News & Media Releases 2012

News & Media Releases 2012

CIRCUS 2013 ROLLS ON; KEYNOTES FROM GOODBY AND HAVAS CONFIRMED

Sustainability in business, marketing the Facebook brand and ‘content 2020’ will be featured topics at the 2013 Circus Festival of Commercial Creativity.

Adding to its colourful line-up of heavyweights from The Coca-Cola Company and Facebook, The Communications Council is proud to confirm Goodby Silverstein & Partner’s Chief Strategy Officer and Associate Partner Gareth Kay and Global CEO of Havas, David Jones.

After last year’s success, the Circus Festival of Commercial Creativity returns for the third time in 2013 from March 19-21.

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13 December 2012

COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL PARTNERS WITH CURTIN UNIVERSITY WA TO BRIDGE THE STUDY AND CAREER GAP

Curtin University School of Marketing and the Communications Council are combining their expertise to ensure the next generation of marketing leaders have a greater awareness of the industry state of play when they graduate. Today they announced a partnership that will see them work together on bridging the gap between academic insight gleaned at university and the practical knowledge needed to excel in the marketing communications industry..

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7 December 2012

BRAVO! AWARDS HIGHLIGHT LOCAL HEALTHCARE CREATIVITY: FIVE AUSTRALASIAN AGENCIES AWARDED

Executive Planning Director/Partner Fabio Buresti from The Monkeys has been awarded The Grand Prix at this year's Creative Strategy Awards. He received the award for the OAK- flavoured milk campaign.

The Account Planning Group (APG) announced the winners at yesterday's awards presentation in Sydney.

Overall, five gold and three silver prizes were awarded on the night, as well as five special prizes, in addition to the Grand Prix. The winners were selected from 74 entries, resulting in 29 shortlisted case studies. Special awards including best insight, best approach to research, best use of data, best non-traditional idea and best under 50k budget.

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7 December 2012

ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT GROUP LAUNCH SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 21; INDUSTRY EXPERTS SET TO DISCUSS DARK ART OF ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

Following the recent formation of the Account Management Group (AMG) in Victoria supported by the Communications Council and headed up by Badjar Ogilvy Melbourne’s General Manager Michael McEwan, The Communications Council now calls all Victorian agencies to join for its official Launch on Wednesday November 21.

The theme for the night is 'The Dark Art of Account Management' and will see a panel consisting of Peter Biggs – CEO Clemenger BBDO, Tara Lordsmith – Head of Marketing, Simplot Australia, David Trewern – Chief Digital Officer, STW Group and Ben Coulsen – ECD, GPY&R seek to clarify what is often perceived as the mysterious art of account management, highlighting what they see as a ‘great suit’ and why they believe account management is still as relevant as ever.

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13 November 2012

APG ANNOUNCES 2012 CREATIVE STRATEGY AWARD WINNERS

Executive Planning Director/Partner Fabio Buresti from The Monkeys has been awarded The Grand Prix at this year's Creative Strategy Awards. He received the award for the OAK- flavoured milk campaign.

The Account Planning Group (APG) announced the winners at yesterday's awards presentation in Sydney.

Overall, five gold and three silver prizes were awarded on the night, as well as five special prizes, in addition to the Grand Prix. The winners were selected from 74 entries, resulting in 29 shortlisted case studies. Special awards including best insight, best approach to research, best use of data, best non-traditional idea and best under 50k budget.

 More | Download all the Creative Strategy Award Winners

1 November 2012

AWARD WELCOMES IAN FOWLER; LONG STANDING AWARD CHAMPION MICHAEL RITCHIE STEPS DOWN

AWARD today announces the appointment of new committee member Ian Fowler. Ian is Managing Director @radical.media, and Co-chair of the Communications Council’s Commercial Producers Council group, and will be the bridging member between AWARD and CPC, ensuring dialogue and exploring fruitful cooperation between the two.

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23 October 2012

APG ANNOUNCES FINALISTS IN CREATIVE STRATEGY AWARDS

The Account Planning Group (APG) today announced the shortlist for this year’s APG Creative Strategy Awards.

From an impressive 74 case studies received across four categories, 29 have been shortlisted by a panel of stage one Judges. Finalists will go on to a second round of judging, led by Chairman of Judges Olly Taylor, vying for the Grand Prix and category prizes. Special awards including best insight, best approach to research, best use of data, best non-traditional idea and best under 50k budget will also be awarded at the Award night in October.

 More | Download all the APG finalists

19 October 2012

LEO BURNETT EN INTEGER AUSTRALIA WINNERS AT THE 2012 MAA WORLDWIDE GLOBES

Australian agencies performed very strongly in the 2012 MAA GLOBES awards, taking out three GLOBES at last night’s international MAA GLOBES Awards, held in Chicago. In addition, three silver and two bronze awards were presented to Australian agencies.

Leo Burnett Sydney took out a GLOBE for its ‘Bundaberg Watermark’ campaign for client Diageo, which saw the launch of the “Watermark” limited edition Bundaberg rum paying tribute and donating profits to Queensland towns hit by the 2011 flood disaster.

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17 October 2012

GOOGLE’S TOM UGLOW JOINS AWARD

Creative strategist, technological enthusiast and Google Creative Labs champion Tom Uglow is set to join the Communications Council’s AWARD Committee.

The AWARD Committee has a long standing history of reflecting the diversity and experience of the broader creative industries. Championing new and original thinking in the Australasian region, AWARD seeks to work with world class talent to progress its agenda of raising the creative standards in the region.

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16 October 2012

APG DELVES INTO BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE WITH MARK EARLS - WA

The Account Planning Group (APG) is set to explore how social context shapes mass behaviour for its upcoming Perth event. The APG will host renowned author and consultant Mark Earls, who will speak to his premise that “the Nudgers (Behavioural Economists), the Neurononsensers (Brain Obsessives) and the Evolutionary Psychologists are all looking in the wrong place to understand and unlock behaviour change.”

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12 October 2012

APG DELVES INTO BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE WITH MARK EARLS

The Account Planning Group (APG) is set to explore how social context shapes mass behaviour for its upcoming Melbourne event.

The APG & agency Sputnik will host renowned author and consultant Mark Earls, who will speak to his premise that “the Nudgers (Behavioural Economists), the Neurononsensers (Brain Obsessives) and the Evolutionary Psychologists are all looking in the wrong place to understand and unlock behaviour change.”

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12 October 2012

COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL PARTNERS WITH CURTIN UNIVERSITY WA TO BRIDGE THE STUDY AND CAREER GAP

Reflecting the continuously changing face of the marketing communications sector, The Communications Council WA has recently been joined by four new members, including its first Public Relations agency.

Since consolidating its representation in Western Australia, the launch of services which extend beyond the normal advertising agency model, new projects such as the AdSchool Rejuvenation Program and the professional development workshops in Social Media Law and Remuneration Modelling, the Communications Council WA has seen a significant rise in membership.

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3 October 2012

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW SEMINAR COMING TO BRISBANE

Australian brands and businesses are at grave reputational risk if they fail to grapple with the complex legal implications of social media marketing.

This is the premise of The Communications Council’s Social Code of Conduct, a recently launched set of guidelines, spelling out best practice behaviour when working and operating within social media, aimed at helping businesses maintain a high standard of respect, integrity and transparency.

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3 October 2012

GENDER DIVERSITY AS AN ISSUE IS ‘TOO HARD’ TO TACKLE

The Communications Council has today released findings from qualitative research recently undertaken by their Gender Diversity Working Group, to better understand the attitudes of employers towards gender diversity and the stumbling blocks preventing greater gender diversity in the industry. Preliminary results indicate that gender diversity as an issue is ‘too hard’ to tackle, and has a low priority within agencies.

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24 September 2012

THE 2012 GRAND EFFIE AWARD GOES TO 303LOWE'S 'ENJOY THE RIDE'

• 303Lowe Perth takes out The Grand Effie
• Eight Gold Effies awarded overall
• George Patterson Y&R Sydney takes out The Effective Agency of the Year

The annual effectiveness awards celebrated 21 winning agencies and clients at last night's gala Effie dinner in Sydney.

Perth agency 303Lowe has been awarded the Grand Effie at the 4th annual Effie awards. Its 'Enjoy the Ride' campaign took out two Gold Effies for The Office of Road Safety of Western Australia.

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6 September 2012

APG ANNOUNCES JUDGING LINE UP FOR NEW STRATEGIC AGENCY OF THE YEAR AWARD

This year's APG Creative Strategy Awards sees the introduction of a new award, the Strategic Agency of the Year award. Designed to recognise those agencies that support planning and are committed to improving standards across the board, this award builds on the existing program of recognising individuals within agencies.

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6 September 2012

THIS YEAR'S AWARD COPY SCHOOL STARTS 17 SEPTEMBER IN SYDNEY & 24 SEPTEMBER IN MELBOURNE

The tutors are some of Australia's top copywriters and creative directors.

Now in its eight year, AWARD Copy School is open for enrolments for a week of intensive learning from some of the best in the business.

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31 August 2012

THE PUBLIC RELATIONS COUNCIL LAUNCHED

The Communications Council has announced the formation of a new industry committee, the Public Relations Council that will operate under its auspices from 1 October 2012.

The Public Relations Council (PRC) will represent the interests of many of Australia's leading consumer public relations agencies.

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29 August 2012

THE COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL LAUNCHES SOCIAL MEDIA CODE OF CONDUCT

The Communications Council (TCC) has today launched its Social Media Code of Conduct to address the increasing challenges faced by individuals and businesses in the digital world.

Driven by the TCC Digital Committee in consultation with TCC members, the Code provides specific guidance on best practice behaviour when working and operating within social media, to help businesses maintain a high standard of respect, integrity, transparency and honesty.

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16 August 2012

AWARD SCHOOL CELEBRATES SYDNEY GRADUATES

AWARD has today released the names of the top students graduating from the Sydney branch of AWARD School, the ideas program for aspiring art directors and copywriters.

At a graduation ceremony held on Tuesday night (7th August) at The Art House in Sydney, hosts Adrian McNamara and Hamish Grieve announced that the honours for top AWARD School student in Sydney went to Curtis McDonald. Second place was awarded to Phillip Harkness while Michael Yang came in third. The following students were also selected by the judges for commendation: David Rees, Paul Slater, Carl Fraunschiel, David Biddle, Casey Schweikert, Charlie Gearside, Sunchi Mathur and Salvatore Cavallaro.

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9 August 2012

APMA STAR AWARD WINNERS 2012 - URBAN TAKES OUT GRAND PRIX

APMA, powered by the Communications Council, today announces the 2012 Australasian Promotional Marketing Association (APMA) Star Award winners.

The annual awards, held at the Ivy in Sydney (28 July 2012), acknowledge and reward those marketing activation agencies and their clients that demonstrate outstanding results and creativity in today's highly competitive marketplace. Celebrating the past year's finest promotional and experiential marketing work, the winners set the benchmark for agencies in this field.

Taking out the coveted Grand Prix was new entrant URBAN who scored the top award for its 'Coca-Cola Share a COKE' campaign for Coca-Cola South Pacific, an idea that saw the agency personalise COKE in the summer of 2012.

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29 June 2012

PROMOTIONAL & EXPERIENTIAL AGENCIES UNITE FOR LAUNCH OF
APMA PITCH GUIDE

The Communications Council’s APMA community, representing promotional and experiential marketing agencies, has launched a set of pitch guidelines in an attempt to address the increasing challenges faced by these agencies in pitching for business. With pitching putting increasing demands on resources to secure projects, APMA aims to ensure that its agencies can continue to deliver the high quality creative work clients seek.

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28 June 2012

ACCOUNT MANAGERS LINK UP WITH COMMS COUNCIL: CALL FOR ACCOUNT TALENT WANTING TO CONTRIBUTE

The Communications Council today announces plans for the formation for an Account Management Group, giving a voice to Australia's account management professionals.

Sitting under The Communications Council framework, the Account Management Group Australia (AMGA) is being created to champion the value of advertising account management within Australia and aims to provide a professional development path to account managers within the industry.

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6 June 2012

EFFIE AWARDS ROUND TWO JUDGING

The Communications Council today announces the campaigns that have made Round Two of Effie judging. A total of 101 finalists, from 29 agencies, are now competing for advertising effectiveness awards across 18 categories.

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6 June 2012

2012 AUSTRALIAN EFFIE AWARDS – 203 ENTRIES COMPETE

This year’s Effie Awards will see 203 entries competing, maintaining the impressive growth showcased in last year’s record entries.

“It’s fantastic to see such solid entries for 2012, the fourth annual Effie Awards” said the Chairman of The Australian Effie Awards, Matthew Melhuish.

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25 May 2012

APMA STAR AWARDS FINALISTS

APMA, powered by The Communications Council, today announces the finalists for the 2012 APMA Star Awards, celebrating the past year’s finest promotional and
experiential marketing work.

This year saw a 35% increase in the number of companies entering into the annual Star Awards.

Selected by a panel of 30 industry experts, 31 agencies have been shortlisted as finalists. Leo Burnett Melbourne, Leo Burnett Sydney, Apollo Marketing Australia and Creative Activation are the agencies with most nominations.

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23 May, 2012

ADSCHOOL RELAUNCHES WITH 'WHAT'S MY BRAND?' CAMPAIGN

AdSchool, powered by The Communications Council, has launched the ‘What’s my Brand? What you do defines you‘ campaign to mark the relaunch of the AdSchool brand.

With an emphasis on ‘learn by doing’, AdSchool recently moved to a teaching model focused on increasing the practical, hands on experience that industry people need to contribute more productively to their agencies.

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7 May, 2012

2012 APMA STAR AWARDS ENTRIES

The APMA reports a 35% increase in the number of companies entering into its annual Star Awards, the awards program championing great promotional and experiential work.

Agencies and clients from across Australia and New Zealand submitted their entries, with a new development being the entering of PR companies in the program.

“We’ve seen solid numbers of entries this year but really the most exciting development is the entering of a number of new agencies and companies that haven’t previously done so. It’s a sign that these agencies are acknowledging the importance of benchmarking and celebrating great below the line creativity.” said David Lo, APMA Chairman. “The new entrants will ensure healthy competition for the 2012 Awards.” 

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20 April, 2012

COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES GENDER DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

The Communications Council today announces the formation of a Gender Diversity Group, a committee focused on addressing the gender imbalance in management in the marketing communications industry.

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5 April, 2012

AWARD AWARD WINNERS – STANDING ROOM ONLY AT AWARD AWARDS

A crowd of 800+ packed Sydney’s CarriageWorks to see the most outstanding creative communications work in the Asia Pacific region, celebrated at the AWARD Awards, the culmination of the festival of commercial creativity, Circus. A total of 16 gold winners were awarded on the night.

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne won the best in show award and three gold trophies for the NAB ‘Break Up’ campaign. JWT Shanghai was a four time gold winner with its ‘Heaven and Hell’ campaign for Samsonite, while Leo Burnett Sydney for Watermark and DDB Singapore for Musical Fitting Rooms won two each. Colenso BBDO New Zealand won the first Gold in the digital category for Levi Strauss & Co’s ‘ Rear View Girls’. Publicis Mojo won Gold in Film for Hahn Super Dry.

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30 March , 2012

LEADING MINDS JOIN 2012 APG BATTLE OF BIG THINKING

The Account Planning Group (APG) has announces the line-up for the Battle of Big Thinking 2012.

Pastor Graham Long (Wayside Chapel), Activist Elena Jeffreys- Scarlet Alliance, CEO Debra Richards (Ausfilm) and Stephan Elliot (Director, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will be amongst the speakers sharing their ideas. Rogan Jacobson, Teacher and previous Battle winner will return to defend his 2011 Title.

The Battle of Big Thinking, part of the annual Communications Council ‘Circus’ Festival of Commercial Creativity, is set for March 28 and will welcome fifteen ‘Thinkers’ from media through to government.

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21 Feb , 2012

MARGARET ZABEL ASSUMES CEO POSITION AT THE COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL

The Communications Council today advised that Margaret Zabel will assume the role of  CEO of the peak industry body effective immediately.

Zabel has been acting CEO of the Council since November 2011, during which time she has stewarded member projects such as the development of the Commercial Producers Council and the organisation of the Circus festival, as well as meeting with members, industry contacts and other stakeholders to gauge areas of interest and development for the organisation.

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17 Feb , 2012

100 STRONG JURY SET TO JUDGE 2012 AWARDS

AWARD, Australia’s pre-eminent creative industries body, today announces the line-up of the 2012 AWARD Chairmen and Judges to work under Chairman of Judges Nick Law.  

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9 Feb , 2012

THE COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 'CIRCUS' SPEAKERS - ROUND II

Former Gap marketer John Aylward, Hollywood Storyboarder Jeff Julian, Joseph Crump - SVP of Strategy & Planning for Razorfish and Tom Uglow - Google Creative Lab will be joining the line-up for the 2012 Circus Festival.

Tickets for ‘Circus 2012 are now on sale.

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8 Feb , 2012

2012 AUSTRALIAN EFFIE AWARDS LAUNCHED

The Effies Call for Entry has been launched at Sydney's MCA on the 31 January, 2012, with the presentation of this year's 19 categories open for entry.

Effies Chairman Matthew Melhuish kicked off this year’s Sydney launch, welcoming guests, while Toby Dewar, General Manager Media, Sponsorship & Awards at Telstra stressed the importance of effective advertising and Martin Whelan, General Manager Marketing Business & Institutional Banking, Commonwealth Bank, shared what he looks for in a winning entry.

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1 Feb , 2012



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