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WPP opens the doors to a new campus in Paris

The campus brings together 18 WPP agencies and 2,000 collaborators into one creative and inspiring space in Levallois-Perret

WPP opened the doors of its new campus in the northwest of Paris. The new space demonstrates WPP’s ongoing commitment to the French market and its investment in creative talent, bringing 2,000 people under one roof.

The campus is located in the Levallois-Perret neighbourhood, an area that is home to an increasing number of international businesses. The site also carries a rich heritage of French innovation, once serving as the location for the Clément-Bayard factory, which Citroën acquired in the early 1920s to produce the iconic 2CV.

An innovative hub dedicated to collaboration and creativity

The WPP Paris Campus has been designed to accommodate evolving work styles and promote innovation. It offers state-of-the-art flexible spaces, 30% of which are shared environments that encourage people to come together and share ideas, allowing creativity to flourish.

The campus features a double-height auditorium, two restaurants, 2,600m2 of gardens and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Paris, complete with its own honeybee colony. The site selection, design and interiors were led by WPP company BDG architecture + design.

Inspired by WPP Stream – WPP’s ‘unconference’ which brings together global leaders in marketing, technology and media – the campus will regularly hold events designed to inspire creative thinking, from hosting guest speakers and art installations to partner and community events.

Attending the launch event of the new space, Mark Read, CEO of WPP, said: "Paris is globally renowned as a centre of creative excellence and tech innovation. The opening of our new campus in the city demonstrates our ambition in France and the importance of the market to WPP. It will act as a hub for the best of WPP’s expertise and resources – from our industry-leading AI capabilities and world-class media business to our award-winning creative work – and enable collaboration between our agencies. The campus reflects our investment in our people and technology by providing modern, inspirational workspaces that harness the power of our creativity for the benefit of our clients."

Sustainability at the heart of the renovation

In recognition of the environmentally conscious design of the Paris Campus, and in line with WPP's ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2025, the building has been certified with the international BREEAM accreditation and has received an ‘Excellent’ rating.

By re-using the existing building's concrete structure, CO2 emissions have been reduced by up to 30%. In addition, the campus is connected to a heat network which supplies more than 50% renewable and recovered energy sources, as well as a cooling network resulting in a 35% reduction in electricity consumption and a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions.

Nominated in the “Best Feature Film'’, “Best Drama Series”, “Best Non-Scripted Entertainment”, “Best Actress in a Leading Role” and "Best Actress in a Supporting Role” categories

On the heels of two nominations at the coveted International Emmys®, Netflix India received another set of nominations at the prestigious Asian Academy Creative Awards 2023. The nominations include "Best Actress in a Leading Role" for Rajshri Deshpande, who delivered a widely acclaimed performance as the formidable Neelam Krishnamoorthy in the series - Trial By Fire which also received a “Best Drama Series'' nod. The International Emmy® nominee Shefali Shah was chosen as the Indian selection for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role", for her captivating performance of Shamshunissa in the dark-comedy, Darlings. The docu-series The Romantics and the Netflix original anthology Lust Stories 2 were also nominated for “Best Non-Scripted Entertainment'' and “Best Feature Film'’ respectively.

Konkona Sen Sharma, Director of Lust Stories 2 - ‘Mirror’, shares her excitement, "I'm thrilled that Lust Stories 2 - Mirror has received a nomination from the Asian Academy Creative Awards. This anthology film explores the complexities of modern relationships, and it was a project very very close to my heart. It brings together a stellar cast and an incredibly talented crew. I'm grateful to Netflix, RSVP and Flying Unicorn for their unwavering support in bringing in the creation of this narrative."

Rajshri Deshpande was elated; saying, "Being nominated at the Asian Academy Creative Awards is humbling. It has been a privilege to depict Mrs. Neelam Krishnamoorthy on-screen. I’m glad to have been chosen for this story. This nomination speaks for our hard work and the collective effort we’ve poured into making this series. I'm deeply appreciative of my creators- Prashant and Kevin, Netflix, Endemol Shine and House of Talkies for backing important stories like that of the Uphaar Cinema tragedy and the struggle of the Krishnamoorthy’s with Trial By Fire."

Shefali Shah celebrates her second consecutive nomination this week after her International Emmy nod, shares her excitement, "I am overjoyed and filled with gratitude for all those who have showered so much love for my work. This nomination speaks volumes about the passion and dedication that went into creating Darlings. I'm thankful to Netflix, Red Chillies Entertainment and Eternal Sunshine, Jasmeet and the entire cast and crew for their support, and I can't wait for it to unfold at the awards night!"

Showrunner Prashant Nair spoke of the AACA nomination sharing, “Trial By Fire was a labor of love for all involved and a story of paramount importance that needed to be told. I believe that a story chooses its makers and creating Trial by Fire alongside Kevin (Luperchio) as well as our partners at Netflix, Endemol Shine India and House of Talkies has been nothing short of an extraordinary experience. On behalf of the entire team, we are grateful for the nomination and to be recognized on an Asia-Pacific level and stay indebted to the Krishnamoorthy’s for entrusting us with their story.”

Director of Romantics, Smriti Mundhra shares, "This is an absolute surprise and honor. The best content in the world is coming from Asia and it is especially meaningful to be recognized by my peers from the East. Thank you to Yash Raj Films and Netflix for supporting The Romantics, and congrats to all the other winners from India and beyond."

These nominations serve as a testament to the exceptional creative talent in India, reflecting the richness of its local entertainment landscape.

Below is the list of Netflix nominations:

Lust Stories 2 - Mirror - Konkona Sen Sharma
RSVP Movies

Rajshri Deshpande - Trial By Fire
Endemol Shine, House of Talkies

Shefali Shah - Darlings
Red Chillies Entertainment

Trial By Fire
Endemol Shine, House of Talkies

The Romantics
Yash Raj Films

Engaging ‘Duologue’ yields out of box solutions for mitigating India’s healthcare challenge.

Synopsis: 'Duologue with Barun Das’, among the most awarded and coveted shows on news television, unveils a unique format, fostering candid conversations that delve deep into ideas, theories, and experiences beyond the obvious. While 'Duologue with Barun Das feat. Dr. Devi Shetty' airs at 10 pm tomorrow on News9 Live, during the day the digital news stream will host special programming, featuring a variety of shows on heart health.

News9 Live, India’s pioneering 24/7 digital exclusive news stream, is poised to conclude its intellectually stimulating 'Duologue with Barun Das' Season 01 series with an unforgettable finale featuring Dr. Devi Shetty, on World Heart Day, September 29th, at 10 PM, accessible via connected TVs.

In a departure from conventional interview formats, ‘Duologue with Barun Das’ reveals an unseen facet of Dr. Shetty’s persona during a candid tête-à-tête with show’s host, Mr. Barun Das, the MD and CEO of TV9 Network. The Devi Shetty episode kicks off with a profound exploration of empathy to soon evolve into a thought-provoking discourse on the intricate calculus of happiness.

‘Duologue with Barun Das’ sets the tone to address India's heart health crisis with a focus on innovative solutions.

When the show host, Barun Das proposed the concept of incentivizing fitness to stimulate the health sector, Dr. Devi Shetty responded in affirmation. He said, “India stands on the verge of an extraordinary achievement – the liberation of healthcare from affluence. This transformative objective is not a distant dream but an attainable reality within the next five years.”

Furthermore, the host leads the conversation transcending the physical aspects of heart health, delving into the emotional and mental well-being of individuals.

Reflecting on his experience, Dr. Devi Shetty said, “Duologue with Barun Das is one of the most memorable experiences in my life. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

News9 Live's impressive undertaking for 'World Heart Day' includes a special programming initiative that focuses on heart health, emerging challenges, and cutting-edge technology diagnostics. All shows premiere via connected TVs and later YouTube.

The special programming window on India’s first and only 24x7 digital English news service includes:

• The World Heart Day lineup kicks off with the ‘Heart Health Show’ at 11 AM.

• At 1 PM, ‘Heart Emerging Challenges’ takes centre stage.

• The day continues with a groundbreaking program at 6 PM and 9 PM, ‘Heart Technology-Diagnostics’.

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this enlightening and engaging World Heart Day programming on News9 Live. Tune in via your connected TVs on September 29th or catch the premieres on our YouTube channel. Join the season finale and explore the many facets of heart health and cap off the evening with an unforgettable Duologue featuring Barun Das and Dr. Devi Shetty.

Willow, Cricbuzz to distribute 88 bilateral cricket matches between India and other countries

Times Internet expands its leading cricket distribution positions in North America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia regions, by acquiring the exclusive rights to broadcast India’s home bilateral series from September 2023 through March 2028.

In North America, Willow TV’s position across the United States and Canada will be further strengthened. Alongside the BCCI rights, Willow also distributes more than 10 other boards and tournaments, making Willow the leading cricket destination in North America.

In the Middle East, Times Internet has developed a strong position, now holding the rights to distribute the IPL alongside the BCCI rights, giving any cricket fan a year-round calendar of the highest quality cricket offerings in the region. Times partnered with Noon, Etisalat, and Cricbuzz to distribute the IPL in 2023, and will look to establish its distribution partnerships in the Middle East region further.

In Southeast Asia, this is Cricbuzz’s first rights package in the market, and the rights will be distributed on its own platforms as well as other distribution partnerships.

Commenting on the occasion, Satyan Gajwani, Vice Chairman of Times Internet: “We are proud to partner with [PITCH or VIACOM], as well as the BCCI again. Willow TV has a longstanding position as the home of cricket in the U.S.. With our foray into the Middle East, I’m confident that Cricbuzz and The Times of India Group will be able to bring a best-in-class consumer viewing experience to more cricket fans around the world.”

Willow TV is the only 24x7 cricket channel available in the U.S. and offers several hundred days of live match competition each year. Willow also operates the world’s leading portal for live Internet streaming of all Cricket events at www.willow.tv and on the Willow TV app.

Cricbuzz is the global leader in cricket news and content. Cricbuzz offers news, live information, historical data, opinion, video and audio content on international cricket and premier T20 and domestic cricket tournaments.

Times Internet is the largest Indian internet network and the digital venture of The Times of India Group, India's largest media and entertainment group. Times Internet reaches over 580 million unique visitors monthly across news, entertainment, sports, local, e-commerce, classifieds, startup investments, local partnerships, and more.

India showed its ability to drive multilateralism in G20: Amitabh Kant

Mr Amitabh Kant, India's G20 Sherpa, presented Managing India Awards at the Golden Jubilee National Management Convention in New Delhi.

Mr Aroon Purie, Founder Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The India Today Group, got the Lifetime Contribution to Media Award while Mr R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, received the Lifetime Contribution Award. Ms Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies took the Corporate Citizen Award. All awardees were joined by their spouses during presentation of trophies.

The citations for the awards were read by Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Enterprise, Mr Rajiv Makhni, television show host, and Ms Nandita Das, renowned cinema actor and director.

Presenting the awards, Mr Kant said that it was a great honour for him to present awards to three great people who he had grown up admiring.

Sharing his experience as India's G20 Sherpa, Mr Kant said that it was a job of taking one's leader to the top of Mount Everest.

Talking about India's strategy and achievements during its presidency of G20, Mr Kant said that the PM wanted the opportunity to be used to transform the districts and cities where the 220 G20 meetings were to take place, which was done.

The negotiations proved tougher than anticipated, Mr Kant said. However, he could be ambitious and courageous as G20 Sherpa because he had the full backing of the Prime Minister. "The PM's directive was to be decisive and action oriented," he said. It took nine days of non-stop negotiations in a room without phones, away from media, to achieve consensus on the Russia-Ukraine statement. "We pushed the limits and took it to the level of brinkmanship to achieve success," he said.

India demonstrated its ability to drive multilateralism and bring everybody on board, Mr Kant said, and attributed India's ability to do so to India's status as the 5th largest economy in the world.

Talking about pushing the agenda of global south in G20, Mr Kant said that the PM wanted India to put the global south first and India's G20 presidency began with a virtual meeting of the region's countries. This year, 80% of the global growth came from the south, he pointed out.

Mr Kant said that India managed to achieve consensus on a every issue, including redesigning the multilateral institutions, pushing digital public infrastructure, climate change, climate finance, green growth, women-led development, and inclusion of Africa. He pointed out that India achieved 112 outcomes during its presidency of G20 compared to 50 by the previous president, Indonesia.

India's digital public infrastructure was a key focus during the presidency, as 133 countries lack fast payment systems. "It became important to evangelize DPI model, which are open and interoperable unlike the big tech model of the US and China," he said.

Accepting the Managing India Award, Mr Aroon Purie said the he was delighted to receive the award at this particular time because the media has become the whipping boy for everyone and everyone blames all ills of the society on the media. "We're not perfect. Bad apples exist in every industry and profession. Aren't there bad apples in business and bureaucracy?" he said.

Stressing the importance of the media in today's India, Mr Purie said,"A free press is essential for our democracy, especially when democracy is not functioning so well...when more debates are held on television than in Parliament." Mr Purie expressed worry about the epidemic of fake news, and the potential of AI to make it worse. "Truth is in danger of becoming an endangered species...journalists have to step up and do their job honestly," he said.

Mr Bhargava said that the award was somewhat an anomaly because when he joined Maruti, he knew nothing about management. He credited his colleagues for teaching him management. "Individuals can never achieve. All achievements are collective," he said.

In her acceptance speech, Ms Nilekani said, "We live in complex and challenging times. We need to cultivate empathy, self-restraint and charity to create a successful samaaj, a safe harbour for our children and grandchildren."

Opening the awards ceremony, AIMA President Mr Shrinivas Dempo brought attention to the focus of the 50th National Management Convention and emphasized that India needed to raise its thinking and action to the next level. "The new India needs a new dream - a dream of being a country with high standards of living for every Indian, a dream of being an evolved country that offers the world new models of economy, democracy, governance, technology and culture," he said.

Mr Nikhil Sawney, Senior Vice President, AIMA thanked Mr Kant for presenting the awards and congratulated the winners. "Each one of you is special and each one of you has made transformative contribution in a critical sector of Indian economy," he told the awardees.

Mr Sudhir Jalan, Co-Chairman, Rieter India Pvt Ltd, introduced the awards and complimented the jury for its excellent selection of awardees.

The awards ceremony was live streamed on AIMA's social media channels.


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