Movings/Shakings: 23 January

Musical chairs

Duncan Greive has announced he will no longer be editor of The Spinoff. He will now be in a managing position while Toby Manhire moves into the editor’s seat.

According to Greive’s announcement on The Spinoff, every time it pushed out into a new area it takes him further away from the critically important and demanding job of editing the site and further into management.

“…part of me misses the focus of writing and editing. But the challenges of running a business of two are different from that of running one of six, and different again of running one of 15 or so,” he said.

Meanwhile, Catherine McGregor has moved from production editor to deputy editor and Alex Casey has moved from her role editing the TV section full time to an oversight role as a senior writer.

Casey’s move means Sam Brooks has moved into the position of TV editor.

A big move

Following the acquisition of Made Media last year, Big Mobile is continuing its investment in New Zealand talent by hiring James Cartwright to support key accounts in Auckland and Wellington.

Cartwright joins from Vizeum, where he was business manager, and brings with him experience from managing the mobile investment at Vizeum for leading brands including Red Bull, Nissan and Simplot (Leggo’s, John West).

He takes up the new position on 7 February and will be reporting to country manager Michael Buhagiar.

About the hire, Buhagiar said its great to be growing his New Zealand team.

“We know that NZ brands want to be working with local experts, so its great to have James join my team.”    

Cartwright will be focused on helping agencies, and building New Zealand brands via the Widespace mobile DSP and Location with All Spark platform.

Cartwright adds that he is excited to join Buhagiar and the team at Big Mobile and contribute to the momentum and growth of mobile-led media solutions in the New Zealand market.

New year, new director

The Sweet Shop has kicked off the year by signing a new director.

Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, an Icelandic director based in Denmark, has joined the agency for global representation.

After graduating from Icelandic Art Academy in Fine Art, he’s directed short films and feature debuts that have been selected for more than 200 festivals and won over 100 international awards.

Paul Prince, chief executive and founding partner of The Sweet Shop said: “Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson is a very real talent, who is known to be among Iceland’s next generation of filmmakers. He shows a very strong voice in his work – it affects the heart and its vulnerability leaves a lasting impression. I’m so excited to see what we will create together.”

New team members

Adshel NZ has announced the appointment of two new staff members to its Auckland sales team, Mark Banbrook and Sarah Cowie.

 Cowie joins Adshel from Sky Media, London, where she held sales roles that saw her responsible for key high-profile agency relationships, sponsorship agreements and campaign project management. She will be taking up the role of account manager. 

Cowie says she is excited to become a part of the high performing sales team. 

“I am so overjoyed to come home to New Zealand to be part of an amazing team. The growth Adshel has experienced has been phenomenal and I can’t wait to contribute to that success.”

Banbrook joins Adshel from Mediaworks where he was general manager of Digital Direct, bringing a wealth of invaluable digital sales experience from across multiple media disciplines including television, radio and magazines. He replaces Christie Tanner who is heading off on maternity leave. 

Banbrook says he is looking forward to what 2018 brings. 

“I have been working closely with Christie and the fantastic Adshel team over the past two months, and look forward to stepping into the role of Auckland group sales manager this year, particularly during what is an exciting digital growth trajectory for Adshel. I also wish Christie all the best on becoming a mother.”

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