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Thursday, March 27, 2008

DDB OPENS UP REGISTRATIONS FOR PORTFOLIO NIGHT 2008 - THURSDAY MAY 8

Registrations are now being accepted for the ad industry’s only global portfolio review and recruitment event, Portfolio Night, which returns to New Zealand on Thursday May 8.
Sponsored and organised locally by DDB, the innovative speed-dating concept teams up aspiring young creatives on the launchpad of their careers with a cluster of award-winning creative directors. Over the course of an evening, most juniors will get their portfolio reviewed by three of the most highly-regarded creative directors in town from across the top agencies.
Says Toby Talbot, DDB Executive Creative Director: “We’re delighted to be getting behind Portfolio Night again for New Zealand. Last year’s event was terrific. We had great support from top CDs across town so it was a real industry effort.”
Says Mike O’Sullivan, Executive Creative Director at Saatchi and Saatchi, who took part last year: “Portfolio Night is a great event and we saw some great work. Would recommend everyone in the job market to give it a go.”
Steve Cochran, Deputy Creative Director at Colenso BBDO added: “There’s nothing like spending an evening with your nose stuck in a good book. I look forward to being there.”
Places for the Auckland event, which will run from 5.30pm at DDB’s offices, are limited to just 36 creative teams. It is restricted to juniors who are students, new graduates, interns or in the first two years of their career.
Unlike most other Portfolio Night events around the world, the New Zealand event will be free.
Registrations can be made by emailing: claire.mckay@nz.ddb.com. Please state your full name/s, contact details, and a few details on where you’re at in your career. Places will be allocated on a first come basis, provided all criteria are met.
The global Portfolio Night initiative was launched last year after DDB Canada’s Chairman and CEO Frank Palmer saw potential in the idea, which had until then been localised in Canadian cities. He backed the event and negotiated the initial partnership arrangement that last year made DDB the first agency to become a Gold Sponsor of Portfolio Night and saw the event roll out globally.
This year the event is happening simultaneously in 20 cities around the world.
DDB is sponsoring the event in 10 cities including Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Miami and Sao Paulo.
Other global partners of Portfolio Night include Corbis, BLACK BAG and
VCU Brandcenter.

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