Thursday, February 16, 2006


At the AWARD AGM held last night, a motion was passed to explore various management options. Two de Force has managed AWARD for the last decade and according to AWARD co-chairmen Darryn Devlin and Paul Prince (pictured), it seems only prudent to review the situation. A sub committee will be formed to look into the matter and is expected to report back within a few weeks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having attended AWARD school, plus many Folios, Caxtons and Award shows, and more - all managed in some way or another by TdeF, I'd like to give then a huge thanks for their last ten years' work ... regardless of the outcome of the "review".

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't see what you get for your annual membership fee, except an annual mailing to pay your renewal fee for the next year - oh yes and a few bucks off the Award dinner as a member - and a meal you wouldn't feed your dog, to watch a show you can't hear. The sound system at my 3 year old's kindergarten Christmas play was better than last year's Award show.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, completely agree with 2.06pm.
I guess this is exactly the reason why the smart boys Paul and Darryn have pushed for a review.
It just makes sense to look at the areas where expenditure raises even a punter's eyebrows and looking at improving on cost efficiencies in these areas.
It's old school, but I'm pretty sure that if there was a '3 competitive quotes' system applied to all areas of expense, there would be a lot more money left in the kitty at the end of the day. This would allow AWARD to do more in the region besides one hugely expensive and crap award night....oh and a pie night.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other thing to consider would be a Cost Controller. They make our lives hell in TV production by reviewing all costs and pushing the total cost down. Seems like it could be a good way to scrutinise AWARD expenditure. I'd be very interested to have a Cost Controller look at the AWARD dinner or Book production costs.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh boy, I'd love to see someone else come in and do a better job than Two de Force on the fees they charge. The only thing that needs to be changed is what to do with the dinner. AWARD School etc is run brilliantly and you can hardly blame Two de Force for all the rude bastards talking through all the awards. It's probably the same bastards who complain that something needs to be done.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Run AWARD night on a Thursday instead of a Friday night, and you'll cut the number of already-pissed attendees by 75%. They're the ones who talk through the whole thing.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, AWARD nights always used to be on Thursdays and some of the best in the 80s and 90s were followed by a hangover lunch on Friday.

2:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking about lunches, I remember (when AWARD was a lot poorer than it is now) there used to be a few each year featuring overseas speakers - Robin Wright and John Hegarty were two I particularly remember. Both were packed out. These lunches made you feel your were part of an internationally respected creative club, the equal of D&AD and The One Club. Bring them back and invite the likes of Alex Bogusky and Mark Waites or whoever the latest ad star is. Share the cost with the state clubs (MADC, AADC, PADC, BaD) and CAANES in NZ plus one or two in Asia and we can afford to get top speakers on a regular basis.

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the hell is in charge of updating the AWARD netsite? The front page of the AWARD netsite ( still has the following:

Vote for the 2006 AWARD Committee
AWARD is currently seeking votes from gold members on who they think would best contribute to AWARD in 2006....
.... Ballot forms... need to be returned to AWARD by Monday 13th February 06.

The AWARD Committee photo and their portfolios are already posted on this blog - but not on the official AWARD site!

Surely someone should be in charge of the AWARD netsite to keep it bang up to date and perhaps add a Suggestions Box for members' comments - otherwise we all may as well get our AWARD news (and feedback) here.

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of these the issues above i'm sure are part of what a new management team will bring to the table. international speakers and more events for our club are no-brainers; which begs the questions - why hasn't someone raised it as a major management flaw in the last 10 years?

9:21 AM  

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