Award School Singapore Graduates Future Creatives

AWARD School, the pre-eminent training program for aspiring Creatives, Copywriters and Art Directors, has wrapped up its 2011 programme with the celebration of its graduation.

Media Release

December 21 , 2011


The Communications Council Announces Circus Speakers

R/GA’s Chief Creative Officer Nick Law, design expert Vince Frost, MDC’s Chief innovation director, Faris Yakob, global chief marketing officer for Gatorade, Sarah Robb O’Hagan, and Rosanna Iacono, Chief Brand Officer Jurlique are among
the creatively diverse line-up for the 2012 Circus Festival.

Media Release

December 16 , 2011


AWARD Annual Released

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) today announces the release of the AWARD annual showcasing the work of the annual AWARD Award winners, as presented at the 2011 Circus festival.

Media Release

December 14 , 2011


Bravo! Award Winners Announced

Australian agencies Hammond & Thackeray, McCann Healthcare and Ward6 have taken out four global awards at the annual Bravo! Awards last week.

Media Release

December 06 , 2011

Leadership Transition Announced At The Communications Council

The Communications Council today advised that Chief Executive Officer Daniel Leesong will leave the peak industry body effective immediately, after almost two years in the position.

The Communications Council Chairman, Anthony Freedman said “Daniel’s departure is regrettable but provides an opportunity to bring new leadership to the Council as we move toward our third year of operation.”

Margaret Zabel, ex National Marketing Director of Lion Nathan will assume the CEO role in the interim, whilst a search for a full time replacement is undertaken.

Freedman said, “Margaret’s exceptional commercial experience and close working relationship with many agencies around Australia, will bring new and valuable insights to both developing a clear vision and strategy for the future as well a fresh ‘client side’ viewpoint on many aspects of our work at The Communications Council.”

Leading recruiter Hourigan International has agreed to assist The Communications Council with the executive search on a pro bono basis and will be considering both local and international candidates.

Media Release

November 11, 2011


Industry Lines Up To Select Top Talent

Communications Council agency members are in the process of selecting the new talent joining their ranks, as part of the 2012 Graduate Trainee Program.

A record 30 agencies are involved in this year’s program, run by The Communications Council. The highly competitive trainee program is offering over 40 placements in top agencies this year.

Media Release

October 26, 2011


Integer Australia And Arc Worldwide Australia Winners At The 2011 Maa Worldwide Globes.

Australian agencies have taken out two GLOBES at last night’s international MAA GLOBES Awards, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition, two silver awards and six orders of merits were presented to Australian agencies.

Media Release

October 21, 2011


APG Crowns Planning Idol 2011

Alex Ryan (MediaCom) has taken out the 2011 APG Planning Idol Title.

His winning strategy was rewarded at the Award Presentation at Sydney’s Ruby Rabbit last night, with more than 90 in attendance.

Seventeen finalists contested the APG Planning Idol title with final presentations made this week to a panel of judges including Rangan Srikhanta, CEO of One Laptop per Child. The judges were unanimous in nominating Alex for the top honour.

Media Release

October 7, 2011


Communications Council Urges Australian Mobile Manufacturers To Front Nfc Technology Revolution

The Communications Council believes Australia has a major opportunity to become a world class innovator in NFC (Near Field Communications) services – a technology becoming more omnipresent in Mobile phones and other swipe to pay systems. Despite some handset manufacturers holding back NFC technology in mobile phone models in Australia, the Communications Council believes the time is right for manufacturers to incorporate NFC in all future handsets.

Media Release

27 September, 2011


Fairfax Media Award Copy School Open For Enrolment

Fairfax Media AWARD Copy School, a one-week intense copywriting course taking place in Melbourne from October 24th- 18, is now open for enrolment.

Media Release

27 September, 2011


WA Agencies Join Communications Council In Droves

Reflecting the changing face of the marketing communications sector in Western Australia, The Communications Council has been joined by six new members over recent months.

Media Release

September 22, 2011


AWARD Selects 2011 Chairman Of Judges; Award Awards Call For Entry Open

As the AWARD Awards call for entry opens, AWARD, Australia’s pre-eminent creative industries body, announces Nick Law, EVP and Chief Creative Officer at R/GA as the 2011 AWARD Awards Chairman of Judges.

Nick is regarded as one of the most influential creative people in the digital field, in charge of defining the creative vision of one of the world’s most admired digital agencies. He’s internationally recognised as a thought leader and has
been awarded for his work with enviable brands such as Nike, Walmart, HBO, Johnson and Johnson, IBM, L’Oreal and Google.

Media Release

September 16, 2011


Communications Council Digital Committee Launches Pitch Guidelines

The Communications Council’s Digital Committee has launched a set of digital pitch guidelines in an attempt to address the increasing challenges faced by digital agencies in pitching for business.

Media Release

September 16, 2011


Producers Forge Links With Comms Council: Commercial Producers Council Launched

Today marks the launch of The Commercial Producers Council (the CPC), a member based organisation representing the interests of production companies in the marketing communications industry.

Sitting under The Communications Council framework, the CPC will be assisting members with advice and guidance on producer/ agency agreements, it will be ensuring best practice business principles among members and promoting their work and services the wider business community.

Media Release

September 15, 2011


Talent Shortage Worrying Industry

80% of agencies are unable to find suitably experienced staff, according to survey results published by The Communications Council today.

The shortage is most prevalent in junior (1-4 years) and mid level (4-7 years) positions with the most acute shortages occurring in account management, followed by creative and digital.

Media Release

September 9, 2011


Sell Yourself For Charity

The annual Lighthouse auction returns on October 7, and is now calling on emerging and established artists to donate work.

For the first time in the auction’s eight year history, the industry’s under 25s are asked to ‘make art and make good’ to promote the charity that is a guiding light for 75,000 homeless people.

Media Release

September 9, 2011


Healthy Competition For This Year&Rsquo;S Apg Planning Idol

In line with the growing discipline of planning in Australia, this year’s APG Planning Idol has seen a significant rise in entries.

The 2011 competition has attracted 52 entries, double the entries of the inaugural year in 2007, and a steady increase above the 34 entries in 2009.

Media Release

August 29, 2011


Comms Council Launches Graduate Trainee Program Call For Entry Campaign – And Johann

The Communications Council, through agency Host/The Jamboree, has garnered the support of the advertising community to help remarket university student Johann.

Johann, a young, good-looking, smart and friendly man, has, despite his positive attributes, struggled with the ladies.

As part of the 2012 launch of The Graduate Trainee Program, a number of, planning heads, agency chiefs, and top creatives are working on improving the Johann brand.

Media Release

August 26, 2011


The 2011 Grand Effie Award Goes To Tontine’s Campaign For “The First Pillow With A ‘Best-Before’ Date

• Happy Soldiers takes out The Grand Effie
• 8 gold Effie’s awarded overall
• Clemenger BBDO Melbourne takes out The Effective Agency of the Year

Happy Soldiers has been awarded the Grand Effie at the 3rd annual Effie awards. Their “The first pillow with a ‘best-before’ date” campaign on behalf of Tontine took out two Gold Effies.

Media ReleaseFull List of WinnersPhotos (part I) |Photos (part II)

August 25, 2011


Graduate Trainee Program Launches

The Communications Council is calling on aspiring advertising talent to join its 2012 Graduate Trainee Program, the leading industry training program for the marketing and advertising industry.

Now in its 30th year, the program open to university graduates of all academic backgrounds, with applicants being selected on key skills such as problem solving, ability to communicate, digital savviness and ‘out of the box’ thinking.

Media Release

August 23, 2011


AWARD Announces New Committee Members

Following their recent call for member votes, AWARD today announces its new committee members.

Tom Martin, Creative Director at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne and Wilf Sweetland, Executive Producer and Managing Director of The Sweet Shop Melbourne, are the new faces of the Committee, as selected by the AWARD membership.

Media Release

August 17, 2011


Circus Returns – 2012 Dates Announced

‘Circus’, the festival of commercial creativity, is back. After last year’s resounding success, the three day event returns bigger and bolder.

‘Circus’ 2012 is set for March 27-29 and will bring together individuals from all corners of the marketing communications community to explore and celebrate commercial creativity.

Media Release

July 18, 2011


AWARD School Celebrates 29Th Graduation

AWARD School students across Australia are set to graduate next month. Almost 200 students in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, as well as Tasmania have completed the sixteen week intensive course and are working on their final portfolios.

Media Release

July 14, 2011


New Chair For South Australian Communications Council Committee

Jamie Scott, Managing Director of Showpony Advertising, has been appointed the Chairman of The Communications Council’s South Australia Committee at its recent meeting in Adelaide.

Media Release

July 11, 2011


APG Launches 2012 Planning Idol

Planning Idol, organised by the Account Planning Group, is back and looking for Australia’s next planning talent.

Planning Idol encourages young, talented planners, or prospective planners under 30 in Australia to apply themselves to a brief to solve a pressing social issue.

This year’s contestants will be tasked to create a breakthrough strategy for One Laptop per Child Australia, a charity headed up by Circus speaker Rangan Shrikhanta. One Laptop per Child’s mission is to enhance learning opportunities for children  in remote communities.

Media Release

July 6, 2011


2011 APMA Star Award Winners Announced

Taking out the coveted Grand Prix was Integer who scored the top award for its ‘My Car is Your Car’ campaign for NRMA, an activation idea that saw Integer launch a campaign sharing a car with Australia in order to illustrate NRMA’s policies as covering anybody driving the car.

The Young Stars Young Achiever awards were won by Jessie White (Leo Burnett) and Nick Smith (Kinetic Marketing), with Martin Walters receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the promotional and experiential marketing industry.

For a complete complete list of APMA Star Awards winners, download here.

July 1, 2011


AWARD School Singapore Applications Now Open

AWARD School, the pre-eminent training program for aspiring Creatives, Copywriters and Art Directors, has announced its 2011 programme in Singapore. The 16 week course is now open to receive applications until 15th July 2011 and follows a stringent selection process to pick prospective students.

AWARD School Singapore June 2011

June 30, 2011


25 Communications Council Agencies Awarded At Cannes Lions Festival

The Communications Council corporate member agencies have picked up an impressive 24 trophies at this year?s Cannes Lions Festival. The 58th Cannes Festival celebrating creativity in communications attracted 24,000 entries this year.


June 27, 2011


APG Announces New Look Committee For 2011/2012

Following an impressive response to their recent call for nominations, the Account Planning Group (APG) today announces a diverse line up of creative and media agency representatives to join the committee.


June 9, 2011


2011 australian effie awards  –  finalists announced

  • 95 out of 214 entries make the cut into Round Two of EFFIE judging
  • 80 industry judges have picked the Round One finalists

The campaigns that have made Round Two of EFFIE judging were announced today. A total of 95 finalists are now competing for advertising effectiveness awards across 18 categories.

Media Release – Round 1 Finalists

Download Finalists

7 June, 2011


2011 Australian Effie Awards

The 2011 Australian EFFIE Awards have attracted a record 214 entries from agencies and clients, the highest number of entries to date.


30 May, 2011


Communications Council Completes First Year

The Communications Council has wrapped up its first full 12 months of operation at today’s Annual General Meeting.

Speaking after the AGM, Chairman Anthony Freedman said: “This has been a significant year in shaping the new body and its activities and today we celebrate some of our successes.


27 May, 2011


APG Is Looking For Thinkers And Doers

The Account Planning Group is today calling for expressions of interest for committee positions.

APG membership is open to anyone with an interest in planning, with current members including ad agency planners of all levels, qualitative researchers, freelance strategy planners, media strategists, and clients.

25 May, 2011


AWARD School To Launch In Auckland

AWARD School, powered by the Communications Council, is set to head over to Auckland. The prestigious 16 week course will launch in Auckland and start late July.


19 May, 2011


APMA Finalists Announced

APMA, powered by The Communications Council, today announced the finalists for the 2011 APMA Star Awards, celebrating the past year’s best work in Promotional and Experiential Marketing.

18 May, 2011

APMA Star Awards Finalists Announced


Show Award What You’re Made Of

AWARD is today calling for expressions of interest for committee positions.

AWARD is inviting nominations from creatively minded individuals, keen to progress the AWARD agenda of promoting commercial creativity, education, membership and the next generation of creative talent.

AWARD Committee Nominations

18 May, 2011


APG Announces Droga5 Executive Planning Director/Partner, Sudeep Gohil As New Chairman

APG Australia has nominated Droga5 Executive Planning Director Sudeep Gohil, as Chairman for 2011/2012. Taking over from outgoing Chairman Jeremy Nicholas, CEO of BMF, Sudeep will take up the role immediately. Russ Mitchinson, Planning Director at DDB Sydney will take up the role of Deputy Chairman.

11 March 2011


Circus Festival Highlights Video

The Circus festival, held over 3 days (February 23-25) explored the latest developments in the world of commercial creativity while celebrating the marketing communications sector’s outstanding work.

See a brief video with some highlights of the three day event

10 March 2011


The Communications Council Announces Perth As First Interstate Office

The Communications Council today announced the official opening of their Perth Office in Subiaco. “As the first market to open a dedicated Communications Council state office outside Sydney and Melbourne, this is a significant move for the council and demonstrates The Communications Council’s long term commitment to Perth” said Daniel Leesong, CEO The Communications Council. “The focus is now providing locally driven services for our members, membership growth both corporate and individual, further development of Adschool and AWARD School, as well as ensuring WA continues to develop its industry.”


5 March 2011


APMA Star Awards Call For Entry

Agencies and clients from across Australia and New Zealand are invited to submit their entries until the 31st March, 2011.


March 3, 2011


AWARD Award Winners

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne the big winner at this year’s AWARD Awards presentation.

The most outstanding creative communications work in the Asia Pacific region was celebrated at the AWARD Awards tonight, the culmination of the three day festival of commercial creativity, Circus, Australia‘s answer to Cannes.

90 judges from across the region, under the chairmanship or Erik Vervroegen, from Goodby, Silverstein Partners San Francisco, selected the winners from the 2000+ entries.

The AWARD Awards were proudly sponsored by:

Gold – Fairfax Media, FSM, Google
Silver – Adshel, B&T, Campaign Brief, Mojo, Revolver, Stellar Studios, The Digital Edge, The Editors
Bronze – Adstream, BBC Worldwide, Diamant Hotel, Droga5, IMMIJ – Integrity in Print, Mick Bell Photography, RMK Voice Productions, Shine Media

AWARD Award Winners Announced (Media Release)

Download the Full Winners List Here

28 February 2011


Ken Painter Scholarship Launched

The Communications Council today announces the official launch of the ‘Ken Painter Scholarship’ honouring the former AdSchool stalwart.

Ken Painter passed away in late 2009 after a short battle with cancer, having dedicated 60 years of his life to the industry, including as coordinator of AdSchool in WA and the former AFA (now The Communications Council’s) Graduate Trainee Program.

WA’s leading advertising agencies have come together in support of Mr Painter, creating a Scholarship in his memory.


24 February 2011


Adschool Partners With Dmg Radio Australia

AdSchool, powered by The Communications Council, today announces a new partnership with dmg Radio Australia.


09 February 2011


Countdown To The Award Awards

AWARD, powered by The Communications Council, today announces the AWARD Award finalists in the Direct Marketing and Craft in Film categories.


09 February 2011


 International Digital Media Guru To Join ‘Circus’

Jeffrey Cole, Director of the Centre for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School will headline the programme at ‘Circus’, the inaugural festival of commercial creativity, the Australian Writers and Art Directors’ Association, AWARD, confirmed today.


08 February 2011


COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL ‘Images from Adland’ Exhibition launched

‘Images from Adland’, the photography exhibition celebrating commercial photography, organised by the Australian Centre of Photography and The Communications Council, kicks off today, running until March 12.


04 February 2011


Effies Call For Entry Launches

The EFFIES Call for Entry has launched with the presentation of this year’s 18 categories open for entry. Entries Close on May 4, 2011. Round One of Judging will take place on Tuesday 31 May, with finalists announced on June 7. Round Two is set for 21 June. The EFFIE winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on Thursday the 25th August.

February 2, 2011


COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL Announces Digital Committee

The Communications Council today announces its 2011 digital committee members and projects that will drive the committee’s industry leadership agenda.


01 February 2011


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).

28 January 2011


Circus Announces Battle of Big Thinking Speakers

Mieke Buchan- Triple M Melbourne, Jon Casimir – Producer, Gruen Transfer, Dr Rachael Dunlop – Australian Skeptics, Catherine Keenan – Arts Writer, Sydney Morning Herald and Rangan Srikhanta  – CEO One Laptop per Child and Margie Seale – CEO, Random House Publishing, will be amongst the speakers sharing their provocative insights.

24 January 2011


Creative Superstar to chair AWARD Jury

AWARD, Australia’s pre-eminent creative industries body, today announced the appointment of the Chairman of Judges for this year’s AWARD awards.

Erik Vervroegen from Goodby, Silverstein Partners in San Francisco will head up the AWARD jury.

18 January 2011


Google Launches This Space Film Festival As Part Of Circus

Google will be hosting YouTube Australia’s inaugural film festival as part of The Communications Council’s ‘Circus’, set for February 22-25 next month.


14 January 2011


Rob Caslick, Award School Graduate Creates An Award Winning Light System For The Blind.

After graduating from AWARD School, Rob applied for a position in The Milan Design School (Scuola Politecnica di Design).

Here is Rob’s story.

“To be accepted into the Masters of Industrial Design Course, I was asked to submit a “creative folio” of my work. Being an engineer and then social worker I hadn’t done any design work so I submitted my AWARD School portfolio.
The  board of selectors loved it and decided to accept me and attended there in 2009.
The concept I came up with during the course was LED Braille.
The idea came after discovering that 90% of people who are blind see light.
AWARD taught me an invaluable lesson of constantly bringing the thought process back to the “big idea”.
I didn’t want to create another designer light fitting.
LED Braille is a light that assists people who are blind locate and read Braille”.

Rob’s design topped the class in Milan.

04 January 2011


 Registration for Communications Council Circus now open

The countdown to The Communications Council ‘Circus’ Festival has begun. With only six weeks to go, registration is now open.

02 January 2011