T20 Mumbai League franchise owners unveiled

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and Probability Sports India (PSIPL) have revealed the winners of the bids for owning the six franchises in the inaugural edition of the T20 League Mumbai.

The six franchise owners are Naman Developers (Mumbai North), Radius Developers – Sanjay Chhabria (Mumbai North-West), Transcon Developers (Mumbai North-East), PK Hospitality + Sangam + Rudrakh (Mumbai North-Central), Jupiter City (Mumbai South-Central), Star Connect (Mumbai South).

The inaugural edition of the tournament will be held at the Wankhede Stadium from 11-21 March.

Probability Sports India is a consortium of IIFL Group as Lead Member and Wizcraft which has got the commercial rights for the T20 League Mumbai. The organisers have roped in Mumbai’s very own and legendary cricket icon, Sachin Tendulkar, as the League Ambassador of the T20 Mumbai League.

&TV clarifies its stand on Papon kissing controversy

MUMBAI: Following the notice issued by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on the controversy surrounding singer Papon, Hindi GEC &TV has stated that it is providing complete support to all the parties by the incident.

Following Supreme Court lawyer Runa Bhuyan’s written complaint against popular singer Papon for allegedly ‘inappropriately kissing a minor girl’, the NCPCR on Friday had issued notice against Hindi GEC &TV and singer Papon.

Issuing an official statement, &TV said that the channel has always focused on the safety, security, and well-being of the contestants participating in our shows.

“We have always adhered to the NCPCR guidelines and our production house, Essel Vision Productions Limited has taken all precautionary measures required under NCPCR and other laws. We believe in nurturing talent with utmost sensitivity and care while we provide them the platform to showcase their aptitude. As a responsible channel, we are extending complete support to all parties who are impacted by this incident and will stand by them to help them through this situation,” &TV said in a statement.

The controversy began after a video that went viral on social media showed Papon celebrating Holi with the contestants of the singing reality show ‘The Voice India Kids’, which airs on Hindi GEC &TV. The artist, who is also one of the judges on the show, can be seen planting a kiss on the girl’s lips.

Taking note the video, NCPCR said that this is a provocative case and necessary legal action will be taken.

The video has been shot in a van. Participants of the reality show – of which Papon is a jury member – are seen playing Holi. He is captured on the video applying colours on a minor girl, and then kissing her. The girl is from Udmari village, near Kalaigaon in Assam and her father’s name is Jitu Moni Saharia.

The singer was booked under the POCSO Act. Later on, Papon took to Facebook to clarify his stance on the incident and apologised for it. He, however, added that his intentions were not wrong and that he is a very affectionate person. “I might have done it spontaneously but in today’s environment, to touch a girl child, however innocent your thoughts are, is not advisable. I am sorry for that,” he said.

Next 100 mn customers for Netflix will come from India: Reed Hastings

MUMBAI: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said that the next 100 million customers for the service will come from India. He also noted that Netflix has the potential to become a giant exporter of Indian stories.

“The next 100 million customers will come from India. We have 120 million so far around the world about 60 million in the US,” Hastings said speaking at the Global Business Summit on the topic “How Technology is Changing Media”.

Hastings is bullish about the stories that can be created from the Indian market due to its ancient civilisation. “We will be giant exporters of Indian stories because of rich storytelling thousands of years of great stories. It hasn’t been able to find a market because of lack of premium so we plan to develop that market,” he said.

According to Hastings, Netflix will try to uplevel the Indian entertainment industry by investing in local content. “Our strategy is to build local content and try to uplevel the industry,” he stated.

Netflix has announced three new shows ‘Leila’, ‘Ghoul’, and ‘Crocodile’ in addition to its existing slate of original productions out of India including ‘Sacred Games’, ‘Selection Day’, and ‘Bard of Blood’. ‘Sacred Games’, which looks at the underworld scene in Mumbai, will release in December.

“We have just announced three more TV shows doing here. ‘Sacred Games’ is coming in December. You will see a different side of Mumbai in ‘Sacred Games’,” he added.

He also noted that Netflix’s first local Indian movie ‘Love Per Square Feet’ is doing well for not just in India but also around the world in the US, UK, and Mexico.

He also asserted that Netflix will continue to be a premium service. Hastings said that the idea behind the pricing is to uplevel the experience at home.

Hastings said that the cheap cable TV services have hampered the growth of the Indian entertainment industry.

“On a global basis, what consumers pay for cable in India is very low which keeps the industry smaller than it should be. Indian entertainment business will be much larger in the next 20 years because of investing in pay services like Netflix and others,” he stated.

Defending Netflix’s premium pricing, Hastings said that the monthly subscription price ranging from Rs 500-800 is comparable to movie tickets.

“Netflix is Rs 500 to Rs 800 a month depending on the plan which is more than other services but about what a movie ticket costs. What we have to do is to have such great content that people make the comparison to movie tickets and buying DVDs more than they do to cable,” he added.

He also stated that the growth of the Indian internet has been unpredictable. “It helps to have confidence in the growth of internet but even we couldn’t predict the last two years of Indian internet growth. It’s the most phenomenal example anywhere in the world in terms of lower data cost, more people online, penetration of 4G. We didn’t that coming we just got lucky on that one,” he noted.

Netflix, he said, allows global sharing of content to increase people’s understanding.

On the fragmentation in the market, Hastings said that entertainment can be consumed through multiple channels unlike a telecom service or a mobile phone.

“With entertainment, you consume from multiple channels. So it’s not like you buy an iPhone or a Samsung. People watch Netflix and YouTube and Hotstar and linear TV. The mix just depends on the quality of your shows,” he averred.

Shaping the future of Information and Entertainment industry at Magnetic Maharashtra; exclusively on BTVI

MUMBAI: The State government’s initiative ‘Magnetic Maharashtra Convergence Summit 2018’ held recently in Mumbai, showcasing progress of Maharashtra, witnessed participation from major players and Indian companies. The summit focussed on building the state economy with a total committed investment of Rs12.10 trillion to create more than 3.6 million jobs in Maharashtra. One of the key sessions at this event was focussed on changing role of media in the state.

Ms. Megha Tata, COO, BTVI, while speaking on the association, said, “We are proud to be associated with initiatives such as ‘Magnetic Maharashtra Convergence Summit 2018’ that focuses on building up the economy of the state. We would like to thank Government of Maharashtra for giving us an opportunity to be a part of this noble initiative. This alliance integrates with our core value of bringing first-hand information from key influencers of the world for our viewers.”

Moderated by Vikram Oza, Consulting Editor & Anchor, BTVI, the panel exchanged views on growing inclination towards web-series and content creation, implications of visual and mixed reality in the entertainment sector, change in media consumption patterns, new platforms and audience awareness.The other panel members included elite members of the industry such as Mr. Shah Rukh Khan Producer & Actor, Mr. Arnab Goswami- Anchor & MD, Republic TV, Mr. Rishi Darda, Lokmat, Mr. Vinay Subramaniam, Amazon Prime, Mr. Ritesh Sidhwani, Co-Founder, Excel Entertainment and Mr. Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom 18.The panel also conversed on various topics including the Global and Indian media and entertainment market overview, Mumbai – as a media hub, tapping the rural un-connected consumer, role of films in influencing audience consumption patterns and taking the Indian M&E industry to a global stage. (Tune into BTVI for a special preview of this session on Saturday 24th March at 11 am and 9:30 pm on Sunday 25th March).

While the above session engrossed the spectators on Indian M&E industry, audience were very captivated with the spotlight session on Women Entrepreneurs. With Maharashtra being one of the few states having a dedicated policy on women entrepreneurs, this session commended path breakers who have emerged as world class leaders. Moderated by Ms. Swati Khandelwal Jain, National Editor- Corporate, BTVI this panel brought together women frontrunners like Ms. Sara Larsson, General Manager, Swedish Chamber of Commerce in India, Ms. Renuka Ramanath, PE Fund, Ex ICICI,Ms. Minal Rohit, Scientist of ISRO,Ms. Revathi Roy, Founder, Hey Deedee. The panel highlighted key observations of unveiled policy on women entrepreneurs, role of policy and support mechanisms to aid emerging women entrepreneurs, global best practices and key benefits of inclusive growth. (Catch this riveting conversation exclusively on Saturday 10th March at 11 am and 9:30 pm on Sunday 11th March).

The event ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’ was graced by investors across globe representing Maharashtra as a pivotal hub for investment opportunities. A healthy debate was conducted between the industry stalwarts, ministers and other leading personalities on Make in Maharashtra 2.0 with a focus on Defence, Artificial Intelligence, and Genomics in India. The discussions included converting Maharashtra to become OEM hub of Defence Manufacturing and key interventions required to develop the defence policy framework for the state. Exchange of innovative ideas on outlining adequate infrastructure to permit full development of Artificial Intelligence and linking growth of Genomics in the healthcare sector keeping in mind the target of India becoming a Trillion Dollar Economy which commenced as a part of the discussion. (Watch a special episode on Saturday 17th March at 11 am and 9:30 pm on Sunday 18th March).

DD ropes in Chrome DM to provide live data for election results to three NE states

MUMBAI: Public broadcaster Doordarshan has roped in research and data analytics firm Chrome Data Analytics and Media to provide data for election results to the North-Eastern states of Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland.

The firm will be involved in live data collection, processing of the election data and providing it to the national news broadcaster on the counting day. The elections will be held on 3 March 2018 in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland.

The project will have equal parts of Chrome DM’s proprietary technology empowered platforms for quick data collection and analysis, as well as on-ground presence of representatives from the company at all counting booths. Chrome DM will be developing a customised, one-stop dashboard for the channel for real-time information dissemination.

Chrome Data Analytics and Media chief Pankaj Krishna said,“The Doordarshan project is an exciting and challenging brief, and is a natural extension of our in-depth election studies over the last few years. It is the perfect example of a confluence of on-ground infrastructure and cutting-edge technology that modern research &data analytics requires. We look forward to delivering excellence by providing the fastest coverage and real-time analyses.”

This marks the company’s foray in election analyses. It has conducted multiple pre and exit poll studies over the past few years.

Zee Studios International to release Marathi film ‘Gulabjaam’ in unconventional markets

MUMBAI: Zee Studios International, the international distribution arm of Zee Studios, will be releasing Marathi film ‘Gulabjaam’ in unconventional markets like Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and USA today. The film has already released in UAE.

Food often becomes a metaphor for life and living, evokes nostalgia and even awakens feelings you didn’t know existed. Ace director Sachin Kundalkar has always made films based on the first world issues, they don’t represent a fundamental struggle for survival, but modern stories rooted in traditionalism. This time he has gone a notch higher with Gulabjaam resulting in one of the most delicious dishes one would taste in a long time.

Zee Studios International Head – Film Marketing, Distribution and Acquisition Vibha Chopra said, “At Zee Studios International, we want to give each story the global platform it deserves. By releasing Gulabjaam in unconventional territories like Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and USA where regional films aren’t so common, we want more and more audience to connect with the content irrespective to the mode of language. We’re delighted to continue delivering quality in our stories with each Indian film’s release.”

Gulabjaam is a ‘follow your dreams and see what they lead you to’ sort of a film with Aditya (Chandekar), an ex-banker, and Radha (Kulkarni), a gifted cook, acting as the ingredients. It is a treat to watch mouth-watering Marathi cuisine on the screen along with the simplicity of story-telling.

HT appoints Prashant Jha as political editor, chief of bureau

MUMBAI: English daily Hindustan Times has appointed Prashant Jha as political editor and chief of bureau. In his new role, Jha will lead the coverage of politics and government.

“Delighted to take over as @httweets’ Political Editor/Chief of Bureau to lead the coverage of politics and government. Look forward to working more closely with my boss, @ht_ed, and a great set of colleagues with deep domain knowledge. A lot to learn. Counting on your support!” Jha posted on his Twitter account.

In his earlier role, Jha was the Associate Editor at the newspaper where he wrote on Indian politics and foreign policy.

He has also worked as a political columnist for Nepal’s leading dailies for over five years, focusing, in particular, on the role of the far-left, rise of identity politics, and Nepal-India ties.

Previously, he also served as the Kathmandu correspondent for The Hindu, a contributing editor with Himal, South Asian magazine, and an analyst with the International Crisis Group.

Jha has also authored two books namely How The BJP Wins (2017) and Battles of The New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal.

Sony SAB to launch ‘Saat Phero Ki Hera Pherie’ on 27 Feb; ‘Partners’ to move to a new slot

MUMBAI: Hindi GEC Sony SAB is all set to launch a new show ‘Saat Phero Ki Hera Pherie’ which will look at the behavioural differences between men and women. The show will launch on 27 February and will air every Monday-Friday at 9.30 pm.

The show will showcase the various hilarious situations that arise in the daily lives of married couples due to gender roles and differences. It will replace ‘Partners’, which will move to the 10.30 pm slot. With the launch of ‘Saat Phero Ki Hera Pherie’, Sony Sab’s weekday prime-time original programming hours will go up to 3 hours.

Set in suburban Mumbai, the show’s plot revolves around the lives of two neighbours – the Tandon’s’ and the Desai’s. Bhupi Tandon, a man in his fifties, has his own travel agency. He strongly believes that the ‘Man’ is the boss of the house and so loves to dominate over his wife. While he is also a jovial and kind-hearted person who loves his wife, he takes advantage of being the patriarchal head of the family. Making a comeback in the role of Bhupi is a veteran actor, Shekhar Suman. His wife, Neetu, is a woman steeped in traditional Indian values. A loving mother and a caring wife, she follows all religious rituals and spends most of her day in the kitchen dishing out delicious fares for her family. The role of Neetu is being played by the talented Swati Shah.

Their neighbours are a young married couple – Parimal and Rupal Desai. Parimal, played by Amit Mistry, is a complete opposite of Bhupi, a henpecked and a wife-fearing man! Parimal is a manager at a broking firm and is always entangled in transactions of the stock exchange. Enacted by Ami Trivedi, Rupal comes from a rich upbringing and is constantly buying material comforts to upgrade her lifestyle much to the dismay of her husband, who is always submerged under the EMI burden. Rupal believes in living life queen size and is constantly changing her mind and her business ideas. In short, their marriage is a ‘workshop’, where he ‘works’ and she ‘shops’!

Adding to the camaraderie is 25-year-old Goldie Sharma, who is a hopeless romantic. Played by Kevin Dave, he is single and always ready to mingle. He finds his dream girl in every girl he sees.

Goldie also takes advantage of his neighbours’ generosity and depends on them for his daily meals, often borrowing money from them. He calls himself a freelancer, but the truth is that he gets kicked out of any job he gets into, due to his laziness. Being indecisive, he is not exactly a mature, stable guy that girls generally look for and eventually ends up getting dumped by them.

Talking about the new show, Sony SAB Sr. EVP & Head Neeraj Vyas commented, “True to SAB’s brand promise of ‘Haste Raho India’, our new offering, ‘Saat Phero Ki Hera Pherie’, presents a humorous take on how life partners face and manage gender roles and inter-relationship differences. The content is very refreshing and contemporary. The show features a fabulous ensemble of fine actors with some amazing comic timing. We are certain that ‘Saat Phero Ki Hera Pherie’ will appeal to all our viewers.”

RR, KKR partner Star Sports to unveil their captains on TV

MUMBAI: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) has partnered sports broadcaster Star Sports to announce new captain. This is the first time IPL franchises are announcing their captains on television.

While Rajasthan Royals will announce its captain on 24 February at 7 pm, KKR will make the announcement on 4 March at 9 pm. The announcement of the captains by the two teams will air on on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD 1, Star Sports Hindi 1, Star Sports Hindi 1 HD and Star Sports First.

The episode of Phir Halla Bol – Return of the Royals will feature Shane Warne along with Rajasthan Royals co-owner Manoj Badale.

Before the captain announcement episode, Star Sports will broadcast the entire episode of Knight Club featuring Sourav Ganguly and KKR assistant coach Simon Katich where they will talk about the qualities they are seeking in KKR’s next captain. The episode will air on 25 February on the three channels at 10 pm.

Shane Warne said, “The captain plays an important role as there are players coming from different countries and he needs to bring them all together. A captain is instrumental to create a culture within the team wherein every one gels with each other on and off the field. We indeed have some great choices- the likes of Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith who bring leadership values with them. Jos Buttler too has capabilities to lead a team.”

“We really appreciate Star Sports’ efforts to create a six-month buzz around the IPL 2018. Indians love cricket and such programming innovations are bound to win a million hearts. We are delighted to have partnered with the Star Sports network to announce our captain for the upcoming season,” said Rajasthan Royals co-owner Manoj Badale.

Former KKR and India captain Sourav Ganguly said, “It is important for KKR to entrust their new captain with the kind of faith and stability they showed in Gautam Gambhir. When I look at the current KKR squad, I feel Robin Uthappa is the best player to lead the team. Though the team has experienced campaigners in Dinesh Karthik and Chris Lynn but Uthappa has been with the team for over 4 years now and he’s had considerable experience in dealing with the dynamics of the side, not to mention that he’s a fan favourite as well. An aggressive batsman himself, he will be the right successor to the legacy that KKR has come to build over the last decade.”

KKR will also offer their fans to nominate their choices for the captain via fan poll starting tomorrow on their website before Star Sports and KKR answer one question on everybody’s minds ‘KKR ka Captain Kaun?’ on 4 March.

Speaking on the qualities KKR is seeking in their next captain, KKR Assistant Coach Simon Katich said, “While on-field characteristics play an important role, we are also looking at someone who can be a big part of the camp off the field. It is important how the captain goes around and creates a friendly atmosphere in the camp by not always talking cricket and also getting to know the players and their characteristics.”

In the lead-up to the tournament, Star Sports is offering 60 hours of dedicated programming per month featuring a daily dose of proprietary shows such as Game Plan, Cricket Countdown and specially curated Franchise based episodes.

The 11th edition of IPL starts on 7 April with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on two-time winners Chennai Super Kings. Rajasthan Royals will kick-off their season with an away fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 9 April. KKR will begin their IPL 2018 journey at Eden Gardens against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore on 8 April. In addition to airing IPL in Hindi and English, Star Sports will also have four regional feeds in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bengali for IPL 2018.

Viu, Star Suvarna to simulcast talk show McDowell’s No1 Yaari with Shivanna

MUMBAI: Vuclip-owned video on demand (VoD) platform Viu has teamed up with Kannada GEC Star Suvarna to simulcast talk show McDowell’s No. 1 Yaari with Shivanna on 25 February at 8 pm. The new talk show hosted by Shivrajkumar is being launched in collaboration with Mindshare & Group M.

Earlier, Viu had partnered Star Maa and Colors Marathi to launch Telugu and Marathi version of the show with stars Rana Daggubati and Swwapnil Joshi respectively.

The show brings together for the first time as guests, Sandalwood stars and their real-life BFFs who will share their behind-the-door secrets, friendship defining moments and play interesting games with Shivrajkumar, while the fans will be treated to some never seen before videos and the audience, get to ask their favorite stars questions to know them better.

Elaborating on the show, Viu India head of monetisation & distribution Sameer Gogate said, “With an endeavour to show premium content, we at Viu are extensively establishing content franchises that will appeal to the millennials nationwide. The franchise ‘No. 1 Yaari’ is one such exciting addition to our original content library that brings fans in touch with the personal life of popular celebrities. After Success of the show in Telugu, we are glad to extend our long-standing partnership with Group M as we expand our content library with yet another engaging show hosted by an Iconic superstar of the Kanada film industry.”

“It’s a great moment of delight for us to have Shivanna as the host for the very emotional and feel good show. It is a treat to see him with stars getting connected to one another and give the audience glorious joyous time on Sundays at 8 pm,” Star Suvarna spokesperson commented.

Shivrajkumar said, “No. 1 Yaari is a first of its kind entertaining show curated for the viewers that will help celebrate the spirit of brotherhood and friendship. I value friendship since it has been one strong support pillar in my personal journey. As much as the stars are public figures, they have a side that is still private and under wraps and my job will be to help them open up. I would love them to share how their friendships have shaped them as individuals as well as have the fans privy to some unrevealed fun and friendly moments from their lives.”

Commenting the new show, Diageo India Marketing Executive Vice President & Portfolio Head Amarpreet Singh stated, “Curating a show that is all about Yaari by joining hands with people who matter, was always on our agenda. With McDowell’s No. 1 soda No.1 Yaari with Shivanna we are excited to co-produce a show that brings you closer to such stories of brotherhood between renowned artists which is something audiences would look up to. Also, with this, we look to take a step forward in creating more engaging content to connect and engage with the millennials of today.”