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The Mediaweb debacle: liquidation, false invoices and possible lawsuits

By , 2014-04-07 12:20:02

An email leaked to StopPress late Friday afternoon revealed that McDonald Vague, the receivers assigned to Mediaweb last month, found several anomalies when analysing the financial records of the struggling company. The message, written by McDonald Vague director Jared Booth, was initially intended only to be read by those involved in the tender process, and comes shortly after Mediaweb went into liquidation on 21 March.

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HRV rides on Game of Thrones' coattails, Hell Pizza gets meta

By , 2014-04-07 09:04:51

Season four of Game of Thrones screens in the US today and on SoHo in New Zealand tonight. Sky and DDB have ensured Kiwis know about that with its very well-received, social-media fuelled campaign to bring down a statue of the much-despised King Joffrey. But HRV is also getting in on the act with a tactical spot called 'Winter is Coming' that's set to run in the slot just before the premiere. Plus: Hell Pizza supports the bad guy and other entertaining parodies of the show.

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Business mixed with pleasure in inter-agency football and basketball comps

By , 2014-04-04 15:38:56

Football fever (and football-related advertising fever) is ramping up as Brazil gets ready to host the World Cup in June. And there was a bit of fancy footwork in New Zealand last week when a selection of Auckland agencies put down their iPhones and laced up for the inaugural CAANZ soccer tournament. Plus: agencies also skive off to play basketball for TRN's 3 on 3.

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Walden to sit at the head of The Family's table

By , 2014-04-04 14:16:26

After establishing the New Zealand arm of Whybin\TBWA around 15 years ago, David Walden resigned from his post last year and made way for Todd McLeay. And now he has officially announced his first new role: chairman of The Family, the agency set up by ex-Ikon leaders Tom Davidson and Lee Parkinson.

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Compendium: 4 April

By , 2014-04-04 14:07:00

Our weekly wrap of good things, strange things, funny things and other things from inside the intertubes.

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ZM and Pride & Joy collaborate to kickstart career of a 'remarkable unemployee'

By , 2014-04-04 13:04:07

ZM, part of The Radio Network (TRN), has teamed up with ice cream franchise Pride & Joy to give a $30,000 franchise opportunity to a lucky New Zealander, who shows the drive and determination necessary to run a successful business. Pride and Joy co-founders James Coddington and Tony Balfour say that they are focused on providing opportunities for remarkable people among today’s unemployed and underemployed.

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It's just better (and slightly difficult to explain): Mitsubishi and Clemenger BBDO embrace the power for new plug-in hybrid

By , 2014-04-04 12:39:47

Mistubishi has just launched New Zealand's first plug-in hybrid SUV. But, rather than trying to explain the complex technology in the new Outlander, Clemenger BBDO and Curious have kept it simple. Plus: lots more brmm-brmms and a new automotive sponsorship.

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Anyone but Rob Ford

By , 2014-04-04 11:33:49

There's no doubt that the Americans secretly feel relieved that their neighbours to the north also have an embarrassing politician, but the Canadians are aiming to wipe out the Rob Ford-shaped smudge on their otherwise respectable political track record. A new faux mayoral campaign, which has been launched by an online organisation dubbed No Ford Nation, presents a series of dishevelled men as viable alternatives to the current Toronto mayor.

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Get your O-face on a promotional poster for Nymphomaniac

By , 2014-04-04 10:39:09

To promote the release of Nymphomaniac, Lars von Trier's two-part, four-hour journey into the psychology of sex, Flicks.co.nz has launched a campaign via Trigger Marketing that stays true to the film's provocative, and sometimes humorous, narrative. Given that the promotional art for the film portrays the stars seemingly posing in moments of climactic ecstasy, Flicks.co.nz is now inviting its readers to send in snapshots of their own O-faces.

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Colenso BBDO takes top prize at Asia Pacific Effies, continues quest for more global work

By , 2014-04-04 10:30:51

Just a few weeks after being named agency of the year at Axis, Colenso BBDO has picked up another agency of the year accolade, this time at the inaugural Asia Pacific Effie Awards.

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APN Outdoor gets green light for Auckland CBD digital billboard expansion

By , 2014-04-04 10:12:17

APN is extending its network of digital billboards with four new sites around inner city Auckland to launch in August. It's also got big plans for new options at Auckland International Airport when it takes over those sites in November.

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Fairfax heads to the Mother Country, aims to lure new recruits with hype video

By , 2014-04-04 10:07:44

Fairfax, like many 'traditional' news businesses around the world, has had a fairly rough time of it lately, with declining circulation and ad revenue, ongoing cost cutting and the ensuing job losses. But a new management team is in place in the New Zealand market, there appears to be a bit of renewed optimism in the media (check out Pew Research Centre's State of the Media 2014 for a great rundown of what's happening), its digital numbers are strong and some believe the negative sentiment towards print is overcooked, in Australia at least. Despite the issues of recent years, Fairfax is still a big business and a big employer in this country, and it's looking for a few new recruits, so its inhouse team has created a self-promotional video (how good is that voice?) aimed at selling those in the UK on the New Zealand lifestyle and the chance to work in the "innovative, integrated multi-media business".

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The Wolf of Wall Street is actually about Buzzfeed

By , 2014-04-03 17:34:45

While some critics saw the Wolf of Wall Street as an indictment on the exorbitant habits of stockbrokers, this isn't necessarily the only interpretation that could be used to understand Scorsese's directorial decisions. There's also a growing school of thought suggesting that the financial theme was actually a metaphor for the modern trend of websites becoming insanely popular despite offering nothing in terms of completely original content.

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Sky and DDB gather the crowds to bring down King Joffrey

By , 2014-04-03 13:37:12

Sky and DDB have some good news for haters of King Joffrey, the most despised character from the SoHo-screened series Game of Thrones. As the fourth season looms, fans won't actually be pushing down a seven-metre-tall replica of Joffrey, but they can use their social media voice to the same effect.

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Inside: Gladeye

By , 2014-04-03 12:59:10

Turn up on Friday afternoon at Gladeye's Parnell office and you're likely to get a sausage as part of its weekly all-staff barbecue. Turn up at any other time during the week and you're likely to get some of the best web design and digital thinking in the country. Founder and director Tarver Graham and account director Ben Glazewski talk turkey.

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