Social Street stars at Abby Awards

09 Apr,2018


By A Special Correspondent


It was a special Day 3 at Goafest 2018 with The Social Street emerging at the top of its game with a total of 17 metals in the Creative Abbys. The agency has bagged many metals across virtually all categories at the Abby Awards 2018. The agency’s captains – Pratap Bose and Mandeep Malhotra and the entire contingent wearing red turbans – had ensured they made a significant impact at the Awards for the second consecutive year. Last year, they were second to Taproot Dentsu in the awards tally. Branded Content and Entertainment Abbys saw Medulla WYP Network winning the most with four metals including two golds. DentsuWebchutney took home eight metals in the Digital and Mobile Abby category. But the biggest applause of the evening went to none other than Early Man Film Pvt. Ltd. for its outstanding work in the category of Audio Visual Long Form for Reforest India – The Story of Kaveri.


Earlier McCann Worldgroup India CEO and Chairman, McCann Eriksson APAC Prasoon Joshiwas felicitated with a special award. Recognizing his unparalleled contribution to the world of Indian media, the special award is a reaffirmation of the advertising fraternity’s confidence that he will take the power of creativity further and make it a part of the things that matter in a new and resurgent India.


On Day 2 of the Abby Awards, the Broadcaster, Public Relations, Still Craft, Video Craft, Design and Direct Abby were awards. The awards celebrate the best-in-class creative geniuses and works of stellar significance in creativity. While Sony Pictures Networks led the tally for the Broadcaster Abbys with six metals, it was ZEEL that took home the gold for the night. While Design Abbys showed favour to Open Strategy and Design with six metals including 1 gold; Pi Communications took home 4 metals where Direct Specialist Abbys were concerned. While a total of 13 golds were handed out to top honours in Public Relations amongst other metals, it was Value 360 Communications that ate into the pie with a total of 8 metals. Still Craft Abbys saw dominance by The Social Street who grabbed 4 metals including 2 gold. Early Man Film Pvt. Ltd., took home a whopping 16 metals in the Video Craft Specialist category which included 5 golds, 4 silvers and 7 bronzes!


Speaking about Goafest 2018, Nakul Chopra, President – Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) said: “When we started planning for Goafest 2018, our aim was to create a festival filled with knowledge, wisdom, entertainment, fun and which was also a great networking opportunity. The quality of the speakers, the valuable knowledge shared during the seminars, the networking opportunities across the three days and presentation of Abbys that celebrate excellence in creativity is what make Goafest such a unique experience. Goafest is a confluence of creative minds who gather here year on year to connect, communicate and celebrate the amount of hard work that each one of them is putting in to make media, marketing and advertising industries successful. I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of Goafest 2018 for their unrelenting support. And many congratulations to all our winners. You all deserve every bit of all the recognition that has been bestowed upon you by the industry.”


Discussing the Abby Awards to be handed out at Goafest 2018, VikramSakhuja, President – The Advertising Club said: “Goafest is a phenomenon that is close to the hearts of the entire media andcreative fraternity. Months of hard work by the AAAI and The Advertising Club teams, the Abbys Master Jury, and encouragement from all of you present here has perspired into yet another stellar festival this year. In this 50th year of Abby Awards, we made crucial changes and rationalized categories which just made the Abbys even more coveted. I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and also thank the jury for their meticulous and fair evaluation that makes Abby Awards the numerouno recognition of creative mastery in India.”


Added Ashish Bhasin, Chairman of Goafest 2018 & Vice President of Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI): “After witnessing the event over the three days, I can proudly say we have achieved everything that we had set out to. Not only did we have best of the speakers coming forward to impart learnings to young ones, we also saw ideas being exchanged and people truly enjoying themselves. Over the last three days, Goa has seen some of the most creative minds in India together at one place – meeting, interacting, engaging and celebrating ABBY wins with each other. This is what the true spirit of Goafest is all about. Everyone who is going home with a metal from Goafest 2018 is truly deserving of victory and I congratulate each and every one of them for their incredible wins. It is definitely truly deserved.”


Said Ajay Kakar, Vice President of The Advertising Club and Chairman – Awards Governing Council:“I would love to take this opportunity to thank the industry stalwarts and youngsters who helped us co-create Abby Awards 2018, courtesy their inputs. A very big thank you also to the industry for sending in entries and their wholehearted participation in the fest this year. I would also like to salute Prasoon Joshi for his contribution to the world of advertising, communications and films and for being a convergence point for mass India through his craft.”



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