Phantom, a digital creative agency in London, has announced it's choosing Auckland as its first port of overseas expansion.
Founded in late 2013, Phantom is planning to open an Auckland studio in early-2017, following the growth and success it’s experienced in London.
Phantom’s London studio currently boasts 38 permanent staff and lists Google, The Financial Times, Tate Modern and Sony Music among its list of clients.
Emily Shorvon, managing director and founder of Phantom, is an expat New Zealander who says that “the talent and drive within the New Zealand industry is incredible”.
“We’re determined to change up the game in the Auckland digital space and combine the experience and scale of what makes Phantom so special in London, with the ingenuity and talent that New Zealand is so packed with,” says Shorvon.
Phantom's managing director Emily Shorvon
In a statement, Phantom says that basing its second studio in Auckland was “a no-brainer” considering the number of New Zealanders working for the company.
“For all the incredible skill and ambition, there needs to be more amazing places for New Zealanders to work in the digital industry,” says Shorvon. “As in London, we’re determined to give people who share our vision a place to make their work home, to be part of something special and ground breaking together.”
Cara Hamment, Phantom’s business director adds, “I truly believe that on the digital world stage, there is absolutely no reason for New Zealand to be the little guys anymore”.
Phantom is currently on the look out to work with local brands and teams who have “fascinating marketing challenges and an open mind for how to solve them”.
The company is also accepting applications from digital specialists for a number of full-time roles. The founders will be visiting New Zealand this month to meet with both applicants and potential client collaborations. Interested parties are encouraged to get in touch via its website.