GoaFest 2010 is all set for the Creative Abby Awards, and has recently made a slew of appointments of the Jury Chairperson for the various awards categories. Piyush Pandey is Jury Chairman – Integrated. K V Sridhar, also known as Pops, will Chair the Print category. Elsie Nanji is Chairperson for Design. Bobby Pawar will Chair Out-of-Home and Ambient Media. Josy Paul is Jury Chairperson for Radio & Agnello Dias, also known as Aggie, will Chair the Film Jury.
ESPNcricinfo, in association with General Motors India, has launched ‘Legends of Cricket’, a series of videos portraying 25 of the greatest-ever cricketers to have played the game. Starting March 15, ESPNcricinfo will upload one video every alternate week for the next 50 weeks on www.cricinfo.com.
After conducting the first ever ‘DQ, Will you Click’ quiz in Mumbai on March 11, the exchange4media Group conducted the second round in Bangalore on March 12. The Bangalore round was won by the Sun & TCS team. Winners of the Mumbai and Bangalore rounds will now compete against each other in the finals, which will be held in Delhi on March 19, 2010.
AdFest 2010, which was scheduled to take place in Thailand from March 18-20, 2010, has been postponed. The AdFest Working Committee is currently assessing alternative dates for the advertising event, which is likely to be rescheduled to take place in May 2010. The postponement follows news of a planned political rally in Thailand on March 14, which is expected to attract up to one million people to Bangkok.
The 9th Digital Roundtable, conducted by eBay, in association with IAMAI, in Bangalore, saw a stimulating conversation on ‘Harnessing the power of the web: Building brand and digital sales’. The panelists stressed that digital brought value to consumers and was about the complete brand experience.
Metro Cash & Carry India, the international B2B company focusing on wholesale, is moving beyond transactions to building relationships with its customers. Keeping this as its goal, it has launched Metro Bandhan, an exclusive loyalty programme. The programme is positioned at reiterating and strengthening Metro’s partnership with its customers by offering a range of privileges and value added services to the Metro Bandhan members.
Bharti Airtel has announced that Sanjay Kapoor, who has been elevated to CEO (India and South Asia), has taken charge of his new role from March 1, 2010. He was earlier supposed to take charge from April 1. The telecom major has also announced other senior level management elevations effective April 1.
Dentsu Communications has bagged the ‘Agency of the Year’ Award, while Titan Industries walked away with the ‘Client of the Year’ Award and Maxus pocketed the ‘Best Media Agency of the Year’ Award at Ad Club Bangalore’s Big Bang Awards 2010, held in Bangalore on February 26, 2010.
The Advertising Club, Bangalore has concluded the judging process for the Big Bang 2010, the Awards for creative excellence in advertising and media. A panel of 15 judges judged the entries from over 37 organisations, which are participating in Big Bang 2010 across nine groups and 51 categories.
The two-day Brand Summit 2010 of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) gets underway in Bangalore on February 19, 2010. The Summit this year focuses on the topic ‘Marketing Disruption: How will Brands woo Consumers in the Age of Discontinuity?’ The keynote address will be delivered by Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group.
Sikkim Manipal University Directorate of Distance Education SMU DDE, the public private initiative of Manipal Education, has launched a massive ad campaign to promote distance education. The ad has been created, conceptualised and executed by O&M, Bangalore.
CII is organising Brand Summit 2010, a two-day international conference on brand building, with the theme of ‘Marketing disruption: How will brands woo consumers in the age of discontinuity?’ at Bangalore on February19-20 to discuss the challenges faced by the industry in connecting with the customers.
The Advertising Club, Bangalore has called for entries for its annual Big Bang Awards, for the creative and media work done by agencies between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009. The awards are being sponsored by The Times of India Group for the third consecutive year.
International Data Group (IDG) has launched its largest and most popular brand, ‘Computerworld’, in India. Present in over 60 countries, ‘Computerworld’ dates back to 1967. In India, the brand will serve the IT community through a dedicated website, www.computerworld.in that will report on critical updates from across the world of IT and host a range of comprehensive IT resources for its audience.
Arindam Sarkar, formerly Senior Planning Director at Ogilvy Delhi, has joined BBDO India as Vice President, Strategic Planning. Ajai Jhala, CEO, BBDO India, has confirmed this development. In a parallel development, Sangeet Pillai, Director - Strategy Planning at BBDO India, is moving back to the US after completing a successful two-year stint with Omnicom’s youngest agency.
Bangalore-based agency Happy has been entrusted with creative duties for Diesel in India. The globally renowned fashion label, celebrated for its outstanding and unconventional work, is entering the Indian market through a joint venture with Reliance Brands Ltd and will be known as Diesel Fashion India Reliance Pvt Ltd.
Aimed at giving better insight into media services brands in India, the exchange4media Group has released the first edition of ‘exchange4media Indian Media Agency Report’. The report ranks agencies and advertisers according to their annual billings of the calendar year 2008-09 and spends looking at specific sectors.
Radio Indigo has appointed a new team of executives in Bangalore. Carl Avari has been appointed as Vice-President - Operations of Radio Indigo. Avari will oversee operations in Bangalore as well as Goa. Also among the newly appointed is Stanley Simon, who would undertake all marketing activities in the station.