A Londoner among us
Raf Rasile has been appointed to the newly created role of business director at Touchcast's Auckland office.
Rasile recently moved to New Zealand from London where he was running his own digital agency and working on campaigns, apps and sites for the likes of Honda, MTV, Suzuki, Converse and Manchester City.
"Being new to New Zealand and researching the local market and agencies, joining Touchcast was an easy choice as they're doing great work and truly influencing the local digital landscape," says the new recruit.
He has a heritage of London digital agency experience working with a wide range of clients over the last 14 years. Before founding his own agency, Rasile headed global digital production for Nokia as part of the WPP and Wunderman network following on from time at GT and Razorfish.
"We're really pleased to have Raf on board with us," says Julie Rowe, managing partner at Touchcast. "He's a natural culture fit for Touchcast and brings with him both a depth and breadth of experience that is very difficult to find within the Australasian digital talent pool."
A return to ad land
Waitemata Films has announced that director Rob Sarkies has joined its roster and is now available for work.
Sarkies is the acclaimed director of films such as ‘Scarfies’, ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘Two Little Boys’. He has also amassed an impressive TV commercial showreel over a number of years.
"Having completed his latest drama project – a television drama due to screen in early 2015 – Rob is now planning to fully focus back on his commercial work," says executive producer Julie Elstone.
Sarkies expressed enthusiasm about once again being immersed in the world of advertising and says he is particulalrly looking forward to working with fellow directors Mike Oldershaw, Gary John and Jamie Campbell.
Reload Agency has introduced a new agent and business development manager to its fray in Hannah Tatton, who joins the agency with many years of experience representing photographers both in New Zealand and in Australia.
Tatton, who starts her new role this month, says she is excited to be working with the extensive roster of talented and award-winning commercial and fashion photographers at Reload, including Stephen Langdon, Hannah Richards, Vicki Leopold and John McDermott.