The Turner Group is exploring opportunities but does not have any immediate plans to bring back the TCM movie channel to the Indian viewers. The company is looking at distribution opportunities in the country for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and may stage a come back in India through broadband networks or a direct-to-home TV service as and when one starts.
Turner India managing director Anshuman Misra denied that his company had entered into an alliance with Sony for joint programming, but admitted that talks were on with several companies for a possible tie-up.
Speaking on the two new shows, he said, Pandavas - The Five Warriors and Sinbad - Beyond the Veil would be aired on the Cartoon Network from September 8 as part of the channel’s latest segment, Toonami on the 6-7 PM slot on weekends and 9-10 PM in Cartoon Network night shifts.
The two award-winning films have been produced for Cartoon Network by Chennai-based Pentamedia Graphics Ltd and would be shown as half-hour episodes. The company is also in the process of completing a similar series on Alibaba and 40 Thieves, which would also be aired on Cartoon Network.
As part of efforts to increase its viewership base, Cartoon Network is also laying emphasis on destination viewing which is rescheduled programmes and developing them as franchisees.
From July this year, TCM was taken off air. In its place, a 24-hour Cartoon Network was introduced, a change from the earlier 12-hour cartoon slot on the channel.
TCM is a classic movie channel with over 5,000 films from one of the world’s largest film libraries. TCM has a mix of legendary and contemporary classics from the 1920s to the 1980s and is recognised as a channel with the best range of movie content.