News & Media Releases 2013

News & Media Releases 2013

100 STRONG JURY TO JUDGE 35TH AWARD AWARDS

AWARD, Australia’s pre-eminent creative industries body, today announces the line-up of the 35th AWARD Awards judges to work under Chairman of Judges, Sir John Hegarty (BHH).  

Selected Chairmen, judging alongside Sir John, include:

Steve Cochran – Colenso BBDO
Steve Coll – Havas Worldwide
Iain McDonald – Razorfish
Paul Reardon – Whybin TBWA
Paul Middleditch - Plaza Films
Grant Rutherford – Mojo
Damon Stapleton – Saatchi & Saatchi
Michaela Webb – Round Studio
Ben Welsh – M&C Saatchi

A total of 100 of Asia Pacific's creatives will be tasked with selecting the 35th AWARD award winners, with the first jury starting on 30th January 2014.

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11 December 2013 - Updated 14 February 2014

BRAVO! AWARDS ANNOUNCE 2013 GLOBAL AWARD WINNERS

The World's Best Healthcare Advertising was celebrated in The Blue Beat in Double Bay, Sydney on Friday 15th November, at the 2013 Bravo! Awards, supported by The Communications Council.

Announcing the local winners of the 2013 Global Awards, which were also celebrated in a ceremony in New York City on the same date, The Bravo! Awards presented seven of the international trophies to six Australian agencies.

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18 November 2013

THE COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL, MFA AND AANA ADDRESS INDUSTRY REPUTATION

Business integrity, leadership and collaboration high on client agenda.

Innovation, creativity and the workplace have been highlighted as the top three strengths of the Australian marketing communications industry in the eyes of today's clients.

The findings, which show Australian marketing agencies are highly regarded among clients but have work to do in building the trust of the general public, were released at a presentation evening at Lion in Sydney by The Communications Council and The Media Federation of Australia (MFA), as part of a major industry reputation study developed by AMR Research to provide a benchmark for reputation progress.

Media Release | Download the Industry Reputation Study 2013

12 November 2013

APG ANNOUNCES 2013 PLANNING IDOL AWARD WINNER

Brigitte Bayard from AJF Partnership in Melbourne was awarded the winner of the 2013 APG Planning Idol Friday night's awards ceremony, which was attended by more than 70 industry layers at Sydney's CBD Hotel.

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28 October 2013

THE COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL SET TO SUPPORT WFA IN PLACE OF CIRCUS 2014

With cross-industry collaboration high on the agenda for 2014, The Communications Council is pleased to announce its support of the AANA & WFA Global Marketer Conference which is set to be held in Sydney 26, March 2014.

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23 October 2013

CPC LAUNCHES STANDARD PRODUCTION AGREEMENT

The Commercial Producers Council (CPC) today announces the release of a Standard Production Agreement and Terms & Conditions, developed to assist all parties operating in the area of commercial production. While each production project operates within different parameters, standardising the process clarifies responsibilities and creates better efficiencies. It does not remove the need for negotiation but should act as a guide for parties to operate within the spirit of sustainable business partnerships.

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22 October 2013

SIR JOHN HEGARTY CONFIRMED AS CHAIRMAN OF JUDGES FOR 2014 AWARD AWARDS

Awards Call for Entry Open
Calling for Judges to join 2014 AWARD Jury

Australia's pre-eminent creative industries body, the Australasian Writers and Directors Association (AWARD), is delighted to announce Sir John Hegarty as Chairman of Judges for the 2014 AWARD Awards.

One of the world's most awarded and respected admen, Sir John is co-founder of global ad agency, BBH, overseeing the organisation's creative output across its six international offices. Having worked at the forefront of the creative industry for more than six decades, he has been responsible for a range of ground-breaking campaigns for the likes of Audi, Lego and Levi's – including the fashion brand's iconic ads starring Nick Kamen, Brad Pitt, and the furry yellow puppet, Flat Eric.

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22 October 2013

GARETH KAY ANNOUNCED AS CHAIRMAN OF JUDGES FOR APG PLANNING IDOL

The Communications Council's Account Planning Group will hold its second biannual Planning Idol Awards on 25th October, with the deadline for entries set for the 25th September.

Unlike other awards programs, APG Planning Idol is not linked to case studies. Creating a level playing field, a brief set, based on a significant social issue, which poses a simple challenge. The differentiator is the quality of the thinking demonstrated in those responses. This year's brief is a fundraising challenge set by The United Nations to support those affected by the Syrian conflict.

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23 September 2013

THE 2013 GRAND EFFIE AWARD GOES TO WHYBIN\TBWA SYDNEY CAR CREATION

• Whybin\TBWA Sydney takes out The Grand Effie
• Nine Gold Effies awarded overall
• Whybin\TBWA Sydney takes out The Effective Agency of the Year

The annual Australian Effie Awards, run by The Communications Council, celebrated 22 winning agencies and clients at last night's gala Effie dinner at the Sydney Convention Centre.

It was a very successful evening for Whybin\TBWA Sydney, which was awarded the prestigious Grand Effie for the NRMA Insurance Car Creation campaign. Proving its effectiveness across several categories, 'Car Creation' also took away Gold in 'Best State' and 'Other Services', while scoring a Silver Effie in the ROI category.

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5 September 2013

 AWARD COPY SCHOOL BEGINS ON 16th SEPTEMBER IN SYDNEY

Enrolments now open

Sydney's AWARD Copy School is open for enrolments for a week of intensive learning from some of Australia's top copywriters and creative directors.

Justin Drape (Chief Creative Officer at The Monkeys), Tom McFarlane (Asia Pacific, US Regional Creative Director at M&C Saatchi), and David Nobay (Creative Chairman at Droga5) are among the list of leading creatives enlisted to guide this year's students through the disciplines and understanding required from today's copywriters. Now in its ninth year, AWARD Copy School helps young creatives to recognise the commercial reality of why a client is spending money and what they expect in return.

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7 August 2013

TOP 10 GRADUATES ANNOUNCED AT AWARD SCHOOL GRADUATION IN SYDNEY

Close to 300 industry professionals, sponsors, and graduates attended the AWARD School Graduation ceremony at The Loft in Sydney last night to celebrate some of Australia’s freshest new creative talent.

The top 10 graduates from the 2013 class of 100 students were announced at the Google-sponsored event, where Dane Van Veen was awarded top student, followed by Patrick Allenby who took second, and Nick Cole in third.

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7 August 2013

HIGHLIGHTS OF UNEXPECTED THINKING FROM CANNES BROUGHT TO MELBOURNE BY APG IN CONJUNCTION WITH AMG

The Communications Council's Account Planning Group (APG) and Account Management Group (AMG) will together host the third annual Cannes showcase next week, with the first screening in the 2013 series set to take place in Melbourne's Como cinema on the 1st August.

Moving to Sydney's Chauvel Cinema on 21st August before heading to Adelaide, this year's showcase will reveal a selection of the most interesting, innovative and unexpected campaigns from Cannes 2013, following an introduction from the festival's very own Chairman, Terry Savage.

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30 July 2013

TOP 10 GRADUATES ANNOUNCED AT AWARD SCHOOL GRADUATION IN MELBOURNE

The top 10 graduates from the 2013 AWARD School in Melbourne were announced last night at a ceremony at Smart Artz, attended by more than 120 industry professionals, media, sponsors, and graduates who joined to celebrate some of Australia's freshest new creative talent.

James Croxford was awarded Top student from the class of 50+, followed by Matthew Penza who took the second spot and Adam Slater in third.

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26 July 2013

PRC FORUM: RED AGENCY BOSS JAMES WRIGHT PRESENTS THE SECRETS OF CANNES

Following an unprecedented year of success for Australian entries to the prestigious Cannes Lions awards, this month the PRC will reveal the secrets behind some of this year's stand-out campaigns in the group's second forum supported by The Communications Council.

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2 July 2013

APMA STAR AWARD WINNERS 2013

Whybin\TBWA Group takes home Grand Prix

The Australasian Promotional Marketing Association (APMA), powered by the Communications Council, has announced 2013 APMA Star Award winners at the annual awards dinner, held June 27, at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.

Whybin\TBWA Group the coveted Grand Prix for its ‘NRMA Car Creation’ campaign for Insurance Australia Group – a truly integrated campaign that saw a car built from scratch using parts that the company’s competitors  did not cover as standard.  

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27 June 2013

JOHN MCLAREN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL IN SA

Lauren Rowett appointed Education and Member Services Manager

Industry veteran John McLaren has been reappointed Chairman of The Communications Council in South Australia, taking over the role this month from his successor, Jamie Scott, who held the position since July 2011.

Returning with a refreshed perspective, McLaren looks to reenergise membership in the state by focusing on the services and resources available, particularly for smaller agencies and individual members in the South Australian market.

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24 June 2013

2013 AUSTRALIAN EFFIE AWARDS – FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

• 96 finalists from 228 entries make the cut into Round Two of Effie judging

• 100 industry judges have picked this year's Round One finalists

The Communications Council has announced the campaigns that have made Round Two of Effie judging. A total of 96 finalists, from 31 agencies, are now competing for advertising effectiveness awards across 18 categories.

Media Release | Download Finalists

13 June 2013

THE COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO NATIONAL BOARD

Following yesterday's Annual General Meeting, The Communications Council has announced several changes to its national board.

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23 May 2013

APG PRESENTS 'UNEXPECTED MEDIA THINKING' PANEL
Featuring new look APG committee

The Account Planning Group (APG), powered by The Communications Council, will present 'Unexpected Media Thinking' on Tuesday 28th May – the first APG Ideas Exchange panel debate to be led by members of the new look committee.

Committee representatives sitting on the panel include: Katie Rigg Smith (CEO, Mindshare), Sophie Price (Head of Planning, The Hallway), and Mel Mullins (Strategy Director, UM). Simon Lee (Creative Partner, The Hallway) will also join the list, with APG Chairman, Russ Mitchinson, taking the role of moderator.

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23 May 2013

ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT GROUP LAUNCHES IN NSW
'Are suits nothing more than bag carriers?'

The Account Management Group (AMG), powered by The Communications Council, launches in NSW on Monday 3rd June with a debate set to tackle one of the biggest frustrations facing today's advertising and media Account Managers.

Signalling a key driver behind the group's formation, the issue of reputation will be confronted head on, as a panel of industry leaders answer the question: 'Are suits nothing more than bag carriers?'

The debate promises to be feisty and provocative, with the subject tilting heads from all corners of the industry in recent press. Network 10's Executive General Manager, Russel Howcroft, will mediate the discussion, and panellists join from Account Management, Strategy and Planning, Creative, Media and client-side roles to have their say.

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21 May 2013

APMA STAR AWARDS FINALISTS

APMA, has announced the finalists for the 2013 APMA Star Awards, celebrating the finest promotional and experiential marketing work from the past year.

Finalists were selected by a panel of 34 judges, across 16 categories.

The agencies that secured the most nominations were Zoo Republic, Leo Burnett Melbourne, and 30thirty.

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1 May 2013

GENDER DIVERSITY LAUNCHES WORK STREAMS TO TACKLE GENDER IMBALANCE

The Gender Diversity Working Group, has launched three industry work streams, which over the coming months will develop a set of practical tools to assist organisations' management in securing a gender balanced workforce.

Action comes following months of research into the issue of gender diversity within the marketing communications industry, including recent findings revealing that 74% of women claimed they have been treated differently in the workplace because of their gender.

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16 April 2013

AWARD AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

A total of 12 gold awards were presented at this year’s ceremony in Sydney, Australia – the culmination of the three-day 2013 Circus festival of Commercial Creativity.

It was a successful evening for Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Shanghai, becoming a four-time gold winner for its ‘Cokehands’ campaign, while Colenso BBDO & Finch and George Patterson Y&R Melbourne were awarded two gold trophies each. Receiving recognition for the ‘Beer Chase’ campaign in the Film and Video category, gold was presented to Clemenger BBDO Melbourne. The DDB Group Sydney also received gold in the Print category for the ‘Park Assist Technology’ campaign, while Finch – 37 Degrees was awarded gold for its campaign ‘37 Degrees Glasses’.

The last of the gold awards was given to Whybin\TBWA Sydney for the ‘NRMA - Car Creation’ campaign in the Digital category, which also received the title of Best in Show.

AWARD Winners Press Release

AWARD Award Winners 2012

AWARD LAUNCHES FIRST IPAD APP

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) today launches its first iPad app in a progressive move that will make the work of AWARD awards winners accessible in an annually-updated digital showcase.

Replacing the traditional printed winners annual, the new app will present the campaign work from last year’s March event held at Carriageworks – the 33rd AWARD awards.

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18 March 2013

THE TCC AND PADC ANNOUNCE KEY AFFILIATION

In a mutual release, Al Taylor, Chair of The Communications Council (WA) and Spencer Battista, President of the Perth Advertising and Design Club and Craig Davis, Chair of AWARD, today announce a joint partnership between AWARD powered by The Communications Council and the PADC.

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15 March 2013

AN EVENING WITH AWARD-WINNING COPYWRITER STEVE HARRISON

A packed Communications Council crowd at The East Village Hotel, in Darlinghurst heard David (Nobby) Nobay, Creative Chairman of Droga5, interview award-winning copywriter Steve Harrison on his recently published book on Howard Luck Gossage, 'Changing the World is Only Fit Work for a Grown Man.'

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15 March 2013

WARD6’S STUART BLACK NSW CHAIR COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL HEALTHCARE COMMITTEE

The Healthcare Communications Council (HCC) is welcoming Stuart Black, CEO and Founding Partner of Ward6, as incoming Chair, taking over from outgoing Chairman Ian Willoughby (Kingston Lifeblood).

Stuart has been involved in the Committee for many years, recognising the need and role the membership group plays within the wider industry.

With the support of the group, Stuart plans to focus on amplifying the agency voice within the sector.

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8 March 2013

FINAL KEYNOTES CONFIRMED

The Communications Council has confirmed the final line-up of keynote speakers for the 2013 Circus Festival of Commercial Creativity with the announcement of Farrah Bostic, Founder of The Difference Engine, and Craig Davis, Chairman of AWARD and former Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Mojo.

Joining leaders from The Coca-Cola Company, Facebook, Goodby, Silverstein & Partner’s, Saatchi & Saatchi X, JWT Shanghai, and the Sydney Theatre Company, Brooklyn-based Farrah Bostic and Sydney’s own Craig Davis will complete an eight-strong list of international industry heavyweights in a world-class showcase to launch the festival on 19th March.

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6 March 2013

NEW ERA FOR APG;
RUSS MITCHINSON TAKES OVER FROM SUDEEP GOHIL AS APG CHAIRMAN

APG Australia has nominated DDB Sydney's Russ Mitchinson as APG Chairman, taking over from outgoing Chairman Sudeep Gohil, CEO of Droga5. Justin Graham, Chief Strategy Officer of Droga 5 will become APG's Vice-Chairman.

Russ Mitchinson has been on the Account Planning Group committee for over six years and has been a passionate advocate of the APG challenging the status quo within both the planning community and the broader industry.

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26 February 2013

WA GRADUATE TRAINEE PROGRAM
The new WA graduate trainee program has been designed to meet the needs of the Perth market. Strengthened by the recent launch of the Education Network, together these programs align the Communications Council with leading tertiary institutions to ensure we attract the brightest and best to our industry.

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15 February 2013

AWARD Awards Finalists for Digital, Design, Radio, PR, Media and Promotional & Experiential Categories Announced

AWARD today announces the finalists for the Digital, Design, Radio, PR, Media and Promotional & Experiential categories of the 2013 AWARD Awards.

The finalists can be found here.

Agencies with the most finalists include for the Design category Moon Communications, Radio Whybin\TBWA Sydney and The Monkeys. For Promotional & Experiential Colenso BBDO, Digital category Whybin\TBWA Sydney and for Media George Patterson Y&R and Whybin/TBWA Sydney.

The Digital category, was chaired by Mike Hill - Holler, Design category by Julian Melhuish – Churchward Melhuish, Radio category by Spencer Battista – Cooch Creative, Promotional & Experiential, PR and Media by Michelle Hutton – Edelman.

The finalists for Creative Innovation, Integrated and New Product Development categories will be announced upon completion of judging on the 18th March.

The Awards presentation event will take place on Thursday March 21 at Sydney Town Hall, in Sydney - the culmination of The Communications Council’s Festival of Commercial Creativity ‘Circus’. Tickets are available here now for both the AWARD presentation event and the Circus programme.

AWARD thanks all Judges for their time and dedication to the awards. A full list of judges can be found here.

14 February 2013

AWARD AWARDS FINALISTS FOR POSTER AND OUTDOOR, FILM AND VIDEO AND PRINT CATEGORIES ANNOUNCED

AWARD today announces the finalists for the Poster and Outdoor, Film and Video and Print categories of the 2013 AWARD Awards. Finalists can be found here.

Agencies with the most finalists include JWT Shanghai, George Patterson Y&R and Belgiovane Williams Mackay for the Poster and Outdoor category, The Monkeys for Film and Video and Grey in the Print category.

The Print, Poster and Outdoor category was chaired by Philip Andrew–Clemenger BBDO, and the Film and Video category by Dave Bowman – TBWA.

The finalists for the additional categories will be announced upon completion of judging.

 The Awards presentation event will take place on Thursday March 21 at Sydney Town Hall, in Sydney - the culmination of The Communications Council’s Festival of Commercial Creativity ‘Circus’. Tickets are available here now for both the AWARD presentation event and the full ‘Circus’ programme.

 AWARD thanks all Judges for their time and dedication to the awards. A full list of judges can be found here.

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12 February 2013

2013 APG Battle of Big Thinking Returns: Speakers from Kogan Technologies, Goodby Silverstein & Partners and Shoes of Prey confirmed

The Account Planning Group (APG), powered by The Communications Council, today announces the return of the Battle of Big Thinking on March 20.

Created in the spirit of celebrating big thinking leading to big ideas, Battle will be held on the second day of the Circus Festival of Commercial Creativity and will explore the societal context within which creativity operates.

Hosted by rising star, comic and actor Eddie Perfect, it promises to rival previous years in terms of calibre of speakers and insights shared.

A selection of the confirmed 2013 Battle of Big Thinking speakers are:
• Gareth Kay- Chief Strategy Officer/Associate Partner Goodby Silverstein & Partners
• Ruslan Kogan – Founder Kogan Technologies
• Ben Peacock- Creative Director/Founder Republic of Everyone & Founder of Grow it Local
• Jonathan Pease - Executive Ideas Director Tongue
• Joe Talcott- Former Chief Creative News ltd
• Jane Caro – social commentator, writer and Gruen panellist
• Jodie Fox – Director Fashion and Founder Shoes of Prey
This year will see a change in categories from last year. 2013 categories will cover the key areas of Communications, Retail, Entertainment, Social and People.

Speakers will explore an idea challenging the every day, with audience members voting for the best, biggest and most inspiring idea of the day.

The Communications Council will be announcing the names of the additional speakers in the coming weeks.

Tickets are on sale now for The Communications Council’s Circus’ festival, taking place in Sydney’s Town Hall from March 19-21. You can follow us @CircusFest2013 for updates.

Interested in last year’s contestants? Have a look here for a taste of last year’s Battle of Big Thinking.

AWARD AWARDS FINALISTS FOR CRAFT IN FILM, PRINT CRAFT AND DIRECT MARKETING ANNOUNCED

 The Craft in Film, Print Craft and Direct Marketing categories were judged this week. Finalists can be found here.

 Agencies with the most finalists include Whybin/TBWA Sydney for the Direct Marketing category, Revolver/O’Rourke for Craft in Film and Leo Burnett Sydney in the Print Craft category.

 The finalists for the additional categories will be announced when completed.  

 The Awards presentation event will take place on Thursday March 21 at Sydney Town Hall, in Sydney - the culmination of The Communications Council’s Festival of Commercial Creativity ‘Circus’. Tickets are available here now for both the AWARD presentation event and the full ‘Circus’ programme.

 AWARD thanks all Judges for their time and dedication to the awards. A full list of judges can be found here.

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11 February 2013

AWARD AWARDS FINALISTS FOR CRAFT IN FILM, PRINT CRAFT AND DIRECT MARKETING ANNOUNCED

 The Craft in Film, Print Craft and Direct Marketing categories were judged this week. Finalists can be found here.

 Agencies with the most finalists include Whybin/TBWA Sydney for the Direct Marketing category, Revolver/O’Rourke for Craft in Film and Leo Burnett Sydney in the Print Craft category.

 The finalists for the additional categories will be announced when completed.  

 The Awards presentation event will take place on Thursday March 21 at Sydney Town Hall, in Sydney - the culmination of The Communications Council’s Festival of Commercial Creativity ‘Circus’. Tickets are available here now for both the AWARD presentation event and the full ‘Circus’ programme.

 AWARD thanks all Judges for their time and dedication to the awards. A full list of judges can be found here.

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8 February 2013

THE EFFIES AWARDS 2013 CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS

The Effies call for entries opens today, with 19 categories open for entry.

Effies Chairman Matthew Melhuish stressed the importance of continuing to build Australia’s culture of accountability and effectiveness and said “The Effies saw strong performance in 2012 in terms of the quality and quantity of entries and we hope to continue that this year.”

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31 January 2013

JWT CHINA’S MAYAN JOINS AS AWARD AWARD CHAIRMAN OF JUDGES: AWARD CHAIR LINE-UP CONFIRMED

AWARD, Australia’s pre-eminent body representing creatives, is pleased to confirm that JWT’s Lo Sheung Yan, known as Mayan among his peers, will be leading the judging of the 2013 AWARD Awards.

Mayan is currently JWT’s Asia Pacific Creative Council’s Chairman. In the industry since 1996, Mayan has helped JWT collect accolades such as AdFest’s Network Agency of the Year in 2008, Media Spikes and Adfest’s Network Agency of the Year in 2009, as well as securing its first gold Clio and first grand prix at Cannes 2011 during his tenure.

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29 January 2013

 

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