Sourabh Mishra and Indranil Banerjee launch Azendor Consulting

Advertising and branding veteran, Mishra, along with legal expert Banerjee, have collaborated to establish a new age consultancy firm that will offer services across business verticals

Azendor

Advertising and branding veteran Sourabh Mishra and legal expert Indranil Banerjee, two senior professionals who have been independently providing services to some of the largest and renowned organisations in India and abroad, have merged their practices to launch Azendor Consulting. 

Under their leadership, the firm will offer consultancy services to companies across business verticals – beginning with Branding and Legal. Other business verticals like Business Consulting, Finance and Human Resources will be added soon. 
With both of them bringing over two decades of experience each in the branding and legal space, Azendor’s dedicated team strives to follow in their footsteps and take the firm forward. 

Mishra, an advertising and branding veteran with over 25 years of experience, has worked as the Chief Strategy Officer at advertising agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi India, TBWA\India, Everest and Bates CHI & Partners India. Having additionally held senior planning roles at Ogilvy, McCann Erickson and Contract, Mishra has also worked as a brand strategist at BPL Telecom and Reliance Capital. Before merging his practice with Azendor, Mishra was servicing clients as Sourabh Mishra Brand Consulting for about three years. 

Leading the legal consulting vertical at Azendor is Banerjee, a business lawyer who’s worked in the field for more than 20 years. Playing a key role in prestigious law firms, he has represented a wide range of domestic and international clients. In the corporate sector, he has held leadership roles in the legal function at Star India and DEN Networks. Before merging his practice with Azendor, Banerjee was servicing clients as Indus Lexus for about 9 years.  

Azendor’s foray into the consultancy space is the result of companies realising the importance of engaging external senior experts to run their non-core but essential business functions so that they can focus on excelling in their own core competencies. Azendor’s approach involves utmost collaboration and teamwork on all fronts, with its business proposition offering a robust in-house team of experts as well as a strong network of external specialists. 

Commenting on Azendor’s launch, Mishra, Managing Partner – Branding said, “Azendor has been created to help our clients perform to the best of their capabilities in the space where they wish to excel in and aim to be market leaders. Clients need the best, top-in-class professionals to drive even the non-core aspects of their business, so that they can focus their own efforts on strengthening their core competencies. Clients across industries and size have repeatedly articulated this need. And with not enough good options available, we aim to fill this gap with Azendor. The Branding vertical specifically recognizes the fact that business leaders today see their brand at the heart of everything that their business does. Azendor’s framework and collaborative network model ensures that every client of ours gets the best talent put together in a bespoke team for their requirement.”

Speaking about the new journey, Banerjee, Managing Partner – Legal, said, “The name ‘Azendor’ has been derived from ‘ascender’, which in mountaineering is a device that helps climbers ascend steep slopes safely. That is an apt metaphor for what we do – help our clients focus on the climb by taking away the important but non-core business functions that impedes their ascent. Azendor, through our Legal consultancy services, will enable our clients maintain equilibrium between their corporate goals and their legal necessities.”

While Sourabh Mishra Brand Consulting has worked on branding projects for clients like Fractal Analytics, Stellar Value Chain, Magic Bus, Reliance and Sterlite Power, Indus Lexus has provided legal services to clients like Sun TV, Tata Sky, Turner, Viacom18, and Zee Television.
 

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BBDO India appoints Kunal Solanki as VP, Mumbai

He will report to Atin Wahal, Executive Vice-President and Head of BBDO’s Mumbai operations

Kunal Solanki

BBDO India has appointed Kunal Solanki as Vice-President for the Mumbai office. He will report to Atin Wahal, Executive Vice-President and Head of BBDO’s Mumbai operations.

Solanki began his career in advertising more than 18 years ago and joins us after 11 years working in the Middle East (Dubai). He has experience across various categories including Telecom, FMCG, Automobile, Banking, Electronics and Durables working on different brands such as Hutch & Vodafone, Marico, Sony, LG, Heinz, Kimberley Clark, Hyundai, Westside (TATA), Cox and Kings. Over the last few years, he has helped develop the digital arms of agencies in Dubai, with a focus on integration and content creation.

Speaking on his new role, Solanki said, “In this day and age, when consumers have so much content thrown at them, it is imperative that brands get the context right and present it in a way that the consumers can relate too. BBDO’s work over the years has done just that and this is what resonated with me. I am delighted to join the BBDO family and look forward to my journey ahead.”

Commenting on his appointment Atin Wahal said, “Kunal is a rare breed of advertising professional who understands the communication needs as well as the marketing problems for the clients. His experience with varied categories and regional exposure will surely be an asset for the agency. We welcome him to the ever-energised BBDO Ashram.”

Lowe Lintas wins creative mandate of Cricbuzz

The scope of the mandate will see Lowe Lintas conceive a sharp advertising campaign for Cricbuzz during the heavily anticipated Cricket World Cup

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Cricbuzz has appointed Lowe Lintas to handle their creative duties ahead of the Cricket season. The scope of the mandate will see Lowe Lintas conceive a sharp advertising campaign for Cricbuzz during the heavily anticipated Cricket World Cup.

Thanks to the meteoric rise in the number of smartphone users, supported by falling costs of internet bandwidth in India, viewers will experience the game way beyond television sets this World Cup. Needless to mention, there is expected to be a surge in cricket-related content, in multiple formats - ranging from videos to blogs to memes. To thrive in the midst of a storm of similarly-themed content will be a challenge that a lot of brands are likely to face, the agency said in a statement.

Talking about the appointment, Ajith Ramamurthy, Business Head – Videos, Cricbuzz, said "Being the No. 1 cricketing platform in the world, it’s time for us to promote the latest offering from the brand. We were looking for a creative partner to deliver a high-impact campaign promoting the video content during the world cup and found an able partner in Lowe Lintas. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to working with the Lowe Lintas team."

With Lowe Lintas onboard, Cricbuzz aims to attract a lion's share of user attention for its video content uniquely crafted around the Cricket World Cup. In order to flick a Sixer, it will be prudent for Cricbuzz to grab considerable mindshare even outside the boundaries of a live cricket match.

Commenting on the win, Hari Krishnan, President, Lowe Lintas said, "What Cricbuzz has achieved already is quite amazing. It is India’s largest platform for everything cricket. The video content on Cricbuzz is far superior and insightful compared to what the viewer is used to. We are excited about this opportunity, being cricket buffs ourselves".

The Bangalore office of Lowe Lintas will handle the account.

Dentsu Webchutney wins social & digital mandate of Britannia Timepass

The account will be handled by Dentsu Webchutney’s Bengaluru office

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Dentsu Aegis network’s digital agency Dentsu Webchutney has won the social and digital mandate for Britannia Timepass, following a multi-agency pitch. The account will be handled out of their Bengaluru office.

Commenting on the development, Jayant Kapre, VP- Adjacencies Business, Britannia, said, “Taking forward our vision of being a ‘Total Foods Company’, we are entering the salted snack market for the very first time with Britannia Timepass. It’s a cluttered market, filled with players from both the organized and unorganized sectors. Our content needs to break through the digital noise. The need of the hour was to find a partner that not only shared our vision for the brand but would further it with their own thoughts, points of view and ideas.”

Prashant Gopalakrishnan, Sr. Vice President, Dentsu Webchutney, said, “We are talking about one of the most iconic companies this country has ever seen. The team is thrilled to partner with Britannia on this journey - one we hope is just the start of a longstanding relationship. The brand Timepass itself comes with tremendous inherent creative potential, and a client team that we already have built great synergies with.”

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TheSmallBigIdea wins social media mandate for ZEE ETC Bollywood

The agency will be focusing on delivering a brand new look to ETC’s social media

The Small Big Idea ZEE ETC

TheSmallBigIdea, the full servicing digital agency has won the social media mandate for ZEE ETC Bollywood. According to the mandate, the agency will be focusing on delivering a brand new look to ETC’s social media. Additionally, it’ll tap the youth and create content strategies that are highly engaging and relatable to the said audience. This, in turn, will take the digital community for the brand up a notch!

Speaking on the win TheSmallBigIdea’s COO, Manish Solanki said, “Having worked in the entertainment category, we understand the place Bollywood music holds in the rapidly growing entertainment industry. With ETC, we have a dual task marked out: to promote the Channel’s brisk and interesting content through digital endeavours, and to connect the Indian viewer to its youthful and entertaining programming.”

Vijay Shenoy re-joins Langoor as SVP- Strategy & Business Development

Shenoy had previously enjoyed a fruitful stint with Langoor, after which he was associated with WATConsult as their AVP for southern region

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Langoor, a full-service digital-first agency, has appointed Vijay Shenoy as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. Vijay Shenoy had previously enjoyed a fruitful stint with Langoor, after which he was associated with WATConsult as their AVP for southern region. 

Shenoy brings with him more than 14 years of experience in the digital marketing industry – developing deep insights, building brands and understanding the art of decoding human behaviour, the agency said in a statement. During his earlier association with Langoor, Shenoy was responsible for new avenues of business growth, apart from leading their design and innovation practice. In his last stint with WATConsult, Shenoy spearheaded new business initiatives and managed existing client relationships including their strategy and delivery.

Speaking on Shenoy’s re-appointment, Venugopal Ganganna, CEO, Langoor, said “We are delighted to have Vijay back with us. He has been a pillar of the leadership team and we are confident that his deep understanding of Indian consumers and cultural insights will fuel our growth plans.”

Talking about his role, Shenoy, says, “It's great to be back home. Langoor team has always helped me identify my strengths and leverage them. The intersection of data, creativity and technology is what excites me, and I am looking forward to my second innings, to explore and be a part of our amazing growth journey.”

Audi India appoints BBH as its integrated agency

With its breadth of integrated capabilities, BBH India will lead Audi’s brand communications across mainline, experiential, activations, digital and social media

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Audi India announced the appointment of BBH as its lead agency in India, handling mainline and digital work. The appointment follows a multi-agency pitch which took place towards the end of 2018.

BBH and Audi’s global partnership goes back 37 years with the brand being BBH London’s founding client in 1982. The alliance has birthed the iconic ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’, a line and ethos that is still used today and sits at the heart of every piece of communication from the brand. In 2018, BBH London won the Grand Prix at IPA Effectiveness Awards for their work on the brand.

The appointment comes as Audi looks to its next phase of growth in India and is looking to their communications strategy to help fuel that growth. With its breadth of integrated capabilities, BBH India will lead Audi’s brand communications across mainline, experiential, activations, digital and social media. A multi-channel, multi-faceted, fully integrated mandate in its truest sense that will evolve in line with Audi’s India business.

Commenting on this occasion, Rahil Ansari, Head of Audi India said, “Audi is geared for an exciting year with a fantastic line-up of products and activities. While finding a partner, we were looking for someone that understands modern India and brings energy and disruptive thinking to the table. Audi and BBH have had a great partnership globally and the India team demonstrated a deep understanding of the local market and were able to translate that into exciting work across the consumer journey."

Russell, Barrett, Chief Creative Officer, BBH India added, “Audi is one of the founding clients of BBH. And the opportunity to create extraordinary stories, from the tiniest interaction to the final decision was something that genuinely excited us. We hope, along with Audi India, our bespoke, cross-functional, integrated team will help in crafting work throughout the customer journey. We look forward to a great partnership and the opportunity to bring to life the idea of progress through insightful stories and surprising technology.”

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Kaviya Kalanithi Maran joins Sun TV Network's Board of Directors

K Vijayakumar, MD & CEO of the company has resigned from the post with effect from March 31 but will continue as an Executive Director of the Board

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South Indian media giant, Sun TV Network, filed with the exchanges that the Board of Directors of the company announced the appointment of R Mahesh Kumar as an Additional Director as well as Managing Director, Kaviya Kalanithi Maran as Additional Director and Executive Director, Sridhar Venkatesh and Desmond Hemanth Theodore as Additional Directors (Independent) with effect from April 1, 2019.

The appointments will last for a period of five years, and is subject to the approval of shareholders of the company through postal ballot.

Maran is the daughter of promoter Kalanithi Maran, this marks the entry of one more next gen entrepreneur into the industry.

K Vijayakumar, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company has resigned from the post with effect from March 31, 2019 but will continue as an Executive Director of the Board.

YuppTV bags digital broadcast rights for IPL for Australia, Continental Europe & SE Asia

YuppTV will broadcast to all its existing & new users in Australia, Continental Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka & RoW including South & Central America & Central & Southeast Asia

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YuppTV, the OTT platform for South-Asian content, has acquired the digital broadcasting rights for Vivo IPL 2019 outside of India. With this development, cricket fans across the globe can catch all the action of Season 12 of the world’s biggest T20 tournament, right as it unfolds. 

YuppTV is bringing the highly engaging action to all of its existing and new users in Australia, Continental Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and RoW including South & Central America and Central & Southeast Asia.

 Commenting on the announcement, Uday Reddy, Founder & CEO, YuppTV, said, “We are glad to acquire the digital broadcasting rights for the IPL 2019 and would be enabling on-the-go-access to all the action unfolding in the Season 12 of IPL. We are determined to provide our global audience with convenient and real-time access to their favorite sporting action, through a wide gamut of internet-enabled devices.”
 As one of the biggest and most-awaited cricketing extravaganzas, Season 12 of Indian Premier League will finally hit the stands on March 23. Promising an enthralling season, the 8 teams will be headed against each other in a total of 60 matches. The season will open with the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challenger Bangalore. 

Cricket fans in Australia, Continental Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and RoW including South & Central America and Central & Southeast Asia can catch all the action from IPL 2019 on YuppTV. The may log on to the website or access the same via the YuppTV app.

Industry stalwarts gather at first Advisory Board meeting of The ThickShake Factory

The brand is founded and run by brothers and entrepreneurs M. Yeshwanth Nag & Ashwin Mocherla

The ThickShake Factory First Advisory Meet

The ThickShake Factory, India’s first premium milkshake brand is one of the most awarded & fastest growing shakes brands in the country, having 105 outlets currently operational in 26 cities including one in the US. The QSR chain specializing in retailing shakes had its 1st advisory board meeting at the ITC Maratha, Mumbai. The brand is founded and run by brothers and entrepreneurs M. Yeshwanth Nag & Ashwin Mocherla.

The advisory board of The ThickShake Factory comprising of a stellar panel of industry stalwarts is headed by serial entrepreneur Dr. Anurag Batra, chairman of BW Business World and founder of media group Exchange4Media. The advisory board consists of mavericks like Dr. Velumani Arokiaswamy, the founder of the Rs 3000 crore valued healthcare Thyrocare, Jayant Kocchar the ex MD, Founder of Lacoste India, Barista, India’s 1st Coffee Café chain, Sagar Daryani of Wow! Momo, Srinath Sridharan, the head of GroupChairman’s office of Wadhawan Global Capital, which manages $22 billion in assets, Rohit Bayana Co-founder of Lumis Partners, a Private equity fund and Preeti Vyas Chairwoman &founder of VGC - one of India’s top design agencies.

“We are having the vision to build a large consumer brand in the foodservice sector and are aiming at doubling our stores and revenues this financial year. This board meeting provided an excellent platform to discuss the strategic direction of the company in our segment”, says Ashwin Mocherla.

The food tech and the QSR sector has increasingly seen rising investor interest off late with multiple deals happening in this space. Backed by the trust and confidence expressed by the stalwarts of the industry, we can surely expect the brand to shake things up in the coming months!

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Social Kinnect bags the digital mandate for Raymond Custom Tailoring and Raymond Rewards

Under the mandate, Social Kinnect will be responsible for carving a social media roadmap for both the brands across creative, media and ORM-led services

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Social Kinnect has won the digital mandate for Raymond Custom Tailoring and Raymond Rewards, an offering custom-tailored to ensure a unique bespoke experience. The mandate was won following a multi-agency pitch and will be operated out of the agency’s Mumbai office.

Under the mandate, Social Kinnect, the independent digital marketing agency, will be responsible for carving a social media roadmap for both the brands across creative, media and ORM-led services.

Established as a pioneer of premium clothing for occasion wear, Raymond introduced Raymond Custom Tailoring to provide customised clothing with a sense of personal style. Taking ‘perfect fits’ very seriously, Raymond Custom Tailoring offers garments that are crafted just for you. Currently available in four cities including Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, and Bangalore, Raymond Custom Tailoring aims to expand its services rapidly across the country within the year using digital as a medium. 

Alongside custom tailoring, Raymond also offers Raymond Rewards - a loyalty program that lets you earn and redeem points across stores in India under the brand names of ColorPlus, Parx, Park Avenue and Raymond. 

Commenting on the appointment of a new agency, Sudhanshu Pokhriyal, President, Textiles, Raymond Limited said, “In today’s internet consuming world, digital marketing is critical to bring in eyeballs and subsequent conversions for any business. We were looking for a partner to help us on this journey of redefining men’s fashion through Mass Personalization that is technologically enabled. Getting Social Kinnect on board, who bring in a gamut of new ideas and concepts, will help us in achieving our set objectives through innovative digital marketing ideas and help us build robust ORM platform.”  

Rohan Mehta, CEO, Social Kinnect added, “Raymond is one of the first brands any Indian associates with well-made and timeless men’s clothing. Raymond Custom Tailoring brings the brand into the new-age, to appeal to younger consumers who crave customisation, bespoke clothing and are well-versed in digital. We are so excited to handle the digital mandate for such an iconic brand, and help it scale new heights of success in 2019 and beyond.” 

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