Browsing: Andy Blood

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Hertz honoured, 2degrees appoints interim leader
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As the recovery mission for the submerged plane thought to be holding the bodies of Eric and Kathy Hertz kicks into gear, tributes are flowing for the 2degrees chief executive—and plans have been put in place by the company to continue his mobile mission.

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Mercury takes step in more useful direction with Good Energy Monitor—UPDATED
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Despite the huge amount of customer data energy companies have at their disposal, not many of them have used that data well to create useful tools for customers to manage their power consumption. Some might say that’s because it’s in the interests of energy companies for their customers to use more energy, even though it might not be in the best interests of society as a whole. But following in the footsteps of Powershop’s useful online usage meters and hints on how to reduce consumption, Mercury Energy has also come to the utility party with a new product called the Good Energy Monitor, or GEM.

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Horse’s Mouth: Andy Blood
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After nine years at TBWA\, Andy Blood, one of the industry’s most awarded, respected and well-liked creative directors, is handing the reins to Toby Talbot. How’s that for disruption.

Movings/shakings
TBWA\ adds a couple more creatives to the coterie
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It’s all go at TBWA\ at the moment, with Todd McLeay set to step into the big shoes of Dave Walden soon and Toby Talbot set to take over from Andy Blood in March. And, following on Steve Kane’s shift, it’s added two more DDB scalps, with Lisa Fedyszyn and Jonathan McMahon joining as creative directors.

Movings/shakings
TBWA\ gets the Kane
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After seven years with DDB Group, and three in the role of experiential creative director, Steve Kane has taken a role as “a senior, multi-faceted creative director” at Whybin\TBWA, where he will work under executive creative director Andy Blood.

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In with the blue: ANZ and TBWA\ bank on the power of two—UPDATED
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The fusing of two financial entities that between them have nearly half of the population on their books is a massive—and massively complicated—task, both logistically in terms of back-end systems and emotionally in terms of assuaging customers’ fears through communications. It’s been in the planning for a while, of course, and in response to yesterday’s official announcement that ANZ would be phasing out the National Bank over the next two years, Whybin\TBWA is about to launch a big integrated campaign that “heralds the start of a new era for ANZ and reassures customers they will be getting the best of both worlds”.

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TBWA\ strikes again with 100% Pure Ad Impact
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TBWA’s ‘The Mission Continues’ for 2degrees took the annual Colmar Brunton Ad Impact award, and it’s continued its winning streak by claiming victory in the August round for its 100% Middle-earth campaign for Tourism New Zealand.

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TBWA\ stamps its fantastical mark on New Zealand with 100% Middle-earth
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The 100% Pure New Zealand campaign is now in its 13th year, is held up as a master-class in tourism marketing and has helped turn New Zealand into one of the strongest country brands in the world. And Tourism New Zealand is aiming to replicate the international influx of visitors following The Lord of the Rings trilogy with the release of a new global campaign by the Sydney and Auckland offices of Whybin\TBWA and Curious Film that “invokes the magic of Middle-earth”.

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Musical chairs continue as more surprising hires announced
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It’s tough to make a buck in the music industry these days. But those creative types can sometimes make a pretty penny if they sell their soul and head into advertising. And it seems a few musos have left their instruments behind for scamp pads and sharpies of late, with Dave Gibson joining DraftFCB, the Kids of 88 starting at Barnes, Catmur & Friends and P-Money coming on-board at TBWA\.

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TBWA\ and 2degrees wake the sleeping giant in Next Top Model, as MediaWorks trumpets solid June
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MediaWorks has been in the news a bit recently, with the unexpected departure of its TV wunderkind Jason Paris and continuing discussion about the sizable debts of its owner Ironbridge. But it’s not all bad: its two-channel strategy appears to be paying off in terms of share, ad revenue is up and general manager of integration Melanie Reece says the “sleeping giant” of branded content and product placement is starting to wake up, as evidenced by the success of New Zealand’s Next Top Model and the inclusion of new sponsors like 2degrees into the show. 

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Goodbyes, hellos and well dones…
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…as Kerry Smith is farewelled; Tequila finds its new general manager after a lengthy search; Mango adds three new fruits; and one of The Sweet Shop’s directors gets the nod for his film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. 

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‘C + C magic factory’ joins TBWA\
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In yet another New Zealand case of returning prodigals, the creative duo of Connan James and Craig Farndale, who announced they were going free range in July after their contract with Saatchi & Saatchi came to an end, have taken up roles as creative directors at TBWA\TEQUILA.

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ASB’s departure leads to digital comings, creative goings and a new focus for TBWA\
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The big news in agency land recently has been the large ASB related cloud hovering in the TBWA\ atmosphere. And it’s just experienced some more inclement weather after its creative director Guy Roberts and his creative partner Corey Chalmers decided to up sticks and head across to Droga5. But as TBWA chief executive Dave Walden says in his inimitable style: “You’ve got to look at the silver lining in every fucking cloud”. And the silver lining on this one is the promotion of digital guru Ross Howard to creative director of Tequila\ as part of an explicit decision to up the agency’s digital ante.

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TBWA\ embark on Starship enterprise
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Following a competitive pitch, TBWA\TEQUILA\ has announced a new relationship with The Starship Foundation, further cementing the charitable work it has been doing with Mercury Energy and ASB, which are both five star sponsors of the foundation.

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Arty envelopes vying for supremacy
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The 2009 finalists for the Art of the Envelope awards have been announced and a panel headed up by TBWA\Whybin’s Andy Blood will announce the winners on Thursday night.

Awards/events
Blood on the floor for Art of the Envelope awards
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Andy Blood, Partner and Group Executive Creative Director at TBWA\Whybin, will be stepping up to plate to judge the entries for the 2009 Art Of The Envelope awards, which take place on 26 November at Fables, Newmarket.Huffer founders Dan Buckley and Steve Dunstan will MC the event.

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