SonyLIV enters original content space; plans five shows in two months

Apart from original series, the platform is planning to launch international content, including For Life and Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For The Bone Collector

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jun 17, 2020 9:30 AM

SonyLIV 2.0 has become the latest entrant in the list of video streaming platforms offering original series. With a refreshed brand identity, SonyLIV is all set to bring an array of original content, ranging from thrilling fictional narratives to real-life incidents. 
The platform on Tuesday launched its very first original content titled Your Honor, a dark and morally complex thriller, which will go live on June 18. The video streaming platform aims to launch five new originals in the next two months. SonyLIV also released Manoj Bajpayee’s critically acclaimed film Bhonsle along with a dark comedy Kadakh starring Ranvir Shorey.
Speaking at launch of its first Original, Ashish Golwalkar - Head-Content SET, Digital Business, Sony Pictures Networks India, shared, “This is our show which will go live in a couple of days. SonyLIV is coming in the original series space for the first time. We plan to launch some English shows and movies which will be released exclusively on SonyLiv. Initially, in the first two months, you will see the launch of five shows. Four of these shows are produced by Applause Entertainment. We have some interesting offerings in Hindi, English and Marathi in the beginning, and will move to other languages later.”  
He added, “SonyLIV Originals are Indian stories created for a global market. The storytelling therefore will have a signature Indian ethos and authenticity. Your Honor is the first such show and will be followed by an interesting line-up of Indian stories coming soon.”
The platform also has some exclusive international content for its premium audiences. English shows For Life and Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector also make their Indian debut on the platform. While the former is inspired from a true story, the latter is a thriller.
Saugata Mukherjee, Head – Original Content, Digital Business SonyLIV, shared that this is the first time they have collaborated with Applause Entertainment and that they have three other shows with them . "We have shows like Andekhi and Scam 1992 soon coming up on the platform. Going forward, we are looking at dark comedy and sitcom too. The slate is very powerful for the next 12 months. Unfortunately, some of the shoots got on hold but we will be back on track hopefully early next year. Apart from that we have a great line for international shows. We have got some shows from Sony’s international studios, some from Lionsgate, NBC Universals studios. We are also getting some old classic shows and we are getting Agatha Christie shows.”
Your Honor is an adaptation of the Israeli series Kvodo, distributed by Yes Studios. It has been produced by Sphereorigins and is directed by National-award winning director E.Niwas. 
Talking about the partnership with SonyLIV, Sameer Nair, CEO, Applause Entertainment, said, “We are glad to partner with SonyLIV as they embark on their journey of Originals. Your Honor is the first of our four originals scheduled to go live on the all new SonyLIV and we are sure the audience will enjoy this show. We look forward to a longer association ahead with SonyLIV.”
Currently, the premium subscription at SonyLIV is priced at Rs 499 yearly, Rs 299 for six months and Rs 99 per month. With subsription, audience can get access to Originals, international content, all live TV channels and live sports. 

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