Your Noon Briefing: Grand Prix win for Axis Animation at Scottish Creative Awards, Matchlight, etc

A TRAILER for a video game, Dead Island 2, has won its makers the top, Grand Prix prize at an awards ceremony celebrating the best of Scotland’s creative media sector, such as advertising.

Last night, Axis Animation scooped the Grand Prix at the Scottish Creative Awards, organised by The Drum media and marketing magazine.

And, adds the organisers: “[Edinburgh-based creative agency] Union were [also] the big winners of the night taking home no less than 11 awards including Press Advert, Radio Advert, Copywriting and… the Chairman’s Award.”

Read all about it, here, on The Drum’s website.

The full winners’ list will be published next week on, in the Media Awards feature section.

Axis Animation is advertising, on allmediascotland, for a producer – here.

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SAYS an announcement issued by Glasgow-based independent TV production company, Matchlight: “[We have] agreed a management buyout with DCD Media that will see ownership return to three of the company’s founders: creative director, Ross Wilson; managing director, David Smith; and development director, Jacqui Hayden.

“DCD’s decision to focus on rights and distribution as well as its production base in London created an opportunity for the Matchlight team to reacquire ownership of the company. Consideration for the shares and settlement of intercompany debt includes both upfront and deferred sums, payable over the period to June 2018.”

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THE production arm of STV has been commissioned by ITV to make a third series of the game show, Catchphrase.

Says an announcement: “Filming of the new series will start [next month] with 10 x 45’ episodes and 2 x 60’ celebrity specials in production.”

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CONGRATULATIONS to Perth-based PR and marketing agency, Volpa – it has been named a winner of the Best Marketing Strategy title at the Scottish Event Awards, as noted here on a media release it has posted on

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A CHIEF reporter is being sought by the Clydebank Post newspaper – as advertised here on the allmediascotland media jobs board and repeated on

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SEVERAL of the biggest names in Scottish sports journalism were out in force last night, to honour one of their own: The Scotsman’s Alan Pattullo, who was launching his book, ‘In Search of Duncan Ferguson’, about the enigmatic former Dundee United, Rangers, Everton, Newcastle and Scotland footballer.

The Herald’s chief sports writer, Hugh Macdonald, introduced Alan to the large crowd, gathered at cafe and food market, Earthy, in Edinburgh. “The good news,” declared Macdonald, “is that the book is out”, referring to how long it has taken Pattullo to pen his mighty tome.

And warming to theme, Richard Moore – a very good friend and well-known cycling journalist – sighed that a book idea of his own had now been dealt a fatal blow: ‘In Search of In Search of Duncan Ferguson’.

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BEING issued this very moment: the latest sales-in-Scotland figures for national newspapers. More to be revealed on next week – as part of The Media in Figures series of features.

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STRIPE Communications and West Dunbartonshire Council were among the big winners at a Scots public relations awards competition, which also saw among the winners media release posting clients, Holyrood Partnership and Muckle Media.

The PRide Awards, run by the Scots division of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, saw West Dunbartonshire taking three tiles, including best internal communications campaign and best public sector campaign.

Meanwhile, Stripe was named outstanding public relations consultancy, with the agency’s employee, Shaun Bell, chosen as outstanding young communicator.

Holyrood Partnership and Muckle Media each won two titles.

Read more, here.

The full winners’ list will be published next week on, in the Media Awards feature section.

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