140 BBDO goes to Cannes This is the communal blog of 140 BBDO's Mike Pearson and Ross Nieuwenhuizen, who are off to Cannes Lions after winning one in 2011 for their Snickers "Would You Rather" radio campaign - which also featured at Loeries and D&AD. Throughout this smorgasbord of creativity, Mike and Ross will be updating everyone on what's being said, done and awarded, so follow them on Twitter at @140BBDO and on Facebook.
Abey Mokgwatsane Abey Mokgwatsane is CEO of Ogilvy & Mather South Africa (www.ogilvy.co.za; @OgilvySA). Apart from being one of South Africa's Mail & Guardian top 200 young leaders in 2011, he was voted one of the country's top 25 "game-changers" in The Annual 2012. Mokgwatsane also founding of Young Business for South Africa, Think Tank Initiative and Experiential Industry Association of South Africa. Tel +27 (0)11 709 6600, email and follow @Abeyphonogenic on Twitter.
Andrew Timm Andrew Timm's dad wanted him to be an accountant. His mom wanted him to be happy. Mom won. So Andrew started out in the corporate video and today spends half his time producing corporate videos and live corporate shows, and the other half doing broadcast television (magazine shows, dramas, and now The Coconuts sitcom for M-Net). Contact Andrew at and find out more about his company at www.attv.co.za.
Anice Hassim Anice Hassim is the CEO, Founder and majority shareholder of the immedia ecosystem. He is a speaker and educator around digital trends, strategy and marketing, and helps brands better understand and negotiate the digital space. Contact Anice on tel +27 (0)31 566 8000, email him at and follow him on Twitter at @anicehassim.
Dale Imerman Dale Imerman is mad about technology and marketing. He's a travel seeker, photo taker and enjoys the outdoors.
Damon Stapleton Damon went to New Zealand to work with his old partner Shane Bradnick and make some secret creative sauce. Before that he was ECD at Saatchi and Saatchi Australia, before that, Group ECD of TBWA Hunt Lascaris and Global ECD of Standard Bank. He's the only ECD in Africa to win a D&AD Black Pencil and the annual Directory Big Won Rankings lists him as one of the most successful ECDs of 2016, based on international award wins...
Darren Woolley Darren Woolley is the founder of Trinityp3, an Australian-based a marketing management consulting company with an international network of more than 30 industry professionals that helps people to achieve commercial purpose through creative process. Website www.trinityp3.com, email , read his blog at www.trinityp3.com/blog/ and follow him on Twitter at @trinityp3.
Dr Graeme Codrington Dr Graeme Codrington is an expert on the new world of work and multigenerational workplaces. With three bestselling books published by Penguin, five degrees in five different faculties from five different universities including a doctorate in Business Administration, and work experience ranging from articles at KPMG to IT entrepreneur and professional musician to professional speaker, Graeme brings a unique view to his role as consultant and trends analyst for some of the world's largest companies. He can be contacted at , and his website is http://www.tomorrowtoday.biz.
Dr Nikolaus Eberl Dr Nikolaus Eberl is the author of BrandOvation: How Germany won the World Cup of Nation Branding and The Hero's Journey: Building a Nation of World Champions. He headed the Net Promoter Scorecard research project on SA's destination branding success story during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, co-authored the World Cup Brand Ambassador Program 'Welcome 2010' and was chairperson of the inaugural 2010 FAN World Cup. Email and follow @nikolauseberl.
Franklin Ozekhome Franklin Ozekhome is a strategic planner, trendspotter and student of culture and brands. He is the chief strategy officer at Identiture, a New York-based sensory branding and future design firm that offers business intelligence, strategic planning and sensory mapping services to small businesses. Follow his rants on Twitter @donniefranklin or contact him at www.franklinozekhome.com.
Garth Walker In 1994, South Africans elected their first democratic government, and Garth opened Orange Juice Design, which became one of South Africa’s best-known graphic design studios and one of the very few with an international reputation. In time, OJ was acquired by advertising giant Ogilvy South Africa as its premium design brand. In 2008, Garth has once again gone solo with a new studio, Mister Walker (www.misterwalkerdesign.com. Contact Garth on .
Gill Moodie Gill Moodie (@grubstreetSA) is a freelance journalist, media commentator and the publisher of Grubstreet (www.grubstreet.co.za). She worked in the print industry in South Africa for titles such as the Sunday Times and Business Day, and in the UK for Guinness Publishing, before striking out on her own. Email Gill at and follow her on Twitter at @grubstreetSA.
Gisèle Wertheim Aymés Gisèle Wertheim Aymés has worked in the media industry in South Africa for over two decades. She is a director of a medical company, owner and publishing editor of Longevity Media (www.longevitymag.co.za) and a shareholder in Stuff Group SA, publishers of Stuff (www.Stuff.co.za) - the world's best-selling gadget magazine. Email her at and follow her on Twitter at @giselewaymes.
Gwen Watkins Gwen Watkins is a freelance writer, editor, subeditor and author. Almost 30 years of experience across industrial and commercial writing, as a reporter and PR consultant, has given her expert grounding in brand communication and native advertising. A Master NLP Practitioner, she uses these skills within the creation of copywriting, annual reports, brochures and website copy.
Ilva Pieterse Ilva Pieterse has been involved in the media industry for over 13 years. During this time, she has written for and been involved in many online and print publications across a wide variety of industries, but mainly focusing on the IT sector. Examples of her creative work can be found at www.consciencefiction.com
Josh Adler Josh Adler is director at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership (www.anzisha.org) at African Leadership Academy (@ALAcademy) - identifying, developing and connecting the next generation of African leaders. Before entering education, Josh worked for UNDP's Africa Facility for Inclusive Markets (AFIM) and prior to that was the CEO of web technology firm Prefix Technologies. Website www.africanleadershipacademy.org, tel +27 (0)11 699 3000, email , tweet @joshadza and connect on LinkedIn.
Laurenz Schaller Laurenz Schaller is a student from Berlin, Germany. During his undergraduate studies, he co-founded Formlos Berlin (www.formlos-berlin.de), a small student-run agency. Right now, he is doing an internship at a Cape Town-based advertising agency, GSDH South Africa. Contact Laurenz via email , Skype Laurenz Schaller, and connect on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Louise Marsland Louise Marsland is currently Africa Editor: Bizcommunity.com; a Content Strategist and Trainer; and Trend Curator for Bizcommunity.com and her own TRENDAFRiCA.co.za. She has been writing about the media, marketing and advertising communications industry in South Africa for over 20 years, notably, as the previous Editor of Bizcommunity.com Media & Marketing; Editor-in-Chief AdVantage magazine; Editor Marketing Mix magazine; Editor Progressive Retailing magazine; Editor Business Brief magazine and Editor FMCG Files ezine.
Mike Frampton SA entrepreneur Mike Frampton, the founder and ex-chairman of DDB South Africa, has been in the advertising industry for over 18 years. The founder of Framptons in 1990, which became part of the DDB network in 1999, Frida Communication - Mike’s new passion - is an agency dedicated to courage and commitment, named and enshrined in the spirit of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s great artists of all time. Contact Mike on cell +27 (0)83 626 0416 or email .
Net#work BBDO live from Cannes This is the communal blog of Jenny Glover and Brent Singer, joint ECDs at Net#work BBDO who are off to Cannes Lions 2013. Together, the two have won five Gold Lions (four of those being Campaign Lions) and one Cannes Grand Prix in their four years of working together. Throughout the festival, they will bring regular updates on what's happening, as well as the overall feel at Cannes.
New Media FIPP Blog This is the communal blog of New Media's Rose Cohen (@rose_cohen), Kamiel Ebrahim and Lucrezia Wolfaardt (@12Lucz), nominated as most deserving by their peers to attend the 38th FIPP World Magazine Congress being held for the first time in New Delhi, India, 10-12 October 2011.
Rafi Leigh Rafi Leigh is MD of Special-FX, a supplier to the shopper marketing sector and a provider of stage and other special effects. After training at the AAA, he specialised in film and special effects in the UK. He founded Special-FX in South Africa in 1996 and started providing experiential marketers with interactive sets, props, scenery and displays. Contact Rafi on tel +27 (0)11 493 9666 or email .
Sue Disler Sue Disler has more than 25 years of experience in the advertising and marketing as a designer (and sometimes coder), art director and strategist, the last 20 largely dedicated to digital. Email her at , follow @suediz on Twitter or find out more on Linkedin.
TBWA\ Creatives Damon Stapleton (@d_stapleton) and Justin Wright are the executive creative director and creative director respectively for the world-renowned advertising agency TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris (www.tbwa.co.za). They are currently in London judging the 2011 D&AD awards (Damon on the Outdoor Advertising jury and Justin on Direct).
Terry Levin Founder of multi-disciplinary agency OfftheShelf. Talk to us about case studies of growing legacy African brands for the future. We are Afrophiles offering strategic brand design and architecture, brand content, standout activations and more. Currently acting as Bizcommunity.com creative director at large. Email , follow @terrylevin on Twitter, view her photos on Instagram, connect on www.facebook.com/offtheshelfmarketing or LinkedIn.