The ageing process is an area of fascination for many (as evidenced by a recent Getty Images campaign showing the ravages of time on four celebrities). And Y&R found some success with its last reunion campaign for Land Rover. So in a powerful illustration of the fact that that crashes don't just cost lives, they can take futures, road safety charity Brake, Y&R NZ and Weta Digital brought some joy to five grieving families by showing what young crash victims would look like if they hadn't been taken early.
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When Apple first contacted the producers of 'Sunday', an independent film set in post-earthquake Christchurch, made by a group of New Zealanders and Australians, the producers weren’t surprised. What they’re doing is a world first in film distribution, and an experiment in tackling Internet piracy. As of 7 December, 'Sunday' will be the first independent film to be launched over five different distribution platforms at the same time.
It's the height of TV promo season, as evidenced by the recent launch of campaigns for The Great Food Race and MasterChef NZ. And, as the major news and current affairs shows return to air for 2013—and one new show announces its arrival—here's what they're doing to drum up some interest.
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Marc Ellis has carved out a good niche as a loveable Kiwi rogue and, as a result, he's certainly not unaccustomed to working as a corporate mascot. Most recently that's meant work for Toyota's Top to Bottom and HRV and now Christchurch agency Simpatico has harked back to his mischievous laddish heritage in a campaign for classic Kiwi brand Swanndri.
TVNZ and MediaWorks are always competitive, as the rather confrontational comparative promo TV3 ran after the Japanese earthquake showed very clearly. But this was taken to a new level on Sunday when TVNZ sent out a press release saying 60 Minutes had "lost almost half its audience since March and almost 300,000 viewers per week since February". Embarrassingly, the figures TVNZ used were wrong and, understandably, MediaWorks is none too pleased.
... Sunday announces its replacement for Cameron Bennett; Carlos Savage takes up a new gig in Australia; International Rescue announces a few new additions, including a Kiwi artist whose work made it into Luerzers Archive; another new face arrives at the TVNZ marketing department; Pacific Micromarketing welcomes another team member; and WaikatoLink secure the services of two upstanding gentlemen.
New Zealand's glitterati braved the elements and put on their best 'take my photo' smiles, Paul Henry used the c word and the broadcasting industry came together to pat itself on the back for a job well done over the last rather difficult 12 months as the winners of the Qantas Film and Television Awards were announced. And, in the usual stoush between the major networks, TVNZ came out on top.