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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

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.

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