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Comcast Bay Area’s Natalie Rouse & Kier Kristensen Capture National Honors
BET and Comcast Top Excellence in Multi-Cultural Marketing Award Winners

BET and Comcast Top Excellence in Multi-Cultural Marketing Award Winners

ESPN Deportes and Cableworld Partner With NAMIC to Present 2006 EMMA Competition

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners of the 2006 Excellence In Multi- Cultural Marketing Awards (EMMA) competition were announced today by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC).

Recognizing the best and most innovative multi-cultural marketing campaigns, the awards will be presented on Monday, September 11, 2006 at a special session of the 20th Annual NAMIC Conference. New York's historic Waldorf- Astoria will be the site for this year's three-day conference taking place September 10-12, 2006.

BET led all winning networks with 4 wins, including first place finishes in 3 categories. Comcast garnered a total of 3 wins and 2 first place honors. Additional first place winners include Adlink, Cablevision, GMA Network, HBO, ImagianAsianTV, Nickelodeon, Time Warner Cable, TuTV and Univision Television Group.

"As the economic influence of Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and other ethnic groups continues to expand, these key demographics are critical to the long term financial success of our industry," said Kathy Johnson, president, NAMIC, Inc. "It is more important than ever to recognize companies that demonstrate a commitment to developing innovative strategies to reach these burgeoning consumer groups."

The first-of-its-kind, the competition was established as the NAMIC Excellence Awards in 1992 to recognize marketing and public affairs initiatives targeting multi-ethnic consumers. In 2004, the competition was renamed Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards and was expanded to include case studies competition. The awards competition now serves as the model for a variety of comparable programs.

ESPN Deportes, the 24-hour Spanish-language sports network serving Latino sports fans in the U.S. and CableWorld, a publication of Access Intelligence's Cable Group are serving as co-presenting sponsor and official media partner, respectively.

"ESPN Deportes shares NAMIC's vision and passion for establishing platforms that generate awareness of the important role that multi-ethnic consumers play in our industry," said Lino Garcia, general manager, ESPN Deportes. "We are delighted to continue this valuable association with NAMIC as an official sponsor of this year's EMMA initiative."

Recognizing the cable industry's commitment to developing creative approaches to multicultural and ethnic-targeted marketing, the 2006 program
is comprised of two elements: Case Studies/Campaigns and Marketing Tactics.
Awards will be presented in a broad spectrum of categories such as Direct Mail, Internet/New Media, Print, Radio, Television, Grassroots & Guerilla and Out of Home. Campaigns developed for the cable and telecommunications industry and submitted for entry were comprised of one or more cultural segments, such as African American, Asian, and Hispanic markets. Entries were evaluated on elements such as sound and innovative strategy, strength of creative execution against the strategy, evaluations of strategy, and implementation and results. Deviating from the traditional "best of" competition method, each entry was judged against a standard of excellence and not against other entrants.

Seth Arenstein, editor, CableWorld and editorial director/assistant vice- president, Access Intelligence, added: "The renewal of our longstanding commitment to this program allows us to continue generating increased awareness for this very relevant awards competition."

To register for the 20th Annual NAMIC Conference, obtain sponsorship
information or learn more about the EMMA competition visit http://www.namic.com or call the NAMIC national headquarters at (212)
594-5985.

2006 Excellence In Multi-Cultural Marketing Awards - Complete Winners List:
Category: Case Study Cable

1st Place
Natalie Rouse
Ethnic Marketing Manager
Comcast
Comcast San Francisco Bay Area GMA Pinoy TV Launch
A Filipino Success Story

2nd Place
Kier Kristensen
Marketing Manager
West Bay Market/Northern California Region/Comcast
On-Site Interactive Marketing

Category: Case Study Network

1st Place
Ariel Nerubay
VP, Marketing & Sales
TuTV
TuTV Marketing Promotions Program

2nd Place
Jasmine Rezai
VP, Affiliate Marketing
Univision Television Group
UNIVISION NETWORKS "YOU ARE THE CHAMPION" World Cup Campaign Case
Study: Cox Arkansas/Kansas
Category: Marketing Tactic/Cable-All Other Media

1st Place
Joyce Dabney
Manager, Advertising & Public Relations
Adlink
Adlink's Adconexion Sales Kit

Category: Marketing Tactic/Network-All Other Media

1st Place
Michael Huh
VP, Marketing & Strategic Development
ImaginAsian TV
ImaginAsian TV 's Original Series-Comedy Zen

Category: Marketing Tactic Network-Direct Mail (Note: 2nd Place Tie)

1st Place
Jasmine Rezai
VP, Affiliate Marketing
Univision Television Group
UNIVISION NETWORKS "YOU ARE THE CHAMPION" World Cup Campaign

2nd Place
Ariela Nerubay
VP, Marketing & Sales
TuTv
Free Latina Magazine Subscription

2nd Place
Shelly Kurtz
Director of Sales & Marketing
International Networks
Passport to Savings!

Category: Marketing Tactic Cable-Grass Roots & Guerilla

1st Place
Kier Kristensen
Marketing Manager
West Bay Market/Northern California Region/Comcast
Suenos de La Ninez - Land of Childhood Dreams

Category: Marketing Tactic Network-Grass Roots & Guerilla

1st Place
Selena Spencer
BET
BET Awards '06

1st Place
Nancy Hennings
Director of Marketing of IFC Brand Statory
IFC (The Independent Film Channel)
Yo Soy Boricua, Paque Tu Lo Sepas! (I'm Boricua, Just So You Know)

2nd Place
Jasmine Rezai
VP, Affiliate Marketing
Univision Television Group
#800-Espanol World Cup Campaign (TeleFutura Network)

Category: Marketing Tactic Network-Internet/New Media (Note: First
Place Tie)

1st Place
Joseph Jerome T. Francia
OIC & Head of Operations
GMA Network, Inc.
GMA Pinoy TV Website (http://www.gmapinoytv.com)

1st Place
Michael Huh
VP, Marketing & Strategic Development
ImaginAsian TV
ImaginAsian TV's use of Vimation Web Video Technology on http://www.iatv.tv

2nd Place
Douglas Dickstein
Executive Director, Affiliate Marketing
Si TV
"Unacceptable Behavior" Online Campaign

Category: Marketing Tactic Cable-Out of Home

1st Place
Selena Spencer
BET
BET Awards '06

2nd Place
Pawan Mehra
Account Manager
Ameredia, Inc.
Russian New Year Campaign

Category: Marketing Tactic Cable-Print

1st Place
Valerie Green
VP, Multicultural Marketing & Advertising
Cablevision Systems Corp.
Optimum Gives You More!

Category: Marketing Tactic Network-Print

1st Place
Adrion Porter
Manager, Market Development
HBO
Mucho Mucho Mas - Hispanic Heritage Month Print Tactic

2nd Place
Norma Manzanares
Executive Director, Marketing
Si TV
"You Lost Me At Hola" Trade Ad

Category: Marketing Tactic Network-Radio

1st Place
Selena Spencer
BET
College Hill & Lil Kim: Countdown to Lockdown Radio

2nd Place
Nancy Hennings
Director of Marketing of IFC Brand Statory
IFC (The Independent Film Channel)
Yo Soy Boricua, Paque Tu Lo Sepas! (I'm Boricua, Just So You Know)

Category: Marketing Tactic Cable-Television

1st Place
Maida Chicon
Director of Multicultural Marketing
Time Warner Cable
Help

2nd Place
Maida Chicon
Director of Multicultural Marketing
Time Warner Cable
Raza

Category: Marketing Tactic Network-Television

1st Place
Susan Nave
Director, Nick Jr. Brand Marketing
Nickelodeon
Go Diego, Go Launch

2nd Place
Sonya Lockett
VP, Public Affairs
BET
Rap-It-Up Testing PSA's

About NAMIC
NAMIC is the premier organization focusing on ethnic diversity in the
communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association,
today NAMIC is comprised of nearly 2,000 professionals belonging to a
network of chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on
education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion
in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the
leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect
the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve.


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