Stephenson and Silva
In another key early development at Aegis Media this year, digital agency Visual Jazz has been merged with Isobar to form one of Australia’s largest digital agencies.
The combined operation, branded Visual Jazz Isobar, has a national presence of 180 staff – 15 from Isobar and 165 from Visual Jazz – with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
Konrad Spilva, a founder and current MD of Visual Jazz, will be MD of Visual Jazz Isobar, reporting to David Stephenson, MD of Aegis Media Pacific’s digital creative division.
The Sydney office of Visual Jazz Isobar, which now will have a team of over 30 people, will be led by Grant Henderson as GM and Verity Tuck as senior account director.
The newly merged agencies key clients are Holden, HSBC, Medibank, JB Hi-Fi, David Jones, Lend Lease and Treasury Wine Estates.
Stephenson said, in a press release:
Since Visual Jazz was founded more than 10 years ago, it has grown from a start up to one of Australia’s leading digital creative agencies and named B&T’s 2011 Interactive Agency of the Year.
Isobar Sydney has a strong creative team plus the backing of one of the world’s biggest and best digital agencies. We have a very powerful offer to our clients and a very positive story to attract the best talent going around.
We’re bringing together the very best people on the ground with the ability to further tap into the extensive global resource and knowledge bank of Isobar. Asia is a growth market for many of our clients and Visual Jazz has already worked with Isobar to deliver client work in several Asian markets. This is really great news for our team and our clients.
The news comes in the same week as Aegis Media announced the launch of innovation unit Jumptank, and just over a fortnight it announced it was relaunching media agency brand Vizeum.