01 December 2022 05:54

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Six talented young creatives originally from Afghanistan, China, Japan, Singapore and Thailand are among the 31 winners from 10 countries and regions in The One Club for Creativity’s prestigious Young Guns 20 competition, celebrating international creative professionals age 30 or younger.

Young Guns is the industry’s only global, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies and celebrates today’s vanguard of young creatives.

YG20 winners originally from APAC are:

BRTHR (Alex Lee, Kyle Wightman), directors, Serial Pictures, New York (Lee originally from Tokyo)
Alexander Farah, director, editor, Vancouver (originally from Kabul)
Jump Jirakaweekul, graphic designer, New York (originally from Bangkok)
Danica Tan Lijun, animation director, Los Angeles (originally from Singapore)
Xinmei Liu, illustrator, Harrison (US) (originally from Shanghai)
Hiromu Oka, motion designer, London (originally from Tokyo)

The complete list of Young Guns 20 winners can be viewed here, and all 84 finalists from 23 countries can be viewed here. This year’s entries were judged by a diverse jury of 96 top creatives — many of whom are past YG winners — from 41 countries.

Young Guns 20 winners will be celebrated at a special in-person event on November 16, 2022 at Sony Hall in New York, co-hosted by noted artist, author, and designer Timothy Goodman (YG7), and designer Zipeng Zhu (YG13), founder and creative director at Dazzle Studio New York.

The One Club is also holding the Young Guns 20 Creative Choice Award, where the global creative community can explore the work of this year’s winners and vote on which one they believe stands above all others. Voting is open now through November 11, 2022, 11:59 pm ET, with the winner announced at the Young Guns 20 awards ceremony.

All Young Guns winners receive a unique version of the iconic Young Guns Cube, designed exclusively for this year’s incoming class, and have their permanent profile page added to the Young Guns website. Winners also get a complimentary one-year One Club for Creativity membership, permanent membership in the Young Guns network, a chance to be featured in Young Guns events and an assortment of career-boosting opportunities from Young Guns sponsors.

Program branding and design of the Cube award is reimagined each year by a past Young Gun winner. This year’s YG20 branding and award are designed by Zipeng Zhu, with branding font created by NaN Berlin.

Young Guns 20 and other One Club activities are made possible in part through the generous support of sponsors including Shutterstock.

“With every passing year, evolving technology and new ways of working continue to expand and redefine what creativity means,” said Paula Goldner, VP, Global Agency Partnerships at Shutterstock. “By empowering young artists to unlock their artistic potential, Shutterstock and The One Club demonstrate their belief in the fact that creativity should be cutting-edge, yet human-centric.”

Principal Financial Group® announced industry expert Anthony Shea Treadway will join the company to lead the insurance solutions distribution team.

As a senior vice president and head of U.S. Insurance Solutions (USIS) Distribution, Treadway will report to Amy Friedrich, president of USIS, effective November 7.

Treadway is a 20-year veteran of the insurance industry, with significant experience as a strategic distribution leader focused on technology solutions, small business, and key client management. Prior to joining Principal®, he spent his career with Unum serving in various distribution and leadership roles, including most recently as senior vice president of field and market development at Colonial Life, vice president of Unum small business, and regional vice president of sales and client management.

“Shea will continue to build on our effort to provide innovative solutions to the business market,” Friedrich said. “I’m excited to welcome Shea to Principal; his leadership will help drive success through our strategic focus on multiple distribution channels, overall growth, and profitability. He brings expertise in affiliated, independent and wholesaler distribution—all critical growth channels for Principal.”

Treadway obtained his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Yale University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. In addition to his professional work, Treadway and his family are very involved in their community and focus their efforts on education, health care, and youth athletics.


UAE-based players invited to express their interest to participate in the League by registering on the League’s newly launched website ilt20.ae

UAE’s International T20 League comprises six franchise teams competing in 34 matches at venues across the UAE commencing in January 2023

The tournament will be live-streamed on digital platform ZEE5 across global markets

UAE’s International T20 League (ILT20) has today announced that the Players’ registration portal, for UAE-based players, is now OPEN and LIVE for those (UAE players) interested in putting their names forward for consideration to participate in the inaugural League.

Players who are based, and are currently playing in the UAE are invited to register their interest by visiting the League’s newly launched website, http://ilt20.ae, and express their interest by registering on http://register.ilt20.ae. Through the registration portal, interested players are strongly encouraged to review the selection criteria which strictly adheres to Emirates Cricket playing and ICC residency guidelines.

In following one of the League’s unpinning values, and commitment to nurturing the talents of UAE-domiciled players, Mubashshir Usmani, General Secretary Emirates Cricket Board said; “League management are extremely pleased to to open the registration portal, which can be found on the now-live ILT20 website, to our expansive UAE-player-pool, and we welcome their interest to compete in the inaugural edition of the League.” “In exposing UAE’s players to high-level, international matches ratified by the ICC, of which the ILT20 has received a multi-year approval, bodes well for not only UAE Cricket’s player development but also for the development of Associate Cricket, where Franchise teams have already signed-on players from various Associate nations, as we strive for sustainability and innovative opportunities to grow our players and raise the bar on their competitive edge.”

Registrations for UAE players (via http://register.ilt20.ae) to express their intent for consideration close noon, UAE time on Friday November 18, afterwhich Franchises will review and engage in the selection process, and announce their full squads early December (2022). Each Franchise squad will comprise a minimum of 4 UAE players.

Making its debut in January (2023), the inaugural ILT20, which has received multi-year ICC approval, will be played in a 34-match format across the UAE’s exemplary, world-class Cricket facilities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

Cricket fans across the world can catch the LIVE telecast of this exciting cricket league on the League’s Official Media Partner ZEE’s linear channels, digital platform Zee5, as well as Zee Cinema SD, Zee Cinema HD, Zee Anmol Cinema, &Pictures HD, &Flix SD, &Flix HD, Zee Zest SD, Zee Zest HD, Zee Bangla Cinema and Zee Thirai.

Franchise teams, comprising 84 International and 24 UAE-based players, include Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Kolkata Knight Riders), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants (Adani Sportsline), MI Emirates (Reliance Industries), and Sharjah Warriors (Capri Global). ILT20 news, updates and interactive chat can be found via http://ilt20.ae and @ILT20Official on facebook, twitter, instagram, tiktok, snap chat and linkedin.

The tournament will be live-streamed globally on ZEE5, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content.

Celebrate the 'Pioneers of New India' in Dare To Dream Awards 2022

After the rousing reception Dare to Dream Awards received from homegrown enterprises in 2021, SAP and TV9 Network are back with the 2022 edition of India's biggest entrepreneurial platform to acknowledge the Pioneers of New India.

As India celebrates 75 years of independence and plans its journey of the next 25 years to emerge as a global leader, business pioneers have been and will be the guiding light in realizing this ambition.

And the prestigious Dare to Dream Awards this year will celebrate these business stalwarts who are leading India's charge toward becoming a developed nation by 2047. It captures the resolute entrepreneurial journey of these outstanding SME entities to embrace digital-first culture for innovation and growth that help India take giant strides towards transforming itself into the First World.

Commenting on the awards, Kulmeet Bawa, President & Managing Director, SAP Indian Subcontinent, said, "SAP's journey in India has always been aligned with nation-building programmes that have had a significant impact on over 300 million Indians. We have always believed in the combined strength of India's mid-market and have promoted their development, whether it is serving as the technology partner to develop a workforce of the future, being a trusted advisor to the SME community, or boosting the nation's innovation ecosystem. This programme aims to recognize and honour all business heroes leading us towards the development of the New India."

The awards also seek to acknowledge business bravehearts, who have continued to thrive even in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments that keep throwing surprises at them, especially when economies across the globe are facing strong headwinds.

Talking about TV9 Network's commitment towards the India SME ecosystem, Raktim Das, Chief Growth Officer, TV9 Network, said: "SAP and TV9 Network stay invested in the idea of recognising SMEs to eventually help fully leverage their potential for the India growth story. India has emerged as the only bright spot in an otherwise faltering international economy. And SMEs have a huge role to play in insulating us from global shocks. And that's why it's critical to acknowledge our homegrown businesses. Dare To Dream Awards is a tribute to all those visionary business leaders who have demonstrated innovation and a digital mindset converting adversity into advantage. And we are happy to continue to be a part of this exciting journey with SAP."

Rajeev Singh, Vice-President, Midmarket and Emerging Business, SAP Indian Subcontinent, added, "Indian MSMEs and its business leaders hold power to transform not just India's economy but also the lives of billions of Indians. They account for 27% of the total contribution to India's GDP, with considerable headroom for growth. As we celebrate 75 years of India's independence, we are gearing up the journey of the next 75 years that is being shaped by pioneers of the new India."

The awards function will be held on November 16th, 2022 in Mumbai. It will be telecast on India's leading national news channel – TV9 Bharatvarsh – with substantial digital amplification across TV9's digital platforms.


Wednesday, 02 November 2022 00:00

Viacom18 and SA20 announce strategic partnership

Viacom18 to exclusively present South Africa’s premier T20 League in India

Viacom18 Sports, India’s newest sports network, today announced a 10-year partnership to exclusively present SA20, South Africa’s recently launched premier T20 league, in India.

Viacom18 is reshaping sports fans’ experience and building one of the most-loved media platforms in India. The SA20 and Viacom18 will work closely to grow and engage cricket fans in India. South Africa’s strong cricket roots, domestic set-up and popularity of its players with Indian fans will enable SA20 to stand out among other international T20 leagues. South Africa and India have a long and storied cricket relationship that this partnership will further strengthen while bringing high-quality T20 action to Indian fans.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) are leaving no stone unturned to deliver a massively entertaining and competitive show by encouraging all their marquee players to be available for the SA20 tournament.

The league features six teams playing each other twice in a round-robin stage before the semis and final. In all, 33 matches will be played over four weeks starting January 10, 2023. The six teams – Joburg Super Kings, Pretoria Capitals, Durban’s Super Giants, Sunrisers Eastern Cape, Paarl Royals and MI Cape Town, are owned by groups that have teams across various global leagues including the Indian Premier League.

“We continue to offer fans an immersive and engaging experience by strengthening our sports portfolio with some of the best cricket action through SA20,” said Viacom18 Sports CEO Anil Jayaraj. “T20 is the most popular cricket format with Indian fans. The history and legacy of South Africa cricket and the popularity of South African cricketers in India make it a thrilling proposition for cricket fans in India. We expect significant viewership and fan engagement as the event will be played in prime-time.”

“Today is a ground-breaking day for South African cricket. This long-term partnership between the SA20 and Viacom18 as our official Indian broadcaster is a catalyst that supports our ambitions to build the world’s second biggest league,” said SA20 League Commissioner and former South Africa captain Graeme Smith. “With 6 IPL owners expanding their brands in South Africa, Viacom18 are the perfect partner to take the SA20 into the homes of the passionate and cricket loving Indian market.”

“The benefits to domestic cricket will be far reaching with more South African players exposed to a global cricket audience and a stimulus to build a strong and sustainable cricket ecosystem. As SA20, we look forward to working with the dynamic team at Viacom18 to build a world class league,” Smith added.

The inaugural SA20 auction in September saw over 100 players signed by the six teams. Teams could sign up a maximum of ten South Africans and seven overseas cricketers in their squad. For every match, each team will be allowed to have up to four overseas players in the XI. All teams have also opted to sign up one uncapped, young player.

The SA20 will see international superstars like Quinton de Kock, Faf Du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Rashid Khan, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Maheesh Theekshana, Jason Holder in action.


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