TV3’s On Demand video service for mobile has been suspended while the broadcaster investigates a breach which allowed an undisclosed number of users to download content to their mobile devices.
Monthly Archives: March, 2013
2Degrees says chief exec Eric Hertz and his wife on board crashed plane near Kawhia, “unlikely to have survived”.
The print industry has had its fair share of grim news recently, with Geon Group going into receivership and Blue Star’s horror accounts. But Image Centre Group has some good news to share after it acquired creative services business DPod, making it New Zealand’s biggest digital printer.
OK Go – possibly the world’s most creative band – is offering filmmakers free access to its brand new track I’m Not Through from its upcoming fourth album. Why? Well, as part of the OK Go Saatchi & Saatchi Music Video Challenge 2013 in partnership with global creative platform Talenthouse and music video curators BUG, the band is inviting creatives to make a video for the song, with the chance to go to Cannes Lions and more.
In six weeks Tourism Radio’s apps for campervan operators like Maui, Britz and Motorhome Republic have been downloaded 4500 times. It’s a modest starting point, but the company has high hopes for taking a slice out of New Zealand’s $15 billion tourism economy using smartphones.
We’ll be off giving praise to the dairy milk divinity tomorrow so there won’t be a StopPress newsletter, but there’s no way we’re going to miss out on our favourite part of the week. Herewith, unbridled advertising-related e-jocularity.
Between 930 and 1230 jobs will be cut at Telecom in a round of cost cutting measures, the company has announced to the New Zealand Stock Exchange. This may be a “necessary evil” for a top heavy company with more than 2870 staff earning six-figure salaries.
After coming close in a few big pitches recently, Y&R had cause for celebration when it was named as Westfield’s new partner last week. And it’s backed that up with another win: The Co-operative Bank.
Windows 8 tablets are still finding their footing in the pantheon of consumer devices, with various form factors and device-types being tested along the way. The Acer Iconia W510 tablet-laptop hybrid is a throwback to the days of the netbook in both design and purpose.
Full service digital agency Federation Media has rebranded as Union, a change that “reflects the company’s focus on the strategy, delivery and analysis of insight-led digital campaigns” and also aims to remove a bit of confusion in the market about its offering.
Flying Fish has signed up to co-produce Orphans & Kingdoms, a feature film from Paolo Rotondo (writer/director) and Fraser Brown (producer) that’s scheduled to shoot in June this year.
There was a bit of kerfuffle recently when Carl’s Jr. had its American television commercial promoting its new Memphis BBQ Burger banned from television in New Zealand by the Commercial Approvals Bureau for using sexual appeal in an exploitative and degrading manner to sell an unrelated product. It responded by running a digital campaign driving people to view the ad on its YouTube channel. And it’s continued to embrace the controversy, with Special Group letting imaginations run wild by repurposing the TV commercial for radio.
Accountability is often seen as an achilles heels of the out-of-home industry, and with no measurement system like Australia’s MOVE, it seems to be becoming an increasingly thorny issue in New Zealand. But Taxi Impact is trying to improve the situation through the use of GPS technology.
Naked Communications New Zealand is closing its Auckland offices, a move it says is necessary to better service its business in Sydney and Melbourne. And after four years at the helm, managing partner Matt O’Sullivan is creating a new agency.
A collection of bureaucrats, educators and ad folk gathered together in an old building on the corner of Halsey and Packenham Streets in the Wynyard Quarter this afternoon to eat chicken sandwiches and hear about a new partnership between the Media Design School and Saatchi & Saatchi that will see the creation of a new Graduate School focused on digital innovation—and hopefully add some fuel to the ICT fire in Auckland’s innovation precinct.
There’s gold in them thar hills and the rural sector is still the undoubted engine of the New Zealand economy, but agricultural clients aren’t generally regarded as being particularly creatively rewarding for the shiny arsed agency folk and the vast majority of campaigns for rural products tend to stick to a tried, true and fairly bland formula. So Special Group has tried to add some humour to the mix with its ‘Prevention is better than cure’ campaign for Zoetis’ Teat Seal that shows what farmers could be doing instead of dealing to mastitis.
A couple of weeks back, Y&R held one of its Digital Kickstart breakfasts featuring executive creative director Josh Moore, new executive digital producer Bruce Murray, InMobi’s Mark Copplestone and the chairman of global digital agency network VML and Y&R’s global chief digital officer Matt Anthony, who looked at where the world of digital is going and how New Zealand marketers can learn from the best digital strategy and creative work globally.
The Electoral Commission’s new campaign aims to spread the word among Maori about the choice available to them in the Maori Electoral Option, a legislated event that runs approximately every five years. And to do it, Saatchi & Saatchi enlisted the services of “performance painter” and sand artist Marcus Winter and embarked on what it calls a true collaboration.
It’s been two years since TVNZ launched its youth-orientated U channel and to celebrate the state broadcaster is launching a new late night show called U Late, which connects to viewers on The Facebooks.
There was a new addition to Waiheke Island’s hospitality scene late last year when the The Oyster Inn opened its doors. And from the food to the service to the interior design to the look and feel that ties it all together, it’s been very well-received. Here’s how Special Group “made it feel right”.
The image of the staid, forelock-tugging old-school soul of the land who only reads things on paper and drinks beer in front of the races still has a degree of truth to it. But things are changing quickly and King St and Tracta are hoping the results of two research projects might help clear up a few misperceptions about the rural market, both in terms of media usage and the role of women.
A record 1,389 entries encompassing more than 7000 pieces of work made up this year’s Canon Media Awards nominees. The full list of finalists is available on the Canon website in an excruciating and drop down-laden format. We’ve raked through the muck to organise the list below, for which surely StopPress will be nominated for next year’s Best Innovation in Multimedia category.
The humble art of extracting every last drop of New Zealand’s favourite condiment resonates with the public and is the secret sauce behind Running With Scissors’ Upside Down Bottle commercial for Wattie’s, which wins Colmar Brunton’s February Ad Impact Award.
In John Drinnan’s media column last Friday, one of his topics was the rumoured move of Saatchi & Saatchi and the Media Design School’s offices to the Wynyard Quarter’s innovation precinct. That’s not happening and a correction was printed, but it is yet to appear online.
The golden pickings were fairly slim at the AWARD awards, with just 12 handed out in total. And of the Kiwi agencies, it was Colenso BBDO on top again.