"At Mobile Embrace, we believe rich media ad formats enable brands and advertisers to engage more deeply with their target audience and forge a positive brand connection. This, in turn, is leading to stronger results when compared to standard ad formats."
Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 9.20.38 am.jpgFollowing the launch of its recent 'Come With Us' campaign featuring casting tapes of Hollywood stars including Bruce Lee and Seth Rogan, SKY TV has released another spot featuring Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul via DDB NZ.


Regional Creative Director, DDB Asia Pacific: Andy Fackrell
Senior Business Director: James Blair
Head of TV Production - Judy Thompson
Editor - Mark Trethewey
Producer - Nikita Kearsley
Rights Management - Bedonna Smith / Julie Arie
SKY Television
Director of Marketing: Mike Watson
SKY's Head of Brand: Maureen Talpin

F&B-thumb-400x270-153644.jpgTwo entries from New Zealand have made the cut at the shortlist stage of LIA's Print / Poster / Billboard category.

Ogilvy & Mather NZ has scored its finalist in the Public Service/Social Welfare Campaign category (Print) for Forest & Bird NZ '$5 Makes A Difference; $10 Makes A Difference; $50 Makes A Difference' and Y&R NZ has scored its finalist in the Schick-01.jpgConsumer Campaign category (Poster) for Schick Razors 'Stoat; Weasel; Ferret'.

The Print / Poster / Billboard jury was lead by Dörte Spengler-Ahrens, executive creative director
Jung von Matt/Elbe, Hamburg.

The jury: Wade Alger, senior vice president/group creative director, The Martin Agency, Richmond; Jeremy Craigen, global creative director, adamandeveDDB, London; Richard Denney, executive creative director, DLKWLOWE, London; Rob Feakins, president/chief creative officer, Publicis Kaplan Thaler, New York; David Guerrero, chairman & chief creative officer, BBDO Guerrero/Proximity, Makati City; Gigi Lee, executive creative director, Y&R Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and Santosh Padhi, co-founder/chief creative officer, Taproot India, Mumbai.

VIEW THE SHORTLIST - LIA PPB Shortlist 2014_Oct 13.xlsx

Glug Auckland to take place tonight at 6:00pm

Glug-AKL-Poster2.jpgThis year's Glug Auckland event is happening tonight (Thursday, October 16) at 1885, 27 Galway Street Britomart. Presentations are polished, beers are on ice and wine is chilled.

Food and nibbles will start circulating shortly after 6:15pm courtesy of the good people at Razzbri and 1885, so to ensure your place, make sure you're in the door before then.

Speakers tonight are: Nathan James Cooper, TBWA and Rubbishcorp.com; Casey Eden, Neighbourly.co.nz and Mike Van de Elzen, TV celebrity chef, healthy food champion and restaurant Boy & Bird.

Gawen Rudder: What will you call your agency?

AGENCIES-LOGOS.jpgIt's always been your dream. You've got a killer team together and lined up a founding client. You'll work out of the family room at home, but with the first baby due anytime, you've got an eye on office space all set, but as with the first born... what will you call it? Ad industry veteran Gawen Rudder investigates...

How about 'Wexley School for Girls?' Apparently the name was picked from a phonebook. The founder of this Seattle-based ad agency's advice to those looking for a name, "Pick one that sticks," (Like The Glue Society, perhaps?) "Something you really love living with and that brave clients will at least call to see what you're on about." StrawberryFrog comes to mind.
The Work group covers.jpgCampaign Brief's The Work 2014 has been judged and acceptance notifications will be emailed to successful agencies on Friday morning this week (October 17th). This year sees a total of 392 entries accepted into The Work 2014 from 142 different top advertising agencies around the Asia Pacific region. This year 189 agencies submitted entries.

Now in its 12th year of publication, The Work is a 400 page, hard cover publication that features the very best advertising of the year from Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

As always, The Work is not about the number of entries submitted by each agency - it's about the quality of those entries. To qualify for entry the ad or campaign must have already passed the test and been a finalist or winner at a creditable local, regional or international awards show.

Ads and campaigns are only accepted once, in their strongest category, and not across several categories. This avoids the repeats where a Print campaign may also appear in Posters, Outdoor and Design categories.

Any queries on The Work should be emailed to Kim Shaw.
Matt Eastwood 2014.jpgEach week Bestads picks the very best advertising in the world, in every medium - which is reviewed by a top creative director or team to select their own personal favourites.

This week's guest judge is Matt Eastwood, worldwide chief creative officer at JWT.

The clear winner for me is Sarah Silverman for The National Women's Law Center. It cleverly uses comedy to approach a difficult and important subject. And provides the perfect piece of content for the daily blogger news cycle. My next favorite is Dove. I think it's strong. But I'm really starting to see the brief showing in this campaign. READ MORE...
shelleywinsor.jpgDesignworks, part of STW, has appointed leading business and talent development professional Shelley Winsor to the newly-created management role of group general manager talent and operations.

Working directly with chairman & group CEO Sven Baker and the senior leadership team in each of its six offices, Winsor will be responsible for growing talent and capability, and leading operational efficiency across the Designworks group. She joins on October 20.

Baker said the agency's continued momentum and regional growth strategy will benefit greatly from a role dedicated to attracting, retaining and growing the best people in the industry, while also nurturing world-class talent from within its team of 135 people through an enhanced personal development program.
glasson_brand_photography_layouts_091014_01.jpgAustralian and New Zealand fashion label Glassons is relaunching its brand with a new advertising campaign via recently appointed creative agency Joy, Sydney.

The campaign consists of a 60 second cinema and television commercial, OOH, print, in store retail posters and a series of in store content projections.

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 9.46.22 am-thumb-400x218-147583.jpgFour Colenso BBDO campaigns have made the shortlist at the second annual 'Mashies' - a show that focuses on celebrating the best in social and digital marketing from around the world.

Following initial judging Colenso have had more campaigns shortlisted than any other agency with 'Motel BK' for Burger King making the shortlist for 'Best Facebook Campaign' and 'Best Social Media Campaign', V's 'V Robbers' on the 'Best Branded Game' shortlist and Pedigree's 'K9FM' a finalist in the 'Best Interactive Audio' category. Last year Colenso also had the most finalists (with three) and won the Best Branded Content Series for V Motion Project.
nz-insurance-chair.jpgFour entries from New Zealand have made the cut at the shortlist round of LIA's TV/Cinema/Online Film - Production and Post Production category.

Leading the Kiwi agency/company pack is Assembly with two finalists, both for NZI 'Devil's Chair' in the Animation category and the Direction category. Robber's Dog has scored one finalist in the Cinematography category for Steinlager 'Born to Defy'. The Sweet Shop is also a finalist in Direction for Steinlager "Be the Artist, Not the Canvas".



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