The first edition of IndIAA Awards, held at Mumbai's St. Regis Hotel on October 13, saw the best creative work being selected from amongst 500 entries. From the final shortlist of 76 nominees, 16 winners were chosen. Part of the gathering were advertising stalwarts, marketing teams and brand heads, along with the jury chairman, Harish Manwani, COO, Unilever and non-executive chairman, Hindustan Unilever, and other jury members Bhaskar Bhat (Titan), Sangeeta Pendurkar (Kellogg's India), B Sriram (State Bank of India) and Sanjeeb Chaudhuri (Standard Chartered Bank).
Srinivasan Swamy, president, IAA India Chapter, said, "With the IndIAA Awards, IAA has added another interesting concept to its existing cache of clutter-breaking events. We attempted IndIAA awards as an experiment; we wanted to create a different way of awarding creativity. With the response to our call for entries and the turnout today, we know that this concept has been very well accepted. At the IAA Conversations preceding the awards, Dr. Subhash Chandra and Shankkar Aiyar, as expected, brought fresh perspective and deep insights around News Neutrality through the engaging session."
Pradeep Guha, chairman, IndIAA Awards Committee, added, "The IndIAA Award format ensured that 'ads for awards only' didn't come through and this itself was the differentiator."
Dr. Bhaskar Das, chairman, IAA Conversations, said, "Going against the grain, if need be, to deep dive into the most relevant industry topics has been the objective of IAA Conversations. Today's topic on News Neutrality follows the same trend."
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