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RTÉ Ireland Dominates, Followed by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and TBI Media UK

The New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards announced the 2017 Finalists. World-wide since 1982, New York Festivals® Radio Program Awards honors the World’s Best Radio Programs℠, receiving entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the globe.

NYF’s Grand Jury selected 336 Finalists from entries submitted from 32 countries worldwide including such far-reaching countries from Afghanistan to Namibia. Entries were judged by the 2017 Grand Jury on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity and use of the medium. All entries achieving Finalist status proceed to the medal round.

RTÉ Ireland dominated this year’s competition with an impressive 47 entries moving on to the medal round. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation saw a robust 30 entries move forward and TBI Media was a strong force with 15 entries achieving Finalist status. Radio New Zealand saw 10 entries move forward and Reliance Broadcast Network Limited, India saw 9. To view all the 2017 Radio Awards Finalist please visit: HERE.

2017’s Radio Program Awards competition marked a year of exceptional storytelling submitted from the around the globe and showcased the depth and breadth of radio today by expanding the theater of the mind,” said Rose Anderson, VP/Executive Director of New York Festivals Radio Program Awards.

Documentaries led the way, showcasing stories with a distinctive voice and a riveting point of view. Finalists include: “Kicking The Bucket” RTÉ Ireland /Documentary on One; “Mrs. Findlay’s Broadwood Square Piano” RTÉ lyric fm; “The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away” TBI Media UK; “George Carlin - A Life in Comedy” SiriusXM USA; “The Untold Story of the SBS Broadcaster who died on 9/11” SBS Australia; “Blue Canvas : The Artist Miles Davis” Freewheel Productions /BBC UK; “David Bowie: Verbatim” Zinc Media UK; “Nonsense Melancholia” Radio France; “Conspiracy Against Nisman: The Case That Never Dies“ RADIO MITRE S.A. Argentina; “Madly Musical” Radio Television Hong Kong; “Wilde Stories” Athena Media Ireland; “Street Violence: City of Lost Hearts” Radio Rivadavia Argentina: “Where The Walls Have Ears - Listening in to Anna Akhmatova” Robin Ravlich/ABC Radio National Australia; “Cultural Mindshift: Full Spectrum Sustainability and Resilience” Bioneers USA; and “Inside the National Recording Registry” Ben Manilla Productions USA.

Drama Specials showcased compelling stories from around the globe. Finalists include: “I, Robot” BBC Radio 4 UK; “Merry-go-round [In times like these]” Radio Romania; “Robin of Sherwood - The Knights of The Apocalypse” Spiteful Puppet Entertainment UK; “The Neverending Story” Swedish Radio / Youth Radio Drama Sweden; “Flight Risk by Kevin Brew with Ellie Kisyombe” Drama on One RTÉ Ireland; and “Black and Blue” Corporation For Independent Media /BBC USA.

Entries into Best Talk/ Interview Special category moved forward: “100 Women - The Interviews” BBC World Service UK; “Sitrep Iraq Enquiry Special” BFBS Radio UK; “The Kalb Report” The George Washington University USA; “I’m Unfaithful” Danish Broadcasting Corporation Denmark; and “Ideas” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

News18 Network will be organizing Rising UP – the next event in its Rising Series –today in Lucknow. The Honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath will be the Chief Guest at the event.

This platform has been conceived as a high profile and impactful coming together of the top political leadership of a state to outline and discuss their vision for the development of their state.Very aptly, the themefor Rising UP is “NayeUddeshya, Badhta Pradesh” as it promisesto discuss the development agenda set by the state’s recently elected government.

Ever since he took charge of Uttar Pradesh, CM Yogi Adityanath has been focusing on policy measures and decisions to put the state firmly on the path of growth. The CM has made his intent extremely clear that providing development oriented and clean governance is his number one priority. At the Rising UP event, the CM is likely to speak at length on his Government’s immediate priorities and the roadmap for the development of the state.

The event will also feature Deputy CMs Dr. Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya as well as senior UP Cabinet Ministers Shrikant Sharma and Siddharth Nath Singh. There will also be a session with the former CM of the state and the current Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on his views on the BJP Government, on playing the role of a constructive and effective opposition as well as on what the future holds for him and his party.

“As a credible news platform, we consider it essential to be able to provide our viewers with visibility onthe political leadership’s plans for development and governance and Rising UP will do just that” said Rajesh Raina, Group Editor, ETVNews Network.

Adding to the above Avinash Kaul, President – Strategy, Product & Alliances – Network 18 & Managing Director, A + E Networks | TV18, “As a Network we are very excited about the Rising UP event that we are doing. We are aware that our viewers expect this kind of impactful content from us - the country’s leading news network. Our plan is to scale up this initiative and to make it a milestone property for our viewers in every state.”

Tune in to News18 India, ETV UP/ Uttarakhand& CNN-News18 today at 5 PM.

Homegrown companies lead the Top Companies List for India in 2017’

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network on the internet, today announced the 2017 list of Top Companies in India. Formerly titled ‘Top Attractors 2016’, the annual ranking spotlights India’s most sought-after employers. The list is fueled by exclusive LinkedIn data, including job seeker reach, engagement and retention, paired with an editorial lens that examines the billions of actions by LinkedIn’s 500+ million members.

The top two spots in the list continue to be held by Flipkart and Amazon respectively, for the second year in a row. The list of 25 Top Companies in India also saw over 30% of new entrants, namely One97 Communications (#4), Tech Mahindra (#14), Swiggy (#15), IDFC Bank (#17), Vodafone (#20), Grofers (#22), McKinsey & Company (#24) and Oracle (#25). Among the companies making upward movements are Ola from last year’s #10 to #5, OYO Rooms from #16 to #9, Reliance Industries from #23 to #10, and Cisco from #24 to #16.

While every company on the India list fosters a unique culture and robust business model, it revealed a few standout insights:

Industry Disruptors Gain Preference - Professionals are attracted to companies that disrupt the status quo and lead by example. Case in point, Ola at #5 has revolutionized the urban mobility by creating an ingenious business model with services like Ola Play, Fleet, Shuttle etc. Similarly, OYO Rooms ranked at #9, has transformed the hospitality industry to become a budget traveler's first choice. Internet companies that have proved their mettle as disruptors in their space also made it to the list. These include some of the biggest homegrown names in their respective categories such as MakeMyTrip (#23) and Swiggy (#15).

Inclination Towards Homegrown Companies – Offering new possibilities and opportunities for talent within the country, homegrown companies are increasingly being considered by job seekers. From leading tech multinationals to startups, 13 homegrown companies found place in the list including HCL Technologies (#6), and Wipro (#18). The list also saw six startups (including two unicorns) making it to the top 25, including Flipkart (#1), One97 Communications (#4), OYO Rooms (#9) and Grofers (#22) among others.

“India Inc is thriving, backed by an increasing business friendly sentiment and a positive economic trajectory. Understanding the pulse of a younger employee base, enterprises in India are working to build an ethos that drives performance and also delivers a rich workplace experience. We analysed India's most attractive employers to understand how their culture and growth opportunities appeal to Indian professionals and interestingly, home grown companies are leading the list.” said Irfan Abdulla, Director Talent Solutions & Learning Solutions, LinkedIn India.

The complete list of the Top Companies is below:

Many of the companies have one thing in common, they reward their employees well. From unique welcome traditions to offering sabbaticals for tenured employees and wellbeing programs, companies offer perks in order to retain employees. Some of the interesting things that companies are giving their employees include:

Flipkart – On their first day, employees are picked up by chauffeur-driven cars and sent on a treasure hunt to familiarize themselves with the office.

Employees with over two years at Flipkart can take a career break to pursue higher studies, spend time with family or attend to medical emergencies

Amazon – Amazon offers “leave share” as part of their parental leave policy, allowing employees to gift six weeks of paid leave to a spouse or partner who isn’t eligible for parental leave at their employer

Adobe – The company has initiated many programs that emphasise its commitment to employee health. From a doctor on campus to providing free consultations to employees and their families, the company believes keeping its people healthy is the key to building a strong company culture

“All top companies in India have a strong talent brand, powered by culture and purpose. While these factors are the main drivers in attracting talent, the key to retaining employees is to create an environment where employees can grow by working on meaningful projects and contributing to the organization’s success”, added Irfan Abdulla.

Some companies that demonstrate this vision include:

KPMG India – KPMG India employees get the opportunity to tackle some of the biggest issues facing Indian businesses and governments today, like redefining urban growth in Maharashtra or helping guide the future of renewable energy

HCL Technologies – Promoting the concept of ‘Ideapreneurship’, HCL Technologies has created an atmosphere where employees are taking the lead in finding solutions and ideas and then driving them to fruition.

Saturday, 20 May 2017 00:00

Prodigious launches in India

Publicis Communications, in its commitment to bring in world-class solutions for its clients, has launched Prodigious in India. Prodigious is Publicis Groupe’s specialist production company that produces and delivers video, digital and print-led branded content. Prodigious India will offer its services across all Publicis Communications agencies including The Leo Burnett Group, Publicis Worldwide (including Marcel), Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi, and MSLGROUP.

Speaking about the launch of Prodigious, Saurabh Varma, CEO, Publicis Communications India said, “There has never been a better time to announce the launch of our own specialist production division. We hope to make Prodigious a major player in production in India in the next three years. To that end, we have made deep investments and put together a team of the best talent, technology and equipment to deliver world-class quality content for our clients. I am confident with Prodigious we have the most progressive content production company in India.”

Loris Nold, Global COO of Publicis Communications, said, “Launching Prodigious in India was incredibly important to add to our existing footprint in the region, including China, Singapore and Australia. It’s exciting news for our clients and agencies.”

Jean-François Valent, CEO, Prodigious Worldwide added, “With the launch of Prodigious not only are we capable of offering our global clients with valuable local capabilities, but we are also opening new doors to local clients as we provide the support of our 3,000-people and 37-location strong network to Prodigious India.”

Prodigious’ first initiative in India is the introduction of its video content stream, to be spearheaded by Vandana Watsa.

Watsa is a business-focused creative professional with experience in advertising, BTL and television content creation. She has worked across the advertising and television industries for over 15 years – in client servicing at agencies such as Rediffusion and Enterprise, and as a director for ad films and TV shows at UTV. She was also programming head at Times Television, post which she founded her own production company.

Speaking about her new role and her vision for Prodigious, Watsa said, “We have huge ambition for video production at Prodigious, and it is backed by the work we have done for some of the country’s biggest brands – Thums Up, Bajaj V, McDonald’s, Jeep, Amazon – over the past year. The team of executive producers, directors, line producers and editors is hand-picked by us, and it is only going scale up in the months to come. I am excited to be a part of the global roadmap and Saurabh’s vision for Prodigious. I am confident of making it a reality.”

Star India and Viacom18 win top prizes in entertainment marketing and design

Mumbai, 18th May 2017- PromaxBDA India, a global association held its 14th edition at Taj Santacruz, Mumbai celebrated a 2 day event with fantastic Boot camps, workshops, conference and the much awaited PROMAXBDA Awards. Sapangeet Rajwant, VP of Marketing, Viacom18 opened the conference with a special note on the work that PromaxBDA India has successfully been doing of inspiring the ‘creative talent and marketing brain’.

The Masterclass sessions were full house. Director of Marketing, ITV Reemah Sakaan enlightened the delegates on her session – Bravery in Branding. Rob Middleton (Astro) presented World Gold, the top global works presented across all regions and Richard Holman (Holman + Hunt) took everyone on an entertaining journey of great works. The Keynote by creative artist, Mr. Bingo shed light on his previous work and his recent book ‘The Hate Mail’ to a packed audience.

PromaxBDA 2017 unveiled the MUSE and ISIS awards across 54 categories at a gala ceremony. Top awards were bagged by Star India, Viacom18, Sony Pictures Network India, and Zee Entertainment covering a large spectrum of celebrated campaigns.

On a successful show, Rajika Mittra, Country Head (India), PromaxBDA said, “It was such a delight to see the audiences embrace new ideas and submit exceptional creative and design work at the Awards. Introduction of new categories, specialized workshops at Boot Camps and a fantastic show of international and local speakers at The Masterclass further enhanced the success of the event. It’s extremely encouraging to see the community growing and being inspired – that's what we stand for.”

Sapangeet Rajwant, VP of Marketing, Viacom18 inaugurated the masterclass sessions and said, "Viacom18 is glad to be associated with PromaxBDA India, since many years now. This alliance has helped us in bringing together a huge spectrum of the broadcast industry on one common platform. PromaxBDA has proved to be a landmark event, which has highlighted new trends and created opportunities along with recognising achievements of industry players"

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