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Thailand-based T&B Media launches Translucia website to make metaverse accessible and engaging to the public

Bangkok, Thailand Thai media corporation T&B Media Global, in partnership with digital product company Two Bulls/DEPT®, has launched Translucia website, a metaverse project that combines interconnected multiverses to provide a space for users, creators, and businesses in accessing its products and services.

The platform is also built to promote prosperity and equity of access to all digital citizens, regardless of background whilst aiming to make Web3 and metaverse available to the public in an accessible and engaging way. 

The launching also marks the first milestone of the partnership between T&B Media and Two Bulls/DEPT® which was kickstarted last year. 

Jason O’Donnell, managing director at Two Bulls/DEPT® said that they are thrilled to be a part of the collaboration and development of Translucia Metaverse, whilst adding that it has the ability to change the way people engage.

James Kane, founder & CEO at Two Bulls/DEPT® added, “We’re proud to have found a partner in T&B Global that shares both our values and beliefs that with technology, we can create a better tomorrow. There’s immense opportunity to lead in the metaverse space right now, and we’re glad to see that Translucia is taking charge without losing sight of their values and the greater good for society.”

Other international partners for this project include Dogstudio/DEPT® for video creation, Accenture Singapore for copy and translations, Blackflame China for concept art, Sunovatech India for 3D assets, and Pellartech for Blockchain.

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Dentsu India’s Anita Kotwani expands role to lead Media division for South Asia

India — Dentsu India has recently elevated Anita Kotwani to the CEO position for the Media Division of the South Asia team. Previously, it was solely agency Carat India that was under Kotwani’s leadership, and with the expanded role, she will now move to the helm of all other media outfits under the division. 

The role will be seeing Kotwani leading agencies iProspect, dentsu X, Posterscope, and media investment arm Amplifi, aside from Carat which she oversaw for almost three years since 2020. 

Rob Gilby, the CEO of dentsu for APAC and Interim CEO of India until newly appointed CEO, Harsha Razdan, starts vouches for Kotwani as “a well-loved leader who firmly looks to the future,” bringing her people with her on the journey and someone who is fearless in approach to driving new solutions for clients. 

“The Media opportunity in India is growing exponentially. Anita’s background, coupled with Harsha’s complimentary experience is building a powerful force in our business to drive growth for our clients in this exciting market,” commented Gilby. 

Kotwani is a passionate media expert with over two decades of experience in the industry. She brings with her extensive background in media management for companies in the industries of consumer durables, financial services, FMCG, as well as MNC brands. 

As a seasoned marketer, Kotwani is a regular on the award circuit, chairing juries for various bodies including EMVIEs, Goafest, and Kyoorius. 

Dentsu shared that outgoing South Asia CEO Divya Karani, after building a successful media reputation for dentsu India over the last decade, will be transitioning off the media business to pursue personal interests 

Gilby added, “Over the past 10 years Divya has successfully scaled our business on a market-beating trajectory, evidenced by dentsu becoming the #1 agency in RECMA 2021. We thank her for her years of dedication and wish her the very best for the future. I am looking forward to the next wave of leadership accelerating the solid foundation Divya has built.” 

Meanwhile, Karani expressed her thoughts on the transition, and says she’s proud of what she has accomplished with dentsu and is very much confident with Anita taking over.

“Having worked closely with Anita – a valuable member of my leadership team, I know there is no better candidate for me to hand the reins to lead the media business to new heights. While it’s always a bittersweet moment to leave your ‘baby’, it is time for me to move on and pursue new opportunities,” said Karani. 

Newly appointed Kotwani commented, “I have learned a tremendous amount from Divya and am honoured to be given this baton to carry on the marathon. You don’t just replace three decades of experience overnight – I intend to take this on with my utmost commitment and will look to continually challenge myself and my wonderful team of media specialists to always stay at the forefront of the industry to deliver the world’s best-integrated media strategies.” 

The announcement closely follows last week’s appointment of Harsha Razdan as the new CEO of the overall dentsu network in South Asia. Meanwhile, over at the SEA region, the network has announced the creation of a new cluster for SEA which will include Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Dentsu has bolstered its leadership roster in line with the new arrangement with Sanjay Bhasin, Prakash Kamdar, and Bharti Agarwal being handed new roles as CEO of SEA, CEO of clients and solutions for SEA, and CFO of SEA, respectively.

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PH ad agency GIGIL expands services, to now include PR, media

Manila, Philippines – Local independent agency GIGIL has now announced an expansion to its services, which will now include full public relations and media planning and buying services to the public. 

According to the agency, the launch of these new services will also help boost the performance of clients’ campaigns, as well as complement GIGIL’s campaign ideas.

GIGIL’s PR services include media relations, crisis management, digital PR, KOL/Influencer management, community relations, events management, strategic communications, brand awareness, content management, CSR, and activation. 

Meanwhile, its media planning and buying service will continue to provide comprehensive media strategies and employ creative-driven media tactics. It will offer 360-degree media channel planning, management and execution that cover traditional, digital, and social media.

The agency’s PR arm started two years ago, and has earned over PHP100m in PR values combined from its various projects. The media planning and buying services, on the other hand, started in 2021, and have worked with clients such as Netflix Philippines to create media executions for campaigns.

Jake Yrastorza, managing partner at GIGIL said, “We have always envisioned GIGIL Philippines to be an ‘ideas’ agency, first and foremost. With our full-service PR and media departments, our ideas will have a greater chance to move culture, so our clients can move more products off shelves.”

The agency update comes months after GIGIL has announced its expansion to the United States and Canada, as well as unveiling its metaverse division ‘Metama’.

GIGIL has been known for creating humorous and tongue-in-cheek campaigns for brands such as RC Cola, Orocan, Julie’s Bakeshop, Unioil, and Allianz. They are also responsible for multiple campaign drives for Netflix Philippines, including for shows such as Trese, All of us Are Dead, Red Notice, and Money Heist: Korea.

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Teads announces strategic partnership with Singapore Media Exchange

Singapore – Global media platform Teads has announced a strategic partnership with the Singapore Media Exchange (SMX). Said deal gives Teads access to one of Singapore’s biggest media houses that comprises two of Singapore’s media giants- Mediacorp and Singapore Press Holdings.

As a part of this partnership, SMX brings leading news titles such as Channel News Asia and The Straits Times, as well luxury and lifestyle sites including Her World, ICON and HardwareZone catering to technology fans amongst their 25 sites for Teads to deliver ad formats in video and display inread, Teads flagship ad format, including ‘inRead Smart’ and ‘Smart6’ – a viewable video format for high engagement in brand safe, premium environments.

In addition, this strategic partnership will enable SMX to leverage Teads’ array of monetisation solutions across devices and formats, with a reach to digital consumers across Singapore with quality content and impactful ad solutions for greater audience engagement.

Julian Fernando, VP publisher solutions for Teads in APAC, said, “The advantage of Teads being a preferred partner with a powerhouse media company like SMX who represent leading brands like CNA, SPH, Business Times and premium SPH magazines is it gives us access to audience scale (reach) in brand safe environments. Team SMX are knowledgeable, collaborative and always eager to go beyond the brief, we are proud and excited to grow our partnership with them.”

Meanwhile, Michael Chng, general manager at SMX, commented, “Teads has been a partner of SMX since the very beginning when we started operations in 2018. Through various market challenges we’ve faced over the last 4 years, Teads has remained consistent in their commitment to our partnership. SMX is proud to have a steadfast partner in Teads, and I’m confident our collaboration will strengthen further in the years ahead.”

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Good Game Asia, Yup.gg’s new reality TV show to air this June on WarnerTV

Singapore – A new game show is set to stir the masses and will be bridging the gap between gaming and regular television. Launched by Yup.gg, Good Game Asia will feature a star-studded line-up of gaming talent competing for over $200,000 in cash and prizes. The show is helmed by Asia’s Got Talent alum Jonathan Glazier as director and executive producer.

Good Game Asia will be supported by their official media partner ONE Esports and shall be hosted by Singaporean music artist Sezairi and his wife, Syaza Tan. In regard to the feature music, the show will tap their official music partner – independent record label Monstercat. The reality TV show will be set in the luxury hotel Fairmont Singapore.

Raiford Cockfield, CEO of Yup.gg, shared, that gaming is universal and appeals to a broad majority, and yupp.gg wants to show it off while providing gamers with a five-star experience in Fairmont Singapore, the brand’s first luxury hotel in Asia.

He added, “We launched GOOD GAME ASIA to give more opportunities to creators in Asia to become gaming entertainment legends. Our partnerships with ONE Esports and MONSTERCAT will scale and amplify the reach of our show and expose fans with unparalleled access to this first-of-its-kind gaming reality-TV series concept.”

Stephen Dowler, head of Monstercat APAC, commented, “Good Game Asia is right in line with our mission to empower creators around the world. Monstercat has proudly led the charge in making high-quality music available to streamers and gamers alike, allowing them to enhance their content while doing what they love. We are thrilled to be official partners of Good Game Asia, alongside ONE Esports, and look forward to supporting the next generation of talent in Asia.”

Simultaneously, Carlos Alimurung, CEO of ONE Esports, said, “We are excited to be appointed Media Partner for Yup.gg’s newest reality-TV show, Good Game Asia. Our large and loyal fanbase at ONE Esports enjoys how we curate the best gaming and esports content in the world. The show will feature an impressive line-up of celebrities and gaming personalities, who will engage viewers looking for the most compelling content in gaming and esports. We look forward to sharing Good Game Asia with the world.”

Through the partnership, ONE Esports will work with media partners to broadcast the show on their channels weekly while also uploading episodic highlights of the show across its own social media channels and publishing content on oneesports.gg.

Good Game Asia will air in English on WarnerTV with Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Thai, Bahasa and Vietnamese subtitles available on Asia.gg and is slated for a June 10, 2022, premiere.

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dentsu Singapore names Pankaj Nayak as MD of Media Group

Singapore – Dentsu Singapore has elevated Pankaj Nayak to now helm the Media group as its new managing director. Effective immediately, the role reports to Prakash Kamdar, CEO of dentsu Singapore and Indonesia, and Prerna Mehrotra, CEO of Media for APAC. Mehrotra, who was the most recent one to hold the MD position for Media in Singapore will now shift her focus fully towards driving dentsu’s global media strategy and delivery in APAC.

Nayak joined dentsu Singapore in 2021 as president of product strategy &
delivery of the Media Group, where he has led the enhancement of product offerings in the space of insights, commerce, experience and analytics, as well as the delivery of bespoke commercial solutions for clients. He brings with him over 20 years’ experience in marketing and media across multiple markets in Asia.

In his new role, Pankaj is responsible for dentsu Singapore’s overall media strategy in driving business growth and excellence for clients. He will also work closely alongside dentsu Singapore’s Creative and CXM service lines in driving further integration across the business to deliver its one dentsu proposition to the market. 

Kamdar commented, “I am delighted to see our media leadership further strengthened with Pankaj now helming our Singapore business as Prerna shifts full gear into steering our regional media strategy. Pankaj has contributed significantly to our media business in Singapore since joining dentsu last year, successfully boosting our product and capabilities to ensure quality delivery of services for clients, all while focusing on growing the talents at the heart of our business.”

On Mehrotra’s exit, Kamdar also said, “As one of our most client-centric leaders in APAC and a strong advocate for the wellbeing of our people, it has been an honour to have had Prerna in our Singapore Media leadership seat. With Singapore as regional hub, I am confident that Pankaj will continue to work with Prerna in reinforcing a cohesive product strategy and talent development for our Media business in Singapore and the region going forward.” 

At the beginning of 2021, Mehrotra took on the dual position of being the CEO of Media for APAC and MD of Media for Singapore.

Mehrotra commented, “Pankaj has been a critical leader of the Singapore media leadership team since he joined in 2021, having delivered excellence in product and solutions in a short period of time, aligned with dentsu’s global transformation.” 

She adds, “As a people-focus organisation, Pankaj’s eye and heart on our people makes him a stand out. He has been closely involved in talent training, development, mobility plans to grow the right talents to truly drive growth for our clients. As the media landscape in the region transforms as a constant, Pankaj is the leader we need in Singapore to take our media business to new heights and will continue to be a critical partner for me in the region.”

Meanwhile, new MD Nayak remarked, “In Singapore, we have built a strong team to deliver just that – remarkable future-proof solutions, products and capabilities that can support brand growth and business transformation journeys. I look forward to continue scaling new heights with our media team in Singapore and in synergy with our Creative and CXM teams to optimise our one dentsu solution to market.”

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Jellysmack launches new YouTube catalogue licensing venture

Australia – Full-service creator company Jellysmack has announced the launch of its new catalogue licensing venture for the video sharing platform giant YouTube. Through that venture, Jellysmack invites YouTube content creators to some upfront capital in exchange for licensing videos in the creator’s YouTube library.

As part of that venture, the company is offering lump sum payments ranging from US$50k to US$50m or more to qualifying creators. This catalogue licensing venture brings the Jellysmack Creator Program’s total plan for creator investments to US$750m.

Jellysmack’s new catalogue licensing model gives creators an upfront cash infusion to take the next steps for business growth without giving up any equity in their intellectual property, brand, or new ventures. While many creators are expected to use the funds for common needs like scaling content creation, hiring additional team members, launching new business ventures, or securing studio space, creators can use the capital for anything they choose. 

Additionally, the company does not participate financially in any newly uploaded YouTube video content. This non-dilutive design allows creators to remain fully independent and at the helm of their burgeoning enterprises.

Laurent Hulin, general manager for APAC at Jellysmack, said, “Whether a creator is looking for upfront capital to invest in production or to focus on long term multi-platform growth, we’re ready to back creators with over US$750m committed to catalogue licensing. Between the Jellysmack Creator Program and the introduction of Catalog Licensing, Jellysmack is committed to empowering creators as solopreneurs. It’s all part of our creator-driven mission to empower creators behind-the-scenes to go bigger.”

The catalogue licensing venture established yet another pathway for Jellysmack to support creators as business owners. Creators can either opt for a deal to receive immediate capital in exchange for licensing some of their YouTube catalogue, take part in the Creator Program for multi-platform monetisation over time, or participate in both.

In addition, Jellysmack got its start by building and scaling dozens of its own video channels like Beauty Studio, Oh My Goal, and Gamology into the world’s leading social communities. This first-hand knowledge plus the company’s unmatched technology, puts Jellysmack in a unique position to support individual creators not just financially, but also strategically. 

Ezechiel Ritchie, country manager for SEA and ANZ at Jellysmack, commented, “Jellysmack is creator at heart. We have grown some of the largest communities on social media. Unlike pure financial partners, we think like creators and understand how to support creators’ big dreams. Our Catalog Licensing offer enables creators to access the value of their back-catalogue today, instead of waiting to collect the revenue over the next three to five years.”

He added, “By receiving the revenue upfront for their old videos, creators no longer have to wait years for YouTube to pay out back catalogue earnings and can invest that revenue to grow their business. It’s not a loan and their past content can fund their future success.”

Jellysmack has partnered with some of YouTube’s largest content creators such as MrBeast, PewDiePie, and Nas Daily.

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Global ad organisation calls on members to reconsider media, marketing investment in Russia

Singapore – In line with the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) has called upon its member organisations to reconsider their media and marketing investment in Russia, specifically those investing in media outlets that are close to or effectively part of the Russian administration.

In a statement, they stated that they will continue to work with its members and partners in the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM) to ensure that advertising investment does not support or monetise misinformation and will be holding weekly meetings to provide the latest intelligence from members, agencies and platforms.

Stephan Loerke, CEO at WFA, said, “In light of the horrifying events in Ukraine, the global marketing industry must speak out. Every company will have to make its own decision but our recommendation is that media investment and marketing in Russia should end for now.”

The organisation further expressed its horror at the needless human suffering caused by Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, adding that the thoughts of the entire organisation and their membership are with the victims.

WFA also conducted a poll amongst its members to understand multinationals’ responses in relation to their media and marketing investment in Russia. Of the 31 global brand owners representing US$43bn in global ad spend who responded, three in four have reallocated, reduced or cut spend altogether.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused massive shifts in the marketing and advertising scene as well. Large companies related to media investment such as WPP and Accenture have pulled out of Russia in solidarity with Ukraine. Other major brands, from retail ones like H&M, Uniqlo, and Ikea; food brands like McDonald’s, Starbucks and Coca-Cola; as well as financial services brands like Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are part of the growing number of companies exiting the country.

Media-wise, tech giant Google also announced that it is halting its ad sales in Russia, including advertising to Russia state-controlled media on YouTube. Meanwhile, Russia has since then blocked popular online services such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and PayPal in the country.

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Match & Wood appointed to handle media for Chobani, Gippsland Dairy brands in AU

Melbourne, Australia – Independent media agency Match & Wood has been appointed by food company Chobani to handle the media duties of the Chobani and Gippsland Dairy brands in the Australian market.

Through the mandate, Match & Wood will manage media strategy, planning and buying across all channels for Chobani’s yoghurt and oat milk as well as its Gippsland Dairy yoghurt range.

Steven Blakers, head of marketing at Chobani, noted that the agency impressed them with their strategic and data capabilities, integrated planning, and a thorough understanding of the grocery and trade landscape. Blakers also noted that there is a clear synergy in their brand values and a strong cultural fit, and that they look forward to working with the team to realise their strategic objectives

“We have ambitious plans for Chobani and Gippsland Dairy, focussing on the continued growth of the yoghurt portfolio and establishing Chobani in the non-dairy milk segment which is experiencing a significant uplift with Australians who are choosing to incorporate plant-based products into their diet,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Lyndelle O’Keefe, CEO at Match & Wood, commented, “Chobani has an origin story and mission that truly resonates with us, and it’s been wonderful to see it become a loved and powerhouse brand in Australia over a relatively short time. We’re delighted to have been appointed, against competition from global network agencies, to continue the impressive success they have enjoyed over the past decade.”

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MARKETECH APAC partners with CEU to groom future comms professionals in special intern program

Manila, Philippines – MARKETECH APAC, the digital media for the marketing and advertising industry in the APAC region, has recently inked a partnership with the Communication and Media program of Centro Escolar University (CEU), one of the highly respectable universities in the Philippines, to officially groom media and communications majors for the professional world through a special internship program. 

Joven Barceñas, the founder of MARKETECH APAC, and who is in fact, a proud alumnus of the university, has officially signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the university on 2 February, to onboard media and communications students into the company and have them foray into their professional experience. 

Present in the virtual signing are Ricky Rosales, program head for Communication and Media at CEU Manila; Marietta Alvarez, the program head for Communication and Media at CEU Malolos; and most especially, Dr. Maria Rita D. Lucas, the dean of the School of Education, Liberal Arts, Music and Social Work at CEU; and Dr. Ma. Cristina D. Padolina, CEU’s university president and chief academic officer.

Lucas said in the virtual event that the university is always glad to witness students come in full circle – from graduating to the university, establishing their own endeavours, and then coming back to their roots to give back the school that moulded them; just like what Barceñas has presently done.

“And then finally helping us with the goal that we have of forming and moulding our students to be quality and ethical communication practitioners,” said Lucas. 

Barceñas, who founded MARKETECH APAC in the middle of the pandemic in 2020, shared, “When I launched MARKETECH APAC in 2020, there were so many aspirations and dreams that I thought of and planned. And one of them is to reach out to my alma mater, Centro Escolar University and offer internship opportunities to Escolarians and be instrumental in their professional development as they prepare to embark on a new and exciting chapter of their lives.” 

“Today is an exciting moment for me as the founder of MARKETECH APAC as this partnership allows me to contribute to the skills development of the new generation of communication and media professionals in the country,” added Barceñas. 

Padolina, CEU’s university president, shared how she has seen the internship experience becoming a substantial credential in undergraduates’ curriculum vitae and therefore expects the new partnership with MARKETECH APAC to be more than just an academic requirement, but a genuine source of professional development for students. 

Padolina comments, “It’s very good to partner with somebody who is from CEU because we know that you know the philosophy of CEU, [and] you know the values that we want to cultivate. So we’re very confident that you would be able to give a very good experience to our students so that it’s not [just] something [that is] a line in their CV, but it really is a strong contribution to their entire experience and to what they bring to their profession.” 

Rosales, meanwhile, shared how timely the partnership is, especially since during this period, classes are still implemented virtually in the Philippines, which makes it much more challenging to deploy students for their internship program. 

“[We were asking] where will we partner during this time that we will have a virtual OJT (on-the-job training). We don’t want to you know, compromise our students with other companies that [don’t] have [a] purely online [setting] during this time,” said Rosales.