Prime time Pippa
The other 'Mother of the Nation', Pippa Wetzell, is set to return to TVNZ’s primetime schedule as the co-host of Fair Go alongside Gordon Harcourt.
Renowned as the good cop to Paul Henry’s bad cop on Breakfast, Wetzell has most recently been seen reading ONE News at 4:30. She replaces Ali Mau on Fair Go, who has moved to the new show Seven Sharp.
“Not only is it an established and successful show, but I’m looking forward to upholding the standards and responsibilities that Fair Go has become known for,” she says.
2013 will also see a new executive producer for Fair Go, Max Adams, who has been a senior producer at TVNZ for 20 years, and was the first executive producer of Sunday.
TVNZ editor current affairs Briar McCormack says the involvement of Wetzell and Adams will ensure the strength of the show continues.
“Fair Go has been part of New Zealanders’ lives for 36 years, and everyone who works on the show is very passionate about sticking up for the little guy. Pippa is a fantastic addition to our team and a perfect fit for the show. In combination with Max as the new executive producer, and a few other new faces, Fair Go is set for another successful year.”
The ever popular Fair Go Ad Awards was the second most-watched show in 2012 with a 17.6 percent share, second only to New Zealand’s Got Talent.
Yellow has announced two permanent executive appointments as it continues its three-year digital transformation strategy, with Philip Coop taking the new role of director of digital innovation and strategy and Evan Lawrey taking the role of interactive marketing director.
Coop is tasked with carving out a long-term strategy for the company’s digital offering and he joins Yellow from Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile, Orange) in London, where he was senior digital consultant for the company’s launch of its 4G LTE network. He worked across the full range of products and propositions to align customer touch-points across the company’s digital estate. He joins on 15 February, 2013
Lawrey will be leading the company’s product, marketing, strategy, communication, channel and research teams and he joins Yellow from New Zealand Lotteries Commission, where his most recent role was chief technology officer. His previous roles at Lotteries include general manager of interactive and head of marketing, giving him specialist experience in transforming customer interaction to technology.
He replaces Lara Bancroft, who is returning to the US.
DraftFCB has announced that producer, Pip Mayne, will take the helm as executive producer of content production from 4 February.
Maybe will be responsible for overseeing the development and evolution of the DraftFCB production offering and managing the existing eight-strong team, including four producers and four in-house motion graphics designers.
“Pip is one of the most respected agency producers in New Zealand and the experience she brings to the executive producer role is extremely valuable as the discipline of audio and visual production transitions towards content production,” says James Mok, DraftFCB executive creative director. “DraftFCB has worked closely with Pip for a number of years and we have first-hand experience of her knowledge, brilliant people skills, thorough work ethic and boundless energy.”
Mayne started her career at Silver Screen Productions in Wellington and over the past 20 years has gained diverse industry experience in production roles at advertising agencies, film and post-production companies.
She has produced many of New Zealand’s largest television commercials, including work for household names such as Vodafone, The National Bank, McDonalds, Telecom, 2degrees and ASB Bank.
In addition to a strong television production background, she also has extensive experience producing multiple layers of additional content for integrated campaigns, such as long format video, online content and non-broadcast content for internal communications.
“As a freelance producer, I always enjoyed a close working relationship with DraftFCB, so when this role became a real option for me in a full time capacity, it was an easy decision to join the team permanently,” she says.
DraftFCB has also promoted Kimberly Kastelan to account director on the PR & Activation team.
She has more than eight years industry experience and joined DraftFCB as a senior account manager in 2010. Since that time she has helped grow the PR offering, with a particular focus on the agency’s social change accounts.
“Kimberly has successfully managed key PR accounts at DraftFCB and achieved outstanding results for our clients, including developing a number of award-winning campaigns, including the PRINZ Gold for the ‘What’s my Number’ campaign for the Electricity Authority,” says DraftFCB general manager of PR & Activation, Angela Spain. “As DraftFCB PR continues to develop in strength and size, Kimberly is the ideal person to step into the account director role and provide leadership and strategic support to our team and clients in 2013.”
Kastelan currently works across the Electricity Authority, New Zealand Transport Authority, Health Promotion Agency, Bonus Bonds and Vodafone accounts at DraftFCB. Prior to DraftFCB she worked at Network PR, Porter Novelli and Hausmann Communications (Sydney).
And in other DraftFCB news, to get into the spirit of the Driving Dogs campaign for SPCA and Mini last year, it held a bring your dog to work day. And creative Scott Kelly took the prize for best canine lookalike.
Air New Zealand has appointed Lorraine Murphy as chief people officer, effective 4 March.
Murphy is currently based in the United States where she was most recently vice president human resources, international, for Campbell Soup Company, which has more than 20,000 employees globally and sales in excess of US$8 billion annually. Her role provided leadership across key geographic regions, such as Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
“People are Air New Zealand’s greatest asset and Lorraine has proven through her extensive international career the ability to work with senior managers to deliver world class performance cultures and build winning teams,” says Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon. “Her exposure to operating in markets of critical importance to Air New Zealand’s future, especially in Asia and the Pacific, will add significant strength to our airline in this next exciting phase.”
Murphy had previously held senior human resource leadership roles with Lion Nathan Australia, the Australian Gas Light Company (AGL) and global chemical company ICI. She is an Australian citizen with US residency who has a Bachelor of Education degree from La Trobe University in Melbourne and an MBA from Monash University in Melbourne.
“Air New Zealand is a remarkable company that has earned a world-class reputation based off the unique spirit and attitude of its people,” she says. “Its transformation over the past decade is one of the great business stories and I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with Christopher and his senior leadership team to further enhance the performance culture and brand of this iconic company.”
Homestyle magazine has appointed Tracey Ingram as editor.
Most recently she was managing editor of Amsterdam-based interiors tile FRAME, which covered the world of international residential and commercial interiors.
As well as being an experienced freelance writer and editor, she is also holds a Bachelor of Design (Hons) and is a skilled and practiced interior designer.
Homestyle made its first appearance on the ABC list in 2011 and clocked up just over 11,000 average net paid. And its readership went from 92,000 in 2011 to 125,000 in the latest Nielsen survey.
She can be contacted on 09 300 7548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big changes ahead for the competitive, many would say over-saturated Queenstown media market after Allied Press, publisher of the Otago Daily Times, more than 10 community newspaper titles in Canterbury, Otago and Southland and television stations Channel 9 in Dunedin and CTV in Christchurch, purchased feisty community newspaper Mountain Scene for an undisclosed sum.
Mountain Scene was founded by Barry Thomas as a tourist publication in 1972 and, according to Allied Press owner Sir Julian Smith, “has established a national profile for what it terms its ‘hard-news edge’” (it's faced up against Allied Press in the past when it launched D-Scene).
''We intend that Mountain Scene will continue to retain the identity with which it has become known,'' he in a story on the Otago Daily Times. ''We see the Mountain Scene and its website as a valuable addition to our current stable of newspapers, websites and television stations. The company has a strong and historic presence in Central Otago and the Lakes District with the ODT, The News (an Alexandra-based community newspaper) and our commercial printing business, ODT Print, also based in Alexandra. The addition of the Mountain Scene in Queenstown complements the existing businesses, including theQueenstown Times, our tabloid distributed in the Wakatipu. And we are pleased that Mountain Scene will continue to be owned and operated by an Otago-based business.''
Richard Thomas has agreed to continue as a director of Mountain Scene.
''We're pleased to be able to keep our family's 40-year association in the business alive. This agreement sees Queenstown's strongest media brand join New Zealand's largest independent media entity. I'm 100% confident Mountain Scene's future is in safe hands.''
After 12 years in business and more than 3700 sites to its credit, Web Widgets has enticed Tony Reardon to move down the road (literally) from Lemonade Design to be their first ever general manager. His first task? To give more product away.
Web Widgets hosts, supports and runs its own 'Website Builder' CMS platform and it offers it to everyone totally free of charge. While it is a hosted solution their hosting fees are competitive in the market, the difference being there are no up front licencing fees and no annual or on-going fees when using their software.
Reardon is looking for more agencies to become licensed resellers and knows the real value of using a locally-supported, locally-developed CMS system.
“It’s a great deal all round – the programming is done right here, with functionality being added all the time, so it works and is tested in our own market. We are the priority and everyone using the product can suggest and vote on new features to be added in the future. It’s simple to use and easy to work with, meaning designers can do what they like doing. Licensed resellers get a wholesale price on hosting and are able to on-sell this to their client allowing for their own support, updating, adding of content and any social media platforms they might be running for that client. The software is 'white-labelled' so they have full branding ownership from day one. Anyone can use the software but only resellers get the price advantage. Licensed resellers and designers using our software repackage it under their own name building their business out of web design and their share of ongoing hosting fees. It’s a smart passive income that continues to build every year. It’s also a great way of maintaining contact with a client and keeping them close.”
There is no charge for a business to become a licensed reseller either.
“We make the decision on licensing a designer after meeting the people concerned and completing due diligence. If it feels right, it feels right. I'm a bit surprised there aren't more agencies who have jumped on this, but then product quality has always been the key to the success of Website Builder. Now I'm keen to expand that to new markets. We've never actually looked for resellers until now. Those who have found us in the past are happy and quietly going about their business.”
Website Builder software creator and master programmer, Reuben Jackson, moves into the newly created CFO role where he will concentrate on product development and finance.