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TVP Special

Why Siddharth Kumar Tewary is excited about ‘Porus’ and his 10-year journey as a TV content producer

Swastik Productions started with a show called ‘Ambar Dhara’ and now boasts of holding the IP rights to ‘Porus’. Promoter Siddharth Tewary is excited about his mega show ‘Porus’ and his 10-year journey as a TV content producer. Here is why.

Star India pumps Rs 1,233 crore into Hotstar to take on global OTT giants

Star India has injected Rs 1,233 crore into its digital arm Novi Digital over the last six months. The fund infusion was through a rights issue. Novi Digital runs streaming platforms Hotstar and Starsports.com.

Fiction content cost on OTT nearly twice that of TV: Balaji Telefilms

On an average, fiction content of 20-30 minutes on digital can cost anywhere between Rs 1.2-1.5 mn, Balaji Telefilms said. This is nearly twice as high as content cost on television, the company added.

Viu to offer four new originals by Dec end

Viu is aiming to ramp up its content line-up with the launch of four new original shows by the end of December. The four shows will be bi-lingual focusing on the Hindi- and Telugu-speaking markets. The first series to launch is the social media thriller titled ‘Social’.

Balaji Telefilms’ growth strategy in wake of OTT launch

Balaji Telefilms wants to own IP rights of the content that it produces. It seeks to bolster TV biz by pushing weekend fiction format and capitalising on Doordarshan slots. Plan is also to up content for ALTBalaji and other digital platforms. Move will be to retain and get better terms on syndication and remake rights.

Saregama’s movie and TV content plans in the wake of OTT growth

Pumped up by the proliferation of OTT players and the launch of new entertainment channels, RP Sanjiv Goenka-owned Saregama India Ltd has decided to ramp up its movie and television content production business.

Shooting of films, TV serials continue amid security as cine employees go on indefinite strike

The film and TV industries had limited impact as cine employees went on indefinite strike with producers failing to fulfil their pending demands. Several producers and actors continued to shoot under tight police security.

Balaji Telefilms has invested Rs 100.2 cr in digital biz; ALTBalaji reports Rs 2 cr billing in Q1

Balaji Telefilms has invested over Rs 100 cr in its digital biz, which comprises ALTBalaji. The OTT service, which debuted on 16 April, reported gross billing of Rs 2 cr in the quarter ended 30 June. Balaji’s digital biz posted revenue of Rs 8 mn in Q1.

Amazon Prime Video to have a new India head as Nitesh Kripalani quits

Nitesh Kripalani, who had joined Amazon as country head for Prime Video in Dec 2014, has resigned. Amazon is looking at a replacement to head their streaming biz in India.

Discovery, YuppTV new buyers of bid document for IPL media rights

While Discovery has launched a sports channel DSport and could be looking at TV rights, YuppTV could eye digital rights. But will they be serious bidders?