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Television

Balaji Telefilms streamlining group structure to consolidate operations

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Balaji Telefilms Ltd (BTL) is streamlining its group structure to combine similar business interests, improve allocation of capital, enhance operational efficiencies and optimise cash flows. The film production undertaking of Balaji Motion Pictures (BMPL) is being demerged into BTL. As part of the new structure, Bolt Media Ltd will be amalgamated with BTL.

Endemol Shine India elevates Abhishek Rege to COO for TV & Films

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In his new role, Abhishek will also lead the mandate for Endemol’s film division. He was earlier leading the TV biz of the company.

Shashi Sumeet ropes in Nikhil Mirchandani as group CEO

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In his new role, Nikhil Mirchandani will oversee Shashi Sumeet group’s business operations and expansion plans.

Anil Ambani’s production arm ties up with Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films for TV, digital content

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Big Synergy and Anurag Kashyap-helmed Phantom Films are getting together for creating entertainment content for TV and digital media. The Anil Ambani-led firm will dig into the creative talent pool of Phantom Films. The alliance will allow Phantom Films to expand into the TV content genre.

Zee’s Essel Vision to remake Marathi film ‘Sairat’ in South Indian languages

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Essel Vision has roped in South Indian film producer-distributor Rockline Venkatesh as a co-production partner to remake ‘Sairat’ in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam.

FremantleMedia invests in scripted independent production house Dancing Ledge

Drama producer Laurence Bowen is launching new scripted indie Dancing Ledge with investment from television format creator and distributor FremantleMedia.

Delhi HC issues notice to Prasar Bharati as producers challenge slot sale policy

Delhi HC has given Prasar Bharati two weeks to respond to the notice. Producers have alleged that the slot sale is discriminatory against small TV content companies.

Freemantle buys 25% stake in independent production house Wild Blue

FreemantleMedia has picked up a 25% stake in Wild Blue, a new independent production company.

Balaji Telefilms nets Rs 68.25 cr from rights sale of 5 movies; TV content biz strong in FY16

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Balaji Telefilms has sold for Rs 68.25 cr the satellite, overseas and music rights of 5 movies. Standalone FY16 net expands to Rs 43.67 cr from Rs 12.27 cr a year ago. Alt reports EBITDA loss of Rs 7.73 cr.

Deals abound as MipTV ups international showcases

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Underlining the continued appetite for drama, a series of major production and distribution companies announced plans to ramp up drama production either by taking stakes in existing outfits or by launching new drama entities.