|Special Speakers on Pitch Madison Advertising Outlook 2011
Mr Sam Balsara
Chairman, Madison World
Mr Sanjay Gupta
CEO, Jagran Group
Mr Rajat Sharma
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV
Mr Mohit Beotra
Head, Brand and Media, Bharti Airtel, India and South Asia
Mr CVL Srinivas
MD, LiquidThread APAC & Chairman, Starcom MediaVest Group, India
Mr Raj Nayak
Founder & CEO, AIDEM
|Mr Maheshwar Peri
Mr Jayant Mammen Mathew
Director, Malayala Manorama TV
Mr Joy Chakraborty
Chief Revenue Officer & CEO-Niche Channels,
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd
Mr CR Mallikarjundas
COO, Madison Media Infinity
Chairman & Managing Director
"A slight man who performs giant deeds and has decades of achievement behind him", says The Brand Reporter, (a marketing magazine in India) describing Sam Balsara. The magazine further says, Unassuming, affable, and a charmer, the soft spoken Sam as he is referred to, is currently the head of the completely Indian owned Madison World, which has 22 units across 9 specialized functions in Advertising, Media, PR, Out-of-Home, Rural, Retail, Entertainment, Events and Sports Management. Over the past 22 years, Madison has grown to become a Rs. 25 billion company, employing over 1,000 communication experts, with offices in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Madison World handles blue chip clients like Procter & Gamble, Godrej, Airtel, Cadbury, TVS, Marico, General Motors and the very recent win of ITC.
Brand Equity Ad Agency Reckoner ranks Sam as "India's Most Influential Media Person" for 5 consecutive years from 2006 till 2010 and also ranked Sam as the "5th Most Influential Person in Advertising" in 2010. Sam is also the recipient of the Advertising Agencies Association of India's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ad Club of Kolkata's Hall of Fame Award.
Over the past decade, Sam headed almost every major industry committee or association in India. He served on the jury to judge the Media Lions awards at the Advertising Festival in Cannes 3 years ago and the Festival of Media, Valencia last year.
Sam is a regular speaker at various international conventions and awards.
Meet Sam, the man who works hard but parties even harder and lives in an 80-year old ancestral home in a remote suburb with his wife and two daughters.
Chairman and Editor-in Chief
Rajat Sharma is Chairman and Editor-in Chief of India TV, the Nation's most watched news channel.
He is best known for his popular show 'Aap Ki Adalat'. The show has continued to captivate viewers for a record 18 years. He has grilled over 750 personalities with a trademark smile in the longest running television show in India's television history. This show got him the Best Anchor felicitation several times, including the Indian Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Before branching out into television, Mr Sharma made a mark with distinguished 10-year tenure in the print media, where he was the Editor of important national publications. The transition from a successful print Editor to an international television news personality, and then from a `manager-entrepreneur' to an `entrepreneur-manager' are, perhaps, unique in the Indian media. Last year he was acclaimed entrepreneur of the year 2009 at the National Convention organized by Exchange4media.
In 1995 he created history by launching India's first private television news bulletin. This bulletin was beamed across satellite footprints in Asia, Europe and North Africa, and it became the beacon light of freedom and impartiality in the Indian television news genre.
When Rajat Sharma launched India TV no one had imagined that it will be India's number one news channel in a short span of four years. Rajat Sharma and India TV are now called nations news leaders. Last year, a nation-wide survey conducted by Hindustan, the leading Hindi daily, named Mr Sharma as the Hero of the media industry. In their citation, the editors of Hindustan noted that "with his commitment to win in the market, Mr Sharma changed the very meaning of television news…and he did not rest until he had taken India TV right at the top.
"Under Mr. Sharma's leadership, India TV has created benchmarks in innovation, impact, ratings, time spends, and viewer-support. Indeed, India TV's newsbreaks have inspired talk shows on rival channels, Bollywood films, BBC documentaries and articles in Time Magazine, even Amul hoardings.
The channel's popularity is no accident. It is the result of Mr. Sharma leading the way on the lonely path of "credibility first." It is the result of the efforts of a self-made man who kept both his feet firmly to the ground, a journalist for whom the viewer's interest has been paramount.