OSN wins Media and Marketing Company of the year

MENA-based entertainment network, OSN has been named Media and Marketing Company of the Year at the Gulf Business Awards 2017. The awards aim to celebrate companies and business leaders across nine industries including tourism, media and marketing and recognised OSN for its leadership position in the entertainment industry across the region.

“It is a privilege to be honoured with this remarkable distinction from industry leaders as the Media and Marketing Company of the year,” says Martin Stewart, CEO, OSN. “This is a true testament to the passion and dedication of the OSN team to delivering premium content in MENA and in leveraging the power of digital technology to engage with our customers.”

ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller wins big at the Stevies 2017

ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller has been awarded the Grand Stevie Award at this year’s International Business Awards (IBAs). The awards, known as the Stevies aims to honour and recognise the achievements and positive contributions of companies and working professionals worldwide. This year’s awards saw ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller win five gold, 14 silver and nine bronze across the PR and marketing categories earning them the Grand Stevie Awards for their record. The awards ceremony and gala dinner will take place in Barcelona, Spain on October 21, 2017.

“I am delighted to see our work recognised at the global level, with our best ever performance at the IBAs,” Sunil John, Founder and CEO, ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller. “Winning 28 awards across so many categories demonstrates the depth and breadth of our expertise, and underlines the sterling work we do for all our clients across all practices.”

Ahmad Itani named top 50 Game Changers of PR 2017

Ahmad Itani, Chief Operating Officer at Cicero & Bernay Public Relations (C&B) has been recognised by PR News as one of the Top 50 Game Changers of PR for 2017. The Top 50 Game Changers of PR is a global ranking that celebrates individuals who have been accelerating the expansion and growth of brand communication across the world. The list honoured Ahmad for his leadership role in C&B and for pushing the boundaries of communication to new heights, as well as extending beyond traditional media to reach out to new contributors that would enhance the MENA network capabilities.

“It is both a great honour and a great responsibility to appear on this list – not only to be representing the MENA region and to rank among global PR powerhouses, but also exciting to be charged with continuing to making a real difference in our industry – locally and globally,” says Ahmad Itani, COO, Cicero and Bernay Public Relations.

MEPRA 2017 now open for entries

The 2017 Middle East PR Association (MEPRA) Awards are now open for submissions. The award will bring together small agencies, in-house teams and global players in the Middle East PR business, with an aim to recognise and serve as a benchmark for the most inspiring and creative communications work in the industry. This year’s awards will have 20 campaign categories and will see the launch of two new categories, ‘Crisis Communications’ and ‘Best use of Influencers’ to celebrate the best campaigns from across the region. Entries for the awards will be open until October 12 with the candidates shortlisted to be announced on November 5 and the winners to be revealed at the 2017 MEPRA Awards Gala set to take place on December 6 at the JW Marriot Marquis Hotel, Dubai.

“The MEPRA Awards is the moment each year when our industry stops to recognise its best,” says Ray Eglington, Chairman, MEPRA. “At the MEPRA Awards we celebrate what we have achieved and inspire each other to do even better. I look forward to seeing the groundbreaking entries this year.”

B4U Plus named top most viewed Asian channel in the Middle East

Market research company, IPSOS has named B4U Plus as the second most viewed and preferred Asian channel in the Middle East in a recent survey conducted. The Hindi entertainment TV channel was recognised for its engaging content and popularity among females age 25 – 44 in the region as well as for being free to air from the Niles platform.

B4U Network has been in the Middle East for over ten years and is committed to offering viewers the finest entertainment,” says Zeeshan Sajid Amin, Business Head, B4U Network, Middle East. “This rating further reflects our constant effort to provide innovative content that suits the audience’s preferred viewing times. Being the only free to air Hindi entertainment channel gives us that additional mileage that other paid channels don’t have.”

JPd wins at Business Vision Awards 2017

Strategic branding and integrated communications agency, JPd has been named the Best Advisory Service Provider at the Business Vision Awards 2017. The award aims to support SME’s in the region that have shown outstanding initiative and attitude across a range of industry sectors and has recognised JPd for its advisory services and accomplishments.

“I am immensely proud of the JPd team for their service in providing our clients with effective and trustworthy advice,” says James Pass, Managing Director, JPd.”With awards received this year for service, creativity and strategy, we believe we are the best-placed agency for SME’s seeking to define a successful and sustained commercially minded brand.”

FleishmanHillard wins at SABRE Awards

The 13th EMEA SABRE Awards has announced FleishmanHillard as the Middle East PR Consultancy of the Year. The awards ceremony, which took place on May 23, 2017, recognises Superior Achievement in Branding Reputation & Engagement.

“In a disruptive and very competitive communications landscape, agencies are having to evolve just as fast to keep up with the pace of change,” says Jim Donaldson, Senior Partner, Regional Director, FleishmanHillard EMEA. “I am very proud of the team’s achievements in such a prolific region and their many successes in growing the business and identifying new opportunities. Our Middle East business is split evenly between local client work and international business, meaning that we have grown truly local roots, but have become an indispensable partner to several of the firm’s global clients.”


CARMA wins at AMEC

Media intelligence firm, CARMA secured three awards at the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) annual awards that took place in Bangkok on May 18, 2017. Along with two gold awards for ‘Best multi-market reporting’ and ‘Best use of integrated communication measurement’, CARMA’s CEO, Mazen Nahawi was also awarded the ‘AMEC Lifetime Fellowship Award’ during the two-day global summit.

“These awards demonstrate the emphasis we place on providing real value to our clients,” says Mazen. “Utilising media intelligence is no longer just good practice for companies, as you can see from the results, it also plays a critical role in formulating key corporate strategies.”

Start wins at Transform MENA Awards 2017

Consumer experience design consultancy, Start was awarded the Grand Prix at the Transform MENA Awards 2017 last night at the Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah. The event also saw Start win five gold and four silver awards including Best place or nation brand, Best visual identity for travel, leisure and tourism sector, Best use of typography and Best internal communications during a brand development project for their work on the rebrand of Yas Island. The event aimed to recognise the best practice in corporate, product and global brand development across categories such as strategy, execution, content and evaluation across the region. 

“We are thrilled to have been awarded the Grand Prix at this years Transform Awards for our work with creating the new brand identity for Yas Island,” says Mike Curtis, Start, Group President. “We liberate the way people engage with the brands they love, increasing lifetime value, which increase the volume and value of sales.”

JPd secures multiple wins at Transform Awards

Dubai-based branding and communications agency, JPd has secured multiple awards at this year’s Transform Awards MENA. Held at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, the ceremony aims to recognise and benchmark the best brand work and reward innovation across the MENA region. The event saw JPd win in various categories including gold for Best Visual Identity for Charity/NGO and Best localisation of an international brand, silver for Best Visual Identity for Professional Service Sector and bronze for Best use of Tone of Voice as well as highly commended for Best Use of Repackaging Design.

“For our first year of entry, the Transform Awards are a glowing endorsement to our success in creating commercially well thought strategies and compelling creative identities that allow brands to connect with people and people to connect with the brands we partner with,” says James Pass, Managing Director, JPd. “It captures everything we stand for as an agency – commitment, passion and proficiency.”