Media Moves… TheMediaOnline’s weekly round up. New MD for CaratSA in Jo’burg. ComutaNet makes strategic appointment. One-eyed Jack lands Savanna for Comic Choice Awards. CSA signs Pearl Valley Golf Estate. Ireland/Davenport gets creative. All the moves in media.
Who’s moved where
New managing director for CaratSA, Johannesburg
CaratSA has announced the appointment of Sean Donnelly as managing director of the agency’s Johannesburg office. The agency says it “opted out” of headhunting someone for the position, choosing instead to hire Donnelly, who comes from a digital background.
The appointment, says CaratSA, will “add a new dimension to Carat’s leadership, and ensure continuous innovation in line with the changing demands of the industry”.
“We believe Sean’s appointment will set new standards for the industry, and will enable Carat to keep moving the agency forward at the pace we have set for ourselves. Carat has never been a conventional agency, and this latest appointment proves how our progressive thinking continues to give our clients the edge,” says Quinton Jones, MD of CaratSA.
Donnelly joins CaratSA from digital marketing specialists Aqua Online, and brings new generation skills with an emphasis on digital expertise. He has extensive experience in the ICT industry, and hasmanaged the delivery of countless high-value campaigns and programmes in the banking, government, mobile and web sectors. His work involved the leading of large multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams, and he boasts a strong reputation as a leader, project and programme manager, digital advertising and business strategist, and client relationship manager.
New business development at ComutaNet gets strategic appointment
ComutaNet and Campus Media have appointed Justin van Alphen as new business developments media consultant within the two Primedia companies, describing it as a key appointment in terms of the importance of new business development that “drives continuous innovation creating new revenue streams for existing businesses.
“It’s my goal to educate people in the industry about the benefits and opportunities that exist when advertising on the different platforms that we have at ComutaNet and Campus Media. I will also be engaging new clients from the 2600 advertisers that currently engage the LSM 4-7 market,” says van Alphen.
Van Alphen aims to explore new media platforms such as digital and outdoor while honing his skills as a specialist in all areas of media related to the Emerging and Student Markets.
Hlamazi Mabunda joins IAS
Hlamazi Mabunda has been appointed as account executive at the Independent Search Agency and Selection Company (IAS) following the successful completion of her internship at the IAS in 2011.
Hlamazi is an integrated marketing communications graduate from the AAA School of Advertising.
“In the short space of time since I’ve been here, I have learned just how challenging the industry and the work is, I enjoy working for the IAS, with the clients and agencies that I’ve been exposed to – I cannot wait to see what 2012 has in store for me professionally”, says Mabunda.
Who’s won what
One-eyed Jack, secures Savanna as Presenting Partner for Comic’s Choice Awards
Specialist sponsorship agency One-eyed Jack has confirmed that Savanna will be the ‘Official drink of Funny’ for this year’s Comic’s Choice Awards. With the Awards positioned as being ‘Serious about Funny’, the collaboration couldn’t be more spot on.
“Sourcing brand partners for comedy is always a challenging exercise, as in South Africa there are only a few brands that play in the comedy arena”, comments Manuela de Deus, director of sponsorships at One-eyed Jack. “The key was to identify a brand that not only activates off of the comedy platform, but is proudly South African and supports our local talent. Savanna was the perfect choice.”
Launched by John Vlismas in 2011, the Comic’s Choice Awards is a comic’s event. It is organised, designed, built and supported by the local comedy industry. The awards are given by comedians to comedians, so its no surprise that it is regarded as the most credible award that a local comedian can win.
The 2nd Annual Comic’s Choice Awards are scheduled to take place at Montecasino’s Teatro on 10 July. Registration for comics opens on 5 March 2012 on www.comicschoice.co.za
The media partners for the event are Mzansi Magic, Kaya FM and The Times. The Times is also the sponsor of a new award for 2012: The Times Comic Pen Award.
CSA scores at Pearl Valley Golf Estates
Communication Services Africa, the communication strategist division of Celebrity Services Africa (C.S.A.), has been appointed as strategic communications consultancy by Pearl Valley Golf Estates. CSA will be handling the estate’s full media communications, including the development of the brand’s social network identity and management of all promotional activities.
“Considering Pearl Valley’s global & national accolades and excellent reputation, representing them is a great credit. We look forward to reinforcing and positioning Pearl Valley in the public domain,” says Communication Services Africa’s director, Davin Phillips.
Hat trick for Ireland/Davenport
Ireland/Davenport has won awards for print, radio and television in this month’s Creative Circle awards. “We are proud to have received these accolades,” says Philip Ireland, executive creative director and co-founder of the agency.
“It is the second month in a row that we have won Ad of the Month and it is all because we have a passionate team of people who can work together to create truly amazing ads, not to mention our incredible clients who buy creative work, that works.”
The much talked about Walking Dead Season 2 campaign came out tops in the TV category with its ad titled ‘Bedtime Story’, while the agency’s campaign for National Geographic Channels’ The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan was awarded both first and second place in the Print category.
Fox International & National Geographic Channels’ Thandi Davids and Top TV’s Natasja Madinda are both delighted about the awards.
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