Srinivasan Iyengar has joined Express Avenue, a strategic venture of Express Infrastructure, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Express Newspapers Pvt Ltd, as Business Head - Events and Advertising. Iyengar will be based in Chennai and will take care of entire mall events and advertising operations. He will also be responsible for planning and developing marketing plans for the brand in the context of mall branding. Prior to joining Express Mall (South India’s biggest mall located in Chennai), Iyengar was Business Manager – South, Ad space media, one of the leading Indian Ad sales companies.
Nirmal Pulickal, former Associate Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy, has joined Mudra Communications as Creative Head, North and East. He will report to Bobby Pawar, Chief Creative Officer, Mudra Group, and oversee the creative output in the two regions for all the agencies under the group, including Mudra India, DDB Mudra, Mudra Max and Ignite Mudra. Pulickal has 12 years’ experience in advertising. He had started his career in 1998 with a short stint at Clarion (now Bates141). Over the years, he has worked on brands such as Nike, Royal Enfield, Chevrolet Beat and Cruz, Incredible India, Indigo, Singapore Tourism, Citibank, Asahi Glass, United Colors of Benetton (UCB) and Cornetto Walls, among others.
Big Productions, the TV content creation division of Reliance Big Entertainment, has announced the appointment of Jayesh Patil and Bimal Unnikrishnan as Head of Fiction and Non-Fiction, respectively. In their new roles, Patil and Unnikrishnan will be responsible for their respective functions and will report into Sarvanan P, Business Head, Big Productions. With over 16 years of rich creative work spanning writing and creative direction of Hindi fiction shows, Patil has to his credit over 4500 of television episodes that he has penned. Unnikrishnan began his career 15 years ago as a trainee director with Zee Television. His work experience pans leading production houses ranging Miditech, UTV Television and The Right Picture as a Senior Creative Director.
Astrology portal GaneshaSpeaks.com has launched, what it calls, the first ever dedicated astrology radio station with an aim to change the way in which astrology is being consumed till now. Available on Astrology.fm, the radio station can be accessed via computers, handheld and mobile devices connected to the Internet.
Even as the Indian OOH industry was experiencing a roller-coaster ride in the last couple of years, Posterscope India has had a more positive outlook. The outdoor company has recently completed two years of its operations and is set to scale up in the coming year, buoyed by its recent wins.
IBC 2010 was held in Amsterdam from September 9-14. Amit Kharabanda, Executive Director, MyBox Technologies, gives a first person round-up of the conference, the key issues discussed in broadcasting and the special focus that India got from broadcasters and technology providers.
Ending all speculations, TV Today is rebranding its FM station Meow FM from September 19, 2010. Recent RAM numbers do not show any significant growth in the listenership of Meow FM. It remains to be seen whether the focus of the FM station would still be women-centric post the rebranding.
Wieden+Kennedy Delhi announced the launch of a new magazine titled, ‘Motherland’. Published by Wieden+Kennedy Delhi, Motherland is the first Indian magazine to discard stereotypical ‘general interest’ issues and instead provide an in-depth perspective on trends, issues and ideas emanating from contemporary Indian subculture.
From 1996 to March 2000 Nik Gowing was the principal anchor for the 90 minute weekday news programme The World Today and its predecessor NewsDesk. He has been a founding presenter of BBC's Europe Direct and has been a guest anchor on both the BBC's HARDtalk and the BBC's Simpson's World. He is now a main presenter on the news programmes re-launched in April 2000 and a regular presenter for the BBC's Dateline London. Nik's appointment draws both on his extensive reporting experience over two decades in diplomacy, defence and international security, and his presentation and chairing skills. As a principal programme presenter for the channel's extended, continuous 24-hour/7-day week coverage of major crises, Nik's invaluable experience was called on throughout the Kosovo crisis from March to June 1999. He was also on air for six hours shortly after the twin towers were hit in New York City on September 11, 2001 and the coverage won the 2002 Hotbird Award. He also fronted the unfolding dra