There was intellectual dissection, there were furrowed brows, there were plates of calamari (hopefully the kind from the sea), there were big jugs of beer, there were raised voices, there were occasional bouts of physical violence and, eventually, there was quorum as a panel of esteemed judges chose New World and Colenso BBDO's rather fruity Fruit and Vege Pro as the victor in the StopPress/MediaWorks TVC of the Year, with Vodafone’s Piggy Sue and Sky’s Murmuration second and third. PLUS: other category winners for craft, degree of difficulty and clever use of TV.
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Air New Zealand (x2), Westpac, Toyota and William Hill all get giant cheques this week.
When colonialism meets commercialism: Sky and ANZ aim to spark interest in the Commonwealth Games—UPDATED
There's no better way to celebrate centuries of oppressive colonialism than with a series of sporting contests. Thankfully, we've got the Commonwealth Games for that. And while they might not be quite as prestigious (or popular) as the Olympics, official broadcaster Sky TV and NZ Olympic Committee sponsor ANZ are doing all they can to draw attention to the upcoming Glasgow games.
A gold star for Vodafone, Rebel Sport, McDonald's, Rinnai and Samsung this week.
A high five this week, with Stihl, Tower, Treasury, 2degrees and Woodstock tickling our extremely ticklish fancies.
When clients shack up with a new agency there's a tendency to torch the previous work and start afresh. 2degrees and its new partner Special Group certainly took a different approach with their recent business push, but it's kept Rhys Darby on as the frontman and maintained the quirky, colloquial and self-reflexive style of the previous work for the pair's first big brand ad.
Listen: Airbnb user design experience manager Jenny Arden on design building trust, design-thinking and designer-founders
Sky launched Sky Go, the long-awaited update to its online and catch-up service iSky, in October last year. And, after a fair bit of social media activity to promote the new website and mobile apps, it's now launched a print and TV campaign via DDB that shows how easy—and potentially perilous—it is for subscribers to 'Watch On'.
Trade Me takes to TV with focus on new goods, therapy possibly required after seeing naked fat man on bike
Trade Me kicked off back in 1999 when Sam Morgan saw an unmet need for an online marketplace selling used goods. That's largely still how consumers see it. But around 40 percent of its listings are new goods, so it is aiming to draw attention to that aspect of its business in the lead up to Christmas with a campaign via Whybin\TBWA featuring naked fat men, well-coiffed dogs and apparent rectal probes.
Rob O'Neill goes back to his tech roots, Maria Slade means business, Undertow Media lands in Auckland, Alex Radford heads to Consortium, Louise Richardson hangs up her NZ Woman's Weekly hat, Josephine Mackenize joins Blockhead and The Sweet Shop adds another to its roster.
Carin Hercock swaps APN for Nielsen, the Red Bulletin takes a new approach, Sim Ahmed and Simon Pound join start-up Vend HQ, Damien Shatford signs with the Sweet Shop, Republik gets some Aussie biz, Big Mobile gets bigger, Rose Matafeo changes channels, Stefan Korn takes Creative HQ reins and APN Outdoor heads to Broadway.
Audi, Warehouse Stationery, Sony and a Vietnamese hospital get a gold star this week.
It's goodbye to the O'Connors, Caulton and MediaWorks go steady, Adshel welcomes a new marketing manager, Haystac adds three to the pile, The Sweet Shop focuses on features with big new partnership, Spark PR and Activate joins The Collective and Aamplify raamps it up with a new hire.
A sand artist, a rural recreationist, some see-through beasts and a wild man walk into a bar...
Kiwi directing duo Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, collectively known as Mark & Louis, have picked up a Grand Prix at the Berlin International Film Festival for their feature Shopping. And, in more good news for The Sweet Shop gang, it has also been named as one of Creativity magazine's stand-out production companies of 2012.
Forbes to the fore on Maori TV, Susan Wood makes a TV comeback, Young & Shand & Growing, Clemenger Group welcomes its annual influx of young'uns, The Sweet Shop adds some more talent, The Blue Rose shifts timeslot, and jobs.co.nz hunts for a new way.