Starcom India has been awarded the media duties of Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-sharing companies. Starcom will oversee the account's media planning and buying across both traditional and digital media. The business was won in a closely contested pitch, with various leading agencies in the fray.
Putting all speculations to rest, Airtel has moved its creative business to JWT India. Senior sources close to the development have confirmed the news to exchange4media. With this, Airtel has ended its 15-year relationship with Rediffusion Y&R. The Airtel account has been pegged at Rs 400 crore.
In the wake of a multi-agency pitch, Reliance Communications has moved its media mandate to OMD and MEC. The wireless data and DTH part of the business has been awarded to OMD, while the wireless part, which includes voice and 3G, has been assigned to MEC. The incumbent on the business is Mudra Max. The total business is pegged at upwards of Rs 400 crore. Sanjay Behl, CEO, Reliance Big TV and Group Head - Brand & Marketing, Reliance Communications, has confirmed the development to exchange4media.
Neo Sports has decided to award the media mandate to GroupM’s Maxus. MEC was handling the media duties prior to this. Prasana Krishnan, COO, Neo Sports, has confirmed the development to exchange4media. Industry sources peg the business in the region of Rs 20-25 crore.
It is learnt that Parle Products is reviewing the media duties for its complete portfolio and has invited media agencies to make presentations to get a fresh perspective on its media business. These presentations will be done on the basis of credentials. TME is the current media AOR on the business.
Dentsu, Concept and Percept have been shortlisted for the final round of the pitch for the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) business. It may be recalled that UIDAI had called for a pitch earlier in May this year. Two agencies will be awarded the creative and media duties. Industry sources have pegged the account size at over Rs 100 crore.
Mudra Connext, a unit of Mudra MAX (Integrated Communications Planning & Implementation) has been chosen to handle the media mandate for travel portal Travelguru. The account size is estimated at upwards of Rs 10 crore and the operations will be carried out of the agency’s Mumbai office.
Bharat Petroleum Corporate Ltd has decided on the agencies to take care of its Rs 40 crore advertising business. Around nine agencies were invited for the annual review and sources inform that the decision is in favour of Lowe Lintas, Saatchi & Saatchi and Euro RSCG.