e.tv recently welcomed the new year with a fresh, innovative brand re-imaging which saw the launch of a new logo, pay-off line and on-air imaging on Tuesday, 1 January 2013.
Undertaken by the channel's in-house Creative Services department, the trendy brand refresh was inspired by the new pay-off line, "Free your imagination". This pay-off line was born from the channel's vision to offer viewers content that expands minds and stimulates free thinking.
"The new look is inspired by our deep connection with our African roots. We wanted to create imaging that would connect with our viewers on different levels and reflect the e.tv brand essence, our passion, aspiration and what we stand for as a proudly South African entertainment destination. The refined positioning is influenced by intensive audience research and this is reflected through the new pay-off line, 'free your imagination'," says Monde Twala, e.tv Head of Channel.
The creative team interpreted Imagination as the ability of the mind to dream up or conceive, and this concept was then explored and developed into the channel's visual on-air identity. The concept was inspired by South Africa's cultural kaleidoscope, which was used as a mechanism to portray imagination.
"It's important to keep up with our audience and trends. The e.tv brand resonates with all South Africans and we wanted this to be reflected in our imaging," says Twala.
The channel also welcomed a reworked logo, which incorporated subtle design changes to the shape of the logo. A 3D version of the logo has been created for the new look - dubbed the 'lollipop logo' due to the semi-transparent red block.
A new colour system for the channel was also developed. The colour system is unique in that it is two-fold - both a summer and winter colour palette has been created so that the channel's visual identity can reflect South Africa's seasonal changes.
"Through the new imaging the channel is able to celebrate the rich tapestry of South African history while setting a tone for the future. The new imaging also lends itself to further growth of the concept and this was designed with the future in mind, particularly expansion in the digital space," notes Twala.
Along with the new on-air visual changes, the channel is also gearing up to launch a completely revamped website. The channel is set to revolutionise online digital content with the website, which will bring viewers an interactive, fun and entertaining means to connect with e.tv.
The refreshed website with all the new offerings will go live within the next few weeks.
"As the channel prepares to turn 15 in October, viewers can expect a year filled with thrilling opportunities," concludes Twala. "We will continue to provide our loyal viewers with world class entertainment television and local content that is relevant and dynamic."
e.tv is South Africa's first private free-to-air television channel. Launched in 1998, the channel broadcasts a full-spectrum programming service to 78% of South Africa's population. e.tv is owned by black empowerment group Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited and Venfin Limited.
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