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Wins Advertiser of the Year award with 16 Metals

Mathrubhumi Group Kerala’s formidable media group bagged the highest tally of 16 metals & Advertiser of the Year recognition at the prestigious 12th edition of Pepper Creative Awards 2018, the largest creative awards in South India and the second largest in India. The awards is jointly organised by Advertising Club Cochin and Pepper Creative Awards Trust, at Le Meridian, Kochi.

The awards night opening ceremony was graced by the presence of R Balki, Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and former group chairman of Lowe Lintas (India), along with Prathap Suthan, Chief Creative Officer, Managing Partner – Bang In the Middle, and Dinesh Swamy – Chief Creative Officer, Liqvd Asia.

With 4 Gold, 7 silver, 5 bronze and 1 finalist wins, Mathrubhumi brought home a whopping 16 metals, under its various brands including MB daily, Club FM, MB News & Online vertical, demonstrating its creative prowess that surely matches up to the group’s business growth momentum.

650 entries from 75 agencies across South India, under various categories have been judged during 12th edition of Pepper Awards. Prathap Suthan, Chief Creative Officer, Managing Partner – Bang In the Middle, KV Sridhar ‘pops’ Founder & Chief Creative Officer - Hyper Collective ; K S Chakravarthy, Co-founder and CCO, Tidal 7 Brand and Digital;; Raj Nair, CCO and CEO, Madison BMB; Meera Sarath, CEO and CCO, Tigress Tigress; Atul Kattukaran, renowned ad film maker were the jury members.

Commenting of the occasion, M V Shreyams, Kumar, Joint Managing Director, Mathrubhumi said “It’s been an overwhelming experience to witness win for the group on such a grand industry platform. I congratulate my team for demonstrating such high quality work across such a wide category range. We hope to get more acclaimed recognitions in the years to come”


Ford India has launched a new campaign for their latest launch ‘Ford Freestyle’- India’s First CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle). Partnered by WPP’s GTB (Global Team Blue), the proposition ‘Josh Hai Dil Main’ celebrates the passion to follow one’s heart, for a regret free life.

Commenting on the campaign, Rahul Gautam, VP - Marketing, Ford India, said, “Ford Freestyle is a world-class product that aims to meet aspirations of young, new age ‘Optimist’ customers… who are progressive, risk takers, fiercely independent and love taking chances in life. The launch campaign takes the Ford brand platform of ‘Feels like Family, for a Change’ forward by pegging the brand on family values of ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘happiness’ that fuels our target mindset to follow their heart with passion and lead a regret-free life”. He added “The all new Ford Freestyle, with its powerful (Josheeley) 96 PS engine, and loaded with capabilities like ARP (Active Rollover Protection) is the perfect ally for today’s new age Optimists
Insight Behind the campaign:

Shedding further light on the insight behind the campaign, Gautam said, “These new age customers live by the motto - “I would rather take those chances and follow my passion, than lead a life of regrets.” -- Something that inspired us!


The genesis of the campaign finds its roots in the unconventional & progressive mind-set of Ford audience called ‘The Optimists’. And taking a unique creative approach, Ford's latest campaign for Freestyle brings alive this audience in the campaign by going beyond stereotypes and showcasing diversity in situations and characters, while being inclusive - a reflection of TG’s open mindedness. They have also fused memorable pop culture metaphors to strengthen the relatability quotient, like using the song ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ from the movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ as the soundtrack to bring zing to the film and bring to life the ‘Regret Nothing’ attitude.”

This campaign is a celebration of inclusivity and diversity of the bold, free spirited young India. “And strengthens Ford’s brand platform ‘Feels like Family, For a Change’, which is at the core of everything we do, For Freestyle we have Inclusivity, which is a core family value, as a key pillar of the campaign.” explains Gautam.


To bring alive the spirit of Freestyle, Ford has also done a print Innovation with Hindustan Times, One of the Leading English dailies in the country. The innovation titled ‘what happens when a newspaper goes Freestyle?’, has been attempted for the first time in the world, where they have shuffled all the different sections in the newspaper, with Sports sections coming first, as it is a passion of their TG. ‘We wanted to stay true to the spirit of our CUV Freestyle, and use the newspaper medium dynamically and bring in contextuality with the content and relevance to the newspaper sections”. Credit goes to the Team WPP (GTB & Mindshare) to make this unique innovation happen right from idea generation to message creation – added Gautam.

The innovation has started off with a teaser on 26th April – “Ever seen a newspaper go Freestyle” till 28th April and the finally got unveiled on 29th April with dominance across pages of Hindustan Times with contextual messaging appropriately married to the newspaper section and content of the page.
These kind of innovation will surely change the way advertisers had been using print media and will bring in more creativity to the medium.


Rajeev Beotra, CEO, HT English, HT Media Ltd added: “Hindustan Times and WPP group (team GTB/Mindshare) have collaborated for Ford's latest and very promising offering ‘Freestyle’. After a lot of deliberation and exchange of ideas, this innovation is the result of keeping the brand message ‘Freestyle’ at the forefront, where Sunday’s Edition of Hindustan Times went ‘Freestyle’ for its readers by shuffling the sectional sequence, while adding a surprise element to the newspaper. The print industry is uniquely placed in terms of offering innovative opportunities to brands in a credible environment.

Supari Studios announced that its documentary series ‘Doppelgangers’ is the Winner of The Webby People's Voice Award in Film & Video: Sports (Branded) at the 22nd Annual Webby Awards while competing with a crusade of other video series. Supari is the only Indian agency to win this prestigious award this year.

The video was first selected after a 2,000-bench jury siphoned out the best out of millions of videos and then put up for a global People’s choice voting.

‘Doppelgangers’ is a documentary series for Red Bull directed by Akshat Gupt. The series explores the parallels that exist between famous international disciplines and ancient Indian art forms. As part of the series, international experts from the fields of motorcycle stunt riding, B-Boying, and bouldering, visit the worlds of ancient Indian art forms that align with their expertise. The international performers meet their counterparts in a first-time introduction to their doppelgangers. Through the course of the series, viewers not only witnessed certain similarities and understood the complexities and uniqueness of each sport but also learnt the sacrifices and passions of the athletes themselves.

You can watch the series here - https://www.redbull.tv/show/AP-1TX9HWH492111/doppelgangers

Akshat Gupt, Director of the series and founder of Supari Studios adds, “It’s a mark of great distinction for all of us at Supari Studios to be awarded with the Internet’s biggest honor. It’s a testament to the hard work that the whole team put in for this series. There is great talent when it comes to creativity in India and we are happy that the world is now noticing that too.”

Commenting on this win, Advait Gupt, Co-Founder, Supari Studios says, “Our focus on the digital domain has allowed us to try unique formats and engagement models. Having won the Webby's while competing globally and being the only Indian brand in the category truly validates our mission of developing content that is recognized globally. We are certain that through the efforts of the teams at Supari Studios we will continue to create compelling campaigns. Our partnership with Red Bull has been nothing short of extraordinary - not only in terms of the nature of our engagement as a content studio, but also through the creative synergies and relationship that we have built with the entire team”.

Flavours of Southern India: A Splendid Journey

The sumptuous taste of history and culture airing 25th April, 2018 on HISTORY TV18

Kathakali dancers in their colourful costumes and eye pleasing make up, the mystical temples and majestic palaces, Southern India is a melting pot of rich culture, history and architecture. HISTORY TV18’S upcoming show ‘Flavours of Southern India’ airing 25th April, 2018 at 8 PM will take you on an aesthetic journey across southern India. The one hour special documentary beautifully encompasses the charm of every southern state.

Overflowing with vitality and excitement, the southern states of India offer myriads of fabulous experiences, ranging from lively arts and traditions, beautiful beaches to sensuous cuisines. Every state has its own intriguing story to tell. Kerala, the garden of India is also home to medical tourism and beautiful backwaters, stories of French colonization are still hidden in every corner of Pondicherry. Flavours of Southern India is a journey into a millennium- old civilization and is a treat to the eyes and the soul of the viewers.

With a history giving prominence to art and craft, Indian culture is a resonation of creative spirit, hard work and freedom. The one-hour documentary is a great initiative to highlight this rich culture and let the viewers experience the picturesque terrains of the southern states of India in the comfort of their homes.

Catch the exciting show of Flavours of Southern India only on HISTORY TV18 on 25th April 2018.

National Geographic, the global expounders of planet conservation, are kick-starting ‘Lights, Camera, Earth’ on Earth Day, 22nd April, a storytelling crusade focused on harnessing the power of the word to help build a better tomorrow.

Fronted by Farhan Akhtar, India’s much-acclaimed story-teller, the drive is a call to citizens to save the Earth through stories that spark change in the world.

With an aim to put the spotlight back on the planet, the movement calls for thought-evoking tales that shine a light on the state of the biosphere. Come Earth Day, interested participants can submit their ideas on the microsite: http://www.lightscameraearth.com/#ab, by clicking on the ‘submit entry button’. Adjudged by Farhan Akhtar and National Geographic, the nonpareil stories would be granted the opportunity to have their narratives produced by and showcased on National Geographic.

Commenting on this initiative, Swati Mohan, Business Head, National Geographic and Fox Networks Group India, said, “We take great pride in our 130 years of change-inspiring storytelling across our magazines, channels & digital platforms as told by our explorers, photographers and producers. With ‘Lights, Camera, Earth’, we wanted to extend this very important mission of planet conservation to our readers, fans and viewers – as we believe that when it comes to a purpose like saving our planet, there are only more stories to be told! We are thrilled to have one the most celebrated story tellers of our times, Farhan Akhtar, be on the jury along with us to help us inspire the next generation of story tellers that will have their stories seen on a national stage.”

Proud to be a part of National Geographic’s pledge to save the planet, brand ambassador Farhan Akhtar opined "There is no better brand that can inspire change, and through its captivating stories and visuals, have millions of people around the world want to be a part of it in some way – than National Geographic. Lights Camera Earth is the most befitting platform for storytellers wanting to make a difference and I am glad to associate with National Geographic in their continued mission to preserve our planet. Let's inspire the world, one story at a time."

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