Venus Water Heaters has appointed OMD and Rubecon as its media and creative agencies, respectively. The incumbent media and creative agencies are Mindshare and JWT, respectively. No formal pitch preceded these wins and the company has appointed both the agencies based on their credentials and track record.
After clinching the coveted Renault India business, Law & Kenneth is gearing up to set up a full-fledged office in Chennai. According to Anil Nair, CEO and Managing Partner, Law & Kenneth, the agency had made one or two key appointments and were on the verge of making more appointments.
The Hindu is launching its Hubli edition on July 16, 2010. This edition is The Hindu’s 14th edition and the third in Karnataka. The new edition covers the districts of Hubli-Dharward, Belgaum, Uttara Kannada, Haveri, Davangere, Chitradurga, Bellary, Koppal, Gadag, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Goa state and other centres such as Kolhapur, Pune, Solapur.
Post the joining of Ravinath Menon as Programming Head of Sun TV Network in October 2009, its flagship channel Sun TV has been fortifying its non-fiction content, especially reality shows. However, this is not being done at the cost of the fiction content, that still remains strong, asserts Menon. He also shares with exchange4media the Network’s plans for its movie and music channels as well as the revamping of Surya TV.
Following a four-way pitch, Star Health and Allied Insurance Company has appointed TBWA\India as its creative agency. McCann Erickson, DraftFCB Ulka and incumbent Network Advertising were the other agencies involved in the multi-agency pitch process. The size of the business could not be ascertained, however industry sources informed that Star Health had spent about Rs 7-8 crore in different types of media last year and this year, the company was planning to increase spends due to increased domain competition.
Following a four-way pitch, Star Health and Allied Insurance Company has appointed TBWA\India as its creative agency. McCann Erickson, Draft FCB Ulka and incumbent Network Advertising were the other agencies involved in the multi-agency pitch process. The size of the business could not be ascertained however industry sources informed that Star Health had spent about Rs 7-8 crore in different types of media last year and this year, the company is planning to increase spends due to increased domain competition.
Prakash Dharmarajan, President, O&M Chennai, has called it a day at the organisation. Dharmarajan, who had joined O&M from Orchard Chennai in December 2006, has been heading the agency’s Chennai operations for more than three years. Confirming his movement to exchange4media, Dharmarajan said, “I am starting something on my own, which has got nothing to do with advertising.”
Just a day after appointing Vizeum as its media AoR, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd (DCBL) has appointed JWT as its creative agency following a multi-agency pitch. Sources close to the development have confirmed the news to exchange4media. Chennai-based Fifth Estate Communications, which has been handling the business for the past three years, was the incumbent creative agency.
Raj Television Network has strengthened its flagship channel Raj TV's programme offering with the launch of new primetime shows in order give a boost to its viewership. The channel has also acquired the television rights of Mani Ratnam's 'Ravanan' by shelling out a sum of Rs 5 crore.
Close on the heels of launching an edition in Alappuzha, Mathrubhumi, one of Kerala’s leading dailies, is planning to roll out an edition from Bahrain in September 2010. The daily is hopeful of selling a reasonable number copies in Bahrain and plans to monetise the edition in Bahrain through advertisements.
Chennai-based UF Media, which publishes Tamil daily ‘Tamil Sudar’, has launched a lifestyle and music channel, UFX. The multi-lingual channel will cater to Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu as well as Hindi audiences. However, the medium of communication will be English.
Starting from June 3, 2010, DMK-backed Kalaignar Television Network has added one more channel – Chithiram TV – to its bouquet. Chithiram, a 24-hour info-edu-tainment kids’ channel, will compete with Sun Network’s kids’ channel, Chutti TV, and other channels in the domain.
Express Avenue Mall, a strategic venture of Express Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and a 100 per cent subsidiary of Express Newspapers Pvt Ltd, is in the process of finalising its creative agency. According to Dheeraj Dogra, Chief Marketing Officer, Express Infrastructure, several agencies were in the fray for the business.
Following a five-way pitch, Star Health and Allied Insurance Company has appointed Lodestar Universal as its media AOR. The company is also in the process of finalising a creative agency. Network Advertising is the incumbent agency for both creative and media duties.