The SpaceStation is one of the MOST Awards’ valued loyal supporters and is once again sponsoring The Media Agency Rising Star Award. Finding out who the Media Agency and Media Owner Rising Stars and Legends are is always a much anticipated part of the MOST Awards ceremony. This year these outstanding individuals will be honoured at the celebration that is being held on 14 September 2017 at The Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg.

“The SpaceStation believes that the MOST Awards offers truly valuable industry recognition and feedback, and encourages excellence in service delivery and innovation from media owners and agencies,” says Kathryn Astbury, Marketing Manager at The SpaceStation.

According to Kathryn, The SpaceStation chose to sponsor The Media Agency Rising Star Award in particular because, “specifically in the digital arena, the landscape changes almost daily. In this fluid industry, it is essential that industry pillars like the MOST Awards and The SpaceStation recognise the need for ongoing development and robust recognition for those people who are showing real talent in the media industry. Both as an inspiration to future talent, and an ongoing guide for the industry as a whole.”

Not only does the MOST Awards honour the best-of the-best in the media owner and agency sector, but research reports provide invaluable insights to assist media business owners improve the performance of their teams. The SpaceStation always invests in the MOST Awards research reports and has been doing so every year since 2010. “The MOST Awards research is a vital learning tool for us. We take this industry feedback very seriously and work hard every year to ensure we adapt and improve across all our business divisions as needed,” says Kathryn.

How to nominate a Rising Star or Legend

Potential Rising Stars and Legends can be nominated through the online MOST Awards survey. You may vote for anyone in the media industry including people who work for your company. The only people excluded from nomination are those who have won the award previously.

The full-list of nominees is then presented to an expert panel of former winners who have their fingers on the industry’s pulse. These judges carefully discuss each candidate, before voting on the final winners. The judges reserve the right not to present an award.

Voting for the 9th annual MOST Awards will continue until 30 June 2017. To access the online survey click here, or go to www.themediaonline.co.za and look for the “Click here to Vote” button at the top of the homepage.

What does it take to be a Rising Star?

To qualify to be either a Media Agency or Media Owner Rising Star the candidate must be 39 or younger.

The Media Agency Rising Star Award goes to the person who has consistently displayed the following characteristics: excellent relationship skills, open minded, innovative, confident, challenges the status quo, outspoken, decisive, takes the lead, involved in the industry and developing a profile. Previous Media Agency Rising Stars: Chris Botha, Ryan Williams, Tanya Schreuder, Wayne Bishop, Illan Lazarus and Ilsa Gräbe.

The Media Owner Rising Star Award is presented to the person who best displays the following characteristics: excellent sales skills, open minded, innovative, confident, challenges the status quo, outspoken, decisive, takes the lead, involved in the industry and developing a profile. Previous Media Owner Rising Stars: Jacques Du Preez, Brett Tucker and Wanele Mngomezulu.

What makes a Legend?
To qualify to be either a Media Agency or Media Owner Legend the candidate has to be over 40 and a consistent performer with a strong reputation for transparency. They display: leadership, passion, commitment, mentorship, inspiration, consistency, wisdom and are relationship builders, and brilliant negotiators, involved internally and within the media sector. These MOST Legends set the bar for future leaders.

Previous Media Agency Legends: Gordon Patterson, Virginia Hollis, Gordon Muller, Michelle Meyjes, Harry Herber, Rob Smuts and Josh Dovey.

Previous Media Owner Legends: Ken Varejes, Trevor Ormerod, Peter MacKenzie, Linda Gibson, Gill Randall, Adelaide McKelvey, Chris Hitchings and Barry Sayer.

A variety of sponsorship packages are still available. Sponsorship of specific awards can be packaged to include online advertising before, during and after the event plus fun, creative and enduring activations at the awards.