Arré partners Reverb Productions to launch Marathi Originals
MUMBAI: After the launch of its studio business, Arré is now making its foray into the Marathi regional market with a strong slate of originals, in collaboration with Reverb productions.
The last few years have been a renaissance for Marathi films, television, and music where creators have experimented with differentiated content and have seen exponential growth in the Marathi audience base. With consumption moving to digital platforms, there is a large viewership and monetisation opportunity to offer Marathi digital viewers premium original content.
Reverb productions has been creating high-quality Marathi entertainment content across web series, short films, music videos etc. including content for their rapidly growing YouTube channel Reverb Katta. Reverb brings with it a strong understanding of the Marathi idiom and viewer along with an established studio plus music production set up.
With this collaboration, Reverb’s regional content expertise and Arré’s unique creative sensibility, wide distribution, and monetisation capabilities come together to lead the next wave of Marathi content.
The first series from this collaboration is Season 2 of Moving Out, Reverb’s successful hit series. Season 2 is set to launch on the Arré platforms and Reverb Katta’s Youtube channel on 12th February.
This will be followed by a slate of 4 original shows that will be exclusively produced by Reverb for Arré Marathi including Season 3 of Moving Out. Besides, Arré is actively looking at taking its successful franchises – Official Chukyagiri/CEOgiri, A.I.SHA My Virtual Girlfriend, The Real High among others, into this market.
Commenting on the association, Arré co-founder and CEO Ajay Chacko said, “Marathi cinema and theatre have been at the vanguard of creativity and the talent in this market is exceptional. Besides, the Marathi regional audience is emerging as a large viewer base for original content on digital and I believe this is the right time for Arré Marathi to bring in cutting edge original stories that resonate with a new generation of Marathi speaking audiences. In Reverb Productions we see a great fit to create premium original content at scale and I’m excited about partnering with Abhijit, Shilpa and their talented team at Reverb.”
Reverb Productions Founder and CEO Abhijit Kolhatkar said “The Marathi speaking audience is very discerning but also willing to experiment with bold new subjects and genres. Reverb has always focused on creating and presenting culturally rich content in a very crisp and relatable manner. We ensure that the content appeals equally to the smartphone generation as well as traditional viewers and their sensibilities. With our collaboration with Arré, we are looking forward to greatly expanding the viewer base. While speaking to Sai, Ajay and the rest of the Arré team we realised that our vision was so aligned that Arré seemed like our own alter ego, time-warped a few years ahead.”
Arré has been working with a range of advertisers to integrate their brands seamlessly into contextual storytelling and entertainment as well as with a range of video platforms such as Jio Cinema, Jio TV, Dainik Bhaskar, Yupp TV, Sony Liv, TF1 Xtra (a French-based television and digital network), Vodafone Play, Ola Play, leading airlines such as Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates etc. to market and distribute its content.
Arré also creates large format original shows across languages and genres, in collaboration with international and domestic OTT platforms, broadcast television and movie screens, through its studio business – Arré Studio.