NEWS IN BRIEF: 22 August 2012

By AdNews | 22 August 2012

Telstra cuts additional 650 jobs
Telstra has revealed it will cut 650 jobs as part of its plan to cut costs and simplify operations. The new redundancies add to the plethora of jobs slashed by the telco giant in the last twelve months. Two contact centres will be closed in Lismore and Townsville, with roles previously conducted in Melbourne and Sydney dispersed into other call centres. Some staff employed through agencies will also be made redundant.  

Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn to open in Aus
American homewares and furniture giant Williams-Sonoma will open its first retail store in Australia next year. The brand has leased out retail space in Sydney's Bondi Junction to house its four brands – Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm. Baker Brand has been hired to look after marketing and communications for the launch.

M&C Saatchi creative technologist to host 'Mission to Lars' charity screening
M&C Saatchi creative technologist James Bush will next week host a charity screening of the 'Mission to Lars' documentary about Tom Spicer, an individual with autism, learning disability Fragile X and a love for rock band Metallica. The screening will be held on 29 August in Sydney, and follows a limited release of the film in the UK and one-off screenings in the US.

Initiative appoints Sydney digital head
Mediabrands-owned media agency Initiative has appointed Isobar North America director of client strategy Olia Krivtchoun as head of digital in Sydney. Meanwhile, former client service director at Faulkner Media Management, Michaela Turley, has joined as communications strategist.

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