And now, the news
After almost one year on air, Seven Sharp seems to have found its feet and, despite much gnashing of teeth from the purists, it has consistently out-rated Campbell Live, albeit without reaching the heights of its predecessor Close Up (as per usual, Paul Casserly's take on the show is worth a read). But there are a few changes afoot, with supervising producer Mauricio Olmedo Perez departing at the end of the year.
"We’re currently recruiting for a replacement supervising producer for the show," says TVNZ spokeshuman Georgie Hills. "Mauricio tells me he’ll be freelance reporting and producing in 2014."
We have also heard rumours the show's executive producer Raewyn Rasch might be departing. But when asked about this, Hills said it didn't have anything else to announce about any other Seven Sharp staff moves at the moment.
Elsewhere, Ian Howard, who started off as TVNZ's social media manager before moving to a role inside Blacksand, is now working with Young & Shand. Hills says there is no replacement for his social media manager position as those in the marketing teams now work in that space.
Independent media agency MBM managed to convince Alysha Delany to join earlier this year. And now OMD Wellington's Annabelle Wilkinson has followed suit.
Wilkinson, who starts her new role in February, has been a part of the OMD Wellington team since moving across from Haines Recruitment nine years ago.
As for a replacement, OMD's managing director Matt McNeil says it will be "looking first to promote internally as we have a great pool of talent".
“Over the years Annabelle has set an incredibly high standard of service and dedication to her clients and OMD, which she has also installed in her team. After nine fantastic years with us, it was inevitable that the time would come when Annabelle would need a new challenge. However, she leaves a team with a great depth of talent and we are looking forward to 2014."
Bruce Matchett has retired his position as executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore and Malaysia to turn his attention to other creative projects.
Matchett joined Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore in 2010 and has also been creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand. He has been a key part of the Saatchi & Saatchi family in the region and has led creative teams to globally recognised and award-winning work, including Safeguard ‘Germ Stamp’, which was recognised at Cannes and at Spikes Asia this year.
“It was Bruce who convinced me to come to Singapore three years ago and work with him and the passionate and dedicated individuals at Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore,” says Paul Roebuck, chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore and Malaysia. “While the agency has grown to 120 people since then, Bruce remains one of the most truly creative people I have had the good fortune to work with and he will be missed greatly.”
Matchett has also held ECD roles at JWT India and Ogilvy Australia and New Zealand.
Check out some of his work here.
More Fairfax shifts
After six years as editor of stuff.co.nz, Mark Stevens has moved up the chain to the role of group digital editor.
He replaces Sinead Boucher, who took on the role of group executive editor after Paul Thompson shifted to Radio NZ.
Fairfax is currently recruiting for Stevens' replacement.
A new tenant
The National Business Review recently ran a sealed tender process for its front page solus. And it was won by insurance broking firm Crombie Lockwood.
"There is a quote I am rather fond of, 'Your actions speak so loudly that I cannot hear what you say'," says publisher Todd Scott. "Crombie Lockwood’s innovative and well-thought out tender bid for the front page solus and partnership with the National Business Review clearly shows that they are serious about, and supportive of intelligent business news that can be used to make better-informed decisions. I am excited and grateful to Carl O'Shea, CEO of Crombie Lockwood for his company's support."
Over the past 21 years, just two advertisers have graced the front page of the paper. When it found out HSBC's five year tenure was coming to an end (prior to that National Bank held the position), Scott says it wanted to devise a way to offer the position in the fairest possible way—and presumably benefit from a dash of competitive tension. So it decided on the sealed tender process.