Independent Newspapers has signed two influential international judges for its Eagle Awards, South Africa’s premier print advertising event.
Eugene Cheong and Matthew Bull have confirmed they’ll be judging the awards, and local hero, the inventor of Township Tech, Spoek Mathambo, is hosting the event.
For the first time in years The Eagle Awards will take place in the Mother City. Besides just awarding the best print advertising for the year, the show will also include an exhibition of some of the hottest local photographers and illustrators in South Africa, as well as the first People’s Choice Eagle being awarded to one photographer and illustrator on the night.
Judges Eugene Cheong and Matthew Bull will be put to the test in selecting winners in the highly contested awards.
Cheong is Asia’s most-awarded copywriter and creative director. He was one of a handful of creative pioneers who, in the mid-1980s, set in motion what is widely known in the industry as the ‘Asian Creative Revolution’. His 20-year career with Ogilvy includes stints in London, Los Angeles and across Asia. In 2009, he was elected to the Ogilvy Worldwide Board and Ogilvy Worldwide Creative Council. In the same year, he was appointed chief creative officer of Ogilvy’s Asia Pacific network.
Matthew Bull is CEO of The Bull-White House in New York. Starting his career as a copywriter at Hunt Lascaris, he then co-founded Bull Calvert Pace which became Lowe Bull. He then became the CEO of Lowe London and chief creative officer of Lowe & Partners Worldwide. During this journey he has lived in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, Cape Town again, and New York.
And of course, he will never forget when he first met Sir John Hegarty – a man he respects as much as the work that he does – at the inaugural Eagle Awards more than 15 years ago.
Tellingly, amidst all the accolades he is lucky enough to have been a part of, one stands out more than any other – the first ever Black Eagle awarded, won by his Cape Town team.
Spoek Mathambo will host the Awards following his recent win that will see him collaborate with Massive Attack. He will, of course, be performing some of the pieces that earned him international recognition, along with a host of special guests at this year’s Eagle Awards. Spoek first gained popularity in the UK with a Joy Division cover, reworking ‘She’s Lost Control’ with a nightmarishly unforgettable music video that won tons of local and international awards, including the prestigious Young Director Award, at The Cannes Lions Festival in 2011.
Of course the Eagle Awards wouldn’t be the same without the spoof ads. It’s a must-visit for the laugh!
At just R150 a head, tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Visit www.webtickets.co.za to book.
Friday, 02 November 2012
The Landbank Building in 54 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Doors open 19h30
Dress is elegant-cool
For more information visit www.theeagleawards.co.za
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