24 March 2023 01:56



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Welcomes Google as the ‘Presenting Sponsor’, TV9 NETWORK and MiQ India Commercial as ‘Co-Powered by Sponsors’, and The Times of India as ‘Associate Sponsor’

The Advertising Club ramps up the celebration of Media Awards Oscars of the media world with the newest edition of the EMVIES, presented by Google, co-powered by TV9 NETWORK and MiQ India Commerical, and in association with The Times of India. With over 1469 entries received, which is the highest ever in the history of EMVIES, the best minds of the media and marketing fraternity will battle it out for recognition and glory on Friday, 10th March 2023, at Seaside lawns, Hotel Taj Lands’ End, Bandra, Mumbai, at 6:30 PM.

The country’s most coveted media award which focuses on Innovation, Strategy, Research, and seamless Integration, EMVIES 2023, was adjudged by a distinguished and versatile jury of 172 media professionals in round 1 of the judging process. Out of 1469 entries received, 370 were shortlisted. The final round of judging saw case studies being presented online for a period of 10 days which were evaluated by 179 marketing professionals and some chosen creative directors.

As you all are aware of the fact that any campaign which goes on to win an EMVIE, the trophy is presented to both – the media agency and the client. Thus, the elite audience will have the presence of top-notch professionals from not only the media and advertising world but also from the marketing fraternity.

Partha Sinha, President Times of India group and President of The Advertising Club, said, “I have always called EMVIE ‘the Oscar of media award’ and over the years it has been doing justice to that reputation. The quality of work, the presentations, and the energy around the whole event are improving every year. It is a world-class platform today and is owned equally by the media, marketing, and advertising fraternities. It is a burning example of our overall theme of excellence.”

Aditya Swamy, Chairperson, EMVIES Committee, said, “This year we have a record number of entries and that is a reflection of the high quality of work our industry produces and it’s our privilege at the Ad Club to celebrate the best of the best at our favorite awards show - The EMVIES.”

The EMVIE Awards is attended by 1000 plus die-hard professionals from the Media, Advertising, Research, and Marketing fraternity i.e., the entire gamut of the communication industry. It is a vibrant, young, and high-decibel event.

It’s time to book your donor passes and see for yourself who will win the Grand EMVIE, Best Media Client of the Year, and Best Media Agency of the Year.


Havas Group India has announced the appointment of Tarun Jha as Chief Executive Officer of Havas Creative India, which includes agencies Havas Worldwide India (Mumbai/Gurgaon/Bangalore), Havas CX (Customer Experience), Conran Design Group Mumbai (Branding & Design) and Havas QED (Kolkata).

Tarun, in his most recent position, was Head of Marketing at Škoda Auto India, where he spent 15 years. He was leading the Marketing and Product Planning function for the Indian market, setting marketing and communications strategy.

Reporting to Rana Barua, Group CEO, Havas Group India, the appointment of Tarun is on the back of a significant period of growth for Havas Group – with an outstanding list of new client wins and a compelling growth trajectory. The success of the network is due to its unique integrated ecosystem which combines the strength of its Creative, Media and Health verticals, which is also reflected in its recent Great Place To Work® certification.

Rana Barua, commenting on the appointment said “Over the last 4 years, Havas Creative Group India has evolved from a one-client agency into an integrated network of 7 agencies, including Havas Worldwide India, Havas CX, Think Havas, Conran Design Group Mumbai, Shobiz Havas, Cake India and Havas QED. Today, these agencies handle an enviable roster of marquee clients including Reckitt, Dabur, Tata, Citroën, P&G, Nestle, IKEA and several others. Our momentum is unparalleled, as evidenced by the consistent #1 ranking on the creative agency list in R3 New Business League in 2022. As Havas Creative Group India gears up for a new phase of growth, it was imperative to have someone such as Tarun, with an insider’s perspective, helming the new direction the network takes, truly pushing the envelope of what Havas Creative India can achieve in terms of client-first approaches and meaningful, innovative business solutions.”

Tarun Jha, Chief Executive Officer, Havas Creative India said, “I started my professional career in advertising, so this move is a happy homecoming for me. I’ve never really been out of this business, even during my stint in Europe. I’ve worked very closely with multiple agencies for over two decades, creating integrated solutions to business problems, and have seen these businesses evolve and transform.”

He further adds, “I am very impressed at how Havas Group India has put their vision into practice. The ambitious plans for growth, both organic and inorganic, and the new age conversations and offerings for client partners is distinctly different which makes Havas Group arguably the most exciting communication network. The Village philosophy and the overall Meaningful Brand conversation is something that resonates deeply with my beliefs. I am very excited to be a part of this wonderful ecosystem at a time when the new vision unfolds, and I look forward to this new chapter along all the leaders of the group.”

One of the most dynamic and celebrated advertising-turned-marketing professionals in India, Tarun has over 24 years of experience in brand building across several sectors, with a focus on customer-centricity and business profitability. After completing his MBA, Tarun started his career in advertising and spent 5 years before making a lateral shift to marketing. His eventual move to Mahindra & Mahindra helped him find his calling in automotive marketing. He joined Škoda India in 2008 and spent 15 years with the company including a 3-year stint in Prague, Czech Republic.

Through fireside chats and deep-dive panel discussions, Moneycontrol’s editors will probe the biggest trends that are reshaping fintech in India

Moneycontrol presents the first-ever edition of the India Fintech Conclave (IFC), a brand-new initiative to create dialogues on key issues related to the booming fintech space in the country. The event slated for March 7th in Mumbai, will bring together the who’s who of fintech in India—a Union Minister, RBI, policy-makers, bankers, and top founders—key stakeholders who are reshaping the landscape of a booming sector in the country.

Union Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Electronics & Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar will deliver the inaugural address and RBI’s Executive Director Ajay Kumar Choudary will deliver a special keynote. The packed India Fintech Conclave will also feature prominent speakers such as NPCI CEO Dilip Asbe, ONDC CEO T Koshy, IDFC First MD and CEO V Vaidyanathan, Federal Bank ED Shalini Warrier, Zerodha founder and CEO Nithin Kamath, Razorpay founder, and CEO Harshil Mathur.

There will be insightful panel discussions on pertinent topics such as payments, lending, market regulations as well as digital public infrastructure featuring the founders of unicorns and soonicorns such as Yubi, Open, Kreditbee, and M2P.Through fireside chats and deep-dive panel discussions, Moneycontrol’s editors will probe the biggest trends that are reshaping fintech in India. As the sector braces for global and local economic turbulence coupled with an uncertain regulatory environment, Moneycontrol’s India Fintech Conclave will refocus the popular debate on issues that are critical to sustained and inclusive growth.

Binoy Prabhakar, Executive Editor, Moneycontrol said, “Our inaugural fintech conclave has been conceived with the aim of generating discussions that would help stakeholders harness its potential and position it for transformational growth. We believe the conclave will put the spotlight on the defining trends that will help India’s fintech sector grab opportunities and navigate uncertainties.”

To be directed by award-winning Director Vinay Waikul and written by Sambit Mishra, the second season will once again witness the return of Sonali Bendre, Jaideep Ahlawat and Shriya Pilgaonkar as they reprise their roles as the ever so popular journalists from S1 in this tenacious battle between truth and sensationalism.

ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, in collaboration with BBC Studios India, is back with the second season of the successful and critically acclaimed series, The Broken News.

The upcoming season will continue to capture the lives, lies, loves and struggles of journalists and their battle between truth and sensationalism. With a stellar lead cast returning to their roles, the upcoming chapter marks the homecoming of characters that struck a chord with viewers. Unfolding the inner workings of journalism, this newsroom drama will continue the reality behind our daily news – the business and the politics of it and the behind-the-scenes action as these journalists try to balance work, ambition and integrity, amid the never-ending pressure to deliver ‘Breaking News’.

On the announcement of the second season, Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global said, “The Broken News received an overwhelming response across the globe as it immersed viewers in the ever-evolving battle between truth and sensationalism in news. ZEE5 Global is now proud to present an all-new chapter of the show that captures the adrenaline rush of journalism. Staying true to our commitment to bring our viewers the most engaging and real stories on ZEE5 Global, we look forward to this new season of The Broken News continuing to strike a strong chord with our global audiences.”

Ms. Nimisha Pandey, Chief Content Officer, Hindi Originals, ZEE5 Global said, “We look forward to canvassing a fresh chapter of The Broken News in partnership with BBC Studios India. In the second season, we capture the evolving arcs of the characters of the show and the new conflicts that arise between two competing news channels. The Broken News season two reaffirms our commitment of presenting engaging and gripping dramas on ZEE5 Global and is a perfect addition to our content slate. The upcoming season will continue to offer an exciting insight into the world of journalism and compel the viewers to think about the news they consume.”

Commenting on the announcement of the second season, Sameer Gogate, General Manager – BBC Studios India shared, “We are excited to announce the second season of The Broken News after the tremendous love for its first season and we’re delighted to see the return of this show helmed by Vinay Waikul and the brilliant lead cast Sonali Bendre, Jaideep Ahlawat and Shriya Pilgaonkar. The first season is best remembered for the wonderful performances of the actors, who enlivened the newsroom drama, and its success is a testimony to the strength of our formats that resonate across cultures. We hope the audience will welcome the upcoming season and immerse themselves in the captivating cycle of TV news journalism.”

The original UK series, titled Press, was created and written by award-winning writer Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, King Charles III), and is a Lookout Point, BBC Studios and Deep Indigo production, co-produced with Masterpiece. It aired on both BBC One in the UK and on PBS Masterpiece in the US in 2018, with the original series set in a print newsroom rather than a TV newsroom.

The second season was announced as a part of BBC Studios Showcase that took place in London from 27-28 February 2023.

World’s largest advertising portfolio review set for June 1, 2023.

The One Club for Creativity announced June 1, 2023 as the date for this year’s edition of its long-running global Portfolio Night, with DDB Mudra Group hosting the event in Mumbai.

Established in 2003, Portfolio Night has long been recognized as the world’s largest advertising portfolio review program. This fast-paced evening of advice, networking and recruitment takes place in dozens of cities around the world on the same date to help the next generation of creative talent entering the industry.

After three years of being affected by the pandemic, the program aims to have all cities once again host the event in-person.

In addition to the event in Mumbai with DDB Mudra Group, confirmed cities and hosts so far are Buenos Aires (GUT Buenos Aires and Círculo de Creatividad), Hong Kong (Ogilvy Hong Kong), Houston (Adcetera), Lisbon (Clube Creativos and Uzina), Montréal and Toronto (Tank Worldwide), Paris (DDB Paris), Riyadh (‿ and us), São Paulo (Africa), Santiago (Inbrax), Seoul (Paulus), Shanghai (BBH Shanghai), and Singapore (BBDO Singapore).

Agencies, schools and organizations interested in hosting Portfolio Night 2023 in their city can get more information here.

Tickets for young creatives interested in attending Portfolio Night 2023 will be available in April, once all city hosts are determined.

Portfolio Night is an important event in advertising because it serves as the gateway for young talent to enter the industry, enabling the best of the present — hundreds of renowned international creative directors — to meet and mentor the leaders of the future in industry hubs around the world.

It has also become a crucial tool for agencies in recruiting top young talent, providing a platform for recognition from local industry peers, and giving agencies a place on the global stage as the ad world tunes in to this one-of-a-kind event.

The program includes Portfolio Night All-Stars, a weeklong virtual program where each city host selects one young creative in their market with the best portfolio to participate. These lucky All-Stars will work in teams on a brief from a major global brand sponsor to be determined, and attend seminars and recruiting sessions. At the end of the week, each team presents their pitch, with the winning team being flown to New York by The One Club for a week of events and networking opportunities.

“Portfolio Night is a unique global event that serves as a high-visibility opportunity for agencies and creative professionals to give back to the industry by guiding the earliest steps of future copywriters, art directors and technologists,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club for Creativity. “We’re very grateful for the agencies and organizations who have signed on to make this important global event possible in their markets, and look forward to additional hosts getting involved.”

Branding for Portfolio Night 2023 was created by Nana Rausch at Quick Honey, based in New York and Berlin.

Unlike for-profit awards shows, The One Club is a non-profit organization that puts revenue generated from awards entries back into the industry in the form of programs under its four pillars: Education, Inclusion & Diversity, Gender Equality and Creative Development.

The One Club for Creativity, producer of The One Show, ADC Annual Awards, ONE Asia Creative Awards, Type Directors Club competition, TDC Ascenders, Young Guns, and more, is the world’s foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the global creative community. Revenue generated from entries to its global awards shows goes back into the industry to fund programming under the organization’s four pillars: Education, Inclusion & Diversity, Gender Equality, and Creative Development.

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