Mike Schalit, co-founder and creative chief of Net#work BBDO, is the first South African to be invited as a D&AD jury foreman. He will lead the radio advertising jury when judging takes place in London next April.
D&AD president Paul Brazier said the category foremen were more than qualified to do this job. “They are specialists in their chosen field and will be tough enough to make sure that work gets judged with the utmost integrity.”
Schalit said: “It’s kind of scary to be the first South African to head up a D&AD panel. But given that radio has often been the medium (for South Africa) to outpunch its weight against the bigger markets, I guess it’s payback time.
“I can’t wait to see how the best of global work stacks up. The D&AD mantle of originality and craft defies the dank staleness of ‘radioland’ so a blast of fresh air would be rather welcome, oxygen-laced please.”
Independent advertising agency The Hardy Boys has appointed Gavin Krenski as managing director. The appointment of Krenski, formerly the vice president of oral care marketing for Unilever in Europe, is the most recent and high profile of several key hirings by the Durban agency in recent months.
They include Robyn Lewis, business unit head (ex-brand building marketing director, Unilever, SA) and copywriter Mark Stoner (previously with O&M Brand Activation and J Walter Thompson).
Sony Entertainment Television has announced that the channel’s advertising will be represented commercially by Oracle Airtime Sales. Oracle’s representation will give advertisers across Africa access to the international channel’s top-quality entertainment, appealing predominantly to 18 to 49-year-olds.
Fully distributed on the Premium and Compact bouquets of DStv (113), SET now reaches more than 2.6 million subscribers in over 40 countries.
Danie van Aswegen has been appointed as chief financial officer at McCann Worldgroup South. Danie brings with him many years’ experience in the advertising and media industry in South Africa and has previously worked at J Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett Group.
Pasco Risk Management, a global risk consultancy, has appointed Grapevine Communications to handle media/ communications.
Visa has signed a sponsorship agreement with New Media Publishing, the local publishers of the internationally recognised Time Out brand. The sponsorship agreement covers three of the four local Time Out magazines – Time Out Cape Town, Weekend Breaks, Time Out Cape Town for Visitors and Time Out South Africa 2010 City Guide.
Wine magazine has appointed Cathryn Henderson to the dual roles of publisher and editor,a portfolio that will benefit from her publishing and business experience and her knowledge of wine.