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Abhishek Joshi quits Sony Pictures Networks India

Abhishek Joshi of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has stepped down from his position as the Marketing, Subscription, Content, and Licensing of Digital Business Head. Joshi is a media executive with over 17 years of marketing, analytics, business development, and content partnerships, strategy business planning and execution expertise spanning across television networks, internet video, content distribution, ad agencies, and brand licensing and marketing. He had also been associated with Reliance Big Pictures, SAB TV and ABP Group in various capacities, handling diverse responsibilities. Joshi has been a core member of…

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Collaborations Sports 

Sony announces acquisition of media rights for Euro 2020, UEFA Nations League

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) announced the acquisition of exclusive television and digital rights for UEFA Euro 2020 and inaugural UEFA Nations League football tournaments. The UEFA Nations League has been created for the 55-member nations of UEFA, the European governing body of football. This will largely replace international friendlies in Europe. The inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League is set to kick off this week. With the acquisition, SPN has become the official broadcaster of eight premier international football properties in the Indian subcontinent including UEFA Champions League,…

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Sports Licensing 

SPN join hands with Facebook to telecast ‘LaLiga’ on TV in India

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has partnered with Facebook to telecast the Spanish top division football league, LaLiga, on TV in India this season. As per the association, over 100 selected matches will be telecast on SPN’s sports channels, including the key clashes, El Clasico and Madrid Derby. All matches will still be available for free on Facebook. Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer Distribution, and Head – Sports, Sony Pictures Networks India said, “We have been committed to LaLiga for the past four years and we are excited to continue…

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Merchandise Licensing 

Sony enters into kids merchandise space, ropes in BWO to roll-out products

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has decided to enter in to the consumer products and merchandising business. If a report in the Economic Times is to be believed, SPN has inked a multi-year licensing deal with Mumbai-based brand licensing company Black White Orange Brands (BWO) to explore the portfolio of its kids’ channel: Sony YAY. The move has been taken to add a new revenue stream to its television broadcasting business and strengthen connection with the young audience. “Broadcasting is our core business, but we want to create a 360-degree…

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Sports 

Sony Pictures acquires media rights for England cricket matches till 2022

In a recent announcement, television broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India has acquired broadcast and digital rights for England and Wales Cricket Board for the Indian subcontinent for a period of five years starting in 2018 through 2022. The move was taken to focus on international cricket and other sports such as football, WWE, golf and tennis, after the broadcaster lost the media rights to its T20 cricket tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) to Star India Pvt. Ltd, in September 2017. As per the agreement signed with the England and…

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Brand Licensing TV Series Licensing 

ZEE sells Ten Sports to Sony Pictures for $385 million

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) have entered into definitive agreements to acquire TEN Sports Network and its subsidiaries for $385 million.  The acquisition will add five sports channels, TEN 1, TEN 1 HD, TEN 2, TEN 3, TEN Golf HD to SPN’s existing portfolio of channels. The deal also include TEN Cricket and TEN Sports that operate in several countries including the Indian sub-continent, Maldives, Singapore, Hong Kong, Middle East, Caribbean. TEN Sports holds broadcast rights to major cricket boards (South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,…

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