● Aspasia Karras has been appointed as the new editor of the South African edition of leading fashion and beauty title Marie Claire magazine. Karras will take over from Kate Wilson. A graduate of Wits University, Karras began her journalism career in 1994 as a freelance journalist at the Mail and Guardian newspaper. She continued her career at This Day and later the Sunday Times Magazine before joining ELLE magazine as features editor. She is currently the features editor of The Times newspaper. She also keeps a daily blog of all the latest fashion news and trends on her blog, The Frock Report. “I am thrilled and so honoured to be chosen to take Marie Claire into 2010,” says Karras. “Marie Claire has such a warm, beating heart that speaks to the vibrant, stylish and informed South African woman, and I hope to live up to its values and charm as its editor.”
● Durban-based company Sara Lee recently put its Sanex range out to pitch and Net#work BBDO Cape Town has been awarded the R20 million a year business. Creative work on the range, which includes deodorants, shower gels and hand washes, will start immediately. Net#work BBDO Cape Town managing director Eric D’Oliveira said he believed that sharp strategy combined with bold creative and chemistry fit is what impressed Sara Lee and won them the business.
● Sharon Becker has been appointed as the new fashion editor of the South African edition of fashion and beauty title Marie Claire magazine. Sharon will join the magazine on February 1. “We are very excited to welcome Sharon to Marie Claire magazine,” says Vanessa Raphaely, editorial director of Associated Magazines. “Sharon has the depth of glossy magazine experience to assist the new editor and the rest of the team in reinforcing Marie Claire’s position as the premium fashion magazine in South Africa.” Becker started her career in fashion journalism at Marie Claire magazine in 2000 as fashion assistant. Since then, she has worked on local glossies Glamour and later ELLE, where she held the position of senior fashion editor. Sharon was recently nominated for two Sanlam SA Fashion Journalism Awards.
● Musica has commissioned digital marketing agency HelloComputer to advance its digital web properties. HelloComputer will create a functional entertainment portal that complements the physical retail experience.
● Cinemark, as South Africa’s leading cinema advertiser, represents the lion’s share of South African cinemas and as such Spur and Panarotti’s have decided to take advantage of Cinemark’s digital cinema advertising offering available in Ster-Kinekor theatres. The campaign is due to run countrywide this year.
● Mick and Nick have appointed Louis Gregory as their new production manager.