ESPNcricinfo brings unique flavour to its coverage of IPL 2018

The sports news website has added brand new shows with a diverse set of experts like James Faulkner, Sanjay Manjrekar, Ajit Agarkar and more

ESPNcricinfo today announced its plans to engage fans with its innovative, interactive and entertaining content in formats suitable to all kinds of audience. Experts James Faulkner, Sanjay Manjrekar, Graeme Swann, Ajit Agarkar, Brad Hogg, Deep Dasgupta, and Shaun Tait will join ESPNcricinfo talent Alexis Nunes, Jason Dacey, Gaurav Kalra and Raunak Kapoor to analyse games, news and issues around IPL for next 51 days. The experts will leverage extensive in-house data and statistics to present content that is unique, intelligent and easy to consume for all kinds of cricket fans. ESPNcricinfo is the only digital platform to create over 20 original programs around IPL 2018.

To expand its reach and serve a diverse set of fans, ESPNcricinfo has added brand new shows to its existing shows like ESPNcricinfo Match Day, Runorder and Match Day T20. The sports news website has made this content available to its fans on its social media channels like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Ramesh Kumar, Vice President, Head of ESPN India and South Asia said, “ESPNcricinfo’s commitment to go beyond the usual coverage is a testimony to our motto of serving our fans anywhere, anytime. We are observing a striking surge in demand for video content and with that in mind, we are creating more opportunities to develop video content, consumable for our fans whenever they like. As ESPNcricinfo turns 25 this year, it couldn’t have been a more opportune time to diversify our coverage for IPL and we are thrilled to kick-off the season with some of the renowned voices in cricket and experts collaborating with us.”

He further added, “Our line-up on premium sponsors for this season are a clear indication of our credibility to offer well-rounded programming and the value various brands believe we generate through these associations.”

ESPNcricinfo’s coverage of IPL through original video programming will feature comprehensive insights, data-backed analysis and robust opinions that offer a perspective on every single match. While live shows such as Match Day Runorder will provide holistic analysis of the games, the coverage also promises to push the boundaries beyond the regular. With TV anchor and comedian, Cyrus Broacha and ever entertaining Anu Menon, the coverage will explore several light-hearted, laugh-out-loud moments through new offerings such as ‘Up For a Challenge’, ‘Backbenchers’, ‘Come Into My Parlour’ and more. Broacha is determined to put players from the IPL teams up to entertaining challenges and conversations that will bring out the fun side of IPL and its players off-field. On similar lines, anchor Anu Menon will host ‘Come Into My Parlour’, where she will interview cricketers about everything but cricket such as their personal lives, off the field interests and more.

Jasdeep Pannu, Head of ESPN India Television Initiatives said, “The IPL is an unparalleled annual ‘festival’ of T20 cricket. This year, our coverage will have a fresh and youthful approach. We will comprehensively bring IPL news, analysis and entertainment to cricket fans across the world – on as well as on our channels on YouTube, FB and other platforms. We have introduced a variety of new shows that engage fans and address every aspect of the game – personalities, statistics, the science of handling mental pressure, game strategies, behind the scenes action from the dressing room, discussion and debate, the lighter side of cricket and cricketers and much more. This is all-round game around the game coverage for IPL fans, engaging, informing and entertaining the audience 24x7 during the whole IPL season.”

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Endemol Shine Group & Shekhar Kapur to direct new drama based on novels by Amitav Ghosh

The epic historical saga will be produced by Artists Studio, part of Endemol Shine Group, in partnership with Endemol Shine India and new TV packaging company DoveTale Media

Shekhar Kapur

Global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group announced the development of a high-end production for the international market. Shekhar Kapur, the award-winning film director behind ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’ as well as Bollywood smash hits ‘Mr. India’, ‘Masoom’ and ‘Bandit Queen’ has signed a deal with Endemol Shine Group to bring to life the trilogy of best-selling novels by acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh. 

Ghosh’s masterpiece, which begins with ‘Sea of Poppies’, continues with ‘River of Smoke’ and concludes with ‘Flood of Fire’, has already achieved classic status and is seen as a landmark of twenty-first century literature. 

The agreement also brings together Endemol Shine Group companies, Artists Studio (‘The Fall’) and Endemol Shine India (‘Test Case’) who will produce the drama in partnership with TV packaging consultancy service DoveTale Media who initially acquired the rights to the books.

Justin Pollard, whose credits include the blockbuster ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise as well as hit television series ‘Vikings’ and ‘The Tudors’, is on board as Historical Consultant and Story Editor. Set in mid-nineteenth century Asia, the series will interweave the lives of vividly drawn characters against the backdrop of the opium wars between Britain, India and China.  The team is in the process of lining up a lead writer. 

Abhishek Rege CEO, Endemol Shine India said, “We at Endemol Shine India have been focused developing quality content not just the Indian market but something that would elicit curiosity from a global audience. This is the first step in that direction. The Ibis Trilogy project will be an amalgamation of the best global creative and production talent, including Endemol Shine India, Artists Studio, Dove Tale Media, Amitav Gosh, Lars Blomgren and Shekhar Kapur."

Kapur adds, “I have always been fascinated that the drug trade was the engine for the Industrial Revolution. Amitav Gosh's books brilliantly bring out the vast epic and emotional tale of opium, from its beginnings in India where it is grown and onto China where it is pushed by drug lords. The story also follows the journeys of indentured labour from India to colonies around the world and tells the intriguing tales of people from India, America and China at a time when modern history was being formed. I’m very much looking forward to collaborating with Endemol Shine in this gripping series that could run into many seasons.”

Lars Blomgren, Head of Scripted for EMEA at Endemol Shine Group said, “Our ambition is to create a major high-end franchise for the international market, matching the scale and epic sweep of the Ibis novels. This deal represents our Group collaborating at its best, creating an exotic, never before seen tale with wide audience appeal. Shekhar Kapur completes the exclusive package and we’re expecting great interest in bringing this to the global audience.”

VOOT Original ‘Feet Up with the Stars’ returns with Season 2

The chat show is being presented by Nestlé KitKat and has been co-powered by OLX


Brace up for some quirky bedside conversations, saucy revelations and celebrities at their naughtiest best on Season 2 of the VOOT Original  ‘Feet Up with the stars’ Presented by Nestlé KitKat and co-powered by OLX . 

The chat show will be hosted by Fashion Director Vogue Anaita Shroff Adajania who will invite the stars to get all their sass, candour and designer pyjamas along. So get ready for some delicious secrets, provocative conversations and unending laughter between the sheets, streaming now on VOOT with a new episode every Sunday. 

Known for its intimate and personal conversations, the VOOT Original Feet Up with the Stars – Season 1 redefined the genre of chat shows. Gone was the red carpet look, the couch and the gossip, only to be replaced by celebs in nightwear, talking about themselves, their lives and their bedroom fetishes. 

Season 2 raises the bar even higher with the current hot favourite of Bollywood, Vicky Kaushal bringing his `josh’ in bed for the opening episode. From crunches to seducing in chaste Punjabi, Vicky is a revelation on the show. Taapsee Pannu shares her favourite fantasy and the newest kid on the block Siddhanth Chaturvedi a.k.a MC Sher sings an original composition only for Anaita and the fans of Feet Up with the Stars. 

All set to launch the second season, Monika Shergill, Head of Content at Viacom18 Digital Ventures (VOOT) said, “Voot is a young platform with a huge skew of younger audiences that are constantly craving for cool, trend setting original content. Feet UP with the Stars in its first season really cut through the clutter of chat shows due to its intimate atmosphere and for the first time very personal and cosy, in bed conversations with the Bollywood stars. Season 2 will take the sassiness of this VOOT Original to the next level with the superlative line up of new stars and their candid conversations.”   

Commenting on the comeback of the show, Anita Horam, Director of Video at Conde Nast India  said, "With Feet Up with the Stars, we have used our unique vantage point and access to Bollywood A-listers to create a never seen before chat show format that gives viewers a chance to get to know a whole new and naughtier side of their favorite bollywood A listers. Season 2 gets even bolder and better.”

Commenting on the association, Nikhil Chand, General Manager, Chocolate and Confectionery, Nestlé India, said “We are delighted to associate with ‘Feet up with the Stars’, a show that resonates with the KITKAT’s belief of taking a break from the grind. With an array of stars, we are confident that Season 2 of the show will be loved by all.”

Apoorv Pandey, Lead Digital Marketing and Customer Lifecycle Management at OLX said: “OLX's new brand logo and tagline - SET HAI is conceptualized to attract millennial population of India and therefore, VOOT becomes an ideal choice for its captivating content and growing viewership. 

“With this integration, we unravel some really interesting aspects of the lives of some of India's youth icons. Such integrations help us capture long lasting mind space of online video audiences. Original content in form of web-only series are extremely popular with the youth today and through this integration, we aim to seamlessly explain the concept of our new brand language effectively.”

Now streaming on VOOT, the second edition of ‘Nestlé KitKat Presents Feet Up with the Stars Co-Powered by OLX’, promises to be more spicy and chic with its fun , new line up of Bollywood stars.  

So get ready to catch these stars put their feet up, bring some oomph and indulge in unfiltered Bollywood drama in the latest VOOT Original ‘Nestlé KitKat Presents Feet Up with the Stars Co-Powered by OLX’.

HISTORY TV18 brings documentary ‘Dwarkadhish- Kingdom of Krishna’

The documentary, which brings to life the legends of Krishna, will premier on March 27 at 9 PM


In an ancient land where river meets sea, faith and fact converge. Where once stood a legendary kingdom lost to the waves now stands the temple of its great lord. Watch the story of Hinduism’s sacred site Dwarka, its presiding deity and the love of His people in ‘Dwarkadhish: Kingdom of Krishna’ premiering 27th March at 9 PM on HISTORY TV18.

The one-hour film brings to life the legends of Krishna, the stories of Dwarka, of Dwarkadhish temple and the devotion of the faithful. Renowned mythologist and author, Devdutt Pattanaik decodes the appeal of Krishna, beliefs, practices and ritual worship. The film also counts down to Dwarka’s biggest annual festival - Janamshtami, the celebration of Shri Krishna’s birth. Here we see Dwarka and its grand temple transformed, amidst special ceremonies, community prayers and grand celebrations. The excitement is palpable ascolour, light, pomp, symbolism and faith hold sway.

The characters in the film straddle tradition and modernity. Their lives revolve around the temple and its precise routine – a young dancer and tattoo artist, a girl from a Pujari family, a tailor, a priest and pilgrims. The film travels back and forth, through ancient past and modern day, between what history knows and faith believes.

Thus each year, Dwarka and its faithful renew their bonds with their patron deity. Each year, Dwarka much like the rest of India, moves forward another step into the future with its faith resolute and firmly rooted in the traditions of the past.

Avinash Kaul, MD A+E Networks | TV18 and COO Network18, says, "At HISTORY TV18 we've always put forth best-in-class content that’s riveting, contemporary and most of all relevant for our viewers. ‘Dwarkadhish- Kingdom of Krishna' is truly a one-of its kind documentary which celebrates the spirit of India with all its ancient splendor coexisting beautifully with youth and modernity.”

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‘Insidious: The Last Key’ to be aired this Saturday only on &flix

‘Insidious: The Last Key’is part of the ongoing property Scary Mornings


&flix is all set to air ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ as a part of the ongoing property Scary Mornings. The film will be telecast on March 23 at 11am. 

It is a daunting story of parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier who visits home to perform an exorcism.  Elise was known for her work in the town, but little did anyone know about her past. When she got a call from a troubled person about evil spirits, Elise picked up her bag for a journey to cleanse the vicinity. To her dismay she must go back to her dreadful past, a place where it all began. As Elise moves to solve the mysteries of a demonic spirit, she comes across a secret doorway which is the root cause to all her problems. Is she ready to open the doors to her past and face the demons from beyond? Will she get it right?

Epic-adventure film 'Alpha' to premiere on &flix, &Privé HD and Zee Café

The film will be telecast on &flix on Sunday, March 24 at 1 PM and 9 PM, on &PrivéHD on March 24, 3 PM and on Zee Café at 2 PM on the same day


Amidst the vast wilderness, the survival of the fittest truly determines life and death. But what happens when your fight for survival brings with it the dangers of the wild? Witness a young boy unleash his inner warrior and struggle as he travels through treacherous landscapes in the epic-adventure film Alpha.

For the first time on television, &flix, the destination for the biggest Hollywood hits, is set to premiere the adventure-drama film Alpha, this Sunday, March 24, at 1 PM and 9 PM. The film will also be telecast as a part of Club Privè, a property of &PrivéHD on March 24, 3 PM and on Zee Café at 2 PM on the same day.

Directed by the award-winning filmmaker Albert Hughes and supported by a powerful performance by Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee, the film gives you a chance to #LeapForth into a world where ‘life is earned and not given’. Join a young man’s unflinching determination to a journey back home.

Set against the backdrop of prehistoric Europe, Alpha traces the life of young Keda who is separated from his tribe during his first hunt ever. Naïve yet fearless, Keda takes it upon himself to find his way back home and unite with his family. Barely surviving alone, the poor chap encounters a life-defying attack from a pack of wolves with him barely making it through. Injured and lonely, he chances upon an abandoned and ailing wolf and reluctantly tends to him. Enemy-turned-ally, Keda soon befriends the wolf and together they meander through the caves and trek through a harsh and unforgiving landscape to make it home before winter. Will they succeed in this mission?

Witness the heart-warming bond between a man and wolf, as &flix is all set to air Alpha on Sunday, March 24 at 1 PM and 9 PM

Zee Telugu’s launches new fiction show 'Akka Chellellu'

The new show will be launched on March 25th, from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM, only on Zee Telugu and Zee Telugu HD.

Akka Chellellu

In tandem with Zee Telugu’s promise to encourage women to take a lead in their life, the channel is launching a new fiction show, Akka Chellellu, a story on two independent twins with contrasting personalities, and yet leading their lives together under the same roof. The fiction show is starring Chaitra Rai, who is known for her act in That is Mahalaxmi, as both the twins, Sravani and Dharani. The story beautifully captures the lives of two tenacious women in their journey of life. The new show will be launched on March 25th, from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM, only on Zee Telugu and Zee Telugu HD.

Sravani and Dharani, twin sisters hail from a lower middle-class family, where their father works several odd jobs to give them a better life. Sravani is a self-centred and ambitious girl who has no worries. While Dharani is considerate in nature as she recognizes the challenges and sacrifices made by their father to educate and raise them. Dharani forfeits her education and other comforts for Sravani to pursue her higher studies and lead a comfortable life, in order to lessen the burden of their father. Sravani grows up to achieve all her dreams and become a criminal lawyer.

Watch the story unfold as Sravani and Dharani are destined to live under the same roof even after their marriage.

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Singing Stars on Colors Tamil to give augmented reality treat to viewers

Adjudged by music director Santhosh Narayanan and singers Ananthu and Shakthishree, ‘Singing Stars’ offers a platform to aspiring singers

Singing Stars

'Singing Stars' is all set for its next episode this weekend on Colors Tamil. The show that pits aspiring and talented pairs against each other showcases a unique but challenging concept, requiring the two singers to perform in unison. 

The pair, either family or friends, will be required to render hit numbers ranging from Rock to Kuthu, from Rap to Gaana from 8pm to 9.30pm on March 23 and 24. 

Adjudged by music director Santhosh Narayanan and singers Ananthu and Shakthishree, ‘Singing Stars’ offers a platform to aspiring singers to showcase their talent. Brought to television screens for the first time in India, the show also offers a visual extravaganza through augmented reality. 

Navarasanayaka Jaggesh- starrer 8MM to premiere on Zee Kannada

8MM will premiere on Zee Kannada and Zee Kannada HD on March 24, at 3:00 PM


With the popular dialogue, “put kanglish version here”, the film 8MM showcases the versatility of Navarasa Nayaka Jaggesh who is popular for his comedic roles, by presenting him in a never-seen-before avatar. Tune-in to watch this blockbuster film on the small screen for the very first time this Sunday on March 24, at 3:00 PM on Zee Kannada and Zee Kannada HD.

The film revolves around Karthik, a sincere and honest police sub-inspector, who faces an unusual challenge in life when his gun goes missing. How the gun falls into the hands of Murthy – a cold-blooded murderer, and the subsequent consequences, forms the crux of the story. Gaining wide appreciation from critics and the box office, the film is sure to satiate the entertainment needs of the Kannada audiences around the world.

Directed by Harikrishna, the film - 8MM is well-known for its excellent characterization and the thrill element. With Jaggesh in a character with a negative shade, Vasishta Simha as a police officer, Mayuri as a journalist, the film also presents Adi Lokesh and Rockline Venkatesh in pivotal roles. Don’t miss the World Television Premiere of 8MM on March 24, 2019, Sunday at 3.00 PM on Zee Kannada.

Times Music releases song ‘Fagunwa Mein Maro Pichkari’ for Holi

The video is an exclusive Times Music release and is available on Times Music YouTube Channel


Times Music has released ‘Fagunwa Mein Maro Pichkari’ for Holi. The song has been composed by Anupama Raag.  She is also the lyricist of this track with Shabbir Ahmed. 

The song has been sung by Anupama along with Amit Mishra and Payal Dev. The rap in the song is in the voices of Ritika and Shabbir Ahmed.
The video of the song features a young couple, celebrating Holi with a group of friends and dancing their hearts out. The colours, the closeness of the couple, the secret glances of adoration - creates a little bit of nostalgia, as confessing love during Holi is so quintessential to Holi music videos.
“This song is an ode to the colours of Holi and a celebration of love. The aim was to create a youthful song that people will remember for many Holis to come. Many extraordinary musicians came together to create this song. It was our way of wishing the country, a very happy and prosperous Holi,” said Anupama Raag. 
‘Fagunwa Mein Maro Pichkari’ is an exclusive Times Music release and is available to watch on Times Music YouTube Channel.

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MY FM launches a new show CHEERS with Engineer Dev

The show featuring non-cliché on air friend ‘Dev’ will treat the listeners with helping people deal with challenges, insecurities & complex human relations & situations of life


To infuse fun and positivity in your evenings, radio station MY FM launches show ‘CHEERS’, a well segmented show with fine music, conversations and an interesting on-air friend.

The ‘Cheers’ show featuring non-cliché on air friend ‘Dev’ will treat the listeners with helping people deal with challenges, insecurities & complex human relations & situations thrown by life. Be it relationship conflicts, professional issues or personal problems, Dev will give a unique perspective on it all.  The double dose of entertainment will reflect in the way he speaks to the callers, shares anecdotes or the brief interactions with his secretary and secret admirer Rina.

Commenting on this Rahul Namjoshi, Business Head said, “At MY FM our endeavor is to create meaningful and unique content. The exclusive prime time show “Cheers with Engineer Dev” will be the voice of the millennial, he will bring alive that enigmatic nature of the city, engaging listeners which will uplift their mood, tickle and serenade them. We are sure that this show will redefine the evening prime time slot.”

Adding to that Vinay Manek, National Programming head, MY FM, said, “The exceptional mix of edgy wit, positivity, breaking the clutter, and a whole lot of ‘Cheers’ will make listeners forget about the worries & bring a smile on their face. MY FM hopes to keep its listeners entertained with more innovative ways that add to the glorious legacy of radio. We are excited to announce that there hasn't been an evening show like this across any media. Hosted by Engineer Dev, the character has gone through multiple life stages and is high on life. An eternal romantic, he is a music lover, story teller and a poet by heart.”

‘Cheers’ show will air from 9 pm onwards Monday to Friday.

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