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RIP Matthew Buckland

UPDATE: Details have been announced for Matthew Buckland's Cape Town memorial service.
Matthew Buckland

One of the SA digital media's industry's best-known players, having taken home the 'best individual contribution to digital' award at the 2017 Bookmark Awards, Matthew Buckland has passed away from cancer at the age of 45.

A year ago, Buckland spoke of how the Burn Media was set to embark on aggressive growth after a deal to go solo.

Burn Media to embark on aggressive growth after deal to go solo - Buckland

The Burn Media Group, a media stable with publications that include Ventureburn and Memeburn, has broken away from M&C Saatchi Abel's digital agency Creative Spark and has embarked upon a new "aggressive" growth curve, says Burn Media's founder Matthew Buckland...

By Stephen Timm 7 Jun 2018

Matthew Buckland on reigniting Burn Media

Matthew Buckland explains his latest role change at Creative Spark, what it means for Burn Media going forward, and the biggest digital media trends he's anticipating from 2018...

By Leigh Andrews 24 Apr 2018

Today, the South African digital industry has shared its sadness over Buckland’s passing on social media, so much so that the news is trending:

Buckland often said what he loved most about the industry was:
Constant change, evolution, endless challenges. The constant ‘wow’ factor. The strong feeling of “ownership” that our generation has over this industry as we were a part of shaping it — not the old industrialists and the “old money" of the past.

Digital news entrepreneur

Dubbed a 'digital news entrepreneur', Buckland was also head of the Mail & Guardian’s online division, founder of the collaborative news and opinion platform Thought Leader from 2000 to 2007, established a division at Naspers’ online publisher, and was also a consultant and investor at multinational media fund Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF).

#BehindtheSelfie with... Matthew Buckland

This week we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with Matthew Buckland, MD and founder of Creative Spark, an M&C Saatchi company... Buckland was honoured with a special award for ‘best individual contribution to digital at this year's Bookmark Awards...

By Leigh Andrews 10 May 2017

Our sincere condolences to Buckland’s wife Bridget; daughters Stella and Isabella; family and friends; and all who were inspired by his digital spark.
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