Cavelossim Beach, Goa
Theme: This is too good a recession to waste
When: 2 April
Time out: Snapshots from Goafest 2008. Abhijit Bhatlekar / Mint
Participants: Almost all the big names in the advertising industry are participating. These include McCann Erickson India Ltd, Lowe India, Ogilvy and Mather India Pvt. Ltd, Contract Advertising (India) Pvt. Ltd, JWT India, Mudra group, Publicis India and Rediffusion Y&R Pvt. Ltd
• Sir John Hegarty, chairman and worldwide creative director of Bartle Bogle Hegarty
• Jean-Marie Dru, chairman, TBWA Worldwide
• Sean Finnegan, chief media officer, Vibrant Media Inc
• Dan Wieden, co-founder, Wieden+Kennedy
MEDIA ABBY AWARDS
The awards acknowledge optimal use of the media, regardless of the product or service.
When: 3 April
Categories: The 13 categories include best use of television, cinema, newspapers and magazines, outdoor and ambient media, special events and pro bono marketing.
Number of entries: 417 agencies sent their entries, 77 of these have been shortlisted.
• Divya Gururaj, managing director, Madison India
• S. Yesudas, CEO, Media Direction India
• Pratap Bose, COO, Mudra group
• Ajit Verghese, managing director, Maxus India, GroupM
• Sathyamurthy N.P., president and COO, Lintas Media Group
• Punitha Arumugam, group chief executive, Madison Media group
• Gowthaman Ragothaman, managing director, MindShare, GroupM
• Divya Radhakrishnan, president, TME, Rediffusion Y&R
CREATIVE ABBY AWARDS
The awards recognize creative excellence across all forms of advertising.
When: 4 April
Categories: Five broad categories—print, film, radio, out-of-home and integrated advertising—which have 14 sub-groups. There are also special categories.
Key jury members:
• Chairman of the jury for the integrated advertising category: Piyush Pandey,executive chairman and national creative director, Ogilvy and Mather India
• Chairman of the jury for the print category: Ravi Deshpande, chairman and chief creative officer, Contract Advertising (India)
• Chairman of the jury for the out-of-home category: K.V. Sridhar, national
creative director, Leo Burnett India Pvt. Ltd
• Chairman of the jury for the radio category: K.S. Chakravarthy, national creative director, Draftfcb+Ulka Advertising Pvt. Ltd
• Chairman of the jury for the interactive digital category: Bobby Pawar, chief creative officer, Mudra group
• Chairman of the jury for the direct category: Rakshin Patel, director, M&C Saatchi Direct and Digital Communications
• Chairperson of the jury for the design category: Elsie Nanji, managing partner, Red Lion, the design wing of Publicis India
• Chairman of the jury for the film category: Prasoon Joshi, executive chairman and regional creative director, Asia-Pacific, McCann Erickson
• Chairman of the jury for the film craft category: Ram Madhvani, director, Equinox Films Pvt. Ltd