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Aussie facility lures Toybox exec prod: Sydney animation studio Mighty Nice have enticed Toybox Auckland executive producer James Hudson across the Tasman for a similar executive producer role.

Hudson has over 20 years of experience in television commercials, content creation, broadcast and even feature films. He’s travelled widely, filming in over 18 countries worldwide.

“I’ve been keeping an eye on Mighty Nice for a few yearsm” Hudson said. “They have continually impressed me with their exceptional character design and dedication to quality. They are by far one of the most talented animation studios in Australia. I’m not surprised by their success with Netflix, the work they have done thus far on the series shows it’s a ‘love-thing’ and that shines through.”


Clemenger stalwart sets up his own shop: 99 client services manager Jarad O’Hara (a founding member of the agency) has left to start his own consultancy called O’Hara, specialising in retail communications and pitch consultancy.

He left with a tribute from .99/justONE managing director Ben Goodale ringing in his ears: “Jarad is a fantastic guy who has made a massive contribution to the agency over the years,” Goodale said. “It’s an exciting time for him and we really wish him well.”

Goodale said .99 was now looking for a replacement.


Government taps Joan Withers: The Government has appointed TVNZ deputy chair Joan Withers as the new chair of the state-owned broadcaster: Withers takes over from retiring chair Wayne Walden.

“Joan Withers is a highly experienced director, having held several challenging and high profile positions in some of New Zealand’s most iconic companies,” said Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams in a release.

“Her background and expertise in media positions her well to take the helm of TVNZ at a time when it’s growing its online presence.”

Withers is currently the chair of Mighty River Power and sits on the board of ANZ. She formerly chaired Auckland International Airport and was previously chief executive of Fairfax Media NZ.

Her term runs from 1 May 2015 to 30 April 2016.

Adams thanked the retiring chair Wayne Walden for his stewardship of TVNZ over the last four years.

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