Former Ten boss James Warburton will take up the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) role at V8 Supercars motor racing circuit on June 1, the organisation has announced. Read more »
A Telstra promotion offering loyal customers discounted Bon Jovi tickets has sparked a social media backlash against the telco after customer demand crashed the ticketing website Bang Tango.
Ideaworks has been appointed the new creative agency for Dick Smith electronics in Australia and New Zealand after “an extensive review process.”
The account was formerly held by M&C Saatchi. Read more »
Ratings for the first night of The Block have held steady on previous years for Nine, only fractionally down on 2012 and 2011.
The show rated a preliminary metro audience of 1.312m, according to OzTAM. This was only slightly down on last year’s 1.404m and 2011′s 1.342m. it was also well ahead of the opening night of spin off The Block All Stars which rated 959,000 earlier this year. Read more »
The ads rely heavily on non-sequiturs and misdirection, with the spokesman giving “tips” like “don’t bet on a Jack Russell,” for a greyhound race, and “don’t bet on the Mongolian under-18s men’s cycling team” in the next AFL game.
Jonathan Marshall, the reporter who secretly recorded Alan Jones saying that Julia Gillard’s father ‘died of shame’, has resigned from News Limited reports Media Watch.
According to a comment from John McGourty News Limited’s executive editor of the editorial network, Marshall recently departed the publisher.
Previously held by Aegis Media’s Carat, Bohemia won the account without a formal pitch. Read more »
Another instalment of Ford Kuga advertising to tie in with Nine’s reality singing competition The Voice launched last night.
Featuring hosts Darren McMullen and Faustina Agolley, the 30 second ad focuses on the technological aspects of the Kuga.
The final keynote session of Mumbrella360 will feature the first public appearance of the new boss of Facebook in Australia, the creator of the most globally awarded advertising campaign of the year, the chairman of Australia’s new PR industry body and the president of the Media Federation.
The panellists for Mumbrella Question Time, on June 6, are:
- Will Easton, MD of Facebook in Australia and New Zealand;
- John Mescall, executive creative director of McCann;
- Stuart Gregor, chairman of the PR Council and CEO of Liquid Ideas;
- Henry Tajer, president of the Media Federation and executive chairman of Mediabrands Australia
Easton joined Facebook earlier this year with a brief including market strategy, user experience and engagement, sales and marketing, product deployment and strategic partnerships. He was previously APAC regional director of mobile and social for Google, and before that director of retail for Google. He is a board member of the Mobile Marketing Association in Asia Pacific.
Mescall is the creator of Dumb Ways To Die, the viral musical hit for Melbourne’s Metro Trains which has had more than 45m views since launching in November last year. It has won major trophies at every major awards held since and is on target to garner the most trophies since Tourism Queensland’s Best Job In The World.
Gregor became chairman of the PR Council when it formed under the auspices of the Communications Council in April last year. A former News Limited journalist, Gregor founded Liquid Ideas 13 years ago. It has since grown to one of Australia’s largest independent public relations agencies employing around 30 people.
Tajer has been president of the Media Federation for nearly three years. The industry body acts as the unified voice of Australia’s media agencies. Tajer has also been executive chairman of Mediabrands Australia since 2010.
Agencies within the Mediabrands group include UM, Initiative, MB3, Reprise, Cadreon and Ensemble. Read more »
Peter Fray, the former publisher and editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald, has today launched his new political fact checking website PolitiFact Australia and says he is close to announcing a media partner for the site.
Politifact Australia is based on the format of its US counterpart, created by the Tampa Bay Times, and seeks to test political statements categorising them along a ‘truthometer’, with different ratings from true to half true to “pants on fire” for completely untrue statements.
The Ten Network appears to be on a sports spending spree with the struggling television network reportedly laying out $20 million on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Vodafone is continuing its series of ‘self depreciating’ advertisements with ad which compares the network’s coverage to a broken down Datsun 120Y.
In the ad, Vodafone invited British Formula One driver Jenson Button to attempt a lap record at the Calder Park Raceway in Victoria. During the lap – resembling Top Gear’s “star in a reasonably priced car” segment – the Datsun apparently breaks down on the driver.
A voiceover then says: “Some people used to say the old Vodafone network was like this but we’ve come a long way and there’s still more to come.”
The ad then promotes Vodafone’s 4G offering which switches on in some metro areas of Sydney and Perth next month, along with “some coverage in Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Wollongong” according to the small print of the ad. No mention is made of Victoria.
Developed by Saatchi & Saatchi, the campaign includes 30 and 15 second ads as well as online, in-store and out of home ads.
The campaign itself focuses on the introduction of new rounder-shaped chocolate pieces, the inclusion of whole nuts in all nut varieties, bigger packets, and a new resealable pack.
In the ads, farmers living in “Joyville” carry purple buckets brimming with full cream milk to the chocolate mixing barn. Inside the barn, the new blocks of chocolate are created.
A pair of media and marketing professionals from Australia have set out to the UK on an unlikely quest to crowd source a bid to raise $80m to bring soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United.
The campaign – which launched this afternoon – is being masterminded by Diageo Australasia’s former director of corporate relations Ron Ainsbury and the founder of digital business Catch Andrew Dent.
Fishlock began legal action after being squeezed out of his $350,000 a year job at the agency in early 2011. Fishlock had been executive creative director when Reed Collins was appointed into a similar role but with the differing title of chief creative officer.
Fishlock only found out about the move in the trade press.
He took legal action against The Campaign Palace’s parent company Y&R Brands seeking redundancy payments and long service leave entitlements. Read more »
Channel Nine has downplayed court action by Cricket Australia against the TV network in the Supreme Court of Victoria, in a move that could signal the sport is looking to move domestic cricket to Channel Ten.
While the exact nature of the court action is confidential, sources have told Mumbrella the writ seeks to examine whether Channel Nine’s last rights contract, which gives the network the ability to see and match a rival’s bid, extends to domestic cricket and in particular the Big Bash league which was launched since the contract began.
Channel Nine managing director Jeff Browne would not be drawn on the details of the court action but told Mumbrella: “We have a 32 year relationship with Cricket Australia and I’m very confident that we will be able to resolve any issues between us sensibly and through direct discussion.” Read more »
Sydney advertising agency Cabana Boys has created a new campaign’ to boost support for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
With a play on the charity’s acronym Cabana Boys created the new mnemonic, ‘I Found A Way’, aimed at potential donors to the fund.
Grey Group has created a hard-hitting ad campaign aimed at discouraging young men from speeding by making them think of how their mother would feel about losing them.
The campaign timed for Mother’s Day has been created for Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission. The campaign is the first to be launched by TAC since Simon Strahan took charge of marketing at the organisation at the start of this month following the departure of John Thompson.
Print ads run in the Herald-Sun, The Age and mX in Melbourne on Thursday and feature a rose-covered Mother’s Day card from one angle, and a sympathy card if the ad is turned upside down. Read more »