Friday, September 30, 2011

Salman Khan unveils campaign with History channel

Crafted by McCann Erickson, the campaign will go on-air from next week; watch the 3 TVCs here
Neha Saraiya | New Delhi | September 30, 2011
A+E Networks | TV18, a joint venture between A+E Networks and TV 18, has launched three TVCs for their soon-to-be-launched factual entertainment channel ‘History’ in India. The brand has unveiled the new campaign online first, to be followed by TV. The ad features Bollywood actor Salman Khan challenging people’s perception of ‘achievement’ and ‘newness’.
The idea for the campaign, concept-alised by McCann Erickson, came from the insight that history, an otherwise mundane topic, needed to be put in the most interesting and engrossing manner. Thus, the campaign plays with the copy reading ‘Watch History being made’,  ‘Kuch Naya Dekho’ and ‘History Bante Dekho’.
Speaking about the launch campaign strategy, Sangeetha Aiyer, general manager, marketing, AETN-18, said, “The factual entertainment segment as a whole is witnessing a growth of 30 per cent year-on-year basis. But we don’t want to cannibalise the market with any other player including Discovery and National Geographic. Thus, we have entered the market with a different approach, like we will be launching in six different languages at the same time and we have also picked Salman Khan as our ambassador as he reaches out to different target segments. We wanted to shake up the market, as history has a new contemporary side to it being made everyday by people.”
The TVC has been released in three versions — ‘Mountains’, ‘Swamp’ and ‘Samurai’ — all shot in southern France. Directed by Prashant Issar of Tubelight Films, the TVCs urge people to push the envelope, go beyond the regular, and watch something new.
Angshumani Khanna, Creative Director, McCann Erickson, said, “The idea was to communicate ‘kuch naya dekho’. Basically we believed that the channel has a fantastic content line-up.”
The agency has planned a 360-degree marketing campaign spanning outdoor in metros, activation in key shows, PR and Radio, with key emphasis on innovation on all platforms.
The channel that will go on air from October 9 will be supported by marketing initiatives worth Rs. 15-18 crore across all platforms.

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