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Week at a glance: World leaders @Goafest; Hotstar’s performance

Lot of people feel the CCO’s job is just attending award shows: Matt Eastwood

He has been camping in India since the beginning of April and was also at Goafest 2019 to emphasise on why doing good work is good for business.

We get too concerned with automation and lose sight of creativity: Ross Jauncey

“Today, we need creative minds who can march into the unknown,” stressed Ross Jauncey, Head of Create with Google, while delivering his keynote address on Day 3 at Goafest 2019.

Everything that Josy Paul does is flawless: Madonna Badger

Madonna Badger, Chief Creative Officer and Founder Badger and Winters, channeled her inner Wonder Woman as she gave out the powerful message of #WomenNotObjects.

Agency networks are competing against in-house agencies, specialists: Sidharth Rao

With 40 metals in its kitty, Dentsu Webchutney, the digital agency from Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN), has been named the ‘Digital, PR and Direct Specialist of the Year’ at the Goafest Abbys 2019 edition. In conversation with Adgully, Sidharth Rao, CEO & Co-founder, Dentsu Webchutney, explains how the agency managed to dominate Goafest Abbys.

First-timers or industry veterans – why Abbys win is such a huge deal

Goafest 2019 concluded amid loud cheers and robust celebrations as the industry celebrated the Abby winners. Adgully had spoken to of the ecstatic winners in Media and Publishers Abbys, following are some of the major winners in Creative Abbys sharing the joy and what the wins mean to them.

Uday Shankar decodes Hotstar’s performance on the global stage

Speaking at Disney’s investors’ meet, Shankar said that Hotstar today had crossed 300 million monthly active users (MAUs), making it one of the biggest video platforms in the world.

Vineet Singh Hukmani steps down as MD & CEO of 94.3 Radio One India after 12 years

As reported earlier in the media that a scheme of arrangement between HT Media & Next Mediaworks ( the parent company of Next Radio Ltd – 94.3 Radio One) was underway and pending approval from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting & SEBI.

Clock stops ticking for TikTok; time for 3rd party apps to take responsibility?

Video hosting and sharing platform, TikTok has been banned from the Google Playstore and Apple Store after an order by the Madras High Court on April 3rd 2019. Several political pressure groups and conservative parties had brought to the attention of the court that TikTok was encouraging pornographic content, violence and made minors vulnerable to sexual predators.

Dentsu Aegis Network appoints Ajay Row for DAN Consult

DAN Consult, the consulting division from the house of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN), has roped in Ajay Row as Partner for CRM (Customer Relationship Management), loyalty and data.

2019 Elections: Political spends on digital expected to be Rs 500-700 cr

The 2019 General Elections are being fought as much – if not more – on digital media as it is being fought on-ground and traditional media platforms. The weeks leading to the polls have seen digital, specifically social media, dominating as a battleground of issues, hitting out the political opponents and even hashtags.

Unable to make a dent in the Chinese market, Amazon plans to pull out

Amazon’s presence in China was growing at a snail’s pace and was able to capture only 0.8% of the growing e-commerce business in China.

Effortless entertainment is a very underrated benefit of TV: Prathyusha Agarwal

Zee English Cluster has taken a rather differentiated route with its insightful ad campaign – #WhereIsMyChannel. While the consumers are involved in their content choices, they often tend to postpone communicating with their cable operators. The campaign prompts for this necessary action.

ALTBalaji has clocked revenues of Rs 29 cr for Q3 2018: Nachiket Pantvaidya

Homegrown OTT platform ALTBalaji has completed two years. With over 36 originals currently, ALTBalaji aims to further bolster this content library with a committed pipeline of around 100 shows by 2020.

TV18 Broadcast reports FY2019 income of Rs 4,978 crore

FY19 ex-film revenue rose 8 per cent YoY on continued regional growth and a reviving ad-environment. Implementation of TRAI’s new tariff order impacted Q4, dragging full-year growth; but is likely to be a medium-term positive.

Shemaroo acquires 50% stake in Dominiche; forays into $10 bn Astro content market

Dominiche Productions was founded one and a half years ago by Adarsh Gupta and Utpal Vaishnav.

ASCI upheld complaints against 145 ads out of 180 ads evaluated in Feb 2019

During the month of February 2019, ASCI investigated complaints against 243 advertisements, of which the advertisers ensured corrective action for 63 advertisements once they received the complaints from ASCI.

Publicis Communication & Publicis Media adjudged gender equal by KPMG

Publicis Communication and Publicis Media had commissioned an assessment by KPMG to assess their organisations in terms of pay and executive diversity and inclusivity in the boardroom. KPMG has completed their assessment certified the organisation as gender equal.

BARC Wk 15: Dangal TV, Big Magic continue to dominate in R+U

Dangal TV continues to top the Hindi GECs in Week 15 with a gross viewership of 1,081,541, compared to 1,160,268 in Week 13.

Ad land’s Young Guns: Mufaddal Mahabaleshwarwala, iProspect India

MufaddalMahabaleshwarwala is a Strategist – Creative at iProspect India. He is as passionate about writing – not just work but even interesting conservations he has with anyone in his day to day life – as he is about football and music, which is what takes up a chunk of his time when not working.

Offbeat: From race cars to The Souled Store – Vedang Patel switched gears

The Souled Store is a one-stop shop for all official pop culture merchandise and has already become the talk of the town.

Gulbahar Taurani to lead Philips Personal Health India

In his 15 years with Philips, Gulbahar has successfully led large teams across functions and businesses. In his most recent role as Marketing Director, Personal Health India.

Amazon Prime Video’s Comicstaan nominated in 23rd Annual Webby Awards

The nominations for the prestigious 23rd Annual Webby Awards were announced recently and it’s promising to be an interesting event this year. Presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, The Webby Awards is a much-coveted title.

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