Nickelodeon spreads festive cheer with Diwali-special lineup

The channel will be premiering the TV movie headlined by popular toon Shiva 'Rise of the Technosapiens'

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Published: Nov 13, 2020 12:06 PM  | 3 min read
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Nickelodeon is set to make sure that kids and their entire families enjoy the festive cheer through a host of exclusively crafted fun entertainment and engagement experiences. Starting the festive weekend on a high will be an immersive and entertaining made for television movie headlined by Shiva called “Rise of the Technosapiens”. The movie that is all set to premiere on the 14th November 2020 at 11.30 am only on Sonic will take kids on a roller coaster of action and adventure with super kid Shia.

Apart from the amazing line up of a made for tv movie, shows and entertainment experiences on television, the Nickelodeon franchise is all set to make festivities even more exciting for kids with a host of category first and priceless experiences. An engaging Nick Toon Hotline, an interactive Do Not Touch App, an exclusive chance to watch and win with Nick Shining Star and entertaining and fun festive greetings videos, to cherish and celebrate the season of happiness, and family time.

Here is a look at some of the marquee initiatives from Nickelodeon that is sure to make the festive season special for kids and families

Nick Toon Hotline: Amidst a plethora of things, what keeps the young guns fascinated are innocent, heartwarming conversations on phones, even if it is just about dialling any number and candidly talking their heart out. Keeping up with this zealous preoccupation, Nickelodeon, through its Nick Toon Hotline, provides children with an opportunity to interact with some of their favourite Nicktoons like Motu, Patlu, Rudra, Shiva, Gopal and Madhav and share their stories, secrets, jokes along with some fun conversations. While the kids are missing their playtime with friends, they will always have a friend in Nick, and that’s #NickKiPakkiPromise. All a kid must do is dial a toll-free number and the IVRS system, and they will find their favourite toon on the other line!

An immersive AR experience with “‘Do Not Touch”: A visually majestic and enchanting experience never ceases to amaze the creative minds! So, this Children’s Day, Nickelodeon plans to take children through the world of augmented reality with a first of its kind immersive AR  global app ‘Do Not Touch’ that will present users with an array of exciting games to choose from! Coupled with fun interactive characters and intriguing features, this on the go app will appeal to children of all ages and give them a chance to indulge in a joyful playtime!  The app that was a winner at the Clio awards is available to download on IOS and Android

Nick Shining Star: The excitement will be tenfold through the month of November, as the channel is presenting Nick Shining Star that w8ill give kids a fun opportunity to be featured on-air with exciting prizes such as laptops that will be up for grabs while they enjoy tuning in to the world of Nick from 12 PM - 3 PM Monday to Friday for some new episodes of their favourite Nicktoons!

Rib tickling escapades of the recently introduced Panaki and Happy-The BhootBandhus, new episodes and stories of your favourite from the world of Nick is sure to set the perfect mood for a cheerful festive time! So hop in and be a part of the unforgettable celebration of Children’s day and Diwali, only on India leading kids entertainment franchise Nickelodeon!

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The Hindu Group bags four awards at WAN-IFRA South Asian Digital Media Awards 2022 

The Hindu e-paper won gold for ‘Best ePaper’

By exchange4media Staff | Feb 2, 2023 11:18 AM   |   2 min read

WAN-IFRA South Asian Digital Media Awards 2022 

Products and services created by The Hindu Group bagged four awards at the WAN-IFRA Digital Media South Asia Awards 2022.

TH Newsletters won silver in Best Digital Subscription Initiative. The Hindu e-paper won gold in Best ePaper-concept. In Trending and Current Affairs, The Hindu won gold in Best Use of Short Form Video.

Further, Coimbatore Unlimited- Collaborate, Co-create and Celebrate, an event initiative that hosted curated series of panel discussions on Coimbatore won silver in Best Native Advertising/Sponsored Content Campaign.

Speaking about the win, Pundi S Sriram, Chief Product Officer of The Hindu Group, said, “We are really excited to receive this recognition! We are striving every day to provide a better user experience on our sites and to engage our readers and subscribers in new and innovative ways. Our newsletters, videos and interactives are changing the way we are bringing our best journalism to a younger, mobile-first audience.”

 Pradeep Gairola, Business Head- Digital Media of The Hindu Group, said, “It feels honoured and good to do work that makes a difference and adds value to the lives of our readers, who are helping us build a sustainable business model for the news industry.”

Sriram Srinivasan, Group Digital Editor of The Hindu Group, “We always try to use newer platforms to reach our readers or attract new readers without compromising on our journalistic values. Our social media and video teams have done wonderfully well in creating short-form videos. They have adhered to what works for the format while relying on our strengths in explainers and analysis. We are very happy that this effort has been recognised.”

WAN-IFRA South Asian Digital Media Awards 2022 recognise the outstanding digital media projects delivered by South Asian news publishers. Over 100 entries were received from new publishers across South Asia for the awards. The Quint, The Hindu, Prothom Alo, and Indian Express emerged as the 2022 South Asian Digital Media Awards winners.

 

 

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17th Pune Design Festival to discuss ‘Next 25’

The festival will be held in Pune on February 3 and 4

By exchange4media Staff | Feb 2, 2023 10:30 AM   |   3 min read

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The 17th edition of the Pune Design Festival (PDF), organized by the Pune chapter of Association of Designers of India (ADI), will be held at Hotel Hyatt Regency on the Pune-Ahmednagar Road on February 3 and 4, 2023.

The festival will be held from 9am to 7pm on both days.  The 17th edition of PDF, which is a national-level annual convention of professionals, educators, and business houses related to the field of design, returns to be held in physical form, after it was held online for two years due to the pandemic.

“The theme for this year’s PDF is ‘Nxt 25’, where there will be discussions and deliberations on subjects related to changing paradigms of designs in terms of the use of technology, and the approach of young designers in the next 25 years. The focus of the festival is on understanding how to engage with emerging or new technologies in the field of design. The theme will bring forth discussions, debate, case studies and workshops that showcase the future forward design,” said ADI Pune Chapter President Rugwed Deshpande.

There will be three keynote sessions by Samar Singh Jodha, who is the Founder and Executive Director of Red Balloon (on Creativity versus Inner Voice), Meeta Malhotra, Editor in Chief of ‘The Hard Copy’ Magazine, (on Pune: For Design, By Design) and Bharat Bala, who is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bharat Bala Products (on History of the Future).

The two-day event will also see special felicitation of some individuals and personalities who have made outstanding contributions to the field of design. Veteran design educator Kirti Trivedi will be felicitated for her contribution in design education, while Pradeep Sinha, product designer and educator, and Mala Sinha, textile designer and founder, Bodhi, will be feted for pioneering efforts in design entrepreneurship.

Other speakers for the festival include Bharat Bala, a distinguished film-maker, Nikki Gonnissen, an experienced designer at Thoknik in Amsterdam, Kenneth Segal, an expert in large-scale public transportation projects from Israel, Aniket Das of Ultraviolette Automotive and Rupali Bhave, a noted theatre professional.  The topics of discussions range from ‘Drama in Design’ to Challenges in the Design Business.

Moreover, an initiative titled ‘Battle of Projects’ initiative will be held.  Under the initiative, students of design submit their final year projects and best awards/recognition is given to the best 30 projects across 11 different categories.

Another initiative ‘Open House Workshops’ is also being held alongside, where those interested in design and design students, will be able to visit open studios and they can attend free workshops on subjects related to design. 

 

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Van Heusen to hold musical concert on PartyNite Metaverse

The event is being held in collaboration with Paytm Insider

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 31, 2023 12:44 PM   |   4 min read

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Van Heusen, dressing brand from Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL), has entered the metaverse as they set sail on a fantastical journey with a virtual musical concert in association with Indian pop band ‘When Chai Met Toast’. The lifestyle brand from Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd. has teamed up with PartyNite Metaverse to create a virtual performance space for the immersive musical experience called Van Heusen MetaPlay and has put together a full length showcase of their merchandise. Viewers can RSVP on Paytm Insider and get ready to enjoy and experience the first-of-its-kind Metaverse Music concert in India.

Fans and viewers can style their avatars with the latest collections and ensembles from Van Heusen and enjoy the show with their friends on the Partynite app. The viewers would be introduced to Van Heusen's clothing line which are virtual versions of real-life ensembles under the brand’s catalogue that can be worn for the concert.

Speaking about this unique event, Abhay Bahugune, Chief Operating Officer-Van Heusen, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. said, “As an ever-evolving fashion brand that has always been anchored in innovation, we have not only entered this virtual space of Metaverse, but have also started creating next-gen retail experiences, with an aim of tapping into newer and more dynamic forms of engagement with our consumers. Fashion in the metaverse is poised to emulate what we already see in day-to-day life; it’s engaging to dress-up avatars and use fashion as a form of self-expression and personal status. This musical concert is just the perfect amalgamation of Fashion, Music and cutting-edge technology that we would like to share with our discerning consumers. We are also the first ever fashion brand to enter the Metaverse in India with such an immersive experience”.

Rajat Ojha, CEO, Partynite Metaverse said, “From marketplaces filling in the gaps in streaming services, to full-blown NFT bands, the metaverse is ushering a new dawn for brands in terms of consumer engagement and fashion as an industry can mine gold on the metaverse, it fits in seamlessly. With the metaverse we will be able to push the envelope further. Not just see and buy but experience and buy is the name of the game.  We as a metaverse platform are here to bring in a step-change and enable brands to use technology to communicate, express themselves and create shopping opportunities for consumers in the near future.”

Varun Khare, Business Head, Paytm Insider said, “We are thrilled to present Van Heusen’s first outing in the music metaverse. Whether it's a live event or digital, we at Paytm Insider always strive to offer unique experiences for today's audience. This time too, we have left no stone unturned in curating this larger-than-life event that bridges the gap between the physical and digital space to deliver a truly shared experience like no other. Recent times have witnessed major artists conducting metaverse performances and that leads us to believe that the music metaverse offers artists a new canvas for creativity as well as a new format for fans to experience music that is immersive. We bring to the audience this metaverse-inspired show, with the conviction that imaginative live events are a taste of the future that is here right now, and we are looking forward to organizing many such events in the future. We are also happy to partner with PartyNite for this one-of-a-kind music and fashion event.”

Once the registration is made on the Paytm Insider app, the consumers will receive an email with instructions and they will have to download the PartyNite app, log in and then enter the Van Heusen Metaverse experience to customize the avatar and attend the show slated to happen on February 2nd, 2023 at 7 pm.

 

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ET NOW and ET NOW SWADESH have announced an exclusive Budget special programming

The theme of the programming is Budget 2023 – Leap Ahead.

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 6:26 PM   |   4 min read

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As India gets ready for Union Budget 2023, the last full budget by Modi 2.0 Government before the general elections in 2024, ET NOW and ET NOW SWADESH have announced an exclusive Budget special programming under the theme, Budget 2023 – Leap Ahead.

While the world over is grappling and preparing for recession, India, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, is getting ready for the next big leap toward realizing its $5 trillion economic goal. Capturing the tone and the mood for the Union Budget 2023, ET NOW and ET NOW SWADESH offers its viewers a comprehensive 360-degree perspective of this landmark budget that will set the tone as India continues to leap towards becoming an investment-friendly and global manufacturing hub.

Using cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art AR graphics to present a simplified Budget analysis, ET NOW and ET NOW SWADESH present a slew of interactive and engaging line-up that will decode Union Budget 2023 & its impact along with dedicated expert advice on stocks, markets, wealth creation ideas, investment insights and more. The channels have also partnered with Deloitte India as Knowledge Partner and will have their industry experts share views on social, political, and economic implications of the Union Budget.

 

Pre-Budget Programming details below

  1. BUDGET & MARKETS: Often known as the sentiment indicator, Indian stock market has been crucial in garnering investment into India. Airing every day at 4 pm, ET NOW and ET NOW SWADESH in the run up to the elections will analyse what the market mavericks are eyeing from FM Sitharaman.

 

  1. ECONOMIST PANEL: Given that the developed world is bracing itself for the recession, the show will provide an in-depth view of how well India’s macros are placed to withstand the storm. With an esteemed team of economists including, Sonal Varma, Managing Director and Chief Economist for Nomura Holdings, Samiran Chakraborty, Chief Economist, India at Citibank and Indraneil Sengupta, CLSA, the show will delve into their expectation on India’s GDP growth & their targets for the fiscal.

 

  1. BUDGET & START-UPS: Airing at 6:00 pm on the channels, the show understands the Budget expectations from the thriving start-up community. Be it ecommerce, logistics, funding or taxation, it is this start-up sector that will be impacted the most with the Budget announcement. Investor & Entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala will help understand the current landscape for the start-ups in India & what will help the sector take India to the next leg of growth.

 

  1. THE MONEY SHOW: How will the Union Budget impact your wallet? How can you counter inflation & yet continue to grow your investments? This special show airing at 5 pm offer viewers an opportunity to share their personal finance queries LIVE with an esteemed panel of guests.

 

On Budget Day,

Commencing with the LIVE coverage of the FM speech, think tanks, Swaminathan Aiyar, Mythili Bhusnurmath, Rajnish Kumar, Puneet Chhatwal, Dr Ashutosh Raghuvanshi will simplify, analyse and dissect the Budget and give real-time views as its being delivered.  Tracking the economic and political impact of the Budget, ET NOW & ET NOW SWADESH will cover a series of in-depth discussions and interviews with key policy makers and present actionable ideas to fuel India’s economic growth.

 

Budget Day programming details below

  1. LIVE coverage from big industry chambers– CII, FICCI, Bombay Chamber Of Commerce & Industry
  2. Budget Fatafat – A quick roundup of all the key takeaways from the Budget.
  3. India’s secretaries panel featuring will decode the Budget & its impact on state finances.
  4. Special Tax Panel featuring to help understand the tax implication of the steps announced in the Union Budget.
  5. Budget & You – A personal finance show that will answer all the viewers queries on their personal finance with esteemed panel of guests.

Promising viewers an immersive TV viewing experience, ET NOW and ET NOW SWADESH add on to the Budget excitement with an on-air contest, Budget Master on February 1, 2023. Participants can enter the contest by watching the channels and answering simple questions asked every hour between 9 am to 2 pm to stand a chance to win gold.

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WebEngage partners with Titan, Mr Baker & Etmana

WebEngage will leverage its retention stack to help these brands drive unique customer experience (CX) across multiple channels

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 5:01 PM   |   2 min read

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WebEngage, a full-stack Retention Operating System, has announced partnerships with Titan Co. (UAE), Mr Baker (UAE), and Etmana (Egypt). WebEngage will leverage its retention stack to help these brands drive unique customer experience (CX) across multiple channels by organizing data, developing analytical-driven customer insights and driving one-on-one personalized engagement.

The uptake of AI-powered, data-driven customer engagement solutions comes on the back of brands’ growing need for differentiation in competitive retail and e-commerce space, especially in the MEA market. The emphasis on retention marketing is underpinned by the fact that retention is more financially feasible and profitable than the acquisition of new customers. WebEngage, due to the efficacy of its full-stack solutions, has emerged as a go-to partner for regional brands, the company said in a release.

Part of the Tata Group, a publicly traded conglomerate, Titan Company Limited was once dubbed the world’s fifth-largest watchmaker. Mr Baker, with origins dating back to 1996, is a household name across the region. Etmana is a fast-growing fashion retailer with a sizeable market share in Egypt. The reputation of these brands is a validation of WebEngage’s proficiency in customer engagement and retention. 

Commenting on the partnerships, Hetarth Patel, VP - MENA and Managing Director - UAE, WebEngage, said: “WebEngage is glad to be helping Titan Co., Mr Baker, and Etmana simplify retention and scale their businesses to greater heights. With Etmana, we feel like we are playing on home turf, whereas, for legacy brands like Titan Co. and Mr Baker, I believe WebEngage will have a two-fold impact, helping them maintain their foothold in the regional retail space while also assisting them on a path toward digital transformation powered by online and offline data and channels. We are honoured to collaborate with these leading brands and excited to further elevate their market standing.”

 

 

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Bhupal Ramnathkar’s photographs to be showcased at Reflections

Reflections is a series of photographs shot by Ramnathkar in different parts of Europe over many visits

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 1:33 PM   |   2 min read

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Reflections by Bhupal Ramnathkar is an immersive photography exhibition that has been 40 years in the making.

When faced with the decision to choose a subject for his final year at Sir J. J. School of Applied Art, Ramnathkar sacrificed his first choice, photography, for a mundane reason called money; he couldn’t afford to buy an SLR camera needed to take up the subject. In the 35 years that followed his graduation, Ramnathkar has become a force in advertising and design, winning over 300 awards at national and international shows, including one of his print ads being selected among the best ads of the century. Umbrella Design, the agency he founded has created cutting edge design for some of the top Indian and multinational brands.

While advertising and design became his profession, photography continued to be his passion. He began photography in earnest, first, with a Nikon FM that cost a princely sum of Rs 3,900 gifted to him by Smita, his wife, in 1987, and later with a fully manual Leica M240.

Reflections is one series in the hundreds of photographs shot by him. Shot in different parts of Europe over many visits, the photographs are an extension of his visual aesthetic sensibility that pushes the boundaries by looking at the world in unusual ways and adds an unexpected twist to everyday subjects and objects. The results of this approach make you stop in your tracks and challenge your mind to imagine stories beyond what the eye sees. It is apt that a sizeable number of photos in Reflections have been shot in Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland, a place that continues to be a reflection of a traumatic past and forces us to reflect about our humanity.
When asked about Reflections, Ramnathkar in his characteristic manner says, “I have taken the photographs, created a visual stimulus and the only way to hear about them is to see them, immerse yourself in the experience of the exhibition, and let them speak to you.”

Reflections by Bhupal Ramnathkar is being held at Snowball Studios, off E. Moses Road, Worli from February 13 to 19, 2023.

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Zen Digital Media celebrates Republic Day at Juhu Beach with Nehru Nagar residents

The media house invited residents of Nehru Nagar slum to view the Republic Day parade happening in Delhi

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 11:32 AM   |   1 min read

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Zen Digital Media took it upon themselves to utilise their exclusive floating digital hoardings at Juhu Beach to celebrate patriotism and values of nationalism on the occasion of Republic Day.

 

The entirety of the neighbouring slum, Nehru Nagar, that hasn’t been privileged with home television facilities was invited to view the Republic Day parade happening in Delhi. This parade was broadcasted LIVE after they gathered and sang the national anthem along with other visitors at the beach against the national flag being digitally hoisted on these vessels that they call “Broadcoasters”.

 

The Mumbai Police who have been actively supporting and promoting helplines and awareness on the topic of domestic violence through this media company also decided to join along in a force of 50.

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