News bulletin: AJF partners with Kids' Cancer Project; Cummins&Partners appoints new CD

By AdNews | 24 August 2015
Cummins&Partners creative director Damian Royce

AJF partners with Kids' Cancer Project

AJF Partnership Sydney will be working with The Kids' Cancer Project on building its brand strategy and identity as well as awareness, donations and fundraising campaigns.

The Kids Cancer Project CEO Owen Finegan said it has invested more than $25 million into childhood cancer research and is hoping to grow that figure with the help of AJF Partnership.

"We are very excited at the opportunity to join an equally passionate and enthusiastic team as AJF Partnership," Finegan said. "I know they will help us drive our strategy, grow our brand and to achieve our mission to cure kids' cancer and end suffering by supporting world class research."

AJF Partnership Sydney founding partner Digby Richards said: "Our team at AJF Sydney, with me, have been searching for a cuase that we collectively feel we can help.

"It's a real commitment and instead of spreading our energy too wide, we want to go deep over many years with The Kids' Cancer Project and help Owen and his team raise awareness to build funds to drive the right research to find a cure."

Cummins&Partners appoints new CD

Cummins&Partners has appointed Damian Royce as creative director for its Melbourne office, to boost its creative and digital ranks.

Royce joins Cummins&Partners from a CD role at Whybin\TBWA Melbourne and previously worked at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne and several pure play digital agencies.

Cummins&Partners Melbourne executive creative director Jim Ingram said: "We’re ambitious about being a different sort of agency, which means delivering different sorts of creative ideas.

"Damian has a unique approach to how creativity can solve problems. Alongside our existing Creative Director, Doogie Chapman (ex M&C Saatchi), Damian’s arrival positions us brilliantly to come up with better, more effective and more progressive creative ideas for our clients.”

Ooh!Media wins Sydney road contract

Ooh!Media has won a long-term contract for 26 of Sydney's premium large format billboards. The contact includes some of Sydney's major traffic corridors including the City West Link and Victoria Road junction, Rozelle, Princes Highway, Gymea and Parramatta Road, Leichhardt.

Ooh!Media group director, road Noel Cook said the win supports its business strategy of securing high quality assets and maintaining a balanced market leading portfolio across each of its operating locations.

“This is a strategic win, and cements our premium roadside billboard leadership position in Sydney,” Cook said.

Finalists announced for 2015 Australian Commercial Radio Awards

Finalists have been announced for the 27th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs).

2015 will see last year's winners, WSFM's Jonesy and Amanda, go head to head against four time winners, Kiis' Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson to win the hotly contested Best On Air Team FM (Metro). Also competing for the title are Fox FM's Fifi and Dave, Nova's Fitzy and Wippa, Nova's Kate, Tim and Marty and Triple M's Hot Breakfast team.

Organised by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) on behalf of the radio industry, the national awards cover 33 categories.

CRA CEO Joan Warner said; “The ACRAs are a much anticipated event within a highly competitive radio industry.

“The depth of talent each year across all areas of radio in Australia makes the job of the peer and industry judging panel very difficult.”

See the full list of finalists here.

Denstu appoints joint Brisbane GM for Carat and Columbus

Ali Parsyar has been appointed as the joint GM of Carat and performance agency Columbus in Brisbane to drive a united business strategy.

In his new role Parsyar will ensure strong alignment between the two businesses to create a point of difference in the market. He has been working with Omnicom for the last eight years in senior digital and management roles in Sydney, New York and London.

Carat Australia MD Rebecca Tos said: “Over the past two years, following extensive new business wins, Columbus QLD has more than tripled in size, reinforcing it as a key market for our business and therefore requiring a locally based GM.

“In close collaboration with Carat, Ali will deliver aligned solutions for our clients and a united vision to further establish Dentsu Aegis as the pioneering network in the QLD market.”

Columbus Australia MD Rebecca Tos, GM Brisbane Columbus and Carat Ali Parsyar and Carat Brisbane MD Gabriela Merrick.

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