In an effort to fill a demand for digital, UX and motion content in the Wellington market, STW-owned Designworks has acquired 100 percent of 15-strong design and digital communications agency The Church, making it the region’s largest strategic brand and multi-disciplinary design practice, with around 130 staff across its five offices. Plus: Designworks’ big regional accolades and Sven Baker’s new STW role.
Browsing: The Church
Design and communications agency The Church has created a new direction for the New Zealand International Arts Festival. Targeted at first time festival goers the concept is about adding an ‘extraordinary’ experience to your every day life – be it catching a bus, or walking to work. Creative director Chris Waind says the opportunity to work on such an iconic event was too good to miss. “We’ve been able to bring all our experience with the NZSO and our creative conference We Can Create to bear and that’s injected the energy and effectiveness we think the brand needed”.
It’s been a week filled with movings and shakings, including the fine folks at Tangible Media who have relocated offices to the mighty Mt Albert. But the movings and shakings are widespread. MSN has taken on three new hires while TVNZ’s publicity team makes way for motherhood and an appetite for travel. And although its Australian offices are already open, communications Agency The Church has only recently found its Australian general manger. There’s a new chief at the helm of mobile software and services experts, Run The Red, and Lightfarm Studios gets a touch of G-force with its new marketing and client manager.
…as Aegis opens a new activation division and Apollo Marketing’s Will Riley gets the plum posting; Graeme Underwood moves across the hall and Rachel Lorimer takes over publicity duties at MediaWorks; Simon Kozak is appointed high priest of The Church; Greg Shand sells his share of Baldwin Boyle Group after 25 years with the company; Datamine finds a managing director in its existing ranks; and Ian Hughes announces some changes at Bigmouth voice agency.
High culture is often seen as the exclusive domain of the rich, old and über-educated. And “stuffy” is the word Kirsten Leighs, an account director at design agency The Church, uses to describe the highfalutin image of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) before 2009, when the two outfits started working together.