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  • IN10 makes key appointments to its leadership team
    on July 16, 2024

    IN10 Media Network has appointed four senior leaders: Amarpreet Singh Saini as VP of Content & Strategy at Filamchi Bhojpuri, Manish Soni as VP at Ishara, Vinod Rao as VP at Nazara, and Dipti Kalwani as Senior VP of TV and AVOD at Juggernaut Productions. These appointments aim to boost content creation and channel growth.

  • FIFA asks for Club World Cup broadcast bids just 11 months before 32-team event launches in US
    on July 16, 2024

    FIFA is seeking broadcast rights for the 32-team Club World Cup in the U.S., with key teams like Real Madrid and Manchester City participating. The tournament, to be held in June-July, aims to offer substantial prize money to teams. Talks with Apple for global rights reportedly faced challenges, with the European Club Association expressing concerns. The revamped tournament will serve as a rehearsal for the 2026 World Cup in the same U.S. venues.

  • OTTs bet big on international shows to add variety to original content
    on July 15, 2024

    Over-the-top (OTT) platforms are investing in international content to expand their original content offerings amid audience fragmentation. Disney+ Hotstar has successfully adapted international titles like The Night Manager, Criminal Justice, Aarya, and Bad Cop. JioCinema has launched reality shows like Temptation Island and Bigg Boss OTT, while SonyLIV has adapted Israeli shows like Your Honour and Fauda for the Indian market.

  • GTPL Hathway lines up ₹100 cr to expand its HITS service
    on July 14, 2024

    The company, which received a HITS licence from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) on Friday, will undertake its future subscriber expansion through HITS, the official added, requesting anonymity.

  • India to host first global summit for media and entertainment sector in November
    on July 13, 2024

    India hosts the World Audio Visual and Entertainment Summit (WAVES) in Goa from November 20-24, alongside the International Film Festival of India (Nov 20-28). Announced by I&B Minister Vaishnaw and CM Sawant, it aims to improve IP rights, industry collaboration, and networking in the USD 27.5 billion media sector.

  • TV channels told to seek IN-SPACe nod before using foreign satellite capacity
    on July 12, 2024

    In an advisory dated July 10, the MIB stated that the existing arrangements for provisioning of capacity in C, Ku or Ka frequency bands from foreign satellite operators can be extended till March 31, 2025.

  • Meghalaya government launches its own OTT platform Hello Meghalaya
    on July 12, 2024

    Meghalaya becomes the first State to launch an OTT platform that monetizes youth passion. To cater for the huge youth population base, Government of Meghalaya introduced Hello Meghalaya OTT platform that intends to engage them in productive activities and enable economic growth.

  • Viacom18 to have 20 concurrent feeds for Paris Olympics 2024
    on July 12, 2024

    Viacom18's Paris 2024 coverage starts July 26 with 20 4K feeds, free on JioCinema. Featuring Indian and Women Athletes streams and Siddharth Sharma's vision, it airs on Sports18-1 HD in Tamil and Telugu. Olympians include Sakshi Malik, Sania Mirza, Viren Rasquinha, Vijender Singh, Somdev Devvarman, Murali Sreeshankar, Parupalli Kashyap, and Atanu Das.

  • Tata Play takes its easy bingeing solution to Bangladesh
    on July 11, 2024

    Tata Play has expanded its global reach by partnering with Akash Digital TV in Bangladesh to offer its white label solution, Tata Play Binge. This collaboration allows Akash Digital TV to utilise Tata Play's Cloud technology, simplifying content access for OTT aggregators. Tata Play aims to enhance its platform internationally and generate revenue by providing end-to-end development opportunities for OTT aggregators worldwide.

  • Broadcasters may move court against Trai ruling on pay channels
    on July 10, 2024

    TV broadcasters are preparing to challenge the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (Trai) directive legally. The directive mandates that pay channels available on DD Free Dish must be free to other distributors. Sources familiar with the situation revealed this information.

  • Badtime stories: Users wary of cognitive dissonance and emotional turmoil Instagram Stories put them through
    on July 10, 2024

    ​​In 2016, when Instagram launched Stories — a version of Snapchat’s offering with the same name — it was a gentler, kinder world. So, having “Stories [that] allow you to share everyday moments and grow closer to the people and interests you care about” — as Instagram describes the feature on its ‘About’ page — probably seemed harmless.

  • Shoot films in Delhi, get up to Rs 3 crore: How Delhi Film Policy works
    on July 10, 2024

    The Delhi Film Policy, launched in 2022, is designed to promote the city as a vibrant and attractive film shooting destination. Bollywood movie 12th Fail is likely to be the first feature film to benefit under this initiative.

  • Olympics 2024: Viacom18 marks same ad rates for mobile, TV
    on July 9, 2024

    Viacom18 sets mobile ad rates equal to TV for Paris Olympics 2024, priced at Rs 1,40,000 per 10 seconds. Free streaming on JioCinema, with sponsor outlays of Rs 20 crore. Broadcasting in multiple languages with 18 live feeds.

  • India TV's Rajat Sharma elected as NBDA president
    on July 9, 2024

    India TV chairman Rajat Sharma has been elected as the new president of the News Broadcasters & Digital Association, succeeding Avinash Pandey. Sharma emphasizes the need for unity in facing industry challenges and ensuring a free and fair news environment for media operations in India.

  • Star Sports partners with GT20 Canada to broadcast live action in India
    on July 9, 2024

    GT20 Canada: Fans in India can catch all the action of the upcoming GT20 Canada, starting July 25 exclusively on Star Sports. The league features top T20 players like Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi. With 21 league games in 13 days, the tournament aims to boost cricket's popularity in North America. Star Sports' collaboration with GT20 Canada ensures world-class cricket entertainment for Indian viewers.

  • Viacom18 gets the right to broadcast Ultimate Table Tennis
    on July 9, 2024

    Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) partners with Viacom18 to broadcast UTT 2024 in Chennai from August 22 to September 7. Matches can be streamed on JioCinema and shown on Sports18 Network. The fifth season features eight teams including new additions Ahmedabad SG Pipers and Jaipur Patriots, with top Indian and global players competing.

  • Is Cartoon Network shutting down? Channel issues clarification
    on July 9, 2024

    The animation stated, "Cartoon Network is essentially dead and other big animation studios are not far behind. What happened to all the animation workers? Many are unemployed in record numbers, with some jobless for over a year, despite carrying the industry during the pandemic. When Covid first hit, animation was able to operate completely remotely, making it one of the only forms of entertainment that could continue production uninterrupted. But studios repaid them by cancelling projects, outsourcing jobs, and laying off artists en masse."

  • TRAI offers relief to TV distribution platforms in amended tariff order
    on July 8, 2024

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued tariff orders and interconnection regulations to reduce the regulatory burden on distribution platform operators (DPOs) amidst the migration of pay-TV customers to other platforms. The regulator has lifted the cap on network capacity fee (NCF) and brought it under forbearance to allow DPOs the ability to charge customers based on their paying capacity. Earlier, the cap on NCF was Rs 130 for 200 channels and Rs 160 for over 200 channels.

  • PVR Inox inks strategic partnership with Amazon Pay
    on July 8, 2024

    PVR Inox and Amazon Pay have joined forces to enhance payment options for moviegoers in India. Customers can now enjoy secure transactions using Amazon Pay's solutions including UPI, Amazon Pay Balance, and Amazon Pay Later. The partnership aims to provide a convenient and rewarding experience for cinema enthusiasts.

  • Banijay buys India adaptation rights to 'The Tourist' series from All3Media
    on July 8, 2024

    Banijay Asia has partnered with All3Media International to create an Indian adaptation of the award-winning series *The Tourist*, originally produced by Two Brothers Pictures. This collaboration aims to bring a unique blend of mystery and suspense to Indian audiences, retaining the essence of the original while infusing it with Indian cultural elements. Banijay Asia’s Mrinalini Jain and All3Media’s Sabrina Duguet expressed excitement about the project, highlighting Banijay Asia’s success with previous adaptations and their confidence in delivering a high-quality version of this globally acclaimed thriller.

  • DTH companies lose over 3 million users in FY24
    on July 7, 2024

    Despite the Indian Premier League and the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in 2023, four private direct-to-home (DTH) operators in India lost 3.28 million active subscribers in the fiscal year ending March 2024. Free streaming of the events by JioCinema and Disney+ Hotstar, along with price hikes by broadcasters, led to the decline. Competition from OTT platforms and Prasar Bharati-owned DD Free Dish also contributed to the drop in subscribers.

  • Regional films rule box office, Hindi lose the script chasing money
    on July 7, 2024

    The domination of regional films at India's box office has become significant, as their share in total box office collections rose from 40.3% in the June 2023 quarter to 56.8% in the June 2024 quarter. Despite a steady overall box office collection of ₹1,798 crore in the June 2024 quarter compared to ₹1,796 crore in the same period of the previous year, the share of Hindi films in the total collections has declined from 41.3% to 35.1%.

  • Spotify India narrows net loss in FY23
    on July 5, 2024

    Spotify India LLP's net loss declined 26% to ₹344 crore in FY23. Revenue rose 86% to ₹167 crore while expenses fell 9% to ₹504 crore. Subscriptions increased 66%, ad revenue 91%. Entered India 2019, contends with JioSaavn, Amazon Prime Music, and Apple Music. Globally, Spotify has 615 million users. Data from Tofler; FY24 unfiled.

  • Sony buys India TV rights for MLC
    on July 5, 2024

    Culver Max Entertainment, operating Sony Sports Network, acquired India TV rights for Major League Cricket 2024. JioCinema retains streaming rights. The second edition starts with reigning champions MI New York vs. Seattle Orcas. The final is in Texas on July 29.

  • Viacom18 bolsters its tech leadership team with three key hires
    on July 5, 2024

    Viacom18 has appointed three key figures to its technology leadership team in an effort to enhance its OTT platform, JioCinema. This significant move includes naming Bharath Ram as Chief Product Officer and Ad Tech Platform Lead. Bharath Ram will be reporting to Kiran Mani, CEO, Digital, Viacom18.

  • Madison Media elevates Vinay Hegde to CEO—Investments
    on July 4, 2024

    Madison Media, part of Madison World, appointed Vinay Hegde as CEO, Investments, recognising his 25-year industry experience and successful track record at Madison Media and Mindshare Fulcrum. Vikram Sakhuja praised Hegde’s expertise in media buying and analytics, expecting superior results. With Hegde at the helm, Madison aims to enhance client media investments. Madison Media, ranked 4th globally, excels in media planning for prestigious clients like Godrej and Asian Paints.

  • Collective Artists Network acquires Terribly Tiny Tales
    on July 3, 2024

    Collective Artists Network has acquired digital content creator Terribly Tiny Tales (TTT) following funding from Nikhil Kamath. The move aligns with their goal to be India's top new media company. TTT, founded by Anuj Gosalia in 2013, reaches 25 million weekly social media users. This acquisition complements Collective Artists Network's strategy to enhance storytelling and creator support. Anuj Gosalia, TTT's CEO, looks forward to leveraging Collective's resources for greater impact.

  • DNEG Group raises $200 million from UAE's United Al Saqer Group
    on July 2, 2024

    The DNEG Group, a leader in visual entertainment tech, has secured a $200 million investment from UAE's United Al Saqer Group (UASG), valuing it at over $2 billion. This boosts DNEG's move towards AI-driven content creation with Brahma, set to democratize CGI. Prime Focus Studios will expand, co-producing major films. A new Abu Dhabi hub aims to boost media jobs. CEO Namit Malhotra plans to leverage this partnership to enhance global services and tech, transforming storytelling capabilities with innovative AI tools.

  • Kalki 2898 AD brings Indian box office back to life
    on July 1, 2024

    The Telugu epic sci-fi film Kalki 2898 AD has invigorated the Indian box office, grossing over Rs 350 crore domestically and Rs 500 crore globally within four days of release. Featuring stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Prabhas, the film's success marks a high point for 2024's otherwise slow box office year. Experts attribute its success to star power, strong content, and high production quality. With promising releases ahead, industry analysts predict a rebound in cinema footfalls and box office performance in the latter half of the year.

  • NBDA brings digital news under its self-regulatory body's purview
    on June 28, 2024

    The regulation defines digital news media as digitised news content that can be transmitted over the internet or computer networks and includes content received, stored, transmitted, edited, or processed by a digital publisher. Digital news platforms have been defined as platforms that facilitate the transmission of digitised news content over the internet or computer networks, including social networking sites or social media.

  • 66% of Indian consumers prefer to pay less in exchange for watching ads: Survey
    on June 28, 2024

    The survey highlights evolving consumer preferences towards ad-supported streaming services in India, emphasizing the significance of tailored and relevant ad experiences. As consumers gravitate towards personalized ads and mobile streaming platforms, there is a growing need for streaming media companies to adapt their advertising strategies to meet changing consumer demands.

  • Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies posts net profit of Rs 85 crore in FY23
    on June 28, 2024

    Revenue rose 2.3 times to Rs 300 crore from Rs 130 crore in FY22, the filings with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs showed. The privately held company has yet to report results for the fiscal year through March 2024.

  • Varun Kohli joins as COO of Times Network's News Broadcasting Business
    on June 26, 2024

    As the COO of Times Network, I spearhead innovative strategies in collaboration with industry leaders, driving growth and success in news broadcasting. Leveraging my extensive experience, I aim to position Times Network as a frontrunner in Revenue Management and Operations, setting new benchmarks in the industry.

  • Fremantle India's 'Bad Cop' garners 3.1 million views on Disney+ Hotstar
    on June 25, 2024

    The show was also listed on Ormax Media’s 5 most watched OTT shows and Movies for the time period 17 – 23 June 2024 with 3.1 million views within four days of its release. Bad Cop, which has been reimagined for India by Fremantle India, is based on RTL’s original German drama of the same name. The shows cast includes Gulshan Devaiah, Anurag Kashyap, Harleen Sethi, Sushmita Aiswaria and Saurav Sachdeva.

  • Broadcasters cannot transfer operations of TV channels to third party, warns MIB
    on June 25, 2024

    In an advisory on Tuesday, the ministry directed all permitted broadcasters to follow the policy guidelines in letter and spirit by ensuring that the operations and core functions of the channel are managed by the permission holder only. "Therefore, it is hereby clarified that the letting of the channels to any third party, including the group entities, without the prior permission of the ministry is not allowed as per the existing policy guidelines," the MIB advisory reads.

  • Anime platform Crunchyroll debuts on Prime Video Channels
    on June 25, 2024

    Prime Video has introduced Crunchyroll on its aggregation service, offering over 800 anime titles for Rs 79/month. Viewers in India can enjoy new releases in multiple languages, with Prime members gaining access to 40 new shows, including popular series like Black Butler and Demon Slayer.

  • Tata Play’s loss widens 3-fold as DTH takes a hit
    on June 25, 2024

    Tata Play’s net loss for fiscal 2024 surged more than threefold due to heightened competition in its direct-to-home (DTH) TV distribution business. The company reported a net loss of Rs 354 crore for the fiscal year ended March 31, compared to Rs 105 crore the previous year. Revenue from operations fell by over 4% to Rs 4,304 crore, while expenses rose 1.47% to Rs 4,761 crore. The DTH segment posted a net loss of Rs 247 crore, while the broadband business saw a narrower net loss and a 27% revenue increase.

  • NBDA seeks Andhra Pradesh government's intervention in channel blackouts by cable operators
    on June 24, 2024

    The Cable TV Operators Association of Andhra Pradesh affiliated members have blocked the carriage of signals from Sakshi TV, a member of the NBDA, and three other news broadcasters, namely, TV9, NTV, and 10TV for allegedly criticising Naidu's Telugu Desam party (TDP).

  • NCLT allows Zee to withdraw its merger implementation application
    on June 24, 2024

    NCLT allows ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited to withdraw its implementation application related to the merger deal with Sony Group Corp-owned Culver Max Entertainment and Bangla Entertainment.

  • Sony Pictures Networks India appoints Gaurav Banerjee as MD & CEO
    on June 24, 2024

    Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has appointed Gaurav Banerjee as the new Managing Director and CEO, effective August 26, 2024. Banerjee, formerly head of content at Star India, succeeds NP Singh, who becomes non-executive chairman. Banerjee aims to enhance SPNI’s programming, distribution, and revenue, continuing the network’s legacy of excellence.

  • Unusual T20 cricket world cup timings impact TV viewership
    on June 23, 2024

    The ICC T20 Men's World Cup has seen an 8% drop in TV ratings for the first 30 matches compared to 2022, despite a 4% rise in cumulative audience reach to 205 million. The average ratings have dropped 8% to 0.97 TVR for all-India male and female 2+ audiences and 13% to 1.2 TVR for all-India male 15+ audiences.

  • Young Lions win gold at marketers competition
    on June 21, 2024

    Indian team wins gold Lion at Young Lions competition set by World Bank's IDA, recruiting youth, entrepreneurs, influencers, and civil society to champion its cause.

  • The Economic Times' "The Morning Brief" podcast wins SOPA 2024 Award for excellence in audio reporting
    on June 21, 2024

    The Economic Times' Morning Brief Thursday won the Excellence in Audio Reporting (Regional) award at The SOPA 2024 Awards, marking the first time an Indian news podcast has won a SOPA Award. The episode, hosted by Anirban Chowdhury, discussed excessive flying, inadequate rest periods, regulatory lapses, and safety hazards in Indian pilots.

  • Trai suggests infrastructure status, single-window clearance for broadcasting sector
    on June 20, 2024

    In July 2023, the ministry of information and broadcasting had urged Trai to provide its inputs for the formulation of the NBP. The Trai had issued a consultation paper on NBP seeking stakeholder comments in April. While suggesting steps to grow the TV and radio footprint in the country, the regulator has also asked the MIB to establish a credible audience measurement system for TV, radio, and OTT.

  • TRAI calls upon MIB to establish credible measurement system for TV, radio, OTT
    on June 20, 2024

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended establishing a transparent audience measurement system for television, radio, and OTT services to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It suggests revamping the existing system, expanding sample sizes, encouraging multiple rating agencies, and utilising advanced technologies. TRAI also proposes granting infrastructure status to the broadcasting sector to boost investment, streamlining processes, measuring broadcasting's impact on GDP, implementing a policy for the AVGC sector, and expanding TV reach through broadband infrastructure and subsidised schemes for underserved populations.

  • Indian contingent bags two more silver Lions
    on June 19, 2024

    India won two silver Lions at Cannes Lions, bringing the total tally to 11. Elon Musk appeared at the event in conversation with WPP CEO Mark Read, discussing the future and AI risks.

  • Pocket FM's 'Insta Empire' garners Rs 100 crore revenue
    on June 19, 2024

    Pocket FM derives a majority of its revenue from microtransactions, which allow users to pay for shows that they want to watch. The audio series has already garnered over 250 million plays worldwide and is available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.

  • Nachiket Pantvaidya appointed GM of Sony Pictures International Productions India
    on June 18, 2024

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has named Nachiket Pantvaidya as the new General Manager for Sony Pictures International Productions (SPIP) in India. He will work closely with Shony Panjikaran, the General Manager and Head of Sony Pictures Releasing International, India. Nachiket will oversee local Indian productions.

  • Nachiket Pantvaidya appointed General Manager of Sony Pictures International Productions India
    on June 18, 2024

    Pantvaidya will oversee local Indian production while working alongside Shony Panjikaran, General Manager and Head of Sony Pictures Releasing International, India, the company said in a statement.

  • Anil Jayaraj quits as CEO of Viacom18 Sports
    on June 18, 2024

    Anil Jayaraj, Viacom18's sports CEO, resigned after nearly three years. His departure coincides with Viacom18's merger with Star India under Reliance Industries. Sources revealed Jayaraj submitted his resignation on Monday, but Viacom18 did not respond to requests for comments