Creativeland Asia’s Sudheer Krishnan has quit the organisation. Krishnan confirmed the news to exchange4media, but refused disclose his next destination. As is known, earlier this month Paul Menacherry had joined Creativeland Asia as Executive Creative Director, where he is based in Kochi to head the company’s South India operations.
“Over 500 TV channels have permission to beam into Indian homes. When there is such an invasion into our rooms, there is a need for a content debate as we, being the representatives of people, are answerable to Parliament and others on the sensitivities of people,” said Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni. The Minister was addressing a gathering at the FICCI organised Media & Entertainment Business Conclave 2009 in Chennai.
Mindshare’s Chennai and Hyderabad offices have had a busy time in the last two months. The agency’s two offices have bagged new accounts to the tune of Rs 50-plus crore, which include Bharathi Cement, Coromandel International, T.I.M.E and Russell’s Spoken English businesses, among others.
There is a brand new player in the crowded Tamil satellite television space – Polimer TV – which went on air recently. Promoted by Polimer Media, one of the largest multi-system operators (MSO) in Tamil Nadu, Polimer TV would offer a mix of films, film-based programmes, soaps, talk shows, news and current affairs, live events and others.
Dr Kathirvel, who has business interests in poultry, wind energy, real estate and runs a few educational institutions, is foraying into the Tamil magazine space with ‘Suriya Kathir’. The fortnightly magazine, slated to hit newsstands across Tamil Nadu on November 14, will be published by Marutha Kaliamman publications.
Property development and master planning company Rakindo Developers has appointed Mudra and Grey Worldwide as creative agencies for two of its upcoming projects. While Mudra will handle the integrated township project that is coming up in Coimbatore, Grey Worldwide will look after the creative duties of the Orchid residential project.
Alok Kumar Ghosh (Dada to friends), who had quit Bates141 Chennai as Senior Creative Director in August 2009 to start his own designing division, has decided to name the division ‘The Touch - Design Factory’. The aim is to be a design specialist in the space and provide that extra ‘touch’.
Following a multi-agency pitch, HLL Lifecare Ltd (formerly Hindustan Latex Ltd) has awarded the creative duties of condom brand Moods to RK Swamy BBDO, while Publicis Ambience will handle oral contraceptive pill brand Saheli. The total ad spend for Moods is in the region of Rs 3.5-4 crore, while the company has set aside an advertising budget of Rs 2-2.5 crore for Saheli.
The three-day Publish Asia 2009 concluded in Chennal on September 25. Day three saw Henrik Palsson, VP and Head of Consumer Lab, Ericsson, address the gathering. His talk focused on thinking about consumers as networks and communities. He said that consumers were willing to pay depending on content, applications and habitats, and as long as it was fair deal.
The CEO Conference on Day 2 of Publish Asia 2009 provided a perfect platform for discussing a wide range of issues confronting the print media. Speaking at the morning session of the CEO Conference, Garbis Kesisoglu, media consultant at Hürriyet, Turkey, said that real threat for the newspaper industry was complacency and resistance to change.
WAN-IFRA presented the winners of the 8th Asia Media Awards in Chennai on September 24, 2009. The prestigious ceremony was celebrated in India for the first time, in conjunction with Publish Asia and IFRA Expo India 09. HT Media bagged seven metals at WAN-IFRA’s 8th Asia Media Awards.
‘Reinvent or die’, that was the clear message from the post lunch session at the Publish Asia 2009 conference. Chaired by DD Purkayastha, CEO & Managing Director, ABP, this session had a powerful panel comprising Rajiv Verma, CEO, HT Media; Sam Balsara, Chairman and Managing Director, Madison World; and Juan Senor, Partner, Innovation Media Consulting, UK.
Publish Asia 2009, which brings together the collective strength of IFRA India and Publish Asia, the flagship conference of IFRA Asia, got underway in Chennai to an overwhelming participation. The event, organised by WAN-IFRA, the world association of newspaper and news publishers, also saw the unveiling of WAN-IFRA’s annual report, titled ‘World Press Trends’, with the split edition of `Asian trends’.
Exactly one year after launching its edition in Mumbai, Dinakaran, the largest circulated Tamil daily, is set to launch an edition in Delhi on September 23. To start with, the Delhi edition of the newspaper will print 25,000 copies and will be priced at Rs 3, one rupee higher than its Mumbai edition, which is priced at Rs 2.
Lodestar Universal Chennai has had a busy time these last five months, starting April 2009. The agency has added quite a few big ticket accounts to its kitty in this period, including Indian Terrain, Scholl, Style Spa and Inbisco. The cumulative size of the four wins is upwards of Rs 40 crore. All the wins came following multi-agency pitches.
As Kerala celebrates Onam, the harvest festival, today, TV channels and radio stations have been adding to the festive fervour for days preceding the festival. exchange4media takes a look at the various initiatives of the media in Kerala around the state’s biggest festival season.
TAM data for week 34 (August 16-22, 2009) show TV9 Network catapulted to No. 1 spot in the news television space in the country, ahead of the Star Network and TV Today Network and NDTV Network. Ravi Prakash, CEO, TV9, and winner of the ‘Regional Language News Broadcaster of the Year 2009’ award at the recently held Airtel Indian News Broadcasting Awards, delves into the channel’s success story.