Media Moves… TheMediaOnline’s weekly round up. Jo-Ann Held (Strauss) appointed a director of Media24. Heart 104.9FM announces the departure of Saskia Falken. Top editor to join Editorial Solutions at Media24 Magazines. Werner Lindemann joins Kagiso Media. Cinemark’s Marchel van Wyk gives license to laugh. Claire Cobbledick to head up marketing at eBay’s Gumtree SA. New year kickoff for Dummett & Co. Wanted: Creative Cape Town digital communications intern. Publicis Groupe buys Applied Media Logic. Loveurope celebrates SA success with new offices. Local media mogul celebrates 25 years at Algoa FM. ABF bos beraad coming right up
Who’s moved where
Jo-Ann Held (Strauss) appointed a director of Media24
Media24 has announced that Jo-Ann Held has been appointed as a director of this company.
Held (nee Strauss) is a media entrepreneur who, among other initiatives, presents and has produced her own prime time TV show. She also has several corporate enterprises and is a director of Partnership Investments, a company with interests in media, mining and property. She also serves on the Western Cape Board of Ubuntu Botho (part of Sanlam) and the board of M&C Saatchi Abel, one of SA’s leading advertising agencies. She obtained a BCom (Law) degree at Stellenbosch University.
Held is a former Miss South Africa, was a presenter of Pasella and is still involved as a presenter at Top Billing. She is a popular speaker about various subjects such as gender issues, the new business environment and corporate transformation. She is actively involved in several charity initiatives.
Heart 104.9FM announces the departure of Saskia Falken
As part of its ongoing review of Heart 104.9 FM’s value proposition to listeners, the station constantly assesses its on air presenters. Managing director Gary Petersen says the station reviewed its six am to six pm line-up. “In this regard Saskia Falken will be leaving the station at the end of February 2014,” he said in a statement.
Falken has spent the past 14 years in radio and most of this time at Heart 104.9FM. “The station has afforded Falken the opportunity to hone her craft and over the past two years has given her the chance to complete a commercial degree. We have no doubt that this will further contribute to Saskia’s future endeavours. We wish her well and thank her for the enjoyable time we, her Heart family, have shared with her” says Petersen.
Top editor to join Editorial Solutions at Media24 Magazines
Grazia editor Danielle Weakley is set to join Media24’s recently established division Editorial Solutions at the end of March 2014. Weakley is known as the South African editor of this international brand that has had a big impact on the local fashion and beauty front for the past 18 months. ‘’It has been a joy to be part of Grazia. I am passionate about fashion and beauty content in particular and delighted to take up the commercial and editorial challenges Editorial Solutions offers,’’ says Weakley.
Weakley will join the Editorial Solutions team that is headed up by Izelle Venter, the previous editor-in-chief of Huisgenoot, YOU and Drum, three of Media24’s weekly titles.
‘’Media24 Editorial Solutions has been set up to serve our advertisers and clients with what we understand best: content. With our massive reach on print and digital platforms we are able to deliver content solutions in an uncontested manner. Danielle’s editorial expertise and energy are a perfect match for this new key division,’’ says John Relihan, CEO of Media24 magazines.
Werner Lindemann joins Kagiso Media
Werner Lindemann has joined Kagiso Media in the capacity of group commercial director. His key focus areas in his new position will include all group commercial processes namely top line growth, business development, sales, customer relationship and talent development. He will also look at the group’s commercial positioning within the rest of Africa and will oversee larger or multiple Opco deals.
Lindemann holds a BSc Eng. (Industrial), a MSc Eng. (cum laude) and a MBA and is understandably excited about the opportunity to add real value to Kagiso’s current operations. “It’s fantastic to be back in the media industry and to be part of such a vibrant business with myriads of opportunities. If we stay true to the Kagiso Media reason for existence, i.e. ‘creating communities for the good’, we have a differentiator that nobody can come close to in the SA market.”
Prior to joining Kagiso Media, Lindemann served as managing director at Datacentrix and before that as Vice President for IBM Global Technology Services in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Cinemark’s Marchel van Wyk gives license to laugh
With a flair for the dramatic and an addiction to movies, it is no wonder 25-year-old Marchel Van Wyk has found herself in the position of media analyst at Cinemark. Van Wyk has has worked her way up the rungs to the role starting out working as a PA for a financial consultant, then became a client service agent in insurance. “In 2011 I got my first job in the industry as an intern and from there I graduated to junior media analyst and eventually media buyer. Now I work at Cinemark as a media analyst,” she says.
Van Wyk spends her days doing research and analysis based on the cinema medium, target market, demographics, cinema in relation to other mediums, how it is consumed by certain target audiences and international cinema.
Dr Seuss’ quote: “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient to living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope,” is one of Marchel’s favourite quotes because she says it is important to try not to take yourself too seriously. “Laugh now and then, laughter is good for the soul.”
Claire Cobbledick to head up marketing at eBay’s Gumtree SA
Since leaving The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town at the end of 2013, Claire Cobbledick has resurfaced as Gumtree’s head of marketing for South Africa.
Cobbledick’s agency career started over 16 years ago. In 2010 she has promoted to MD and in 2013 voted one of the most-admired agency bosses in Cape Town, notably for her nerveless leadership.
An ex-Durbanite who studied law, Cobbledick counts many high-profile industry events as career highlights, having held the first ‘Red Bull Flugtag’ in the country, when Red Bull was still a fledgling brand, and taking part in the repositioning of Sanlam, the launch of Virgin Money SA, and the relaunch of 20twenty.com, the pure play bank.
She believes these seminal events on the SA marketing landscape will prove invaluable in eBay and Gumtree’s play for continued dominance in the local classifieds market.
Gugu Jombile has been appointed as Operations Administrator within the Group Content Services division at M-Net.
Who’s won what
New year kickoff for Dummett & Co
Independent strategic PR agency, Dummett & Co, has been appointed to provide full-service PR support for three top-notch client brands, including Big Blue, a 22-store retail fashion business, Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate, a 212-hectare country residential estate with an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, as well as The Cape Town Marathon, a 42 km scenic city marathon, which forms part of a weekend-long festival of running in September and is backed by City of Cape Town, Western Province Athletics and ASEM Running.
“All three of these wonderful clients were referred to us by existing long-standing clients of ours – Luma Animation and Vital Health Foods – which speaks to our ability to serve, deliver and make a positive contribution to our clients’ businesses,” says Craig Dummett, MD of the Cape Town-based agency.
In November 2013, Imperial Holdings’ owned Midas Group renewed its relationship with the agency after a successful six-month campaign. Midas Group trades in the replacement automotive parts industry, marketing and distributing quality automotive, DIY, DIFM and leisure travel products.
What’s out there
Wanted: Creative Cape Town digital communications intern
Creative Cape Town, a programme of the Cape Town Partnership, is looking for a digital communications intern to join our team! (Applications close Monday, 3 February)
This position is a great start for someone with a projected career path in communications, journalism, advertising, marketing, the cultural sector or arts management. The Digital Communications Intern will have the following opportunities:
Applicants should send their cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who’s making moves
Publicis Groupe buys Applied Media Logic
Publicis has announced the acquisition of South African media agency Applied Media Logic (AML), which will be aligned with the global media network ZenithOptimedia.
Based in Johannesburg, AML was launched in 2002 and has a staff of 35 media professionals including digital specialists, strategists and media investment advisors. Following the acquisition, the agency will be branded ZenithOptimedia South Africa.
AML’s current managing director Kim Weissensee will lead the company and become CEO of ZenithOptimedia South Africa. This acquisition follows that of the digital marketing agency Synergize, into Saatchi & Saatchi South Africa in December 2013.
Steve King, Worldwide CEO of ZenithOptimeda, said, “South Africa is a very important market for the ZenithOptimedia network and we are delighted to enhance our presence in this space with the acquisition of AML. It is the leading independent media agency in the country, and has a fantastic reputation for producing innovative work and delivering ROI for clients.”
Loveurope celebrates SA success with new offices
Loveurope, the international marketing services group, celebrated the continuing successes of its South African operations with the opening of new purpose-built offices in Hyde Park. Capable of producing all marketing content across multiple media platforms, Love Johannesburg’s clients include Coca-Cola and Sasol; the former whose television research material for campaigns across 31 markets are produced from within the Johannesburg offices
Steve Cronan, head of International Studio Services, said that with the move into the new offices Love Johannesburg is all about new beginnings. “When we first opened our doors in Johannesburg it was to extend our services to existing multi-national advertising-agency clients. Since that time however we have worked hard to evolve into an independent marketing services specialist with the majority of our work being directly with domestic and internationally recognised brands.”
Heading up Love Johannesburg for the past five years is general manager Stefanie Leimer. “Using technology to our advantage our team taps into our international network to create high-impact tactical material across all channels”
Local media mogul celebrates 25 years at Algoa FM
Algoa FM’s staff and board of directors are celebrating their managing director’s 25th year anniversary with the station this month. Dave Tiltmann is a true radio legend, serving as the MD of Algoa FM, a leading commercial and regional radio station broadcasting in both the Eastern and Southern Cape.
“I lead my business as a movie director rather than a managing director. If you can weave fun and creativity through all serious business decisions, then fun becomes the business and leads the way to financial prosperity,” says Tiltmann.
He has served as the Managing Director for 14 years and is described by the station’s Financial Director Kevin Reed as “a leader that has vision, foresight, fairness, a sense of humour and creativity, wrapped up in a package of immense professionalism; he is certainly one to be followed”.
“Under Dave’s leadership, Algoa FM has been instrumental in growing many local businesses into household names through best practice advertising initiatives. Dave sets very high standards in business, and he has worked tirelessly together with our advertising team and international media consultants in bringing top class products and innovation to market. He has excellent business acumen coupled with a positive empowering attitude, and is someone I believe who enjoys seeing people and businesses grow and succeed,” says sales manager of Algoa FM, Dennis Karantges.
Rdio and Shazam announce expansion of music discovery partnership to include South Africa
Rdio, the digital music service, and Shazam, a media engagement company, have announced an international expansion of their music discovery partnership to include South Africa. South African users of the Free and Encore version of the Shazam App for iOS and Android are now able to instantly listen to entire songs after tagging them by clicking the “Listen Free on Rdio” link within the app.
“Working together in major countries across the globe, we are now providing more than 270 million Shazam users the ability to instantly listen to an entire song they just identified exclusively on Rdio,” said Daniel Danker, chief product officer of Shazam.
ABF bos beraad coming right up
The ABF is hosting its annual Bos Beraad on the 12 February at Draft FCB in Sandton and we invite any interested parties to attend.
“Running a charity is all about planning. We need to make sure that our fundraising efforts coincide with the financial demands placed on our organisation,” says organizer Sharlene Vallance. “The ABF are putting together a fantastic event calendar that will cater to everyone’s taste this year which will include the return of the Comedy Evening. This was an event that was really well supported by the industry. Hosted at Joe Parkers, it is a nice central venue that provides a great evening’s entertainment. We are also working on hosting three pub quiz evening’s with the last event being a final where great prizes can be won.
The ABF would appreciate input from the industry. This organization is all about the advertising and marketing community. We are the official charity of the industry and look forward to your support during 2014.”
Markem-Imaje Corporation acquires CSAT inkjet subsidiary
Markem-Imaje Corporation, a global leader in product identification and traceability solutions, has announced the acquisition of Heidelberg’s CSAT inkjet subsidiary from Heidelberg. CSAT, headquartered in Eggenstein, Germany, specialises in integrating digital printing and labelling systems into industrial production lines, and focuses on supplying the pharmaceutical and label conversion sectors.
Rowan Beattie, Managing Director at Pyrotec, explains “Globally, the whole industry is going the digital printing route and PackMark’s core business also forms part of the digital printing world. We use the same technology, but with different applications.”
Pyrotec is the sole South African distributor of Markem-Imaje’s range of machinery and can now also offer CSAT printing solutions to its customers as a result of the acquisition.
Note: TheMediaOnline has a job advertising service. The site is read by media professionals across South Africa. A job posting on the Media Online Costs R342 (incl VAT) and appears for 30 days. It appears both on the Media Online site and Memejobs.com.