Viacom 18 all set to target India's New Young Adults; Announces the launch of new channel "SONIC'
After COLORS, MTV, Nick and Vh1, "SONIC' is Viacom18's 5th channel in India and further strengthens its position in the Indian entertainment domain. Targeted at India's new young adult, SONIC will offer the 10-17 year olds doses of Action, Adventure and Animation, 24x7. Animation has come of age in the west and is widely consumed by non-kids TG through television shows, movies and console gaming. SONIC aims to deliver superlative action that can only be delivered through the alternative world of animation. Live action shows and blockbuster films will complete SONIC's content lineup.
Bob Bakish, President & CEO - Viacom International Media Networks, said, "The launch of Sonic is significant in many ways. Not only does it further expand the Viacom18 Network in India but it also opens up an interesting category for both viewers and advertisers. With the launch of Sonic, the Viacom18 Network can now take pride in being the only entertainment network in India that has specific brands to entertain viewers across every possible age segment from 2 years onwards."
Commenting on the launch, Haresh Chawla, Group CEO - Viacom18 said, "Over the last 4 years, Viacom18 has grown 12-folds to be amongst the fastest growing entertainment groups in India. The launch of "SONIC' further expands Viacom18's presence in a demographic bracket that has remained un-tapped, but is probably the biggest influencer on family purchase decisions. Like our other businesses, we are confident of "SONIC' establishing a dominating presence within the first year of its operations." He further added, "The next 12 months will see Viacom18 in an expansion mode and the launch of "Sonic' is the first step in that direction."
Talking about "SONIC', Nina Elavia Jaipuria, Executive Vice President & General Manager ' SONIC and Nick India, said, "Loaded with shows across a diverse genre, SONIC will target the urban, hyperactive, new young adult in a manner that's innovative, engaging and most importantly, interactive. While "innovation' will be the key driver for SONIC's content, we plan to unleash interactivity through never-seen-before digital initiatives." Nina further added, "The 10-17 year olds are today's key influencers, and in many categories, decision makers in the households. We're therefore confident of SONIC resonating well with brands who want to reach out to this "young' but very "influential' TG."
SONIC will go beyond television to engage and interact with its TG by building the online community through its soon to be launched website www.sonicgang.com. It will aim to be the "landing strip' for new young adults and engage all gaming and gadget enthusiasts. SONIC's digital strategy encapsulates games, digital shows, social media engagement on Facebook, Twitter and much more.