BLKJ today announced its partnership with Vivendi-owned Havas Group through an acquisition by the latter. This will see the creation of BLKJ Havas, an agency whose stated ambition to create un-advertising out of Singapore from regional and global brands.
BLKJ, founded at the end of 2016 by Rowena Bhagchandani (CEO) and Creative Partners Joji Jacob, Lester Lee, and Khalid Osman, quickly became the fastest growing independent agency in Singapore.
Today, the agency handles a strong portfolio of local and regional clients including StarHub, Scoot, Great Eastern, Republic of Singapore Air Force, the Singapore Tourism Board, the Economic Development Board, and several government authorities.
The agency has a strong reputation and proven track record of creating work that challenges industry norms in both effectiveness and creativity.
Some recent examples include the ‘Fastest’ work for StarHub looks more like entertainment content than a TV commercial.
The ‘McChinese’ is activation, product trial, and digital content, all rolled into one. ‘Lifeproof Crew’ work for Great Eastern blurs the line between cast and crew, and the result is a piece of work that authentic and memorable.
The agency also created the much lauded ‘Love, Translated’ piece during the peak of Covid.
Within two years of its creation, BLKJ was voted both Creative Agency of the Year, and Independent Agency of the Year at the Creative Circle Awards, beating the bigger and more established agencies to it.
Yannick Bolloré, Chairman & CEO, Havas Group commented: “South East Asia is home to more than 650 million people and is an increasingly important growth region. Singapore is set to become the centre for driving excellence across SEA in various disciplines including the creative industry. We look forward to BLKJ reinforcing our creative profile and our Village offering in Singapore.”
Rowena Bhagchandani, CEO, BLKJ, said: “What we have in common with Havas Group is not just a vision of what advertising should be like, but also what makes for a contemporary organisation. The independent creative powerhouses like BETC, Host, and Buzzman that are now a part of Havas continue to retain their DNA and culture. And what has made and kept BLKJ successful is a culture that helps us create work that is relevant, meaningful, and impactful. This partnership also gives us access to the Vivendi’s partnerships with culturally influential companies like Universal Music, Gameloft, and Canal+. These are relationships that will enable us to offer brands under our care work that’s doesn’t look or feel like mere advertising. This lays the foundation for our ambition of taking work created in Singapore to the world.”
The BLKJ management team will run BLKJ Havas Singapore, and will work closely with the local Havas Media teams to offer integrated solutions to brands.