Stage is set for the third edition of Marie Claire Fashion Awards, which is being held in Delhi on December 17, 2010. NDTV Good Times is the television partner for the awards, while Hindustan Times (HT City) is the print partner. ‘Marie Claire’ magazine is also celebrating its 4th anniversary in India this year.
Think Design, a young design startup, has been founded by three ex-NID students who saw the need for proper industrial design, UI design and mobile app design standards in the Indian market. The young company already has major clients like Microsoft, Whirlpool and Godrej under its belt, along with international clients from around the world.
Club Penguin, Disney’s online community for children, has organised a giant giveaway of $1 million to charity. The money will be spent according to the wishes of the community itself. The children win coins for taking part in the free online games, and can “donate” those coins to charities on the website. These donations are taken as votes to decide the overall spending of the $1 million donation by Disney.
Following Google’s acquisition of video-on-demand provider Widevine, YouTube has bought online video content producer Next New Networks. As Google strives to put YouTube on Android phones while also supporting Google TV to put Internet content on televisions, the acquisition of technology and content carries on at a fast pace.
Zynga recently hosted its first real life fan meet-up outside the US. The event, held in Bangalore, saw more than 100 people get together to share their tips, tricks and strategies for virtual farms and mafia negotiations, while sharing their experiences in the social gaming world.
Rediff has tied up with the international leaders in online casual gaming to bring a variety of new flash games to its website Rediff PlayGully. The company has tied up with leaders, including MiniClip, King.com and Disney, along with Indian casual gaming pioneer IndiaGames.
The IndiaSocial Summit is being held in Delhi on December 17, 2010. The Summit, hosted by itimes.com along with associate sponsors RockeTalk and exchange4media, aims to bring together the biggest names in consumer and B2B marketing, social networking and mobile marketing on a single platform to share insights on all things digital.
Maa Television Network Ltd is gearing up to launch two new channels – Maa Junior for kids and Maa Movies. These new channels will be launched by the end of December this year or early January 2011. Maa Television Network currently has in its stable Telugu entertainment channel Maa TV and music channel Maa Music.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has invited applications under the ‘two-bid’ system to empanel digital agencies, according to senior sources in the industry. The empanelled agencies will be responsible for launching campaigns as per an approved media plan to promote awareness about road safety.
“If I am able to convert an analog guy into a digital one, I am creating a revenue stream for the government and they should reward me and not punish me. So there is a case for substancial rationalization of the tax structure. Nonetheless we continue to struggle on, so we deserve to get more encouragement than that. But that said and done, the momentum is firmly in. The last piece of the puzzle needs to fall into place is the role of these rating agencies which is dubious to say the least - even as we speak we have 29 million homes in DTH. The guy who buys a DTH is a better customer than the guy who buys analog cable. The entire digital platform in the eyes of noble rating agency has got only 11 per cent weightage. This is an anomaly which needs to be corrected.”