Colors Cineplex and VOOT have revealed grand plans to stream the Road Safety Word Series. The matches will be played in T20 format between India, Australia, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and South Africa masters from March 7 to 22 in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune and will stream live on Colors Cineplex, VOOT and Jio.
Road Safety World Series is an initiative by Road Safety Cell of Maharashtra in association with Professional Management Group (PMG). Yesteryear greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Brett Lee, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Jonty Rhodes will take to the field for competitive cricket years after their retirements.
The series in invoking tremendous interest among fans and tickets for the opener between the Indian Masters, spearheaded by Tendulkar, and Lara-led West Indians are fully sold out.
Colors Cineplex has designed engaging content and network-wide promotions that have seen a playout of 25000+ promos on air across 60 network and non-network channels including Hindi GEC, Hindi Movies, News, Music, Kids and Regional across India in 5 weeks.
Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Kaif had featured in the Big Boss Grand Finale to promote the event as channel’s initiative to integrate its largest GEC and cricket properties.
A special integrated promo has been created with Nick India’s Brand Mascots – Motu Patlu to be aired across the channel. A Pan-India Outdoor campaign will be released during the period of the league at 300+ sites across Mumbai, greater Mumbai, Pune, ROM, and Delhi along with large format ads across key arterial roads of the country to maximise visibility.
The league’s core message will be taken to the cinema halls across 3,200+ single and multiplex screens through promos with the release of Baaghi 3. A partnership with Radio Mirchi has been forged to increase local engagement and conversations around the league across 75 cities in the country. It will include 50000 promos along with content integration like RJ mentions, score updates and player interviews. During the matches, the brand mascot Teetar Mausi will interact with fans on ground.
On the digital front, the channel is utilising its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages by putting across promos, engaging posts on all Viacom18 assets. Curated content will be designed for Tik Tok talking about the biggest cricket faceoff that Road Safety World Series will offer. The next phase of this will see an upsurge in moment marketing – capturing player moments and leveraging it across social media, thereby propelling the fan engagement. The key moments will include engaging with the players at their practice matches, interesting interactions at the dug-out area and dressing room etc., according to a report by Indiantelevision.com.
Viacom18 Hindi mass entertainment and kids TV network head Nina Elavia Jaipuria said, “Cricket as a sport binds people of our nation together and we are proud to bring Road Safety World Series ‘live’ for the audience on COLORS Cineplex, VOOT, and Jio. With this new annual property, we plan to add more depth to our HME portfolio and bring two of the country’s biggest obsessions; cricket and Bollywood together on one platform. The audience will get to not only watch their favorite cricket legends taking over the field once again but also experience wholesome entertainment through our special programming. We are also elated to celebrate the one-year milestone of COLORS Cineplex and delighted to take the message of road safety to millions of people through cricket.”
Presenting a perfect blend of nostalgia and unlimited entertainment, the series will host a fulfilled pre and post-match show – Super Over that will keep fans abreast of the behind-the-scenes updates, match analysis, in-depth players’ performances and more. While there will be lots of action on field, the show will also keep the entertainment quotient high. Cyrus Broacha who is known for his exceptional comic timing will turn host for the show while the suave Television Presenter Karishma Kotak will anchor all the action on the field. The veteran cricketer and commentator, Sunil Gavaskar who is also taking on the role as the league’s commissioner will share his expertise and insights. The match predictions will get a comic twist with Suresh Menon impersonating different characters and performing gags.
Viacom18 Colors Cineplex head Rohan Lavsi said, “The combination of cricket and Bollywood is undoubtedly a promising proposition. Along with getting a chance to watch the legends ‘Live’ on the field, we will take the game to the next level by adding the element of entertainment to it. A special pre and post-match show – Super Over will provide a detailed analysis of the match innings along with many entertaining acts. The property opens new doors of opportunities for brand building and we are leaving no stone unturned to create an enhanced viewing experience for the fans. We have designed a marketing campaign with the core messaging Yeh Jung Hai Legendary that will resonate highly among committed cricket enthusiasts. Also, it will be a golden opportunity for youngsters, who have not seen these legends “Live” on the field, to come and experience their magic”
A fantasy league is also being introduced on VOOT, Jio and Colors Cineplex website wherein contestants can create their own league teams and bet on players to win prizes. Play Along in Jio will allow the fans to predict the consequence of each ball, over, no. of sixes and boundaries and scores. All the spectator coming to watch the match will stand a chance to capture the moment come and share the picture on their social media platforms. Furthermore, the Colors Cineplex website is set to get a massive make over as the channel readies to host a cricket series for the first time with movies. With a view of engaging with the fans, the site will be populated with a lot of player information along with interesting contests, games and gratification.