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Television

ZEEL names Akash Chawla biz head, Essel Vision

Chawla will report to EVPL CEO Nittin Keni and will head the TV and movie production for all languages except Marathi. He will also oversee studio production business, digital and online production, events & IP creation.

Sameer Nair joins Balaji Telefilms as Group CEO

Sameer Nair, the man who turned around Star Plus and made it the No. 1 channel in the Hindi GEC space, has joined Balaji Telefilms as its group CEO. In his new role, he will head the company and all its subsidiaries.

Endemol’s South plans get a boost as Sun TV inks pact to show ‘Deal or No Deal’

In order to exploit the big market for differentiated content down South, Endemol India is once again gearing up for a revival of its popular game show ‘Deal or No Deal’ with Sun TV.

Disney India appoints Abhishek Maheshwari as VP and head, consumer products

Abhishek Maheshwari will take up his new role from 10 July. He will replace Roshini Bakshi, who recently put in her papers to pursue other interests.

Balaji Telefilms plunges into red in FY14; film biz hurts

Balaji Telefilms reported a net loss of Rs 17.19 crore in FY14 as against a net profit of Rs 14.58 crore a year ago. Operating loss from film biz stood at Rs 26.71 crore as against an operating profit of Rs 2 crore registered in the previous fiscal.

Saurabh Tewari launches Tequila Shot Productions; to unveil 2 shows by June

Saurabh Tewari of Nautanki Films launches his own production house Tequila Shot Productions; plans to unveil two fiction love stories by June, a YouTube portal with short films by August and a feature film by next year.

Fox Star Studios to start work on 2nd movie this year; ‘Guddu Rangeela’ to release in Q1 of 2015

‘Guddu Rangeela’, a comedy drama, will commence shooting in March and is slated for release in the first quarter of 2015. The award-winning team of Jolly LLB comprising Subhash Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Fox Star Studios will make its comeback for this feature film.

BBC Worldwide India ropes in Akhauri Sinha as COO content and production

BBC Worldwide India ropes in Akhauri Sinha as the COO of content and production to handle production of BBC’s worldwide formats and local fiction and non-fiction formats.

Viacom18 gives digital push to Nick with ‘Nickworld App’

In a bid to expand the Nick franchise beyond television, Viacom18 Media has launched a digital app named ‘Nickworld’ that will offer the best of shows aired on Nick, Sonic and Nick Jr./Teen Nick.

Endemol partners Fox Star Studios for maiden Bollywood film

Endemol India has partnered with Fox Star Studios for its maiden Bollywood film ‘Traffic’; the emotional thriller will be produced under the banner of Eyedentity Motion Pictures.