Movings/Shakings: 4 December

In the Red 

Mobile marketing company Run The Red has promoted Lorelena Viki to general manager.

Viki has held the position of head of operations for the past three years and will now take on a broader role including planning, leadership and partner management, working closely with mobile industry compliance groups such as the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF).

She will continue to oversee the service delivery and operations teams and support key clients such as Vodafone, The Department of Internal Affairs, Z and Sky.

Viki has worked in the IT sector for more than 12 years. Prior to joining Run The Red, she worked as a project manager at Environmental Scientific Research (ESR) and as a systems test analyst for the Ministry of Health.

Run The Red’s message volumes have increased 85 percent since 2011 and the company now manages more than 150 million messages per year through its Enterprise SMS Gateway, which is used by some of New Zealand’s largest public and private sector organisations.

“Run The Red continues to grow at a rapid rate and expand into new markets across Asia Pacific,” says Ben Northrop, Run The Red chief executive. “Lorelena’s passion for people brings a unique flavour to the fast-paced environment we have here.”

Street for Breakfast  

Toni Street has been named as the new co-host of TV One’s Breakfast alongside Rawdon Christie.

She is well-known to television audiences as the co-presenter of TV One’s Saturday Breakfast show and regular fill-in for the departing Petra Bagust. Prior to that she anchored ONE’s live coverage of the international netball, tennis and triathlon, as well as presenting the ONE News Sports Bulletin, before co-hosting Saturday Breakfast.

TVNZ head of news and current affairs, Ross Dagan says Street was chosen for the job because of her background in live television and her recent success on Saturday Breakfast.

“Toni has proven herself to be an incredibly warm, engaging and intelligent presenter. While she is no stranger to our viewers, we are pleased to welcome her permanently to the weekday Breakfast family.”

“I’m really excited about joining Breakfast fulltime,” says Street, who is currently on maternity leave. “Rawdon and I launched Saturday Breakfast together, so it will be awesome to be back on the couch with him again. We’ve got lots of new and exciting ideas for next year, I can’t wait to be part of it.”

She will begin her new position when Breakfast returns in early 2013. 

No Sports Tonight

It was Close Up’s last show ever on Friday night and Sports Tonight, which has been on air for eight years, is set to follow in its footsteps, as it won’t be returning to TV3 in 2013.  

“Sports Tonight content will be folded into Nightline as appropriate, and we are seeking to redeploy staff elsewhere in the News and Current Affairs division,” says MediaWorks publicity manager Rachel Lorimer.

Head of news and current affairs Mark Jennings told the Herald the show’s ratings were “not as good as they had been and there were better options for overseas non-sport programming in the 11pm time slot.” But the performance of host Howard Dobson wasn’t a factor in the decision. 

And the AWARD goes to…

Back: Jonathan McMahon, Mick Stalker, Antony Wilson, Rory McKechnie and Lisa Fedyszyn. Down below: Grace Tai, Scott Kelly and Eloise Jack

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) has released the names of the top students graduating from the Auckland branch of AWARD School, the ideas programme for aspiring art directors and copywriters, with hosts and former AWARD School graduates Lisa Fedyszyn and Jonathan McMahon (DDB New Zealand) announcing Scott Kelly as the top student, Eloise Jack as second and Grace Tai third. 

McMahon said: “It was a great turn out and it was good for the students and tutors to have a well-deserved drink after an intense 16 weeks. And very rewarding to see the best work of those weeks up on the wall. Many of the students are already on placement and hopefully after the show the remaining students will find placements as well.”

Communications Council chief executive Margaret Zabel congratulated all the students and thanked all those involved in making AWARD School such a valuable introduction to the industry, including tutors Colenso BBDO’s Mick Stalker, DDB’s Rory McKechnie and Special group’s Antony Wilson. 

Sponsored by Google, AWARD School is a 16-week, part time course which runs from March to July each year in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart, Auckland and Singapore. 

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