Goafest 2016: JWT leads with 3 golds on ABBY day 2; Taproot Dentsu bag most number of metals

MUMBAI: Day 2 at Goafest 2016 saw Creative ABBY being given out to the most creative works  in eight different categories namely -- Radio Single, Radio Craft, Branded Content, Brand Activation, Broadcast, Print Craft, Public Relations and Direct.

Overall JWT Mumbai emerged as the clear leader of day 2 bagging as many as three golds in Radio Singles, Brand Activation and Public Relations categories. Apart from this the agency bagged 11 silver and three bronze metals. Their total number of metals came to 17.

They were followed by Taproot Dentsu with two golds to their name in Direct marketing and Print Craft categories. Adding up their six silver and ten bronze metals, Taproot Dentsu took home 18 metals home on day 2.

The agency to bag third most number of metals is Cheil India with two gold, five silver and four bronze.

Category wise break up of metals winners are as follows:

Radio singles: JWT Mumbai bagged one gold in Radio Singles  for Godrej’s  MAMAcampaign  in the category followed by one bronze and one silver. They were followed by Contract Advertising getting eight bronze and two silver,  and Dentsu Creative Impact winning seven bronze and one silver.

Radio Craft was led by Scarecrow Communications getting five bronze metals followed by  Rediffusion Dentsu Young & Rubicam with two bronze and one silver. JWT Mumbai too fared well with one bronze and one silver to their name.

Print Craft: Taproot Dentsu stood out in the print category with a gold to their name for their campaign for Indian Outdoor Advertising Association. They also secured nine bronze metals and and three silvers in the category. Apart from them, Ideas@work bagged four bronze metal followed by Dentsu Aegis Network with two bronze and two silver. There were n total one gold, 23 bronze and 11 silver metals given out in the category.

Public Relations: This is one category that attracted the most number of golds, with total 8 golds, 16 bronze and 9 silvers. Sarva Integrated emerged as clear winners with two golds to their name, followed by Cheil India with one gold, one bronze and one silver award.

Broadcasters: Broadcasters category saw a fascinating showdown with over all 15 bronze, four silver and two gold metals. Star India bagged the most number of metals with 10 bronze, two silver and one gold. They bagged their gold for Mauka Mauka as the Best TV sports channel program promo. Zee Entertainment enterprises bagged the second gold in the category for their work on Bond Vs. Bond as best movie promo on TV. There were total 2 golds, fifteen bronzes and four silvers in the category.

Branded Content: Brave New World bagged the gold in the category for their campaign for The Roadster Life Co followed by Maddison worldwide with three bronzes.

Brand Activation:  In the brand activation space JWT has bagged the only gold in the genre along with five other silver metals. They received their gold for Udaan for Airtel. They were followed by Cheil India with one gold for Samsung Joy Plus TV, two silver and two bronze; and DDB Mudra with one gold for UNICEF and one bronze metal to their name.

Direct: In direct marketing category, Taproot Dentsu won the show with one gold, two silver and two bronze awards. They bagged their gold for Waiting For You for Times Of India. Dentsu Creative Impact received a gold award for their work on One Breath: He She and Them for Max Health Care. In total there were two golds, 13 bronzes and nne silvers awarded in this category.

Percept Limited director Ajay Chandwani who had overseen the entire process closely, right from the round one of shortlisting of entries, to jury discussions on it to the ultimately anonymous voting to choose the winners mentioned that the jury had been extremely fair and meticulous in selecting the winners.

As per Chandwani, “Firstly the number of golds have gone down. The reason could be that the judging standard has gone up by quite a lot, therefore there are fewer golds and nothing so far has received a Grand Prix.. The other thing to note is that if there is a powerful idea the creatives have had, they making the most of it by entering it in several categories. So there are some campaigns which have gotten recognition in several categories, although the judging in each category may be different so while it gets a bronze in one category, it may get a silver in another. This is a worldwide trend not restricted to India alone.”

The evening held special significance as the media and advertising fraternity also came together to felicitate Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman and Creative Director, O&M India on receiving the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India. Vineet Jain, Managing Director, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. was also felicitated for his significant contribution to innovative growth in the media industry, unstinting support to the advertising industry, his unflinching belief in the importance of creative communication and his ongoing efforts to use communication as a force for societal change.

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