With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games mere weeks away, the official New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ, with the help of Assignment Group and TVNZ Blacksand, has launched the first phase of its campaign.
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Fresh-up, Colenso BBDO and OMD are calling on real mates with real rivalry to take each other on in a ‘Beat Your Mate, Smash Your Thirst’ campaign, set to be broadcast on TV through a partnership with TVNZ.
TVNZ has launched its countdown to the Paralympics with a new interactive 'Built Different' campaign, via Blacksand, that celebrates the determination, strength and the achievements of New Zealand's Paralympians.
TVNZ and Kiwibank are calling for nominations for the 2016 New Zealander of the Year Awards and showing off a refreshed visual identity developed by Assignment Group in a new TVC made by Blacksand.
It used to be so simple. Find an audience (usually from someone or something with enough money to own mass media), put an ad in front of that audience and roll around on a bed laden with cash, laughing maniacally. These days, there is huge media fragmentation, constant distraction (AKA 'obesity of the mind'), more good content on offer than ever before and numerous ways for consumers to dodge ads. That makes reaching audiences much more difficult, but the rise of digital technology and the rapid changes in the way people are consuming media has meant broadcasters and advertisers have had to embrace more creative methods of storytelling to maintain the audience's attention, something Blacksand's senior digital producer Amie Mills discussed recently at the first TVNZ Outtakes event.
Make-a-Wish foundation's little heroes hit TV for the first time with the help of Blacksand and Jason Paris
The Make-A-Wish foundation has made history by releasing its first ever TVC, with TVNZ Blacksand's Our Little Heroes campaign celebrating the heroic nature of children suffering life threatening medical conditions in the hope of gaining further reach to grant more wishes.
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A doffing of this week's cap to Skinny, TVNZ, James Hardie and Red Bull.
In the new Kia Sportage spot by Work Communications, New Zealand's green landscape and pristine waters serve as a foil to office-based captivity and the screen-staring that often comes with it. And while driving to a desolate swimming beach and diving in seems like a liberating idea, it probably isn't quite as pleasurable as what it seems. What the footage shot by TVNZ's Blacksand fails to tell the viewer is that the spot was shot at the onset of winter and that lead talent Sophie Baragwanath had to endure frigid swims during one day of shooting.
Up against an international field of broadcasting heavyweights at the Promax Global Excellence awards in New York last week, TVNZ Blacksand and Sky TV have both walked away with gold and bronze gongs.
Following on from last year's elaborate faux real estate campaign for Agent Anna's first season, TVNZ's in-house agency Blacksand has again tapped into the fake reality theme for the promotion of the dramedy's second season. Shot in an actual rental home, the stunt features Robyn Malcolm in character as klutzy Anna Kingston showing real visitors—and potential tenants—around a home, which has been set up with a variety of booby traps that result in some awkward interactions.
It has been talked about for years—and experimented with from time to time—but, in what could be seen as the opposite of pull my finger, mall wanderers who push a button on a billboard will get to sample the smell of homemade cooking as part of a new campaign by oOh! Media and TVNZ to promote the new season of My Kitchen Rules Australia. PLUS: the numbers for the show's first week.
Around the world, broadcasters are using their talents to make more than just promos for their own shows or idents for their own channels. And TVNZ’s Blacksand is no exception. So should agencies be concerned by the multi-skilled employees, the quick turnaround, the increasing interaction with clients and the improving output of this inhouse creative department? Or can everyone get along?
TVNZ Blacksand's microsite for the Step Dave show could be the forerunner to further efforts to complement on-screen viewing. The site has character information, video, extra scenes and a virtual version of the fridge that features on the show.
Fair Go is one of the great survivors in the world of TV and it kicks off its new season tonight at the new time of 8pm. But while the ratings remain solid, not everyone's enamoured with the show, with Brian Edwards writing a scathing piece and offering some advice to those who come in for some unwanted attention.
Sky, Vend and TVNZ each leave a memorable imprint on another week in adland.