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Over 3,800 entries received for Abby Awards; judging process to begin from today
March 19, 08
Rishi Vora

GoaFest 2008 has received over 3,800 entries for the Abby Awards, which will take place on April 5, 2008. The names of advertising biggies to judge the entries have been announced and the judging process will commence in Mumbai from March 19, 2008. It is known that all the frontline agencies except Lowe and McCann have sent in their entries for Abby’s at GoaFest this year.

Well-known names that feature as Jury Chairmen include Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman & National Creative Director, Indian and South Asia O&M, for the ‘Television’ category; Ramesh Iyengar, Managing Director, Select Direct, for ‘Direct Marketing’ category; Bobby Pawar, National Creative Director, Mudra, for ‘Interactive Digital Marketing’ category; KV Shridhar, NCD, Leo Burnett, for ‘Radio and Radio Craft’ category; Alok Nanda, Director Alok Nanda Communications, for ‘Out of Home’ category; Agnello Dias, National Creative Director, JWT for ‘Integrated Advertising’ category; Abhinay Deo of Ramesh Deo Productions, for ‘Films’ category; and Ravi Deshpande, Chief Creative Officer, Contract Advertising, for ‘Print and Print Craft’ category.

Madhukar Kamath, Chairman, AAAI, said, “We are delighted with the overwhelming response from the industry with over 3,800 entries for the creative awards. This year, with the entire fraternity coming together, we have some of the key players from our industry on the juries and are confident that Abby Awards at GoaFest will benefit from their collective experience.”

Jagdip Bakshi, Chairman, Goafest 2008, said, “In keeping with the tradition of GoaFest, this year, too, the judging process would be completely fair and transparent. It will be monitored by Ernst & Young, and the whole process would be recorded on camera. In addition, there would be no more than one person from each agency on any jury, including the chairman.”

Commenting on how things had changed at GoaFest than the previous years, Bipin Pandit, General Manager, Ad Club of Bombay, said, “AAAI and the Ad

Club joining hands has certainly benefited GoaFest 2008. Now that the two bodies have united for a single cause, we have different views and perspectives from people who are industry veterans. I am confident that GoaFest 2008 would be a huge success. The Awards ceremony would be the highlight of GoaFest 2008, and the entire advertising fraternity would be eagerly waiting for it.”

The Jury members for each category, headed by the respective chairmen, are:

Print and Print Craft. Chairman: Ravi Deshpande
Jury Members Organisation
Santosh Padhi Leo Burnett
Rajiv Rao O&M
Sanjay Sippy VGC
Anil Kakar Percept H
Prashant Kanyalkar Alok Nanda Communications
Mahendra Bhagat JWT
Juno Simon Mudra
Brijesh Jacob Grey Worldwide
Television. Chairman: Piyush Pandey
Jury Members Organisation
Priti Nair Grey Worldwide
Nitish Tiwari Leo Burnett
Manish Bhatt Contract Advertising
Senthil Kumar JWT
Ramki Cartwheel
Ramanuj Shastry Rediffusion DYR
Thomas Xavier Orchard Advertising
Ryan Menezes VGC
Zarwan Patel Ideas At Work
Manmohan Anchan Temple
Integrated Advertising. Chairman: Agnello Dias
Jury Members Organisation
Raj Nair Contract Advertising
Raj Kurup Creativeland Asia
Vidur Vora Temple
KS Gopal Consultant
Sagar Mahabaleshwar Rediffusion DYR
Prashant Godbole Ideas At Work
Rajiv Raja Bates David Enterprise
Adrian Mendonza Denstu Communications
Emmanuel Upputuru Publicis India
Kiran Khalap Chlorophyll
Pratap Suthan Cheil Communications
Radio and Radio Craft. Chairman: KV Shridhar
Jury Members Organisation
Abhijit Avasthi O&M
Ashish Khazanchi Publicis Ambience
Haresh Moorjani Draft FCB Ulka
Jaikrit Rawat Jaikrit Rawat Production
Satbir Singh Euro RSCG
Pushpinder Singh Saints & Warriors
Anil Verma Mudra
Pankaj Mridul RK Swamy
Parshu Narayan Capital Advertising
Anurag Hira Bates David Enterprise
Out of Home. Chairman: Alok Nanda
Jury Members Organisation
Sunil Mahadik Flagship
Raghu Bhat Contract Advertising
Sean Colaco TWBA India
Manish Ajgaonkar Percept H
B Ramnathkar Umbrella Advertising
Sharmistha Saatchi & Saatchi
Sanjay Khare Euro RSCG
Interactive Digital Marketing. Chairman: Bobby Pawar
Jury Members Organisation
Chaya Brian Carvalho BC Web Wise Pvt Ltd.
Salil Sojwal Alok Nanda
KB Vinod Leo Burnett
Preeti Desai Internet and Mobile Association
Pushpinder Singh Saints & Warriors
Anil Verma Mudra
Pankaj Mridul RK Swamy
Parshu Narayan Capital Advertising
Anurag Hira Bates David Enterprise


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