Preparations are on full swing at Sri Adhikari Brothers for the launch of their new music and entertainment channel Mastiii, which is expected in the next couple of days. In an exclusive conversation with exchange4media, Markand Adhikari, MD & Vice-Chairman, Sri Adhikari Brothers Television Network Ltd, shares more on Mastiii, the content line-up and the team.
IMN News has brought on board Ayaz Memon as Consulting Editor. He joined a week back. Memon had quit DNA some time back. At DNA he was Editor-at-large and then continued as a columnist. Having extensive experience in the print industry, this is Memon’s first stint in television media.
Sri Adhikari Brothers has decided on the creative and media agencies for its new music and entertainment channel Mastiii. The channel is expected to launch in the first week of July. The creative duties of the channel will be handled by Madision Creative Cell (the creative arm of Madison World), while the media duties have been awarded to ZenithOptimedia.
Though the numbers are for just one week, it has brought great cheer to the Star Plus camp. The channel led the Hindi GEC charts on week 25 with 443 GRPs (TAM, HSM, CS 4+). A part of it can be attributed to the Star Parivaar Awards, which was in its tenth year. New show ‘Tere Liye’ also managed to find its way to the top ten programmes of the week.
To celebrate its 31st anniversary, Mid-Day will release a bumper anniversary issue across Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Bangalore on June 25, 2010. The cover jacket and the editorial page of the tabloid will be in 3D and will come along with 3D glasses. The 3D cover is sponsored by UTV Action for the movie ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’, which will air on June 27, 2010.
Will soccer fever match the cricket craze in the country? The first five matches of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in South Africa have seen sluggish ratings. However, as favourites surge ahead, media planners are confident that ratings would pick up by 20-30 per cent in the coming days.
Reliance Media World will soon sport a new name. It is in the final stages of being rechristened as Reliance Broadcast Network. With the identity change, the group intends to focus on verticals such as BTL and retail. To ensure this, the group has also named it sales team as ‘Big Connect’.
From game show KBC and the myriad talent hunt shows, to voyeuristic dramas like ‘Bigg Boss’ and ‘Iss Jungle se Mujhe Bachao’, reality shows are increasingly adopting bolder concepts. Having its origins in the game show format, reality shows have now moved on to formats that sometimes blur the line between real and reel. exchange4media looks at how it has worked out for the broadcasters, advertisers and the audience.
Suresh Bala has put in his papers at Zoom as CEO. He had been with Zoom since 2006. Bala now intends to start his own venture in the media space and said that he would be ready to talk about it in a week’s time. It could not be ascertained as to who would be replacing Bala at Zoom.
The English movie genre has been growing slowly and steadily over the past few years. While the audience for this genre is limited, the channels are very optimistic about growth. The genre, which is led by Star Movies, saw the launch of a new channel WB some time back. exchange4media takes a look at what the current equation in the English movie genre is.
To mark its 20th Anniversary, UTV is undergoing a total rebranding across its five verticals – broadcasting, games content, motion pictures, new media and TV. It recently unveiled its new logo, which seeks to give the media house a more vibrant image. However, some media planners feel that some logos are like gospels and better left unaltered. Was this change necessary? exchange4media finds out.
The discussions invariably turned towards ratings at the exchange4media Conclave in Mumbai on June 11 with Madison World’s Sam Balsara, TAM India’s LV Krishnan, and Star CJ’s Paritosh Joshi debating the various aspects in the session titled ‘Regulated Ratings: How does it impact the Media Ecosystem?’.
Unilever’s Rahul Welde had the audience’s attention with his special address on ‘The New Age Marketer: As the dust settles on slowdown, what are the new rules?’ at the exchange4media Conclave n Mumbai on June 11. Welde stressed on the need to have big ideas that travelled across the globe and ideas that could be crowd sourced or open sourced.
Colors is sprucing up its programming team and has brought in Siddharth Bahuguna to head Non-Fiction Content. Besides this, the fiction content on the channel will be divided into four time blocks, with each block having a separate fiction team, which will report to Ashvini Yardi, Programming Head, Colors.
The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) is observing its Silver Jubilee with a special seminar – ‘Marketing Responsibly: A seminar to Celebrate 25 years of The Advertising Standards Council of India’. The Seminar, being held in Mumbai on June 10, 2010, is co-organised by the exchange4media Group. Hindustan Times is the presenting sponsor.