Genesis Burson-Marsteller, voted India Consultancy of the Year 2008 by Holmes Report, has announced an ‘exclusive’ partnership with Hand in Hand to offer best-in-class CSR expertise and services to the clients of the firm. Hand in Hand is a development organisation respected worldwide for its work in improving the economic and social status of the very poor.
Life is unpredictable, but life shouldn’t be treated as callously as the recent terror attacks in Mumbai have shown. It leaves my mind in a chaotic state to know that five years hence I am writing an obituary for my ex-boss, Sabina Sehgal Saikia, who lost her life in the mindless killings of 26/11 at the Taj Mahal Hotel. <br> <a href=http://www.exchange4media.com/e4m/news/fullstory.asp?section_id=8&news_id=33282&tag=28230&pict=0 target= _blank>Farewell, Sabina, this was hardly the way to go: Kalyan Kar</a>
Rohinton Maloo, born May 11, 1960, passed away in the Mumbai terror attacks last week. Many knew him as the visionary, who saw things much ahead of many others. He pioneered media sales representation in India; was one of the first who expected satellite television to take off in India in a scale that would change the media space as the industry had known it then; and recognised the importance of domains like kids’ entertainment, sports and niche programming. <br> <a href=http://www.exchange4media.com/e4m/news/fullstory.asp?section_id=8&news_id=33274&tag=28230&pict=0 target= _blank>The crazy Parsi: Anurag Batra</a> <br> <a href=http://www.exchange4media.com/e4m/news/fullstory.asp?section_id=8&news_id=33275&tag=28230&pict=0 target= _blank >A man who enjoyed life and wanted to live: Hoshie Ghaswala</a><br> <a href=http://www.exchange4media.com/e4m/news/fullstory.asp?section_id=8&news_id=33276&tag=28230&pict=0 target= _blank >From industry executive to media visionary: Sanjay Raina</a>
Gill India Communications, a publishing house of travel and leisure magazines, is set to launch two magazines in of December 2008 – a women’s magazine titled ‘What Women Want’ and a lifestyle magazine titled ‘Lifestyle Living’. The magazines would be priced at Rs 30 and Rs 100, respectively, and would be launched pan India.
Even as India and the world stayed glued to the TV coverage of the Mumbai terror attacks over three agonising days, FM radio channels proved to be a catharsis for the beleaguered Mumbaikars, giving them a platform to express their anguish and also providing them the much needed updates.
Introducing Mixed Media, a no-holds-barred weekly column by Pradyuman Maheshwari, Group Chief Editor, exchange4media.com and impact. This week, he says it is wrong to condemn our news channels for coverage of the Mumbai siege and rues about TRAI’s acceptance of the government belief that FM radio stations can’t air their own news.
The Hindi general entertainment channels’ plans are on track despite the terror attacks in Mumbai. The Hindi GECs, which had also been hit by the recent FWICE-producers dispute, have lined up quite a few new initiatives and are going ahead with their plans undeterred.
The I&B Ministry on Friday served notice to India TV for broadcasting a conversation with a terrorist holed up inside Nariman House in Mumbai. The Ministry has demanded an explanation from the channel by December 1, failing which it would consider taking ‘stringent action’ against India TV.
The advertising fraternity has lost a fairly well-known and well-liked personality in Rohinton Maloo in the Mumbai attacks. The fraternity also lost another personality who was not very well known – Monica Chhabra (nee Chowdhury). Independent media practitioner <b>PV Narayan Moorthy,</b> remembers the times when Monica single-handedly managed the Coca-Cola business.
The weekend just gone by is one that I will take a long time to get over. Personally, and for a lot of my colleagues at different stages of my long career, it was a double tragedy. At the midnight of Friday-Saturday came an SMS with the news that the body of a dear friend, Rohinton Maloo, was the last one to be brought out of the Oberoi Trident in Mumbai.
Just about two weeks ago, the CMO meet had just got over at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai and guests were milling in the pre-function area. The small ante-room attached to the main hall had a few VIP guests, and suddenly a “hello” from Arvind Sharma pulled me back into the room to reconnect with an old friend and discuss the “Allahabadi” connection.
I have known Rohinton as a man full of positive energies, a never-say-die attitude to his work. He was an institution in his own right, always working on ideas much ahead of time. As a friend, he was a great man to be with, a great speaker and great company, living life to its fullest. The Indian media industry will always remember him…
The title of my note sums up Rohinton Maloo – someone who loved life and loved people. This is how I will always remember him. At his funeral yesterday, I was not surprised to see the media turn up and it was evident that in someway he had touched all our lives. Where did he find the time or energy to do this? If you care you find the time.
It was a hot summer afternoon in the year 1999 that a paunchy, bespectacled fair skinned gentleman walked into my room. I had just taken over as the Marketing Head for Sony Pictures and was given the portfolio of Walt Disney Theatrical products. The world at the same time was abuzz, specifically Hollywood, about the launch of ‘Toy Story 2’.
Rohinton Maloo was given a Parsi farewell on Saturday at Dungarwadi. The Parsis are very kind and giving, so when someone passes away, they give away their bodies to vultures and the environment also so that it can be of some help even when they have left this world.