Dated: 2 October 2013
UNILEVER ASIA PTE LTD (UNILEVER) and Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) jointly invite proposal submissions from Singapore-registered companies with Media as their primary SSIC code, to conceptualize and produce original transmedia (multi-platform) storytelling content for new media platforms, for one of the three UNILEVER regional marketing briefs.
Selected transmedia projects will be jointly funded for development by UNILEVER and MDA, as well as carried and distributed by UNILEVER on paid and/or owned platforms, where appropriate.
What is transmedia? : A strong creative transmedia storytelling concept tells a single story or story experience across multiple i.e. two or more platforms and formats using current digital technologies. Unique pieces of content are linked in a narrative and delivered through various channels.
Fun. Quirky. Out-of-the-box content. We are strictly looking for entertainment content which people will willingly tune in and be engaged with; hence it is not a typical show-and-tell television commercial.
Some conceptualization tips:
Think BIG ideas - beyond one-off tactical marketing campaigns.
Be innovative in telling the story. Another Farmville Facebook game? No. We’ve been there, done that.
Be ambitious - your concept might be a possible program format on mainstream TV!
Be relevant - “immersive experience”, “social”, “second screen”, “engagements”, “convergence”, “gamification” etc are current media buzz words you might want to keep in mind so that your content is relevant to our audience’s preference.
The proposed concept(s) should address either one of the briefs provided (please refer to Annex A (342.20KB), Annex B (284.77KB), Annex C (215.59KB), Annex D (384.90KB)). In addition, to be eligible for consideration for MDA grant support, the proposed concept(s) must be a transmedia storytelling narrative content and meet the eligibility criteria.
Organizations must be Singapore-registered organizations with Media as their primary SSIC code. MDA does not give retrospective funding. The proposed content should not have been commercially released prior to the effective start date of the project stated in the Letter of Offer/Agreement. UNILEVER and MDA’s decision is final. No appeal will be entertained.
Companies selected must be able to commit to the milestones and deliverables set out by UNILEVER and MDA. Disbursement of funding to projects funded by MDA will be administered by MDA directly to the Company. Otherwise, payment arrangements will be made directly from UNILEVER to the production companies.
Only transmedia storytelling projects are eligible for consideration for MDA funding under this Call for Proposals. UNILEVER reserves the right to select and independently fund outstanding proposals that are not transmedia.
For projects fully funded by UNILEVER, the IP rights discussion will be between UNILEVER and the company at the beginning of the project to align the principles and rights.
For projects with MDA grants, the extent of IP rights ownership belonging to the company shall be equitable to MDA funding for the project. However, UNILEVER will have a period of exclusivity and the option to buy/license the rights. This would be aligned at the beginning of the project.
Below is the non-exhaustive list of assessment criteria for reference:
A compelling storyline and plot
Relevance to answering either one of the briefs as stated in Annex A (342.20KB), Annex B (284.77KB), Annex C (215.59KB), Annex D (384.90KB)
Transmedia storytelling where the narrative structure is extended across multiple platforms , with each element making distinctive contribution to a user’s understanding of the overall story (content) idea
Appropriate and innovative use of new media technologies and platform to deliver the content
Audio-visual content that is augmented with new media technologies, such as QR code, motion sensor, voice recognition, AR, GPS, NFC, social media technologies, etc deployed on new media platforms such as mobile, smart TV etc
High interactivity, beyond simply ‘point and click to play’, i.e. non-linear content, with dynamic user interaction and meaningful user engagement etc
Potential for international or regional reach
A sustainable business and revenue model for the project
Strong capability and commitment of the Company and partners to undertake development
All submissions must be in English and provide succinct and comprehensive information on the following:
• Section 1: Project Summary
- Creative Approach (addressing the overall brief)
- Concept creative mock-ups and style references
- Storyboard (where applicable)
- Script treatment (where applicable)
- Total estimated cost breakdown and scope/deliverables
- Production timelines and corresponding deliverables
- Profile and credentials of key Project team members/partners
• Section 2: Supporting Administrative Documents
- Latest ACRA business profile
• All materials are to be submitted in:
- 1 x hard copy
- 1 x CD/DVD containing softcopies of all the submission materials
• The closing date for submissions is 31/10/2013 and full submissions must be submitted to UNILEVER by no later than 5pm on the closing date. Companies will be informed of the results of the Call for Proposals within 8 weeks of the closing date.
• All submissions must be sent to:Mindshare
Attention to: Ms. Victoria Brotchie
18 Cross Street #04-01 & 03
China Square Central
There will be a mandatory briefing session for all Companies interested to participate in this CFP on the 17/10/ 2013. All participants will be required to sign a Non-disclosure Agreement with UNILEVER prior to the start of the session. Interested participants are encouraged to use this session to clarify the published information of this CFP. Interested participants are to RSVP email@example.com by 14/10/2013 to register your interest.