Entertainment Licensing

Viacom18 launches COLORS Tamil; set to go on air from 19th Feb

February 10, 2018

In a welcome news, Viacom18 has launched its latest regional entertainment channel- COLORS Tamil. Scheduled to go on air on 19th February,this particular channel will be the national media conglomerate’s first foray into the Tamil market. Viacom18 already operates general entertainment channels in 5 regional languages like Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali and Odia apart from […]

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Producers Guild of India signs monumental MoU with Pact, UK

February 8, 2018

Recently, the Producers Guild of India signed a monumental MoU with Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television UK (Pact). The MoU signed by the Guild president Siddharth Roy Kapur is intended to lead to a more collaborative relationship between the UK and Indian production sectors and for both countries to share best practices, projects and […]

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AIR partners with Amazon; to broadcast its programmes throughout the world

February 5, 2018

Thanks to a recent pact between All India Radio and Amazon Echo service, listeners of the public broadcaster can now tune into Amazon’s Alexa to access FM radio, the popular Vividh Bharati and 41 other services from any part of the world. The public service broadcaster has partnered with e-commerce platform Amazon for the latter’s […]

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SPTN and UNF launch Picture This Festival

February 1, 2018

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) and the United Nations Foundation (UNF)have launched the Picture This Festival. The short-film competition will be open to emerging filmmakers, everyday storytellers and change makers from more than 70 countries offering their positive visions of the planet’s future. Starting January 30, creators have been asked to submit videos between one and eight minutes in length. They […]

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TV 18 to take operational control of Viacom 18

February 1, 2018

  TV18 Broadcast and Viacom Inc, joint-venture partners in Viacom18 Media, have decided that TV18 shall take operational control of Viacom18. In the bargain, TV18 shall raise its stake to 51 per cent by acquiring 1 per cent of Viacom18’s equity from Viacom Inc. for a cash consideration of $20 mn. The brands and content […]

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Copyright Royalty Board of the U.S. increases royalty rate for streaming services

February 1, 2018

The Copyright Royalty Board of the U.S. Library of Congress that decides on the licensing fees paid by streaming services to artists (and their publishers)  has increased the royalty rate from 10.5% to 15.1% of total revenues for the five-year period from 2018 to 2022, it is reported. As a result of the change, the […]

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No buys for Amazon Studios and Netflix at this year’s Sundance Film Festival

January 31, 2018

This year’s Sundance Film Festival that was held from 18th January to 28th January at Park City, Utah, United States was a low key affair where two stalwarts like Amazon Studios and Netflix showed less interest in buying of films than in previous years. After the streaming giants combined for double-digit acquisitions the last two […]

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Amazon successfully releases Breathe in Mumbai and Bengaluru

January 31, 2018

If you happen to be in Mumbai or Bangalore you cannot miss the gigantic posters around you of Amazon’s latest new film Breathe. The e-comm behemoth has released the second series under its Prime India Originals banner and the posters of which give people a glimpse of the latest thriller. Four episodes of the R […]

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Saragama inks licensing deals with Amazon; looks at increase in revenue

January 27, 2018

Thanks to licensing deals with Amazon for it’s soon to launch Prime Music service and Apple Music, video and music content company Saregama is looking at a revenue jump beginning Q4 FY18. Yje two services were launched in the Indian market in 2015. Amazon has partnered with Saregama to stream the label’s catalogue of 117,000 […]

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Bambino Media in an exclusive global licensing deal with James Hand

January 16, 2018

UK-based outfit, Bambino Media has signed an exclusive global licensing deal with the former BBC presenter James Hand to exploit Boaty McBoatface commercial rights across media and consumer products. Bambino Media has developed a full cast of Boaty McBoatface characters and content aimed at the global market for film, television, publishing, digital and beyond. David […]

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