Sony Pictures Network India Win Broadcast Rights for LPL

admin   November 20, 2020

Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India has acquired the exclusive pay television & IPTV broadcast rights for the Sri Lanka’s new T20 Competition Lanka Premier League (LPL) for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan & Maldives and non-exclusive FTA rights for the same countries excluding Sri Lanka.

Global sports broadcasting giant Sky Sports have won the rights for UK while state-owned Independent Television Network (ITN) have won the rights to telecast matches in Sri Lanka whereas Geo and PTV have won the telecast rights in Pakistan.

The LPL is scheduled to kick-off from November 26 till December 16, 2020 at Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium (MRIC) in Hambantota. Five franchisee teams, named after Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna, will compete in 23 matches over a 15-day period for the title. Colombo will take on Kandy in the opening match and the final will be played on December 16, 2020. A galaxy of global stars which includes Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Angelo Mathews, Irfan Pathan and many more will be taking part in the 15-day extravaganza.

Talking about the partnership, Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India said, “We share a long-standing relationship with the Sri Lanka Cricket board and as the rights holders of Sri Lanka Cricket, this is a natural extension. There is never enough cricket for India and the Lanka Premier League is a good brand of cricket that is set to feature many sub-continent players making it a very attractive addition to our cricket portfolio. Sony Pictures Networks India is the premier destination for the best of international cricket and for us, it is not just about broadcasting an event but it’s about bringing people closer to the game. We are extremely happy to say that with Lanka Premier League we will be bringing that brand of cricket for our audience in India.”

Sky Sports, Director of Cricket, Bryan Henderson added, “Sky Sports are delighted to be broadcasting the Lanka Premier League this year as the appetite for T20 cricket grows across the globe. Sri Lankans have always played an exciting brand of limited overs cricket and we look forward to seeing more talent emerge from this tournament as well as following many other stars from around the world.”

“It’s indeed a pleasure to be associated with Lankan Premier League as broadcast partners. I believe, the show has to go on despite the challenges we face due to Covid-19 pandemic. I congratulate all the stakeholders and IPG Group for providing us the opportunity of becoming part of a fantastic event. We shall give our best to contribute in its success,” said Dr Nauman Niaz, head of PTV Sports and PTV Global.

“On behalf of Blitz Advertising (Pvt.) Ltd., the media marketing rights holders for Pakistan territory and its partner channels, PTV Sports and Geo Super, wish all the best to Lanka Premier League and IPG for staying put and organizing the event in these challenging times. We are very glad in partnering with LPL and IPG and hopeful that the beautiful Island Nation and the star players will deliver a truly exciting and memorable experience to all the cricket enthusiasts all across Pakistan,” added Group CEO Ahsen Idris.

ITN Chairman Sudath Rohana said, “Sport has reach like few others and an immense power to bring positive social change through the actions and words of its athletes. Cricket is the sport Sri Lanka can associate itself with, and the game that can bring in that kind of change in the Island Nation. It gives me an immense sense of satisfaction to partner LPL and be part of this social change that will go a long way in helping the nation grow through cricket.”

SLC VP and LPL Tournament Director Mr Ravin Wickramaratne said, “LPL’s broadcasting partner’s—Sky, Sony, Geo and PTV—global reach will help the League grow in stature and will help the League connect with millions of fans across the globe.”

CEO of IPG, the Dubai-based promoters of LPL, Mr Anil Mohan said, “It gives me immense pleasure to welcome our broadcast partners—Sky, Sony, ITN, Geo and PTV—on board of this prestigious event and I can confidently say that their association is a great testament to the brand LPL.”

LPT TEAM

Colombo Kings

Angelo Mathews, Andre Russell, Manpreet Singh Gony, Isuru Udana, Dinesh Chandimal, Amila Aponso, Ashan Priyanjaya, Ravinderpal Singh, Dusmantha Chameera, Jefferey Vandersay, Thikshila de Silva, Pht Kaushal, Lahiru Udara, Himesh Ramanayka, Kalana Perera, Tharindu Rathnayaka, Navod Paranawithana, Qais Ahmed, Daniel Bell-Drummond

Dambulla Hawks

Dasun Shanaka, Samit Patel, Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Paul Stirling, Lahiru Madushanka, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Perera, Ramesh Mendis, Pulina Tharanga, Ashen Bandara, Dilshan Madushanka, Kavindu Nadesshan, Sachindu Colombage, Brendan Taylor, Lendl Simmons, Kamran Akmal, Sundeep Tyagi

Galle Gladiators

Shahid Afridi, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Amir, Danushka Gunatilleka, Bhanuka Rajapaska, Akila Dananjaya, Milinda Siriwardena, Azam Khan, Lakshan Sandakan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, Mohomed Shiraz, Dhanjaya Lakshan, Chanaka Ruwansiri, Sahan Arachchige, Duvindu Tillakaratne, Chadwick Walton, Ahsan Ali

Jaffna Stallions

Thisara Perera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Avishka Fernando, Dananjaya De Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Binura Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Chathuranga de Silva, Mahesh Theekshana, Charith Asalanka, Navindu Fernando, Kanagaratnam Kapilraj, Theivendiram Dinoshan, Yiyakanth Yiyaskanth, Kyle Abbott, Duanne Olivier, Tom Moores

Kandy Tuskers

Kusal Janith, Kusal Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Seekkuge Prasanna, Asela Gunerathne, Naveen-ul-Haq, Kamindu Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Priyamal Perera, Kamindu Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Priyamal Perera, Kavisha Anjula, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Samarakoon, Nishan Madushka Fernando, Chamika Edirisinghe, Ishan Jayaratne, Irfan Pathan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sohail Tanvir, Munaf Patel

 

 


Third Edition Of MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards Announced

admin   July 9, 2019

Submissions are now open for the third edition of the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards 2019, organised by Reed MIDEM.

Dedicated to championing and promoting diverse and inclusive content that can make an impact on wide audiences, the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards will be held on Monday 14 October 2019. The world’s entertainment content market, MIPCOM takes place in Cannes, France from 14-17 October 2019.

Reed MIDEM also aims to ensure that MIP Markets have an inclusive atmosphere and support initiatives from different groups, bring new content creators and create new opportunities for them in the business, and support diversity in executive ranks and writers’ rooms to empower new generations.

“As the global TV industry event, one of MIPCOM’s missions is to push the agenda to encourage equal and positive representation – both in front of and behind the camera. We are so delighted to launch the 3rd edition of the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards, which has quickly become one of the main highlights of the event,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of the Television Division at Reed MIDEM, which organises MIPCOM.

To achieve these goals, Reed MIDEM relies on the support and guidance of the MIP Markets Diversity Advisory Board, comprised of: Bunmi Akintonwa, CEO, Little Black Book Company; Sahar Baghery, Head of Business Development, Amazon Prime Video; Sean Cohan, President, Wheelhouse Entertainment & Chief Business Officer, Wheelhouse Group; David Cornwall, Managing Director, Scorpion Television; David Ellender, President, Global Distribution & Co-productions, Sonar Entertainment; Sallyann Keizer, Managing Director, Sixth Sense Media; David Levine, GM, Disney Channels UK; and Nick Smith, EVP Formats, All3Media International.

This year’s Diversity and Inclusion programme will feature major personalities who are speaking out to create more opportunities and enhance visibility for talent from diverse backgrounds. It will also highlight experts demonstrating the positive impact of diversity, and support a series of networking events bringing together various communities.

A key part of the programme, the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards ceremony is an invitation-only event for some 200 leading TV executives. The winning shows will be chosen by charitable organisations and specialised publications that campaign for equality and inclusion (names to be announced soon), who will reward positive programming across the year that embraces representation in worthy shows. The deadline for submissions is 22 July 2019.

To be eligible, programmes must provide a fair and accurate representation of BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled communities, stand out for originality and excellence in terms of storytelling, casting and production values, challenge stereotypes, and show a positive impact.

Episodes submitted must have aired within the past year (between 1 September 2018 and 21 July 2019) on a linear and/or non-linear platform (first broadcast of any season).

Programmes can be entered in one category only:

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award for Representation of Race and Ethnicity
. Scripted
. Non-Scripted

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award for Representation of LGBTQ+
. Scripted
. Non-Scripted

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award for Representation of Disability
. Scripted
. Non-Scripted

MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award for kids’ programming, across all genres

All submitted programmes will be reviewed by members of the MIP Markets Diversity Advisory Board, along with a panel of TV experts to be announced soon and Reed MIDEM’s editorial team.

Reed MIDEM is pleased to welcome back Diversify TV as partner of this year’s MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards.


Rich Conference Programme, Thought Leader Keynotes at MIPTV 2019, Cannes

admin   March 22, 2019

Paris: The rich conference programme at MIPTV includes a keynote from Ilene Chaiken, the creative force behind the hit series “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Empire” and “The L Word”; Michael Aragon, Senior Vice-President of Content at Twitch; Anders Jensen, President and CEO of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) in conversation with Rola Bauer, Managing Director, STUDIOCANAL TV; a keynote from David Lynn, President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, followed by a conversation with Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman, Co-Heads of Awesomeness, and actress Peyton List (“Happy Together”); and an impressive line-up of leading French TV executives due to speak as part of the France Country of Honour showcase.

The international market for both TV content development and distribution, MIPTV takes place in Cannes, France from 8-11 April 2019. The MIPTV conference theme this year is “PUSHING BOUNDARIES”, which will explore how, in the era of peak TV, powerful stories and unique voices are fuelling global creative ambitions and connecting international audiences with an infinite choice of quality content. Each April, 10,000 professionals from across the international TV and digital entertainment ecosystem connect to launch and discover new content, forge partnerships, negotiate financing and distribution agreements, find co-production opportunities and explore the latest trends.

Ilene Chaiken

MIPTV is preceded by the biggest weekend in unscripted content (6-7 April 2019), comprising MIPDoc, the world’s largest screenings library, conference and co-production marketplace for the factual community, and MIPFormats, the discovery showcase for the global formats community.

Anders Jensen, NENT Group President and CEO, will deliver a keynote presentation, followed by a conversation with Rola Bauer, Managing Director, STUDIOCANAL TV, in a unique exchange of views between two industry thought-leaders.

Appointed NENT Group President and CEO in April 2018 after serving as CEO of MTG’s Nordic businesses, Jensen will deliver key insights from NENT Group’s path to become the Nordic region’s leading entertainment provider. Jensen will tell the story of NENT Group’s original drama productions that are now going global – and reveal what consumers and customers really want from today’s entertainment providers. He will also explain why, in an industry that’s changing so fast, coming together through partnerships, co-operation and inclusivity can build something unique.

Anders Jensen, NENT Group President and CEO, David Lynn, President and CEO, Viacom International Media Networks

Headquartered in Stockholm (and soon listed on NASDAQ Stockholm following the split from Modern Times Group, MTG), NENT Group reaches an audience of millions with its streaming services, TV channels and radio stations. NENT Group’s studio business, which comprises 32 production companies in 17 countries, creates engaging content for media companies worldwide. And as brand defining original content is getting more important in order to capture engagement and interest from consumers, NENT Group’s ambition is to premiere at least 20 original productions every year for its Viaplay streaming service.
Rola Bauer is a pioneer of international production and a pre-eminent global dealmaker. A Golden Globe and two-time Emmy nominated producer, Bauer has produced some of the world’s most revered English-language series and created co-productions for such hits “The Last Panthers”, Harlan Coben’s “Safe”, “The Child in Time” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and the highly anticipated Howard Overman’s “War of the Worlds” and Roberto Saviano’s “ZeroZeroZero”.

David Lynn, President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, will outline Viacom International Studios’ vision for an Awesome(ness) Future. Lynn will outline his thoughts on the market opportunities in content supply and the rationale behind Viacom’s acquisition of Awesomeness.

This will be followed by a conversation with Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman, Co-Heads of Awesomeness, and actress Peyton List (“Happy Together”).

Michael Aragon SVP of Content, Twitch

The session will explore the consumer, creative, and commercial impact of operating in a digital-first GenZ world, the ongoing shift from scheduled to on-demand viewing, and the increasing need to make and produce exceptional content for click-swipe audiences on every platform around the world.

Lynn has held a variety of roles within Viacom and its subsidiary channels, and led the acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting in 2014 and its successful integration into Viacom. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) since January 2017, giving him management oversight of all of Viacom’s media networks and related businesses outside the U.S.

Prior to her role as Co-Head of Awesomeness, Zimmerman was the Head of Awesomeness TV Studio, where she oversaw development and production of Awesomeness’ original scripted series for the company’s digital, TV, and over-the-top subscription VOD services. Her credits include the Emmy-winning series “Zac & Mia” for Hulu, “Foursome” for YouTube Premium, and “Trinkets” for Netflix. Glashow was previously Head of Worldwide Distribution at Awesomeness, where she oversaw distribution for all content including AwesomenessTV series and Awesomeness Films worldwide.

Peyton List is best known for her portrayal as Emma in Disney’s “Jessie”. With an impressive 14 million followers on her Instagram platform, List continues to captivate large audiences and dominate on-screen. She appeared in the CBS series “Happy Together”, executive produced by Ben Winston and Harry Styles.

Michael Aragon, Senior Vice-President of Content at Twitch, the leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, will keynote at MIPTV 2019, Wednesday 10 April.

In his role as SVP of Content, Aragon leads all of Twitch’s global broadcaster partnerships, esports, Twitch Studios, content development, and content marketing. Aragon also oversees the acquisition of TV shows and movies that have aired on Twitch like “Pokémon” and “Doctor Who”.

At MIPTV, he will provide insight on interactive entertainment’s appeal to younger audiences from gaming to non-gaming content, the power of interactive live viewing formats to maximize audience engagement and create new experiences around both old and new programs, and his vision for the global entertainment industry.

Aragon previously worked at Ellation, parent company of Crunchyroll, where he served as General Manager and managed the launch of VRV. Prior to Ellation, he spent eight years with PlayStation Network as VP and General Manager overseeing digital video, music, and original content services across Sony’s mobile, desktop, living room, and game consoles in over 30 countries.


Over 200 First-Time Exhibitors Join 2019 NAB Show

admin   March 22, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.– More than 200 companies will exhibit for the first time at the 2019 NAB Show, the world’s largest convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. These companies will offer a first look at new products and technologies through interactive exhibits and demonstrations. NAB Show is held April 6-11 (exhibits April 8-11) in Las Vegas.

The 224 first-time exhibitors will join a wide variety of exhibiting veterans on the nearly one million net square feet of space that make up the NAB Show exhibit floor. Examples of the debuting companies include Red Bee Media, Audi, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Frame.io, StoryMate, Nextologies Limited, The Future Group, Send Bird, Kazuhm, Snappers.tv, and Opus Digitas, Inc., among others.

“These new exhibitors reflect the unique position of NAB Show at the center of the convergence of media, entertainment and technology,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “These companies, along with specialized exhibit areas and leading brands from around the world, will showcase technologies and innovations that are disrupting how content is created, distributed and consumed.”

The 2019 NAB Show exhibition will comprise 1,600+ companies, including 650+ international exhibitors and some of the world’s leading brands and companies, including Blackmagic Design, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Cisco, Panasonic, Google, Facebook, IBM, Grass Valley, Microsoft, Adobe, Amazon Web Services, Vimeo, ATOMOS, Avid, and MediaKind.

NAB Show will also feature several new technology-focused areas of the show floor, including the Esports Experience, AI+Cloud Campus, ATSC 3.0 Information Center, Destination 5G and the In-Vehicle Experience. Review all new aspects of the 2019 NAB Show here.

The Innovation Pipeline houses three destinations and a theater showcasing future-focused technologies and solutions from concept to prototype. Destinations in the Innovation Pipeline are equipped to promote each stage of innovation through Futures Park, StartUp Loft and SPROCKIT.


BBC Studios and China’s Tencent Announce New Partnership

admin   October 16, 2018

Presented by Sir David Attenborough and filmed over four years around the globe, Dynasties explores the lives of some of the world’s most iconic animals

At MIPCOM, BBC Studios announced the launch of BBC Earth Tribe, a brand new BBC Earth fan community with the leading internet services provider in China, Tencent, as well as a co-production partnership for BBC Studios’ latest natural history landmark, Dynasties.

The signing of the co-production agreement with Tencent for Dynasties is part of a larger multiyear partnership between BBC Studios and Tencent, which will see the two parties work together to develop and grow BBC Earth Tribe – a Chinese online community for people passionate about natural history and science.

According to a press note, BBC Earth Tribe on Tencent will not just be the destination for over 650 hours of BBC Studios’ natural history and documentary programmes such as Dynasties and Rituals, it will also deliver unprecedented access to the series’ creators
– via Q&As with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit’s award-winning producers – both online and at on-ground events.

Mini episodes of the BBC’s natural history programmes, 360 videos, live streamed interviews as well as live streams directly from production locations are just some of the additional offerings available to BBC Earth Tribe members.

The BBC Earth Tribe community site will go live on Tencent Video.

Dynasties is the third natural history co-production deal with Tencent for BBC Studios, having partnered on the award-winning series Blue Planet II in 2017 and Planet Earth II in 2016.

The co-production agreement was sealed in a signing ceremony presided by Suman Wang, Chief Editor of Tencent Video & SVP of Tencent Penguin Pictures and Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Studios. It was witnessed by David Weiland, EVP Asia, BBC Studios; Kelvin Yau, General Manager, Greater China, BBC Studios; Mike Gunton, Executive Producer, BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Lexian Zhu, Deputy Director of Tencent Penguin Pictures Documentary Studio.

Presented by Sir David Attenborough and filmed over four years around the globe, Dynasties explores the lives of some of the world’s most iconic animals. As their stories unfold, viewers witness their incredible determination to protect their family line in the
face of challenges to their leadership or from the often harsh environment around them.

The all new five part series from the multi-award winning BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit will broadcast simultaneously with the UK telecast in China on Tencent’s v.qq.com platform.

Suman Wang, Chief Editor of Tencent Video & SVP of Tencent Penguin Pictures commented: “Our audiences have a huge appetite for BBC Earth content so we are thrilled to partner with BBC Studios on this new initiative, bringing our customers unparalleled access to an incredible portfolio of high quality content and unique interactive experiences.”

David Weiland, EVP Asia for BBC Studios commented: “Chinese audiences’ appreciation for BBC’s premium natural history content has grown over the last two years. Blue Planet II delivered over 250 million views* on Tencent, and Planet Earth II in 2016, got over 200 million views*. We are very excited to extend our partnership with Tencent with the co-production of Dynasties, and work with them to build a community of like-minded natural history fans, bringing our content beyond the screens to them via BBC Earth Tribe.”


Travelxp – India’s Window to the World

admin   October 15, 2018

Targeting the global audience, Travelxp highlights the beauty and diversity of India making it a major contributor to upscaling India’s visibility in overseas markets. By Pavan R Chawla . Meet Travelxp at MIPCOM Stand No. P-1.C1

Over the last few years, aviation companies have spoilt Indian travelers with regular discounts and airfare sales across the year from lean period to peak holiday seasons. An upsurge is witnessed in the number of Indian travelers. They are seen travelling a lot within and outside the country. This evolution has taken place in stages, through different age groups and tiers of cities, but has happened. The concept of weekend getaways, staycations and short-hauls has added the new travelers in the segment. Travel has
indeed become a need in the last 10 years. Targeting the global audience, Travelxp highlights the beauty and diversity of India making it a major contributor to upscaling India’s visibility in overseas markets. The channel came to life in 2011 with this objective; cut to 2018, the English language channel is a brand in itself having reached over 92 million homes across the world.

The channel has successfully introduced 4K HDR technology — the next generation of high-definition content and is distributed in DTH / Cable TV / IPTV platform as a linear 24 hour television service in countries including United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Germany,
Netherlands, and Belgium etc.

Prashant Chothani, CMD & CEO of Travelxp

Prashant Chothani, CMD & CEO of Travelxp has led his passionate team which is churning content based on six main categories that appeal to viewers from all walks of life. Its high quality content – its soul, has therefore found a favorable position in the hearts of
travel connoisseurs the world over. The content strategy that is followed at Travelxp is based on the destinations, food, culture, nature, heritage and lifestyle.

A few popular destinations based content are City breaks, which inspires one to venture out and explore a huge range of locales. It seeks out new places, diverse cultures, exotic cuisines – everything a city has to offer. It will break the presumed definition of travel
by reveling in the rich history and culture of the places rather than visiting only popular sights.

Backpack is the story of a solo wanderer set out on a mission to figure out beauty, complexities and character of different places in the world. It is based on experiences, lessons and memories as the anchor explores the diversity of a country. The show is a
window seen through the eyes of a traveler thoroughly new to all that it has to offer.

One of the most popular shows on Travelxp is Thali – The Great Indian Meal that takes food and travel aficionados on a quest to explore the flavors and assortments of one of the most traditional fares of India – the Thali. Viewers can explore various aspects of food, ranging from street food to lost recipes and luxury cuisines in what is a great window to understand the culture of every region through the local and unique delicacies it has to offer.

Food Fact Fun is another great show for people who are always in a dilemma on reaching a place about what to see, what to do and what to eat. The show is a perfect mix of adventure while delving into the true essence of a destination through its food and facts
with some fun activities. It brings out the raw self of the city. Most recently, Travelxp launched “10 Days Cyprus” which showcases the unique and extraordinary Mediterranean
island nation. The show revolves around a traveler who visits a place in 10 Days, and covers all the exciting places.

In April this year, Travelxp launched on the Freeview platform, reaching nearly 99% of TV homes in the UK, which added a whopping nearly 16-million TV homes to the 75 million-plus TV homes that it reaches worldwide. Every television manufactured in the UK after
2008 includes an in-built Freeview tuner that enables it to receive channels from Freeview, which is operated by DTV Services Ltd, a joint venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and transmitter operator Arqiva. It has also launched in Singapore last month, available with Chinese subtitles, and it is already available in half a million homes.

Nisha Chothani, Director – Travelxp

Nisha Chothani, Director – Travelxp, said, “The network intents to expand to at least 15 more countries by the end of 2019 fiscal, and Latin America is one of them. I am delighted to announce every new show that we introduce to global viewers, especially shows that capture India’s beauty. These shows have been created in the best Travelxp traditions of world-class mainstream travel content, shot in exquisite 4K and HD with multicultural hosts for immersive engagement.”

Prashant Chothani has been at the forefront in setting innovative business models and technology advances. An innovator, thinker and strategist, he has guided and mentored the team at his channel, the world’s leading travel TV channel, Travelxp, to launch the world’s first 4K HDR channel, Travelxp 4K, in North America, Europe, MENA & the Asia Pacific.

There is no other similar instance of any Indian Media & Broadcast leader having given the world any such great technological advancement in public broadcast or any other allied space.

Chothani has also helped the technology of 4K make enormous strides by helping refine and hone its development as part of the exclusive group — World 4K Forum. Chothani has received several prestigious international awards for innovation in Broadcast technology from the best global forums.

With over 30 years of experience and expertise in all facets of the media and broadcast business, Chothani is co-founder of Travelxp Media Worldwide Limited, which owns and operates a global network of television channels. Travelxp, the world’s leading travel channel, has become a global brand, distributed to over 75 million homes worldwide.

Chothani is also CEO & co-founder of India’s leading music channel network with 4 channels — Music India, Sangeet Bangla, Sangeet Marathi and Sangeet Bhojpuri, under the Media Worldwide Network.

As mentioned above, Chothani has also earned high respect for having been a key evangelist of the Media & Entertainment space – from having played a key role in helping legalize cable TV operations in India way back in 1988, to creating an innovative business
model for promotion of film and music brands on television channels, to pioneering the launch of Travelxp HD, India’s First HD television channel in 2011, and more.


Zee Entertainment at MIPCOM for Global Partnerships

admin   October 15, 2018

Zee TV’s Global Content Hub holds one of the most significant international libraries in the world with 250,000+ hours of premium content including 4,300+ movie titles. Meet Zee Entertainment at MIPCOM Stand No. P-1.K51

Zee TV’s Global Content Hub is a major creative and broadcasting entertainment programming force and is a one-stop-shop offering award-winning programs in every genre – historical, romantic, family and thriller dramas; reality and formats; adventure and travel; scripted comedy; kids; lifestyle and fitness programs, and much more, all in variety of languages including Hindi and English.

It is one of the most significant international content libraries in the world with 250,000+ hours of premium content including 4,300+ movie titles.

Here are some of Zee’s offerings:

THE LIFE OF EARTH FROM SPACE

THE LIFE OF EARTH FROM SPACE

Brand New Factual Documentary

60’ x 2

This spectacular feature documentary special delivers a cinematic, blue-chip view of the entire life history of our planet, as you have never seen it before. Our planet’s greatest moments and our most dramatic catastrophes are all visualized in this special feature, as
if seen from satellites, airplanes and drones.

ALTAR’D

ALTAR’D

Lifestyle Reality

Brand New Season

60’ x 6

Their day may be approaching fast, but these overweight couples are determined to make one big change – lose weight – before
walking down the aisle. Twelve weeks before their nuptials, the future bride and groom are paired with trainers and begin their
transformation. But of course, there’s a twist that no one will see coming!

KUNDALI BHAGYA (DESTINED LOVE)

KUNDALI BHAGYA (DESTINED LOVE)

Family Drama

30‘x 200

Kundali Bhagya is an intriguing story about two young girls Preeta and Shrishti. They discover the existence of their mother – Sarla and their sister Pragya, after the death of their father. Amidst this journey of mixed emotions the girl’s cross paths with two rich
brothers, Rishabh and Karan. The story will then introduce romance, drama and dispute in the lives of Preeta, Shrishti, Rishabh and Karan.

FINDING FIDO

FINDING FIDO

Brand New Season

30’ x 13

In each episode of Finding Fido, canine expert Seth Casteel helps an enthusiastic dog owner-to-be find the perfect companion for his or her lifestyle. Whether a sociable dog that can help owners overcome shyness, an active dog that encourages exercise, or even a dog that can help detect the onset of an owner’s epileptic seizure, Seth matches each participant’s specialized needs and criteria to his or her new best friend.

AAP KE AA JANE SE (UNCONVENTIONAL LOVE)

Romantic Drama

30’ x 100

“Aap Ke Aa Jaane Se” is an illogical love story between a 42-year-old middle class, conservative single mother, Vedika and a 24 year old irresponsible, maverick, Sahil, from a traditional, super rich business family. Will their love be enough to bridge the gaps… or will
the rules of society become a death sentence for their Love?

RAZIA SULTAN (THE WARRIOR PRINCESS)

Costume Drama

30’ x 170

Razia Sultan is an intriguing historical drama revolving around the warrior princess Razia Sultan. The show beautifully depicts the life of Razia Sultan, who went on to become the first woman emperor of the Delhi Sultanate.

Available in Spanish / English & Arabic

PIYAA ALBELA (MYSTIC LOVER)

Romantic Drama

30’x 300

The story is about a young talented girl, offered an unusual job! A business tycoon needs her help to get his son out of the ascetic life he has been so far living. At first she is hesitant to accept this challenge but she takes it up considering the money offered. In
this journey, she discovers the reason for the male protagonist to live an ascetic life; and will eventually develop a connection with him! The story will take audiences through her journey.

Available in Spanish / English & Arabic

KUMKUM BHAGYA (TWIST OF FATE)

Romantic Drama

30’ x 1100

(Seasons Available)

The story follows the life of a mother who runs a marriage hall and lives with the hope of seeing her two daughters, Bani and Bulbul, happily married some day! The plot centers around Bani and Bulbul, two sisters their dreams, aspirations and their inter-twined
destinies as seen from the eyes of a mother.

ZINDAGI KI MEHAK (MEHAK’S JOURNEY)

Family Drama

30’ x 505

Zindagi ki Mehek is the story of a young and positive girl, Mehek. Mehek has magic in her fingers and can cook great food. Mehek believes that good food is very essential for a good life. This show is her journey through life with the talent she possesses.

ISHQ SUBHAN ALLAH (LOVE – OH MY GOD)

Romantic Drama

30’ x 150

Ishq Subhan Allah traces the journey of Kabeer & Zaara, two individuals with contrastingly opposite nature. While Zaara is more liberal in her thoughts, Kabeer is quite conservative in his approach. Things do not remain the same when both get married to each other. Will Kabeer and Zaara adapt themselves according to their partners’ different perception towards life?

JEET GAYI TOH PIYAA MORRE (AGAINST THE ODDS)

Drama

30’ x 240

“Jeet Gayi Toh Piyaa Morre”, based on the lines of Beauty & The Beast, the story centres around two rival families The Chauhans & The Rajawat’s. Marriage into the Rajawats was considered a curse, but fate took an unfortunate turn, and the Chauhan’s had to marry their daughter ‘Devi’ to Adhiraj who is the grandson of the Rajawats. But little does she know that marital life will be anything but normal.


China Named MIPCOM 2018 Country of Honour

admin   September 17, 2018

MIPCOM has announced that China will be its 2018 Country of Honour.
The world’s entertainment content market, MIPCOM takes place in
Cannes, France, from 15-18 October.

“China has now emerged as a major producer and consumer of film and
television. We have confidence and the capacity to play the leading
role at MIPCOM, present to the world great Chinese stories and work
with our colleagues around the globe to usher in a better future,”
said Mrs. Ma Li, Director General of the International Cooperation
Department of the National Radio and Television Administration,
People’s Republic of China.

“The Chinese television and entertainment sector has a special place
within the MIPCOM and MIPTV community going back to 2004 when MIPTV
welcomed the largest-ever delegation of Chinese TV executives at an
international television market. As MIPCOM 2018 Country of Honour,
China will be showcasing its wide range of programme genre destined
for international television channels,” commented Laurine Garaude,
Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of new industry data reporting
that China is now the second largest television market in the world,
overtaking the United Kingdom and behind the United States.

According to a report from IHS Markit, China spent $10.9 billion on
television programming in 2017 compared to $10 billion in the UK. TV
broadcasters spent $6.4 billion while online giants Baidu, Alibaba and
Tencent invested $4.5 billion to provide programmes for their online
entertainment platforms. Original programming accounted for 49% of
shows aired in China with the rest being made up of acquisitions (46%)
and sports programming.

“In recent years we have seen the growth in Chinese shows being
presented at our events for sale to international broadcasters and an
increase in cross-border partnerships between Chinese and
international producers. We anticipate that the trend towards Chinese
content being exported to international territories will speed up over
the next two to three years and we are very keen for MIPCOM and MIPTV
to be part of that process,” noted Reed MIDEM’s Laurine Garaude.

“At MIPTV 2018 we showcased several Chinese formats including
‘National Treasure.’ And in the documentary sector, the agreement
between Tencent and BBC to produce high-quality documentaries is an
indication of the desire to develop bilateral production
partnerships,” added Laurine Garaude.

The MIPCOM Country of Honour programme will include conference panel
discussions on the Chinese market during MIPJunior and MIPCOM,
multiple showcases of the latest Chinese programmes, a Chinese-themed
Opening Night Welcome Reception, a look into the hottest shows from
China in the popular Fresh TV presentation and the largest-ever China
Pavilion.


President of India Lauds National Geographic’s Documentary

admin   August 12, 2018

The President’s Bodyguard, an exclusive documentary by National Geographic on one of the oldest regiments of the Indian Army, has won the praise of President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.

“Ceremonial occasions like the Republic Day parade, the President’s address to Parliament, oath-taking ceremony of a new President, or receiving a visiting head of state, are watched keenly in India and abroad. The President’s Bodyguard displays the best traditions of discipline and skills of our Armed Forces,” he said.

Kovind added: “Their flawless turn-out and impressive bearing speak for the heritage of our country, and our Armed Forces. But behind their skills, while standing erect or on horse-back, is years of hard work and the relentless pursuit of perfection. These are untiring, dedicated and brave soldiers – as good as the best in the world. I am very proud of them.”

A special screening of National Geographic’s The President’s Bodyguard will take place at Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 14, 2018. The event will be graced by Kovind and will be attended by representatives from several ministries and forces. The film, is set to premiere on the channel on the 72st Independence Day at 9 pm. It will also be available in Hotstar.

Uday Shankar, President of 21st Century Fox, Asia; and Chairman & CEO of Star India, said, “The President’s Bodyguard is the story of India’s historic and heritage cavalry unit, and one of the senior most regiments of the Indian army. Its glorious history of service to the nation and pursuit of excellence makes it unique and we are incredibly proud of bringing its story to our viewers. National Geographic, over many years, has showcased history, science, geography and cultures around the world and is the only platform which can do justice to the rich legacy of these untiring, dedicated and brave soldiers and their military traditions.”

The President’s Bodyguard is narrated by Amitabh Bachchan, whose voice strings the film together. Complementing National Geographic’s spectacular storytelling, Amitabh Bachchan’s powerful narration will bring the story of the regiment’s legacy and tradition to life.

Amitabh said. “As a nation of diverse cultures, patriotism is a very strong term that resonates with every single person living in the country. The love for patriotism is at its peak on many occasions, out of which the Independence Day remains one. I feel National Geographic’s film is a complete package which brings forth the stories of some selfless men who have put national duties above any other interests. The film will surely take the viewers a step closer to the history and heritage of one of the oldest cavalry units of our homeland.”

It was way back in 2003, when National Geographic established itself as a pioneer in the Indian television industry, by partnering with various branches of the Indian Armed Forces, to bring to viewers, access to the forces like they had never seen before. In that year, National Geographic’s ‘Mission Everest’, that featured the Indian Army was India’s first televised reality-adventure, and it marked 50 years of Mt Everest’s ascent. That was just the beginning of National Geographic’s legacy of bringing the most exclusive content on Indian Armed Forces to the viewers. The brand went further and brought some of the most inspiring stories from all three forces – Indian Air Force, Indian Navy & Indian Army. However, along with giving viewers an exclusive access to these forces, National Geographic also told their stories in the most powerful and cinematic manner, giving viewers a completely immersive storytelling experience. An experience that has not only moved them with emotions but also made them connect with our nation’s bravest men and women. A testament to this was when National Geographic’s exclusive documentary ‘BSF – India’s First Line of Defence’ broke viewership records, and premiered as the most watched show of the Infotainment genre.

With this rich heritage of creating the most powerful storytelling of the Indian Forces, National Geographic is all set to once again give its viewers an unprecedented access by taking them inside the world of the President’s Bodyguard. The President’s Bodyguard is the oldest surviving mounted unit and is one of the senior most regiments of the Indian Army. The regiment, which has 245 years old legacy, and is made up of almost 200 soldiers, represents supreme and selfless service. Be it the Republic Day Parade or the President’s swearing-in ceremony, these men have upheld important traditions which have been passed on to generations, many times over the last two hundred years.


Sun TV Profit up 63% in June Quarter, Posts Rs 409.14 Cr PAT

admin   August 12, 2018

Leading south Indian broadcaster Sun TV Network Limited has posted Rs 1,120.39 crore as revenue in the quarter ended June 30, 2018, up 42 per cent when compared to Rs 786.32 crore during the same quarter last year.

In a statement, the company said advertisement revenues maintained a healthy growth of 20 per cent at Rs 362.49 crore for the quarter ended 30 June 2018 as against Rs 301.82 crore in the corresponding quarter of June 17.

The total income was also was higher by 41 per cent at Rs 1,159.39 crore as against Rs 823.38 crore for the corresponding quarter ended 30 June, 2017.

The Subscription revenue for the quarter was up by 15 per cent at Rs 311.27 crore as against Rs 270.50 crore for the corresponding quarter ended 30 June,2017. The profit after taxes for the current quarter was up by 63 per cent at Rs 409.14 crore as against Rs 251.64 crore for the corresponding quarter ended 30th June, 2017.

After accounting for the other comprehensive income (net of taxes), the Total Comprehensive Income for the quarter was Rs 409.20 crore as against Rs 251.70 crore for the corresponding quarter ended 30 June, 2017.

At the Board Meeting, the Directors have declared an interim dividend of Rs 5 per share (100 per cent) on a face value of Rs 5 per share.

The network operates Satellite Television Channels across four languages of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, airs FM radio stations across India and owns the SunRisers Hyderabad Cricket Franchise of the Indian Premier League.