Whybin\TBWA NZ management shake-up as CEO David Walden and creative chief Andy Blood depart

Whybin NZ’s Todd McLeay and Toby Talbot

The New Zealand operation of Whybin\TBWA has installed a new management team as long-serving CEO David Walden and star creative chief Andy Blood leave the agency after 25 years of combined service.

Heavily rumoured in recent weeks, Walden confirmed his departure yesterday, bringing to an end 16 years with the agency.

He will remain in a consultant role, handing over to new boss Todd McLeay.

McLeay joins from APN New Zealand where he was COO, heading up its publishing and digital business. He will team up with new chief creative officer Toby Talbot, who joins from Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe Y&R in London, where he was ECD. Read more »

Screen Australia adds another round to Short Film Completion Fund

Screen Australia has added another funding round for its Short Film Completion Fund.

Film-makers can apply for up to $40,000 in post-production costs in order to complete their short film.

The additional round may cheer the film-making community following December’s news that the national screen agency’s feature fund had dried up for the financial year. Read more »

The Icon Group appoints Paul Cooke

Communications company The Icon Group which includes Icon incorporated and icon.pr has appointed Paul Cooke as its new director of business.

Cooke has been hired to undertake a strategic review of the Melbourne based agency and to help focus its business strategy. Read more »

Screentime acquires biography of Gina Rinehart

Adele Ferguson’s Gina Rinehart acquired by Screentime

Screentime has acquired the rights to the unauthorised biography of the richest woman in the world.

The Banijay-owned company picked up the rights of the story of Gina Rinehart from biographer and Fairfax journalist Adele Ferguson.

Planned as a six hour mini-series, the production will be written by Michael Lucas, writer of Offspring and Not Suitable For Children. Read more »

Lawrence Johnston’s film Night gets US theatrical release five years on

An Australian feature documentary has found a US theatrical release five years after being released in Australian cinemas.

Lawrence Johnston’s Night will be distributed through Moustrap Films as part of the distributor’s Film Festival Flix campaign. Read more »

WiTH Collective restructures management team

WiTH Collective’s Lauren Boyce and Lara Hally promoted

Independent creative agency WiTH Collective has undergone a restructure of its management team.

Hally Lara has been bumped up to general manager while Lauren Boyce has been moved to client services director. Read more »

Julius Avery’s Son of a Gun starring Ewan McGregor to shoot in late February

Julius Avery’s Son of a Gun begins shooting late February

Principal photography will begin late February on Australian film-maker Julius Avery’s debut feature film Son of a Gun, starring Ewan McGregor.

The shoot will take place in Perth, Kalgoorlie and Melbourne.

Joining McGregor is Australian actor Brenton Thwaites, who recently finished production on Disney’s Maleficent alongside Angelina Jolie. Thwaites will play the protege to McGregor’s master criminal. Read more »

Melissa Madden named as BBC Worldwide’s new marketing director

melissa maddenThe Seven Network’s former marketing director Melissa Madden has quit the network to do the same role for BBC Worldwide.

Melissa Madden – who was also head of marketing for the launch of Jetstar and prior to that GM of marketing at Qantas –  will start her new role next month.

The move by BBC Worldwide comes as the revamp on the organisation’s Australian operation continues, with new MD Jon Penn due to arrive from FremantleMedia shortly. Read more »

Seven again dominates over Masterchef: The Professionals and The Block: All Stars

My Kitchen Rules continued to plough through rival programs last night, again topping 2m capital city viewers, keeping Nine’s The Block: All Stars at bay while completely dominating rival Ten cooking show MasterChef: The Professionals.

MasterChef: The Professionals fell to just 533,000 viewers, running 20th for the night overall according to preliminary OzTAM figures. Read more »

David Michod begins shooting The Rover and announces support cast

David Michod begins shooting The Rover

Actors Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones, Susan Prior and David Field have joined the cast in director David Michod’s follow up to his 2010 film Animal Kingdom.

The Rover has now begun production in the SA desert for a seven week shoot. Read more »

Peters relaunches the KISS Thunderbolt

Peters ice cream has relaunched 80s favourite the KISS Thunderbolt ice block, on the back of the rock band’s 40th anniversary tour.

A popular hit in the 1980s with KISS fans,the announcement has already caused a stir among the ban’s online fan groups.

Some fans have even gone so far as to put the icecream on eBay asking as much as $15.00 for a KISS Thunderbolt Wrapper.

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DDB New Zealand creates over-sized Monopoly game for Maccas

Ad agency DDB New Zealand has produced a TV ad for McDonald’s that is to run in both Australia and New Zealand.

The ad, which features a over-sized version of popular board game Monopoly in a city centre, introduces McDonald’s Monopoly Millionaire promotion.

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The Encore Interview: Mark Scott

mark scottAfter establishing a career in newspapers, including a 12-year stint at Fairfax, Mark Scott has been the managing director of the ABC since 2006. In 2011, he was appointed for a second five-year term. He speaks to Encore’s managing editor Brooke Hemphill about his plans for the public broadcaster, the changing role of the ABC in a multi-platform world and the ramifications of launching ABC3 and News 24 in the same year.


Mark Scott on how the ABC is leading the charge with fast-tracking TV content, the soon-to-be launched ABC television companion app, and how the broadcaster has embraced opportunities in the multiplatform space. Read more »

M&C Saatchi Australia appoints Ogilvy UK boss Jaimes Leggett as CEO

Jaimes Leggett

M&C Saatchi Australia has appointed Jaimes Leggett from Ogilvy UK to lead the agency as chief executive.

Leggett will not replace ‘the two Toms’, worldwide chairman Tom Dery and regional creative director Tom McFarlane who said: “We’re not going anywhere.”

Leggett will run the agency of 400 staff in two offices, which counts CommBank, David Jones, Dick Smith, Google, News Limited and Optus as clients.

“Jaimes is a proven leader, problem solver and generator of new business. His experience in dealing with global ideas and digital businesses has equipped him well to lead our group into the future,” said Dery in a media statement.  Read more »

Sandy Roberts: I’m staying with Seven

Roberts tells Peter Mitchell he is staying put

Seven sports presenter Sandy Roberts has gone on air to deny claims that he is quitting the network for Fox Sports.

The Melbourne-based presenter today told viewers that he is going nowhere. Read more »

Former News Limited exec Sue Klose joins Venture Consulting to develop digital practice

sue kloseA year after leaving News Limited, Sue Klose has been revealed as a partner at Venture Consulting with a brief to develop the organisation’s new digital practice.

Klose spent nearly three years at News Limited as director of corporate development followed by a two year stint as publisher of the company’s Carsguide. Read more »

PR agencies boost Canberra presence ahead of poll

Leading public relations agencies are boosting their presence in Canberra after of the September Federal election.

Hill + Knowlton Strategies yesterday announced it will launch a Canberra office, with the appointment of former senior Liberal Party strategist to an executive role with the agency.

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Unilever replaces one marketing director with two

Two Unilever Australia/New Zealand executives have been promoted to the joint role of marketing managing directors following the departure of Peter Boone from the company.

Hugo Verkuil and Andrea Martens both worked under Boone at the consumer goods giant until he left last year.

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