The launch week (27 June – 1 July) will essentially revolve around
the introduction of Fame Gurukul to the viewers, the jury,
the faculty and presenters as well as showcasing the auditions and
the ground excitement to the introduction of the final 14 talented
Every Friday will see a performance by all the dwindling finalists'
post which four contestants will be put on probation by the jury
and one will rescued by the faculty.
Auditions for the same took place across four cities – Mumbai,
Delhi, Kolkatta and Indore. The show is spiced with a lot of play
of politics, music and emotions, hence allowing scope for drama.
Says SET India creative director Anupama Mandloi, "We are hoping
that these 14 contestants will find a home in the hearts of our
Voting lines will be open from every Friday to Wednesday. Additionally,
the show also has a wild card round where any contestant could come
back in action to bring in the anxiety factor.
The aim for Sony is essentially to consolidate prime time (8 -
10 pm ). Mandloi points out, "Fame Gurukul will also
help consolidate our Friday early slots, as the latter half are
already established bands. Strategically speaking, we are using
a counter programming strategy from 10 onwards with shows like CID
and Crime Patrol."
Sony's 8:30 pm slot has always been weak. One could attribute that
to the fact that Star Plus' Kasautii Zindagi Kay (KZK) eats
away most of the viewership in that band. Although, Sony may just
be getting bold by slotting Fame Gurukul against KZK,
attempting to change TV consumption habits.
Mandloi avers, "Television in India has come of age. We will
now be seeing a lot of seasonal shows on Indian television. It allows
for more variety, past paced entertainment and a finite end which
leaves you wanting for more."
coming to the marketing blitzkrieg for the show. The on air
promos for Fame Gurukul began almost a month back. The campaign
for the show is leveraged around the credibility of the jury, which
comprises Javed Akhtar, Shankar Mahadevan and Kay Kay.
"Fame Gurukul is an institution for aspiring singers
on television. The campaign is aspirational, motivational and exudes
positive vibes," says SET India vice president marketing and
communications Tushar Shah.
Indian Idol's tagline was 'Sab Kuch Bhula De' (Makes you
forget everything), Fame Gurukul's campaign will be backed
by the tagline of 'Iske Liye Kuch Bhi Karega' (Will do anything
for this). The tagline lends itself across the channel, the jury
and the participants. In other words, the channel will do anything
to make the show a success, the jury will do anything to select
the best out of the 14 and the contestants will do anything to emerge
as the winner!
theme of the campaign has been synergised with the thought of the
show. The campaign will be omnipresent over the print, outdoor and
television medium. In smaller towns like Lucknow and Kanpur, autorickshaws
have been branded by the show.
STRATEGIC TIE UPS
The channel has tied up with the likes of Aaj Tak, Sify and Fame
Adlabs for the show. Aaj Tak, which has a daily show around cinema
from 7:30 to 8 pm, will dedicate two-three minutes to Fame Gurukul,
wherein the recap of the episodes will be shown.
On the other hand, Sify will be hosting and managing the official
website for Fame Gurukul - http://famegurukul.sify.com. The
site will have regular updates from the show.
Fame Adlabs will promote the show on their premises and also by
airing promos of the show during movies. Also, four of the Cafe
episodes of Fame Gurukul will be shot in the multiplex.
The channel is looking at leveraging distribution with sponsors
to have an increased retail presence for Fame Gurukul via
merchandising. A point in note here is that merchandising was not
something that Sony was bullish on during the Indian Idol run.
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