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Trent Reznor 1, Mojo Magazine 0

Posted by Lee on August 17, 2009

Love him or loathe him, Trent Reznor is a genius. Nine Inch Nails has been around for years now, and although too dark and ‘industrial’ for some, his work has always been original and exciting. However, his vision extends well beyond pure music and includes the wider digital realm.
NIN’s Year Zero 2007 concept acted as a beacon of hope for a music industry desperately attempting to keep alive a terminally ill business model.
yearzero_coverYear Zero was a total multi-media experiential project, incorporating an ARG, live events, merchandise and social media – however, the actual CD was a key artifact, a central piece of the expanding phenomenon that was Year Zero.
It was also acknowledged as one of the great marketing campaigns, picking up a Cyber Grand Prix at the 2008 Cannes Advertising Festival – I had the privilege of judging the campaign at that event.
Since then NIN have experimented with different distribution models, allowing fans to download the album The Slip from the NIN Nails website (free of charge), and an EP to coincide with their current tour.

julymojoTrent Reznor’s status as a digital pioneer is already well known and well documented, so why am I writing this post?
Well, I’m a big fan and long-time reader of Mojo, the Music Magazine, as it has well written news, interviews, and reviews – and in the July 09 issue there was brilliant interview with Trent Reznor. The article provided some real insights to an older and wiser Mr Reznor. I was so impressed by the piece that I wanted to ‘tweet’ about it and provide a link to the interview on the Mojo website……..
There was just one small problem – there was no sign of the interview on the Mojo site – there are other interviews on the site, but ironically, of all the musicians Mojo interview, they didn’t choose to upload their interview with one of the music industry’s internet gurus!

To add insult to injury, I emailed Mojo and asked whether they intended uploading the piece to their site so I could link to it. This was their reply:

Out of Office AutoReply: Trent Reznor interview – are you going to put it online?

Hello,
Thank you for your email.
Please note that you have come through to MOJO editorial. The team will only deal with queries specific to the editorial content of the magazine, including competition entries, letters and complaints.
However, if you have an enquiry relating to subscriptions you can call 01858 438 806 and they will do their best to answer your question. Advertising queries should be made to the ads team by calling 020 7295 5000.
Thanks for your support,
MOJO

An auto-response – Gosh, I feel special, thanks Mojo, very ‘social media’ of you!

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Digital Media Awards, Asia 2009

Posted by Lee on August 9, 2009

DMA_logoI’m honored to have been asked to judge at this year’s Digital Media Awards Asia. Now in their third year, the Awards celebrate the best Asia’s digital marketing industry has to offer. The digital sector is weathering the current economic storm better than most, and across Asia the online sector goes from strength to strength in terms of infrastructure, creativity and effectiveness.

The panel of judges include leaders from some of the world’s hottest agencies, biggest online brands, media owners, industry suppliers and clients. I’m looking forward to some quality debate and discussion.
The Awards Ceremony takes place in Bejiing, China on the 16th November 2009.

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CAANZ Media Awards Judging

Posted by Lee on April 1, 2009

Yesterday I spent the afternoon judging entries for the upcoming  CAANZ (Communication Agencies Association of NZ) Media Awards.

I was one of the judges of the finalists in the ‘Integrated Media Campaigns’ category, and it was a tough assignment.

What I found really encouraging was the high standard of all the finalists, across a multitude of categories, but especially those entries from FMCG integrated media campaigns – traditionally, a terribly ‘unsexy’ category.

Can’t say any more other than although we are a small country, the entries I saw showed that NZ continues to punch above it’s wait in marketing comms strategy.

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Love Distance – ‘Cyber Best in Show’ at Adfest 2009

Posted by Lee on March 23, 2009

I’ve managed to get access to the video case study. It’s a great piece of work by GT Inc, Tokyo for their client Sagami.

Check it out.

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Adfest 2009 – the party’s over

Posted by Lee on March 22, 2009

Well, just about to check out of Pattaya for the long flight home.

The final night of the awards was last night, and although there was no ‘after party’, everyone seemed to split up into groups to carry on. I’m not going to try and relay all the award results here but you can see who won what here. 

Last thoughts on Adfest. It’s a lovely festival, and although there were the occasional glitches, it adds to the charm of what is a very friendly show. There’s some amazing talent in the region, but a lot less of the rampant egotism seen in other ‘more western’ parts of the world.

I’ve made some new friends from countries throughout Asia Pacific, people I’ll stay in contact with and hope to see again soon. The other juries and jury presidents were cool people, and somehow, being at Adfest seemed to allow them all to be very approachable. The quality of speakers was excellent, and the sponsors that were there have given great support to the festival. The organisers of Adfest are doing a terrific job, and even though this was a difficult time for them, the whole event was positive, pragmatic and upbeat.

The continuous theme for all future Adfests will be “Made in Asia”, and I think that means friendly, warm, humble and talented!

OK, I’ve got a car waiting to take me to the airport so must go now.

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Adfest – the final night, “And The Cyber Best in Show is…”

Posted by Lee on March 21, 2009

What a difference –  Any glitches from earlier in the week were resolved by the ‘finale’ and although a long evening, there was a lot  of categories to get through. The show was pretty slick, and to keep it moving, all the awards were given out throughout the sit-down dinner. The categories awarded tonight included Film, Radio, outdoor, Lotus Roots, Innova, and of course, Cyber Lotus.

announcing Cyber Best in Show AdfestYours truly, announcing the 2009 Cyber Lotus ‘Best in Show’ at Pattaya Beach.

The Cyber ‘Best in Show’ was the stunning Sagami Condoms campaign, ‘Love Distance’ by GT Inc, Tokyo. Koshi Uchiyama, (our Jury Chairman), felt it

would be inappropriate for him to speak about why it had been selected, as

this entry came from his own agency.  Because of this, the organisers of

Adfest asked me to explain and announce the winner on the night – a task I

was delighted to do on behalf of the Cyber Jury.

NOTE:  I’ll try and post a copy of the ‘Love Distance’ case study video here

soon, but in the meantime the link above may give some insight into the

campaign (when you get to the site, select ‘English’) .

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Adfest 2009 – the festival begins

Posted by Lee on March 19, 2009

We did our final round of judging, to select the ‘Cyber Lotus Best in Show’, and to nominate some work for the new Lotus Roots category.
Like the other judging rounds, there was passionate discussion by all members of the jury, and we’re totally satisfied with what we’ve selected as the 2009 ‘Best in Show’, but again, details will be kept under wraps until Saturday evening’s Awards Ceremony.

Adfest 2009The festival officially opened today, and after the official opening, things kicked off with the Gunn Report 2008 – Asia Pacific Edition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Adfest 2009 – the judging is over (nearly)

Posted by Lee on March 17, 2009

The last few days have been a bit of a blur – 17 hours after getting to Wellington airport, I arrived in Pattaya, Thailand for the final rounds of judging the 2009 Cyber Lotus categories.

With just over three hours sleep, on Monday morning, off we went on our journey to find this year’s winners. Thankfully,I was kept well and truly awake because there were two full days of intelligent and passionate discussion and debate, with plenty of laughs and quality work for us to go through. Read the rest of this entry »

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Adfest Cyber Lotus – first round impressions

Posted by Lee on March 5, 2009

A high proportion of the entries were ‘competent’ which is a big improvement on some shows I’ve judged, where a huge amount of entries were quite awful and probably the result of some of the bigger agencies flooding the shows with ‘volume’ over ‘quality’.

Is this a sign that standards are generally rising? Or just that these tough economic times have forced agencies to be more selective about what they enter? I’m not sure, but whatever the reason, it’s an encouraging trend. However, ‘competent’ will not win awards – competent is just a hygene factor.

Here are a  few general ‘first round’ thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Adfest 2009 – Made in Asia

Posted by Lee on February 23, 2009

adfest_logo_02I have been asked to judge the ‘Cyber Lotus’ award entries at this year’s Adfest, to be held in Thailand from 19 – 21st March.

ADFEST is an annual regional advertising event that celebrates creativity in the Asia Pacific region. It is a platform designed to elevate creative standards and promote communication within the advertising and production industry.

Creativity + Technology + Culture.

I’m particularly excited because there’s some amazing creativity in the digital space within the region. Technologically, some Asian countries not only have blistering broadband speeds, but are also streets ahead of us in take-up of the mobile channel. Then to really spice things up, between various countries, there are big differences in cultural norms. Language, urban culture, humour, design aesthetic and what constitutes ‘acceptable’ differ considerably, and it is the task of the judges to navigate through all of this. Read the rest of this entry »

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