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"Short break..." – New bumpers for n-tv

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At the end of October, the news channel n-tv went on-air with their new bumpers. Under the heading ‘Short break’, 19 short clips now announce the commercials. The content of the five-second bumpers is inspired by the core topics of the channel – politics, business and finance, sports, weather and documentaries – and focuses on the small moments in life.

The clips start at normal speed and go into slow motion until they are almost a still image. The message: "Slow down the world, subdue the unrest and simply enjoy the moment." The films were developed and implemented by Digital Studio Parasol Island, Dusseldorf/Berlin. "The new n-tv bumpers are designed around the idea of 'pausing' the programme in an expressive way for a brief moment before the advertising begins", explains creative director Andy Wyeth from Parasol Island with regard to the "Short break ..." clips .

"The motivation behind the bumpers is simple, but essential for our society. They invite the audience to take a 'Short Break ...' and to pause for a moment", says Cornelia Dienstbach, Head of Sales & Marketing at n-tv. The bumpers can be seen at http://www.parasol-island.com/project/n-tv/.

'Bunny after 8’' – AXN continues cooperation with Playboy Germany

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"The hottest movies deserve the hottest announcements". True to this motto, reigning Playmate of the Year Franzy Balfanz is now presenting the AXN programme on weekends under the heading 'Bunny after 8'. Her Playmate predecessors Daniela Sudau, Anna-Maria Kagerer and Michaela Grauken also present the first and second primetime starting at 8.15 pm. The successful cooperation between AXN, the action & entertainment channel from Sony Pictures Television Networks, and Playboy Germany entered its fourth year in 2013. Further information at http://www.axntv.de/programs/bunny-nach-8.

10th Porsche International Student Advertising Film Award

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​On 14 November 2013, the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg will present the 10th Porsche International Student Advertising Film Award. This year, a total of 95 productions were submitted to the competition.

From those entries, the jury of representatives of international advertising agencies and production companies has chosen ten German and foreign commercial films for the shortlist. Who will be awarded is decided on the date of the awards ceremony by jury members Michael M. Maschke, Head of Creative Services Saatchi & Saatchi Germany and Switzerland, culture editor Joe Lancaster of shots in London, Lyndy Stout, Editor of OnePointFour in London, Richard Gorodecky, Executive Creative Director at Amsterdam Worldwide and the Danish actress Inez Björg David.

Traditionally, there are three cash prizes in the first category 'Classical format': € 3,911 for 1st place, € 2,911 for 2nd place and € 1,911 for 3rd place. In the second category 'Other Format', the winner will receive the New Ways Award worth € 2,356. In addition, this year's competition offered the unique opportunity to submit a commercial of no longer than 90 seconds for the special category 'Automotive'. Further information at www.ad-award.net

Exhibition tip: "Vintage – Design with a history"

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Nabholz-Trainerjacken- und anzüge, diverse Modelle der 1960er bis 1980er Jahre, Nabholz Sport AG, Foto: Betty Fleck, © ZHdK

​Yesterday the exhibition 'Vintage – Design with a history' opened at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. The term "vintage" is all the rage – it is cult and trendy and reflects uniqueness. Thus, anyone who buys at thrift shop is 'in'. The new exhibition looks at both the aura and the very special quality emanating from original vintage pieces from the world of fashion, furniture and product designs, as well the artfully introduced imperfections for newly manufactured design objects. The motifs that lie behind the desire for objects with history are illuminated. Therefore, the vintage concept also provides new material for the discussion on the relationship between handicraft and industrial production. 'Vintage – Design with a history' until 6 April 2014 at the Museum für Gestaltung, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, Zurich. Opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm: closed on Monday. Further information at http://www.museum-gestaltung.ch/en/ausstellungen/jahresprogramm-2012/jahresprogramm-2013/vintage/

Book tip: 'Wahl Kampf Ritual'

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​The recent picture book 'Wahl Kampf Ritual' (Campaign Ritual) by photographer Bernd Arnold impressively illustrates eight federal election campaigns from 1984 to 2013. The publication includes portraits of the Chancellors Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl, Gerhard Schröder, Angela Merkel and their opponents Franz Josef Strauss, Hans Jochen Vogel, Johannes Rau, Oskar Lafontaine, Rudolf Sharping, Edmund Stoiber, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Peer Steinbrück.

The expressive black-and-white photographs show meaningful gestures made by these politicians, individual struggles and offer a look behind the scenes of the parliamentary elections. The 192-page hardcover book with 90 photographs was published by the Edition Panorama publishing house and is available in bookshops for the price of EUR 19.80 More information (in German) at https://editionpanorama.com/buecher/buecher/wahl-kampf-ritual/.