26 November 2010

AWARD Juries Announced

Ninety of Asia Pacific’s most fertile minds have been tasked with selecting this year’s hotly contested AWARD awards, celebrating the region’s most brilliant creative endeavours.

Chairmen of the individual juries are Chris Doyle, Interbrand (Design), Rob Galuzzo, The Finch Group (Craft in Film), Tay Guan Hin, JWT South East Asia (Print, Poster, Outdoor & Ambient), Iain McDonald, Amnesia Razorfish (Digital), Duncan Marshall, Droga5 (Film & Video), Noah Regan, Three Drunk Monkeys (Print Craft), Paul Nagy, Clemenger BBDO (Radio), and Dylan Taylor, BMF Sydney (Direct).

2 December 2010

The Communications Council And Rmit Launch Client-Agency Relationship Course

The Communications Council has teamed up with RMIT to launch a new course aimed at enhancing agency-client relationships. The industry focused program was developed with the input from industry practitioners with a view to catering for the needs of Melbourne based clients and agencies.

Comms Council teams with RMIT Campaign Brief

26 November 2010

APG Announces 2010 Creative Strategy Award Winners

Neal Fairfield of Saatchi & Saatchi has been awarded The Grand Prix at this year’s 2010 Creative Strategy Awards.

The Account Planning Group (APG) announced the winners at yesterday’s awards presentation in Sydney.

JWT wins big at APG Creative Planning Awards Campaign Brief

Saatchis’ Neal Fairfield takes top prize at APG’s Strategy Awards mUmBRELLA

Saatchi’s Fairfield scoops top planner award AdNews

12 November 2010

Communications Council And Mfa Announce Closer Ties

The Media Federation Australia (MFA) representing media communications agencies, and The Communications Council, the representative of the marketing communications industry, today announced the forging of closer ties.

The peak organisations have reached an agreement that will see the Communications Council and the MFA to more formally align on industry issues and opportunities. The formality of this collaboration will be provided by each industry body offering reciprocal rights on the respective Boards.

United ‘no’ to regulation The Age

MFA and Comm Council commit to closer ties AdNewsMFA and Communications Council announce closer ties with reciprocal seats on the board Campaign Brief

MFA and Comms Council to work together mUmBRELLA

8 November 2010

Communications Council ‘Circus’dates Announced

The Communication Council, Australia’s peak body representing the marketing communications industry, today announced the date of its 2011 Creative Festival.

‘The Circus’ is set for February 22-25 and will explore the latest developments in the world of commercial creativity while celebrating the industry’s outstanding work.

THE advertising industry is to get its own three-day festival incorporating creative awards. The Australian

The Communications Council’s ‘Circus’ creative festival – including the AWARD Awards at the State Theatre – set for February 22-24 in Sydney Campaign Brief

Comms Council annouces creative festival plans AdNews

Adland festival to be called the circus mUmBRELLA

27 October 2010

Communications Council Appoints New Board Members

The Communications Council, Australia’s peak marketing communications body, today welcomed three new members to its National Board.

As part of the Australasian Promotional Marketing Association (APMA)’s amalgamation with The Communications Council, its Chairman David Lo will be appointed to the Board, currently headed by Chairman Anthony Freedman from Host. Melinda Geertz, CEO at Leo Burnett Melbourne, and Lindsey Evans, partner at Happy Soldiers, join him.

Ad body shatters glass ceiling appoints two female directors The Australian

At last two top women execs Campaign Brief

Communications Council appoints two women board members to address gender shortfall mUmBRELLA

Comms Council addresses gender gap AdNews 

27 October 2010

AWARD Awards Seeks New Jury

AWARD, responsible for the regions’ most prestigious creative awards, is looking for members to join its high power AWARD Awards Jury.

It has made available a number of wildcards to judge alongside the panel consisting of creative industry leaders from different agencies across Australasia, with individual categories chaired by local Creative Directors.

AWARD Awards seeks jury member Campaign Brief

AWARD calls for jury members mUmBRELLA

AWARD Awards seeks jury memberCampaign Brief Asia

AWARD Awards seeks jury memberCampaign Brief NZ

26 October 2010

Communications Council Launches Commercial Photography Exhibition

The Communications Council is calling on agencies and photographers to submit quality photographic works to its photography exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP).

Communications Council launches commercial photography exhibition – calls for entries Campaign Brief

News in Brief AdNews

Commercial photography exhibition call for entries Desktop Mag

25 October 2010

AWARD School Announces Top Scorers

AWARD School, powered by the Communications Council, announced its top students today. NSW AWARD School winner Neil Johnston took out top honours for the Australasian AWARD student. His Victorian counterpart, Tim Harding, placed second, while Josephine Burns, top student at the Queensland AWARD School, made the third spot.

NSWs Neil Johnson top AWARD student Campaign Brief

News in brief AdNews

22 October 2010


The Account Planning Group (APG) today announced the shortlist for this year’s APG Creative Strategy Awards.

After judging shortlist Jon Steel says Australian planning on par with its US and UK counterparts Campaign Brief

Australian planning on par with global standards mUmBRELLA

19 October 2010

Wunderman Australia And Whybin\Tbwa\Tequila Australia Both Winners At The 2010 Maa Worldwide Globes

Australian agencies have taken out two GLOBES at last night’s international MAA GLOBES Awards.

Aussie agencies scoop two top awards at globes AdNews

Wunderman and Whybin\TBWA\Tequila both winners at the 2010 MAA Worldwide GLOBES Campaign Brief

Two Aussie agencies win at MAA GLOBES awards mUmBRELLA

18 October 2010

Record Number Of Entries In The Apg Creative Strategy Awards

APG today announced a record number of entries for this year’s APG Creative Strategy Awards, more than double that of the most recent APG awards in 2008.

DDB Sydney and JWT lead the pack at the finalist stage of the 2010 APG Awards Campaign Brief

APG finalists revealed mUmBRELLA

DDB Sydney leads Creative Strategy Nominations AdNews

13 October 2010

Hayley Gibney-Palmergets Duxed

APMA, powered by the Communications Council, today announced the 2010 Australasian winner of its Diploma in Promotional & Interactive Marketing course licensed from Institute of Promotional Marketing (IPM).

Momentums Hayley Gibney Palmer Campaign Brief

News in-brief AdNews

1 October 2010

The Communications Council Hosts ‘How Your Agency Can Make You Famous’a Workshop For Healthcare Companies

The Communications Council is running a two-day interactive workshop for healthcare clients designed to give them the skills and knowledge needed to work successfully with their marketing communications agency.

Media Coverage:

Communications Council to facilitate a two day interactive workshop for healthcare clients Campaign Brief

Comms Council launches how your agency can make you famous mUmBRELLA

News in Brief AdNews

30 August 2010

The Apg Creative Strategy Awards

The Awards are one month out from the deadline of entry. Monday 27th of September is the last day to enter your great creative thinking and get your name in front of the best strategic brains in the industry.

Media Coverage:

APG Creative Awards in Call for Entries AdNews

30 August 2010

Social Media Workshops In Adelaide

The Communications Council is organising a workshop looking at social media from a legal perspective on September 10, 2010.

Stephen von Muenster, Principal, Von Muenster Solicitors & Attorneys will address five top issues that agencies face in social media communications. Using recent market examples, the workshop will cover consumer generated branded content, advertiser blogs, ad mashups and consumer commentary.

The Grand Effie Award Goes To The Nestlé Campaign For “How Allen’s Put The Smiles Back Into Jellies”

• JWT Sydney takes out The Grand Effie

• 17 gold EFFIE’s awarded

• Clemenger BBDO Proximity Melbourne takes out The Effective Agency of the Year

The top prize at the second Australian Effie Awards has been won by JWT with their “How Allen’s regained its category crown by using fresh insight to put the smiles back into Jellies” campaign on behalf of Nestlé.

Media Coverage

Ad Award Judges Sold on a Big Idea The Age

Ad Award Judges Sold on a Big Idea Brisbane Times

Allens is Australia’s Most Effective Ad The Australian

Sweet Success for Lolly Dolly Sydney Morning Herald

Ad Award Judges Sold on a Big Idea Sydney Morning Herald

2010 Effie Awards: Clemenger BBDO Proximity Melbourne wins Effective Agency of the Year, Grand Effie to JWT Sydney for Allen’s campaign Campaign Brief

Effies: Allen’s ad wins top effectiveness gong; Clems is effective agency of the year; Naked wins most gold mUmBRELLA

Allens Wins Most Effective Ad Award AdNews

JWT Scoops Grand Prize at Australian Effie Awards 2010 Campaign Asia

Campaign Asia Picture Gallery Campaign Asia

18 August 2010

AWARD Broadens Scope, Gets Ready For 2011 – Call For Entries &Amp; Category Changes

AWARD, Australia’s pre-eminent creative industries body, today announced changes to its 2011 awards programme. 

“As champions of commercial creativity, AWARD aims to raise standards of creative excellence across a range of disciplines – emerging as well as established,” said Craig Davis, AWARD Chairma 

Media Coverage:

News in brief AdNewsIans getting ready are-you? Campaign Brief

13 August 2010

Communications Council Establishes Nsw Committee

The Communications Council, Australia’s peak marketing communications body, today announces the composition of its New South Wales Committee.

Ten industry leaders join the Committee with Board Member Sudeep Gohil taking on the role of New South Wales Chairman in the Committee

Media Coverage

Comms Council names NSW Committee B&T

Communications Council selects NSW Committee Campaign Brief

Comms Council establishes NSW Committee AdNews 

Comms Council Signs Up NSW Committee mUmBRELLA

12 August 2010

Leading Digital Experts To Facilitate Hyper Island Master Classes In Sydney &Amp; Melbourne

The Communications Council, today announced it is bringing leading digital experts Mark Comerford and Mikael Ahlström to Australia to facilitate its Melbourne and Sydney Hyper Island Master Classes. 

Media Coverage:

Book now for Hyper Island Master Classes in September Campaign Brief

12 August 2010

AWARD School Celebrates Melbourne Graduation

Melbourne’s AWARD School students celebrated their end of studies yesterday at SmartArtz Gallery in South Melbourne. 51 students and their guests celebrated at this year’s graduation. See photos from the night here.

Media Coverage:

Tim Harding takes out the top spot at AWARD School mUmBRELLA

AWARD School celebrates graduation AdNews

5 August 2010

AWARD School Celebrates Sydney Graduation

Last night marked the Student Graduation of the 27th year of AWARD School, sponsored by Google, held at The Loft, Sydney. One hundred Sydney students celebrated at this year’s graduation. See photos from the night here.

Media Coverage:

Award School celebrates in Sydney Campaign Brief

Comms Council celebrates student graduation AdNews

Neil Johnston leads Sydney AWARD School Graduation mUmBRELLA

The seven rules of creativity mUmBRELLA

The next big things Australian Creative

23 July 2010

Fairfax Media Award Copy School Open For Enrolment

Fairfax Media AWARD (the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association) Copy School, a one-week intense copywriting course taking place from August 9th- 13, is now open for enrolment.

The course offers young writers and creatives the rare opportunity to learn from some of the biggest, most successful senior creatives in the business.

Media Coverage:

Young ad writers wanted Australian Creative

Award Copy School open for enrolment Campaign Brief

Fairfax Media AWARD Copy School open for enrolment Portfolio&Reel

Fairfax Media AWARD Copy School opens for enrolment mUmBRELLA

2 July 2010

APMA Star Awards Winners Announced

On 1 July, the Australasian Promotional Marketing Association celebrated its biggest-ever awards night, honouring some of the cutting edge work being produced by the industry.

Taking out the Grand Prix was Wunderman who scored the top award for its tengrandisburiedhere.com campaign for Microsoft.

The Young Stars Young Achiever awards were won by Apollo Marketing’s Aisha Krupski and Chantal Smith with Doug Chapman receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Communications Council congratulates all finalists and winners of the 2010 STAR Awards – the evening was a great celebration of creativity in marketing activation!

More details about the APMA STAR awards can be found here:

24 June 2010

APG Awards Open For Entries – Jon Steel Elected Chairman Of Judges

The Account Planning Group (APG) has announced Jon Steel, vice chairman and chief strategy officer of GPY&R, as Chairman of Judges for the APG’s Creative Strategy Awards 2010.

Media Coverage:

APG announces Jon Steel as chairman AdNews

Jon Steel to chair APG Creative Strategy Awards mUmBRELLA

23 June 2010

ASB Gauges Community Attitudes To Sex, Sexuality And Nudity

The Communications Council, Australia’s peak communications industry body, has today welcomed the Advertising Standards Bureau’s Research Report ‘Community perceptions of Sex, Sexuality and Nudity in Advertising.’

Media Coverage:

Comms Council Welcomes Sex Report AdNews

21 June 2010

The Communications Council Brings World-Leading Digital Institute Hyper Island To Australia

The Communications Council, today announced it is bringing the world’s leading institute for digital education, Hyper Island, to Australia to host a series of master classes in Sydney and Melbourne. 

Media Coverage

Swedish digital uni plans to set up shop here The Australian

Hyper Island master classes coming to Australia Campaign Brief

Hyper Island to Host Masterclass in Australia mUmBRELLA

Hyper Island to visit Australia AdNews

Hyper Island coming to Australia The Next Web

18 June 2010

Remy Brassac Appointed Chairman Of Queensland Committee

Remy Brassac, Managing Director of Brisbane’s Gallery De Pasquale, has been appointed the Chairman of the Communications Council’s Queensland Committee at its recent meeting. Remy brings a wealth of experience from an account management background.

Media Coverage:

Remy Brassac appointed chairman of the Communications Council’s Qld committee Campaign Brief

News in Brief  AdNews

17 June 2010

Compendium Of Master Pr Photography Released

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) today announces the release of its AWARD annual; the Compendium of Master PR Photography.

Media Coverage:

The best of advertising Australian Creative

Compendium of Master PR Photography released – AKA the 2009 AWARD Annual Campaign Brief

AWARD releases latest annual mUmBRELLA

AWARD Annual Released AdNews

16 June 2010

Jeff Goodby Wraps Up Awards School

AWARD (the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association) School wrapped up its last lecture in Sydney yesterday when co–founder and co-chairman of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco Jeff Goodby shared insights with students on how they can kick-start their creative careers.

Media Coverage:

Jeff Goodby wraps up AWARD school mUmBRELLA

Goodby wraps up 2010 AWARD School Campaign Brief

9 June 2010

APG Announces Q &Amp; A Session With Planning Legend Jon Steel

Australia’s Account Planning Group (APG) will be holding its creative forum, Ideas Exchange, on Thursday June 17, featuring acclaimed planning expert and author Jon Steel.

Media Coverage:

Jon Steel to speak at next APG mUmBRELLA

2 June 2010

2010 Australian Effie Awards – Finalists Announced

The campaigns that have made Round Two of EFFIE judging were announced today. The 102 finalists are competing for advertising effectiveness awards across 17 categories.

• Record 102 of 154 entries make cut into Round Two of EFFIE judging

• 45 Round One Judges impressed by quality of entries

Media Coverage:

GFC helps boost Effie entries AdNews

Brand Agency, 303 shortlisted for EFFIE Awards Campaign Brief

27 May 2010

The Communications Council Welcomes Aana Ethics Code Review

The Communications Council, Australia’s peak communications industry body, has today welcomed the review of the Australian Association of National Advertisers’ (AANA) Code of Ethics.

Daniel Leesong, CEO of the Communications Council, expressed his support for the review: “The AANA’s work in the area of self-regulation is very important and one our members support wholeheartedly. We believe it is very important to collaborate with the AANA on ensuring the code’s effectiveness in the long term.”

Media Coverage:

AANA in major review of its Code of Ethics mUmBRELLA

Comms Council welcomes ethics review Campaign Brief

24 May 2010

APMA And Communications Council Joins ForceS

The Communications Council, Australia’s peak advertising body, today announced the formal amalgamation with the Australasian Promotional Marketing Association (APMA), an organisation representing leading marketing activation agencies in Australia and New Zealand.

Media Coverage:

APMA joins Comms Council AdNews
Promotional marketing body APMA joins Communications Council mUmBRELLA
Final tick looms for industry merger The Australian
The Communications Council takes in APMA Campaign Brief

20 May 2010

Communications Council Board Elected

The Communications Council, Australia’s peak advertising industry body, today announced the composition of its new board of directors following its Annual General Meeting.

Anthony Freedman, Chief Executive Officer of Host was unanimously reappointed as Chairman. Craig Davis, Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Mojo was appointed Co-Deputy Chairman with Jeremy Nicholas, Executive Planning Director of BMF. See The Communications Council Board Members here

19 May 2010

New Award Chairman To Progress Creativity Debate

The Communications Council, Australia’s advertising peak industry body, today announced the appointment of Craig Davis as the new Chairman of AWARD following the resignation of outgoing Chairman Richard Maddocks.

Craig Davis, Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Mojo, brings a wealth of experience as a leader in the global advertising industry and a passion for shifting the role of creativity in the industry.

17 May 2010

Effie Awards Attracts Record Number Of Entries

The 2010 Australian Effie Awards have attracted 154 entries from agencies and clients, representing an 18% increase from 131 entries in 2009.

13 April 2010

Adschool Perth Appointment

The Communications Council has appointed Danielle Norrish as the new AdSchool Representative in Perth.

Danielle Norrish’s passion for the advertising industry has seen the growth of a prosperous career both locally and internationally.

Danielle has spent the past 22 years working for some of Australia’s largest advertising agencies including The Brand Agency, Mojo Australia and HDM Mattingly as well as internationally for J Walter Thompson, London.

Danielle’s dedication to the local industry extends beyond her agency commitments, contributing to local forums and providing support to AdSchool, Paper School and work experience program In Step.

29 Mar 2010

Distillers Raise The Bar With New Responsible Marketing Principles

As part of its commitment to promote a responsible drinking culture in Australia, the Distilled Spirits Industry Council of Australia (DSICA) has adopted a comprehensive and progressive set of standards governing the way spirit-based products are marketed in Australia.

Going beyond advertising in traditional media, the DSICA Statement of Responsible Drinking Practices for Alcohol Advertising and Marketing defines the principles for promotional activity on social networking sites; product placement in movies, video games and music videos; the role of energy additives; responsible drinking labelling; and use of the term ‘Schoolies’.

18 Mar 2010

Richard Sauerman Takes Out The Title Of Biggest Thinker

In a world dominated by common sense and rational goals, a big idea to break down the barriers to true self expression and growth, captured the audience’s imagination at the inaugural Battle of Big Thinking, yesterday. In a passionate and provocative presentation, Richard challenged mediocrity, criticized conformity and called on society to break out of the glass houses of routine. Richard also called on the audience to sign a declaration to become ‘enemies of average.’  MC Julian Morrow, of The Chaser, summed up what most were thinking Richard Sauerman was scarily good. I personally was petrified.”

12 Mar 2010

AWARD School Kicks Off For 2010

AWARD School 2010 kicked-off in Sydney last night with the announcement of an all-star lecturer line-up, followed by welcome drinks at The Beauchamp.

AWARD School Sponsor Google, AWARD Committee members, students, tutors and lecturers all came together last night to celebrate the opening of the 27th year of the ideas-based training program for aspiring Creatives. Speakers included AWARD Chairman, Richard Maddocks; Google Innovationist, Justin Baird; and AWARD School Heads, Rebecca Carrasco & Dustin Lane, who all inspired and terrified the new recruits with a run-down of what lies ahead over the next 16 weeks.

Feb 25, 2010

Communications Council Appoints CEO

Following an extensive search, the newly formed industry body, The Communications Council, today confirmed the appointment of a CEO, Daniel Leesong. Leesong comes to the Council from a variety of roles in both industry associations and government positions, most recently being the Chief of Staff for Paul Lennon, immediate past Premier of Tasmania. Other experience includes roles at Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, Distilled Spirits Industry Council of Australia and Australian Hotel Associations where he held management and public affairs roles.

Jan 14, 2010

Telstra Sponsors Australian Effies Awards 2010

Telstra has signed on as principal sponsor of the EFFIE Advertising Effectiveness Awards for the next three years.

“We are privileged to have one of Australia’s iconic companies associated with the event,” said the Chairman of the Australian EFFIE Awards, Matthew Melhuish.

“The decision by Telstra to join the family of EFFIE supporters is great news for the on-going strength of the programme and is an indicator of client respect for the EFFIE programme and the importance of producing campaigns that truly work,” he said.