Photo Maya Watono_CEO DAN.jpgDentsu Aegis Network has appointed Maya Watono as the CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia, from January 2019. Watono succeeds SK Biswas, who is returning back to Singapore to focus on priorities at home. Reporting into Phil Teeman, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Southeast Asia, Watono a will oversee all 15 network and local brands with a key focus on providing integrated, client-centric solutions while driving an inclusive, collaborative culture.

Watono (pictured), who was most recently CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Indonesia's Dwi Sapta Group, has over a decade of experience in the advertising industry. In her role as leader of the network brand, she has achieved consecutive double digit business growth and grew the local business three-fold into one of the biggest agencies in Indonesia.

Biswas said, "It has been a privilege leading the Dentsu Aegis business in Indonesia, working with so many great talents. I have seen the evolution of the business over the past few years and now it's time to hand over the torch to Maya who is the ideal candidate to take the Group forward."
Redhill Logo.jpgCarro has appointed Redhill as its public relations agency for Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia following a pitch process in September this year involving multiple agencies.
 
Jacob Puthenparambil, Partner, RedhillL said, "Carro is the fastest growing technology companies in its space in the ASEAN region. We are honoured to be entrusted with such a great responsibility, considering the intensity of the local storytelling and media outreach work involved in three separate markets in the region."
KarenShort (1).jpgEach week Bestads picks the very best advertising in the world, in every medium - which is reviewed by a top creative director or team to select their own personal favourites.

This week's guest judge is Karen Land Short, group creative director, Droga5, New York.

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Winner: Uber Eats, Coca-Cola Partnerships: When Christmas Feels Like Home. The idea of delivering meals to someone cooked by that person's family is a nice enough thing to do in itself. To do it Christmas night is heart-melting. And to promote it with a lovely film is just gravy. Well done all (especially you, Uber). READ ON...
WPP_AUNZ_Lockup_RGB_Navy.jpgWPP AUNZ has unveiled a new brand in line with WPP's global repositioning as a creative transformation company.

Developed as part of WPP's refreshed brand identity, the new look also reflects the company's simplified offer to clients, consisting of four key pillars: communications, experience, commerce and technology.

The identity was created by WPP agencies Superunion and Landor, with a bespoke iteration developed for the ANZ region.
Ek Nayi Muskaan- A Himalaya Lip Care Campaign.jpgThe Himalaya Drug Company, India's leading Wellness company, has launched a new campaign - "Ek Nayi Muskaan" as part of its social impact initiative, "Muskaan". Through Muskaan,

Himalaya Lip Care has been helping to raise awareness about cleft lip and palate and supporting free cleft treatment for underprivileged children, in partnership with international cleft charity, Smile Train.

NM_Image01.jpgThe Sphere Agency has positioned and branded Noro Mall, a state-of-the-art shopping mall that will be located in the heart of Phnom Penh.

Noro Mall is the first development from NI DEV and is set to become the benchmark for all their future developments. Designed by world-renowned architect, Hun Chansan of Re-Edge Architecture and Design, Noro Mall represents the future of shopping in Cambodia.

The brand platform Wonderful on every level highlights the many aspects that make Noro Mall a 'must visit' destination.

AWARD Awards extends deadline to Fri, Dec 14

Screen Shot 2018-12-11 at 6.13.57 am.jpgThe entry deadline for the 40th AWARD Awards has been extended to this Friday, December 14.

Get your entries in before the extended and final-final deadline, Friday 14th December 2018 (15% Late Fee will apply), and you could turn hate into gold.

Damon Stapleton: The soft, silence of Tokyo

dscf0438-2 (1).jpgA blog by Damon Stapleton, chief creative officer of DDB New Zealand

"Living right in the heart of Tokyo itself is quite like living in the mountains - in the midst of so many people, one hardly sees anyone." - Yūko Tsushima

Imagine you are in a city of close to 15 million people. You are walking down a large street. It is a lot like 5th Avenue in New York. For a couple of seconds, you are happily staring at one of the beautiful window displays. You turn around and your child is gone. The worst feeling in the world. This had just happened to a woman as we were driving down the same street. Our driver stopped the van suddenly and jumped out. Not speaking Japanese, we didn't realise this unfortunate event had been announced on speakers that I think you find on most Tokyo streets. Thousands of people stopped what they were doing and looked for the child. Our driver happened to see the kid with many others and the child was re-united with a very relieved mother.

FCB Ulka awarded creative duties for Kurl-on

Romit Nair.jpgFCB Ulka wins creative duties for Kurl-on (India's largest selling mattress manufacturer). FCB Ulka will service the iconic brand from their Bangalore office.
 
Ashutosh Vaidya, CMO, Kurlon, said, "Kurl-on is a brand undergoing an immense transformation from being known as India's largest selling mattress brand to becoming a leader in cutting edge technologically  driven home comfort products. We wanted an agency that could understand this vision and work with us through the journey in achieving collaborative success. We met many agencies through a pitch process, but FCB Ulka stood out in their ability to translate our market ambitions with clear strategy, differentiated creativity and a unique understanding of the digital ecosystem. We are confident of this partnership and look forward to meeting milestones together."
Nadia Zain, General Manager of PHD Indonesia copy.jpgPHD Indonesia has appointed Nadia Zain as General Manager. In her new role, Zain will lead PHD Indonesia across all business functions, reporting to Rajat Basra, CEO of Omnicom Media Group Indonesia. She commences her new role on 1st January 2019.
 
Zain (pictured) is no stranger to Omnicom Media Group Indonesia, having started her career with the Group and developed key skills and capabilities during her tenure with its agencies. She recently returned to the Group from dentsu X, where she led on digital transformation for the agency's clients.
 
Basra commented, "We are delighted to welcome Nadia back to the network and look forward to working with her closely on taking PHD to the next level in this market. Nadia knows us well, having worked with the Group in the past. Therefore, she will take no time to start contributing her valuable experience to our clients' briefs and teams' development. She will ultimately build on the strong foundation of talent and capabilities that PHD has already established in Indonesia."
Designed in Singapore.jpgDragon Rouge SEA and The Coca-Cola Company are delighted to announce that the recently launched brand Authentic Tea House has won an award for new brand and packaging creation at the recent Singapore Business Review 'Designed in Singapore' awards.

The Coca-Cola Company engaged Dragon Rouge to help create a new ready-to-drink (RTD) tea brand that celebrates authentic teas flavours and their origins. The new brand, called Authentic Tea House, tells the story of each tea, highlighting its provenance - region, brewing technique and the tea masters behind the blend.
Press Release_Somersby Rose_KV.jpgWith the festive season fast approaching, Somersby has launched its new premium Sparkling Rosé. With a through-the-line campaign, created by DDB Group Hong Kong, Somersby Sparkling Rosé promises to capture the taste buds of the casually elegant, sophisticated drinker.
 
As a brand, Somersby's continues to build a new culture around cider and comes on the back of DDB's award winning 'Apple. Apple. Somersby Apple' campaign launched earlier this year.
 
'Casually elegant', the 360º campaign kicked-off with a launch party, and also an extensive social media presence will build awareness across the next few months. Additionally, Somersby has partnered with more than 100 bars and restaurants across the city to promote its new Sparkling Rosé.
 
Kelvin Cheng, Marketing Director, Carlsberg Hong Kong Ltd said, "We are very excited with this new campaign launch. It's a fun yet sophisticated sparkling rosé cider so it lends itself to many promotional activities which reinforces special gatherings of friends for all occasions - from the casual drink after work to the aperitif before a dinner party."
Platinum.jpgDentsu Webchutney has launched Platinum Days of Love's new season's collection with the campaign #LoveSoRare, a series of 30 digital films inspired by the design story of the collection. The complimentary design of each pair of love bands is brought to life by 30 films that arise from the insight of togetherness amidst individuality.

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Take Off.jpgVeedol, a household name in India for quality lubricants, has launched a new campaign for its flagship brand - Take-Off. Lowe Lintas Kolkata has conceived the campaign. Take-Off, a popular brand, specifically caters to the 2 Wheeler riders in the country.
 
According to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)'s report for FY2018, the Indian two-wheeler industry has crossed the 20-million unit sales milestone for the first time - registering a growth of approximately 15% over the previous financial year. The road ahead for the two-wheeler industry looks very exciting and promising. Riding on the fast-growing two-wheeler industry, Veedol's launch of a new campaign for Take-Off appears to be particularly opportune.

Renault.jpgIf you are living in any big megalopolis in India, the odds of you witnessing or even being subjected to rash driving or lawlessness on the roads is pretty high. Be it a two-wheeler or four or even the bulkier ones, each one seems to be in some hurry or the other to reach a destination of their choice with little regard to traffic rules & pedestrian safety. From jumping the red light, to ignoring traffic signs, to over-speeding and lane cutting, virtually every rule in the book is broken when it comes to driving across major roads in India.

GET YOUR TICKETS TO ADFEST 2019.jpgAdFest is now selling tickets to next year's festival, which runs from 20th March to 23rd March 2019 at Peach Royal Cliff Resort, Pattaya, Thailand.

There are Full Delegate, Young Delegate (for those 28 or under) and Student packages available for the full four-day festival, or either of two streams: Craft@ADFEST on 20th - 21st March, or Creative@ADFEST on 22nd - 23rd March. 

The Craft@ADFEST stream will dive deep into the latest production, digital, content and technology trends, while elevating the role of producers, directors, digital creators and VFX artists by celebrating their craft.
Jaimee.jpgPixelBox Manila has appointed Jaimee Calupitan in the role of Executive Producer. No stranger to creatives and producers alike she joins after a recent freelance stint following successful roles in both postproduction and production in Manila.

Founded in 2007 in Hong Kong, PixelBox are a full service Post Production facility that specialize in Post Production, Visual Effects, CGI, 3D, Colour Grading, Creative Design, Animation and Virtual & Augmented reality. PixelBox also now have offices in both Shanghai and Manila.  PixelBox also recently announced a new collaboration with leading music company SYN, who also have studios in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai and now Manila.

Calupitan (pictured) said, 'I am delighted to join the PixelBox team. I've watched them grow into serious players in the visual effects industry and I can't wait to get started working alongside such an amazing team'.
FABULOUS FIVE 2019.jpgAdFest is now accepting short film submissions from up-and-coming Directors and Assistant Directors based in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions as part of its 'Fabulous Five' program - one of the world's most respected platforms for kick-starting the careers of commercial directors.

"Fabulous Five is an incredible opportunity - many of the directors who have screened their films at AdFest have gone on to achieve great things. As a result, we have expanded the program from Fabulous Four to Fabulous Five, giving more directors the chance to make their first big break," explains Vinit Suraphongchai, Chairman of AdFest.


WAWF.jpgOn World Toilet Day, Dentsu Impact joined hands with We Are Water Foundation, CSR wing of Roca Bathroom Products to launch a movement that's getting everyone talking. This was a social experiment at Sector 29, Gurugram, Haryana for which, a makeshift public toilet was constructed. But when people went in to perform their ablutions, they were in for a surprise. They came face to face with a site, perhaps common to 250 million people in rural India - a railway track that's used as an open defecating area.

OWNED.jpg
With founding members from across the globe, OWNED is an association of women-owned companies operating in the advertising production industry. 

The main idea behind the new coalition is to have an organized international resource that allows brands and clients easier access to the industry's women-owned companies. It also is an initiative of global inclusion that supports, promotes and champions women in all aspects of the industry.
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The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the 27 Jury Presidents that will lead and guide specialist juries at the 66th edition of the Festival.

The Jury Presidents span the Cannes Lions Awards architecture, introduced last year, which includes nine Awards Tracks. These Tracks provide an organising structure to enable entrants to navigate the Lions and also reflect the diversity and specialism of the work from the creative communications industry. The juries will have the responsibility of curating a body of work that will represent 2018 and set the tone for the creative year ahead. 

The 2019 jury line-up includes two new Lions; the Entertainment Lion for Sport and the Creative Strategy Lions while the Product Design Lion has been retired. This shift in disciplines of Lions represents the changing industry landscape and how the future of creativity is evolving. 

Sagar Mahabaleshwarkar_CC0_Contract copy.jpgFormer Cheil Worldwide India Chief Creative Officer Sagar Mahabaleshwarkar is joining Contract Advertising in India as Chief Creative Officer. He will replace Ashish Chakravarty who has re-joined McCann Worldgroup India as executive director and head of creative.
 
With over three decades of experience across leading advertising agencies in India and Bates in Singapore, Mahabaleshwarkar is a respected creative professional with multiple domestic and international awards under his belt. In addition, he has also been on the jury of several award festivals.

Tarun Rai, Chairman & Group CEO, J. Walter Thompson said: "We have been in discussions with Sagar for the last few months. And I am very happy that we have him on board, finally. Sagar is an industry stalwart. He has built his reputation over the years across many agencies in India and abroad. He has worked with more traditional FMCG clients as well as some of the iconic technology companies. And he has excelled across media platforms - with the last decade, especially, building his reputation as a digital-first creative leader. Contract has some of the most exciting and high-profile brands. We have big ambitions for the agency. With Raji Ramaswamy as the CEO and Rohit Srivastava, one of the finest strategic minds in the country, what Contract needed was a CCO with the depth of experience and a solid reputation of creative excellence that Sagar brings to the agency. He is the ideal creative leader to take Contract to the next level and make it a creative powerhouse".
Ashish Chakravarty MWG India.jpgAshish Chakravarty has rejoined McCann as Executive Director and Head of Creative, India, reporting directly to Prasoon Joshi, Chairman McCann Asia Pacific, CEO & CCO McCann Worldgroup India.

He is recognized as one of the top Creative Directors in India, is ranked among the top 50 ECDs in the world, and moves from his role as Chief Creative Officer of WPP's Contract.

In his previous stint at McCann India, he closely worked with Joshi and helped to build McCann Delhi into one of Delhi's leading agencies.

A multi-award winner at both national and international shows, Chakravarty (pictured) frequently represents India on jury panels.
ICONSIAM,.jpgICONSIAM, a new world-class commercial venture on the banks of the Chao Phrya River, has launched their first ad titled "The Confluence."
 
The 1-minute film celebrates the unification of Thai culture from past generations to present day, highlighting the cultural richness and beauty of Thainess and using 'water' as a symbolic narrator of the film.

Mitsubishi Motors.jpgVMLY&R Thailand present an old car like a typical new car in the new Mitsubishi Motors spot. The new after sale strategy from Mitsubishi Motors lead consumers to take their cars to get maintenance at a Mitsubishi Motors service center.


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TVC End Shot[6].jpgChristmas is a time for giving. But in recent years, the true spirit of the holiday season seems to have given way to a kind of social consumerism. All too often, gift-giving is now more about the giver than the recipient.

Presents are often bought on the basis of how much, how new and how "posable". Indeed, the number of "likes" a gift collects on social media seems to have become more important than how much it is liked and needed by the person receiving it.

Pantene.jpgThe Philippines is one of the most accepting countries when it comes to the diverse gender spectrum, but members of the LGBT still face discrimination. In a move to empower and show support for transgender people everywhere, global haircare giant Pantene recently released branded content in celebration of Transgender Awareness featuring international transgender beauty queen Kevin Balot.

Chris Kyme: Postcard from Hong Kong

Chris Kyme_April2016.jpgChris Kyme continues his "Postcards from..." series and this time his topic is ... from stress control to pest control - end of year...

I've been under siege the past month or so from pests. Two varieties in fact, but both similar in nature - cockroaches and hackers. One is grotesque and sneaky and goes creeping in and out of your private life trying to feed off you and infect you, the other pops up in dark corners of your kitchen looking for food.

Dealing with the cockroaches takes a bit of patience and a tightening of your hygiene practices on surfaces etc but over time with some carefully laid traps they go away..or so it seems. Dealing with the hackers (see photo opposite)  is a bit more of a challenge because it's they who are laying the traps. What you think are seeming legitimate, normal every day spam emails or similar are in fact sneaky attempts to get you to click on a link so they can invade your system and do all sorts of nasty stuff. Then there's the extremely sinister emails which come in telling you they've been watching you and if you don't pay 60 squillions in crypto currency in 2 days your whole online connected community will get naughty pictures of you doing whatever. Assholes. What sort of low-life individuals do that for a living?
Sowmya Iyer_CEO and Founder, DViO Digital_2.jpgGaana, one of India's leading music streaming platforms has aligned themselves with DViO Digital for the third year in a row. The account was won following a multi-agency pitch and DViO Digital came out the winner again. The agency will be involved in user engagement, retention, acquisition and content discovery at its core.

Additionally, DViO Digital will also be conducting large scale digital-first activations and engagement programs for brand loyalty with a focus on artists, occasions and new releases. Strengthening Gaana's market share in North and West India, along with growth in the South is one of the focal points for the next few months

CEO & Founder of DViO Digital, Sowmya Iyer (pictured) said, "DViO is continually associated with the leading brands in the industry such as the 'Star' entertainment group, Universal Music and Gaana.com and we are excited to strengthen and consolidate our position in the entertainment industry with our continued alliance with Gaana."
Australia-Tourism-Insert.jpgTourism Australia has appointed M&C Saatchi as its creative agency and Digitas as its digital agency, after a major pitch lasting more than six months.

The incumbent creative agency is Clemenger BBDO, Sydney, who won the account in 2013 from DDB Sydney, who was also on the pitch. Others known to be on the pitch list included BMF and Droga5 New York.

The win for M&C Saatchi sees it once again taking the lead creative agency role for Tourism Australia, twelve years after the controversial 'Where the Bloody Hell are you?' campaign in 2006 when Australia's current Prime Minister Scott Morrison was managing director of Tourism Australia.
The Future 100.jpgJ. Walter Thompson Intelligence's The Innovation Group's much-anticipated annual trend report, Future 100 has just been unveiled. The report outlines the pivotal trends and changes to watch in 2019, offering a snapshot of what's to come, what's important, and its implications to marketers and brands.
 
Future 100 2019 predicts, among other things, an Instagram backlash, along with other trends including, 'Sound empires', 'Tech's hidden figures', 'Immersive public landmarks', 'Inclusive design', 'Freelancer-first services', 'Clean comfort food', 'Vegan luxury fashion' 'Empowering adolescence', 'Healing cafes', 'Tech enhanced shopping', 'The New Workanomics' and the increasing importance of silence in our lives.

Borja Borrero.jpgInterbrand has appointed Borja Borrero, Chief Creative Director at Interbrand for EMEA (Western Europe) and LatAm, to mentor the India design team.

Borrero (pictured) has been associated with Interbrand for more than a 15 years and has led international projects such as the repositioning and rebranding of Iberia, Movistar, Repsol, Bankia or DIA among others. He also led the project of repositioning and rebranding of Grupo AJE in Peru, Renault in France and the merger of LAN and TAM airlines on a global scale.

With the appointment of Borrero to lead Interbrand India's design operations, the consultancy is looking forward to elevate the creative quality and reputation standards for the regions as well as expanding the team's capabilities into the experiential side of branding.

"Interbrand India is the youngest within the global network, and yet has been evolving at a good speed", said Ashish Mishra, Managing Director, Interbrand India. "We have the top 5 branding assignments of the decade on our showreel and our engagements with some of the leading brands in India such as Godrej, Mahindra Global Brand, JIO, Infosys and Britannia have made us the prime Brand Consultancy in India. I am confident that Borja will bring in his experience and expertise to guide our India team towards remarkable growth".
Brand Balance_Dentsu Aegis.jpgDentsu Aegis Network has collaborated with Longitude Research to launch the New Brand Balance report which explores how leading experts are embracing disruption in the search for enduring brand value.
 
The report is part of Dentsu's ongoing research into brand value in the digital economy, including research on the online buying behaviours of centennials in Southeast Asia as well as a study on the priorities of CMOs and senior marketers globally.

DHL.jpgDHL Expresshas unveiled its campaign 'DHL is the Way', for this year's Hero Indian Super League (ISL). This campaign marks the fourth year of partnership with ISL, the world's fourth largest football league. The campaign highlights that aspirations can become reality, and how DHL traverses the globe to help these aspirations come true. It encapsulates the role DHL Express plays as an 'Enabler of Global Trade' and is aligned with ISL's commitment for enabling the Indian talent to go global in the international football scene.
 
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Haresh Nayak.jpgPosterscope India, the out-of-home specialist from Dentsu Aegis Network, has announced the launch of ROOH (Real Time Out Of Home), a unique planning-buying platform (including programmatic) for digital OOH inventories.
 
With billings from digital OOH estimated to grow at a rate of 60% by 2019-end, this latest tool will only help Posterscope to further strengthen and bolster its real-time capabilities in India.
 
Based on the extensive use of APIs (application programming interface), Posterscope's ROOH uses a wide variety of data feeds to create customised and targeted advertising. This, in turn, allows advertisers to exercise direct control over the content that is being played on screens without the the need to access the media owner systems, individually.
 
Over the last decade, India has steadfastly witnessed a massive influx of new-gen digital screens across a variety of consumer congregation points such as malls, restaurants, streets, corporate parks, main arterial roads, cabs, railway and bus stations and even hospitals and clinics. What separates these screens from the regulars is that these screens are more evolved in terms of technology, insights and aesthetic structure. They are also more strategically placed. Not to forget, most of the screens are cloud-based that enables ease and flexibility in campaign management.
Paritosh pic.jpgStoria Foods & Beverages, a budding entrepreneurial venture in the natural foods space, has set its sight on establishing a firm grip in the Indian food market with its multiple offerings. To give flight to its much coveted dream, the company has appointed Publicis Beehive to manage its entire communications duties.

The agency was shortlisted after a multi-agency pitch and will manage the entire communication mandate including advertising, brand activation, digital and media. The agency was chosen for articulating a sharp and forward-looking communication plan that seeks to establish Storia Foods as the go-to brand for its multiple natural offerings.

Paritosh Srivastava, COO - Publicis Beehive (pictured) said, "Partnering an upcoming and entrepreneurial brand like Storia Foods & Beverages presents both an opportunity as well as a challenge. Opportunity lies in leveraging our integrated strength to put our best foot forward in terms of creative, media, digital and activation. The challenge is the trust and responsibility entrusted by Vishal and team upon us to make Storia a success in a tough environment. It's a great product and we hope that together we will create memorable communication that will result in disproportionate trials and awareness."
THIG 812x550_PHASE 4.jpgTo celebrate 40 years of AWARD, two new categories have been announced ahead of the 2019 AWARD Awards ceremony.

The most prestigious award show in the region, the AWARD Awards attract approximately 2000 entries across the categories of film and video, promotion and experiential, PR, branded entertainment and more.

It's not too late to submit your entry.

The extended and final deadline is 5pm Monday 10 December 2018.

For full details click here.
Piyush Pandey_2018.jpgAd legend Piyush Pandey has been promoted to the global chief creative officer at Ogilvy, months after the departure of Tham Khai Meng, who was fired following an internal investigation.

Pandey (left), who will take up the new role in January, is currently Executive Chairman and Creative Director of Ogilvy South Asia and will retain that position but will also be tasked with overseeing the creative product of the global Ogilvy network. He will remain based in Mumbai.

Says John Seifert, chief executive, Ogilvy Worldwide: "We could not be more thrilled that Piyush will be serving as our chief creative officer, worldwide and my creative partner.
Jude Foo.jpgHavas Group Singapore has appointed Jude Foo as Director of Client Services with immediate effect. The appointment is designed to further strengthen the management structure that brings together all communication disciplines - creative, media, digital, social, public relations - under the Havas Village umbrella. Foo's remit will cover commercial growth, operational management, and client servicing to value-add to the 'Village' strategy of collaboration and integration. Foo will report to recently appointed GM of Havas Group Singapore - Joseph Chua.

Foo (pictured) joins Havas Group from GOVT where he was appointed as the agency's first Business Director credited with agency growth and key award wins. Prior to GOVT, Foo was with JWT Singapore as the lead on the Changi Airport Group account and was also awarded with the "Suit of The Year" at the Institute of Advertising's Hall of Fame Awards in 2015. Foo started his career at Ogilvy Singapore, working on clients like Coke, Health Promotion Board and Danone-Dumex portfolios before moving on to Tribal DDB to work on the DBS business.
Open Up 1.jpgKymechow Hong Kong has launched a campaign to promote 'Open Up', a new helpline and website which reaches out to help youths who are at risk from stress and pressure. The campaign targets youngsters via mobile and online, and through outdoor posters and an online film, letting them know there is somewhere they can go for help.
 
The campaign concept 'I live inside myself' is based on an insight that, when suffering from problems many young people hide within themselves. You may not know what they are going through until it's too late. Either because of poor communication or relationships with parents and teachers. Or because they simply do not know who to take to. The website offers an understanding ear and a helping hand.
 
The Open Up service platform is operated by Caritas Hong Kong, The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, and is sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, with support by Hong Kong University Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention.
 

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Vincent & Jonny.jpgMullenLowe Group Asia Pacific has appointed Jonny Stark (pictured left) as Chief Strategy Officer to spearhead a new consultative offering for enterprises across Asia Pacific. In the newly formed role, Stark will also be responsible for leading the Group's regional strategy and driving the hyperbundling approach, in order to combine capabilities and skill sets.

With the recent arrival of new skillsets to the Group - including Jonathan Hart, Head of Data Science and Analytics, Zélia Sakhi, Head of Experience and Kanika Mathur, Executive Vice President, Client Partnerships, a team that blends former in-house and consulting talents - the new offer is about bringing their skillsets to the fore, rather than simply repackaging pre-existing talent.

Describing the new offer as a type of 'Middleware' for clients to solve business problems, Vincent Digonnet, CEO, MullenLowe Group APAC (pictured right) said: "In the past ten years, traditional consultancy organisations have been steadily investing in creative and delivery capabilities to unlock new revenue opportunities and deliver down the chain, while in the meantime advertising groups have failed to move up the chain from creative production and delivery services to consultancy. For those ad networks that have tried, it too often seems to be just a remix of existing senior client servicing talent. Meanwhile, the acquisition of creative agencies requires integration into a consultancy organisation to be effective."
Charge ahead.jpgA new entrepreneurship video series is giving young professionals in Vietnam the chance to realise their ambitions by competing to see their business dreams become a reality.

Aptly named, 'Charge Ahead into Your Dream,' the unique online reality programme has been designed to develop startup talent in the country and is the brainchild of Red Bull and

VMLY&R Indochina, forming part of Red Bull's Charge Ahead into Your Dream' Campaign, which aims to empower Millennials to have the 'energy to fullfil their dreams'.

WARC Awards 2019 full juries line-up announced

Lucy Aitken.jpgTop agency strategists and planners alongside senior executives from brands including Uber, McDonald's and Mars Petcare are among the judges for the WARC Awards 2019, a global search for next-generation marketing effectiveness.

The WARC Awards, an international case-study competition in search of the smartest campaigns that best use emerging marketing disciplines will be judged by a team of 54, split into four categories each with its own jury chair:

The four categories and their juries are:

Effective Content Strategy, rewarding branded content strategies that can demonstrate a business outcome:
Namita Mediratta - Global CMI Director, Content Centre of Excellence, Unilever - jury chair
Cécile Angrand - Global Brand Director, Whiskas (Mars Petcare)
Navonil Chatterjee - Joint President & Chief Strategy Officer, Rediffusion India
Alex Drozdovsky - Cross-Disciplinary Strategist
Ryan Foley - Head of Content Marketing, We Are ROAST
David Frymann - Strategy Partner, Frontier
Tara Marsh - Global Head of Content, Wunderman
Haruna McWilliams - Senior Vice President, Strategy, APAC, Essence
Thas Naseemuddeen - Partner, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director, Omelet
Brent Nelsen - Chief Strategy Officer, Leo Burnett North America
David Proudlock - Head of Strategy, CPB London
Iuren Ramiro - Planning Manager, Santa Clara
Lars Samuelsen - Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Digital, Grey Nordic
Eleanor Thornton-Firkin - Head of Content and Creative Development, Ipsos Connect
Fleur Willemijn van Beinum - Global Content Director, JDE
Fred Marthoz.jpgData solutions company Lotame has appointed Fred Marthoz as Managing Director for the South East Asia (SEA) region.

Based out of the company's Singapore office, Marthoz (pictured) will serve as a member of the company's executive leadership team. In his role, Marthoz will be responsible for spearheading Lotame's efforts across business lines and driving market growth for the SEA region.

"I'm very excited to welcome Fred back into the Lotame family," said Andy Monfried, Founder and CEO of Lotame. "Having served as Lotame's Sales Director for EMEA, Fred is no stranger to the company. His equanimity and steadfast contributions in expanding Lotame's leadership position in Europe have left us more than fortunate to have him back to continue building our presence - this time in the APAC region."
bigheadbanner.jpgWorld-renowned student competitionYoung Ones 2019 is officially open for entries, and has announced that this year's Young Ones Brief competition features not one, not two but five amazing creative briefs for students to explore, with more on the way.

The deadline for entries is Friday, March 1.

With briefs from international brands such as Avery Dennison, Brooks and Budweiser, upstart cosmetics company Il Makiage, and even a socially conscious brief for The New York Times in partnership with Droga5, students are bound to find one that piques their interest and inspires students to do their best creative work.


BBDO Singapore elevates Nick Morrell to MD

Nick-Morrell.jpgBBDO Singapore has promoted Nick Morrell to Managing Director. Morrell, currently Global Business Director on key regional accounts, will be responsible for agency growth, and will work with the Singapore management team to build the agency's creative pedigree.
 
Morrell joined BBDO from Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore in June 2016.
 
Jean-Paul Burge, Asia CEO for BBDO said, "Nick and I have worked closely for the last couple of years on regional accounts and he has consistently demonstrated a commitment to producing great work, managing relationships and growing our business. Moving into office management is not just a natural move in developing his career but a very well deserved one."
 
Morrell commented, "I'm looking forward to working with the management team to build BBDO Singapore into a creative shop that competes with the best in the region."

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JAMIE_AND_SANJIV_CROPPED1 (2).jpgEach week Bestads picks the very best advertising in the world, in every medium - which is reviewed by a top creative director or team to select their own personal favourites.

This week's best judges are Sanjiv Mistry (right) and Jamie Mietz (left), executive creative directors at m:united/McCann London.

BEST TV
Winner: Libresse - "Viva La Vulva". Defying a category convention is hard. Defying a societal convention, well that's almost unheard of for a brand. A triumphant follow-up to 'Blood Normal', this film slash ad slash music video has been absolutely everywhere of late, conquering the world with its charm and chutzpah. Viva La Marketer for having the ovaries to back a brave approach yet again. READ ON...
Emma & Vishnu.jpgEmma Sheller, Global Head of Brand and Marketing of Standard Chartered (pictured left) and Vishnu Mohan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Asia and India at Havas Group (right) have been appointed as Heads of Jury for the 2019 APAC Effie Awards. They are the first two of eight Heads of Juries to join the Judging Committee, and will lead the jurors to review the most effective work from the region.
Think Tank Indo_1.jpgThe Indonesian industry's most prestigious creative award show, Citra Pariwara 2018, was a watershed event for production company Think Tank Indonesia. Only a year since it's launch in the market, Think Tank Indonesia picked up 16 awards in multiple categories for its series of Tokopedia films, with the highlight of their night being named the coveted Production House of the Year award.

Directed by Rajay Singh and Zaim Rosli, the Tokopedia campaign, via Flock Creative Network Indonesia, encompassed various films spanning different genres for the 'Mulai Aja Dulu' series and to the 'Ramadan & Hari Raya' series. Each film drew the audience into a unique and heart-warming story respectively. The 'Berputar Kembali' film stood out among the rest with its innovative use of animation.
Joy.jpgThis Christmas, the season of family reunions, Joy, the Philippines' leading dishwashing liquid, releases two short films that seek to encourage more meaningful exchanges between family members by showing how a chore as mundane as dishwashing is perfect for a more intimate form of bonding. Whereas dinner conversations are great for finding out how everyone is doing, it may not be as conducive to ironing out sensitive issues as a quiet chore done by two people helping each other out. By focusing on this powerful moment and revealing its essential role in family life, Joy celebrates the unconditional love that Pinoy parents have for their children, one that will triumph over life's hardest challenges.

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