Outlook cloudy for DDB’s $10,000 awards cash

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It’s still not clear how much – if any – of the $10,000 cash prize from last week’s Newspaper Advertising Awards will find its way into the hands of the creative team who worked on the ad. The problem for DDB, which won the award, is that its creative team at the time – art director Kevin Bachtiar and copywriter Sasha Arandelovic – have since left DDB and joined Special Group.

Tonight’s Effies show a sellout

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TV ONE Breakfast hosts Rawdon Christie and Ali Pugh will host tonight’s 2014 Effie Awards at the Langham Auckland. All 430 tickets have been sold – the doors to the hotel’s The Great Room will open for pre-dinner drinks from 6.30pm, and the show starts at 7.30pm.

TVNZ drops Masterchef NZ

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Masterchef New Zealand has been an outstanding performer for TVNZ – but now the network has decided to bring the series to an end. “Viewers are increasingly demanding innovative new content formats and our significant commitment to new local productions is a reflection of this trend,” says programming chief Jeff Latch. “This also means we have to say goodbye to some existing older formats. We’ve decided not to renew MasterChef NZ.”

Arrivals & Departures

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DB Breweries has appointed Amber McEwen as its external relations manager. She’s recently returned from South East Asia, and is ex Fairfax Media (comms manager), TBWA NZ’s Eleven PR (GAD), and PPR.

VW China stunt a classy rip-off

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Like most global citizens, Kiwis are routinely bombarded with traffic-hazard ads – many of them multiple award-winners. So M+AD readers may be interested in VW’s new take on the subject, out of Ogilvy & Mather China.