Kannada infotainment channel Saral to launch new shows

New line-up to focus on mythology, Indian history with shows like Krishna, The Kings of India, Nala Maharaja

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Saral Jeevan, the first infotainment channel in Kannada, will be launching four big properties between 24th to 30th December. 

Exploring more from factual and mythology genres, the two weekday programmes will have insights from the Indian history and the Mahabharata. 
The weekend line-up will have cookery shows and stories behind mega cinemas. 

KRISHNA: Starting from Krishnavathara to Krishna as Sarathi for Arjuna, his life at every stage has many stories that are inspiring and act as a guiding force. The series on Lord Krishna will have episodes in five phases. Mon – Fri: 9.00pm 

THE KINGS OF INDIA: Prior to British era, the Indian subcontinent was ruled by many kings, and this was a golden era where India used to contribute over 20% to world economy. It is said that our country was so rich that jewellery and diamonds used to be sold on the streets. With many small kingdoms spread across the South against few kings like Ashoka The Great and Shivaji who had waste lands under their control, there are many stories that are inspiring. Mon – Fri: 10.00pm 

NALA MAHARAJA: The male chef is always behind the bigger kitchen that caters to the majority. Interestingly, less is shown about them on TV. This programme invites common men to come to the studio and present their cooking skills. Sat & Sun: 5.30pm 

MEGA CINEMA: Indian Cinema, which has been over 100 years old, is the largest producer of cinemas and the second oldest in the world. It has delivered some of the most memorable and unforgettable movies. This programme handpicks some of the finest movies across the languages and presents the stories behind them. Sat & Sun: 10.30pm 

“Post to programmes like Mahapayana (Lord Rama’s epic journey) and Seethe Lokamathe, Saral Jeevan wishes to continue presenting insightful content from mythology. We are sure that the Lord Krishna series, with 5 phases of his life, will be liked by our viewers” says Dr Sri Chandrashekhar Guruji, Chairman, CG Parivar Group. 

“Factual content from the Indian history always pushes our teams to go deeper in research and present an interesting perspective to the viewers. New programmes like Kings of India are part of this,” said Raghunatha Reddy, Business Head of Saral Jeevan. 
 

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DSport to telecast Afghanistan vs Ireland ICC cricket series in India

The series will begin with the T20 games, the first of which would be played on Thursday 21st February 2019 and would be telecast LIVE on DSPORT from 6:30 PM onwards

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DSport, a premium sports channel of Discovery Communications, will broadcast LIVE the upcoming Afghanistan - Ireland ICC cricket series. The series would be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun from the 21st February – 19th March 2019. The series starts with the T20 games, the first of which would be played on Thursday 21st February 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, and would be telecast LIVE on DSport from 6:30 PM onwards.

This would be the second time when Afghanistan and Ireland would play a series against each other. In their last encounter when Ireland hosted Afghanistan, the latter defeated them in both the T20 series as well as the One Day International’s. On the return leg, Afghanistan would host Ireland in a neutral venue, which would happen to be the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

The series this year will feature top performers from both Afghanistan and Ireland. Top wicket takers from the last series between the two nations Tim Murtagh from Ireland and Rashid Khan from Afghanistan will be seen in action again this series. While top scorer from the last series Andrew Balbirnie of Ireland and Rahmat Shah (second highest scorer) of Afghanistan would add strength to their respective batting lineups in the upcoming series. Other top stars who will be seen in action are Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammad Shahzad from Afghanistan and Irish stars like Kevin O Brien, Paul Stirling and George Dockrell.

DSport will telecast the 1st & 2nd T20 matches out of the three and 1st, 3rd and 4th ODI out of the five match series. DSport also recently suspended the telecast of the Pakistan Super League in support of the martyrs of the Pulwama Attacks.

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News18 Network launches 2nd edition of Rising India Summit

The event will be held in New Delhi on February 25 & 26 and the inaugural evening will be graced by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi who will give the keynote address

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With the theme ‘Beyond Politics: Defining National Priorities’, News18, has launched the second edition of its marquee thought-leadership initiative-News18 Rising India Summit 2019. The event will be held in New Delhi on February 25 & 26 and the inaugural evening will be graced by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi who will give the keynote address.

Commenting on the launch Avinash Kaul, COO, Network18, “As the largest news network in the country not just in size and scale with 19 channels in 15 languages but also viewership, it's only fitting that a platform as large as Rising India is conceptualized by us. We are proud to continue from last year's success of Rising India Summit and this year being an election year presents an even bigger opportunity to us to initiate ideas and dialogues.”

The summit this year, held on a monumental scale, will bring together people of eminence and exceptional achievements, from various walks of life, to celebrate India’s successes and deliberate the future. The two-day summit will witness dignitaries such as BJP President Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of Finance & Railways Piyush Goyal, Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkhari, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Speaking on the development, Priyanka Kaul, President – Marketing & Special Projects, Network18 added, “Taking this initiative a notch higher this year, we are looking forward to welcome renowned stalwarts and celebrities on a common platform. As a network, we cater to people across demographics, geography and socio-cultural regions. With an endeavor to imagine a collective future to greatness and further giving an edge to India’s rising stature, this platform will capture the thoughts and vision of those in the driving seat of various facets of progress. We believe that this summit will sow the intention and pen down the direction of taking India to another level of growth in the coming year.”

The mega-event will kick-start with ‘Two Mystics’ - Ramdev and Sadhguru, following which an array of union ministers will be sharing their views on the theme ‘Building India for the Future’. The second day of this grandeur summit will commence with the address by Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaking on his idea of ‘Rising India: The Challenges Within’. Taking the evening further to be more exciting, there will be a panel discussion with eight women influencers such as Supriya Sule, Maneka Gandhi, Meenakshi Lekhi, Shobha De and others pondering on the new gender equation. While luminaries from sports and Bollywood will also be gracing the event, the session on ‘Future of Rising India’ will witness participations from the young guns of the country namely, Sachin Pilot, Tejaswi Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Anurag Thakur, Nara Lokesh, Jitin Prasada and others.

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Network18 announces biggest coverage of General Elections 2019 with launch of 'Mahabharat'

The programming will telecast in 15 different languages on 20 news channels of the network

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As the world’s largest democracy gears up for high-decibel campaigns by the political parties across the 718 districts of the country to form the next government, Network18 is all set to bring to its audience an unmatched programming on General Elections 2019 under its umbrella branding - ‘Mahabharat’. Reaching out to 64 crore viewers, the programming will telecast in 15 different languages on 20 news channels of the network.

Keeping up with the legacy of bringing the most comprehensive reportage on the major elections, the programming on Network18, the largest news network in India, will span more than 3700 hours with over 200 shows and segments. From covering high-decibel campaigns and rallies of star campaigners to highlighting the voice of first-time voters and key concerns of the female voters across the country, the programming will encompass numerous interactive shows across channels. Covering the length and breadth of the country, the programming will focus on the aspirations and expectations of the common men and women from the upcoming government.

The incisive coverage on the channels will include dedicated bulletins and debates, wide-ranging on-ground reportage, in-depth profiling of the biggest leaders, data driven analysis of trends and government’s performance, wittiest political satires along with interviews with the biggest newsmakers. Starting from campaigning, the mega programming will cover polling days and counting day, right until the government formation.

The reportage across the leading national and regional channels - CNN-News18, News18 India, CNBC-TV18, CNBC Awaaz, News18 HSM, News18 South amongst others - will be led by the team of veteran anchors, editors and reporters who, along with prominent experts, will give an in-depth analysis of key issues and developments and keep the viewers well-informed of the high-profile General Elections. Culminating in the grand finale of this modern day Mahabharata, Network18’s largest team of reporters will be deployed to deliver real-time result updates from each constituency. Network18 will leave no stone unturned to bring an unrivalled view of the biggest elections.

With an aim to further amplify its programming, Network18 will do an extensive on-air promotion across its various channels along with heavy promotion on social media and its digital platforms. In order to reach out to media agencies and advertisers, the network is also doing extensive branding activities across top media agencies.

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National Geographic launches new season of 'Science of Stupid'

Host Maniesh Paul to decode the science behind the most bizarre and viral misadventure videos

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What’s the science behind some of the most jaw-dropping acts of stupidity? National Geographic is set to answer this in the brand new season of its funny and informative show – Science of Stupid. 

The new season will see host Maniesh Paul, enlightening viewers to the science behind misadventures of people – from motorbike crashes and trampoline mishaps to unexpected explosions and novice lumber jacking. The idea is to bring science in an interesting, quirky and easy to understand manner. Premiering on February 18, 2019, the show will take its viewers a step closer to all the scientific facts hidden in common and not-so-common experiences, and decode the science behind our everyday activities. 

Launched in 2014, Science of Stupid - a popular series designed especially for younger audiences - strives to make complex principles of science fun & easy to comprehend. With new and exciting set of videos, Paul will be seen guiding viewers through viral videos, offering them a crash-course in everything from gravitational potential energy to optimum trajectory with the assistance of custom-made animations and super slow motion cinematography. By revealing the science theories at play behind the peoples’ misguided adventurers, the show promises to be an extremely entertaining and educating treat for viewers. 

Commenting on the new season, Pawan Soni, Head – Programming & Marketing at the network said, “Science of Stupid has been one of the most popular franchises of National Geographic, appealing to both children and adults. The unique aspect of the show is that it gives viewers an in-depth comprehension of scientific concepts, while also entertaining them through humour. It also provokes viewers to be curious and ask more questions - so the viewers do not experience common misadventures themselves due to ignorance.” 

Additionally, having Maniesh Paul’s wit and humour to explain science-based facts makes the show even more fun and engaging. The show is definitely a must watch for children and families who are inquisitive to learn new things every day.”

Commenting on the new season, Paul said, “I am thrilled to bring to viewers yet another series of Science of Stupid. I obviously promise you a lot of jokes and laughter. But also a heavy dose of fun science theories and concepts. Thoda aur smart banoge yeh show dekh kar!”

I believe each season of the show comes with more excitement and context, making it bigger and better than the previous one. The show has received much appreciation from its viewers and a brand new season is a reiteration of its popularity.” 

The new season of Science of Stupid will premiere on National Geographic on February 18th and will air every Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm. The series will be available on Hotstar as well.

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Romedy Now and Penguin Random House India launch #LoveIsInTheStories

The digital series will bring renowned romance authors - Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Sudeep Nagarkar and Novoneel Chakraborty to narrate stories of love

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Romedy Now, the English Entertainment Channel launches #LoveIsInTheStories in partnership with Penguin Random House India (PRHI). The digital series celebrates this season of love, by connecting the world of books and movies, through the unifying theme of storytelling. Starting 9th February, this month-long Valentine’s special property will bring together the country’s four bestselling romance authors – Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Sudeep Nagarkar and Novoneel Chakraborty to narrate stories of love, in this one-of-a-kind initiative.

While their written word has been read, and loved by millions, for the first time ever, they can be seen and heard, bringing their inimitable styles to narrate stories for their fans. Hosted on the Facebook Page of Romedy Now, each author will narrate a story on why we should first love ourselves, their favourite movie from V – Day line up on Romedy Now, a quick synopsis of their latest book and a very special session on their own love story.

Commenting on the initiative, Vivek Srivastava, EVP & Head - Entertainment Cluster, Times Network, said, “Romedy Now has always narrated the ‘Love. Laugh. Live’ stories by bringing the best of rom-coms to our viewers. We are extremely delighted to partner with Penguin Random House India (PRHI) for #LoveIsInTheStories, a unique celebration of movie and books. I hope this one of a kind initiative will bring forth the essence of storytelling instrumented through the most sought after romance novelists in the country.”

As a part of the series, Romedy Now will host a special Valentine’s Day contest on channel’s social media handles encouraging fans to share their ‘#LoveYourself’ stories. Each author will pick their most favourite story from among the entries and the selected can win an incomparable experience of spending quality time with the author.

Watch the best romance novelists share their stories of love with #LoveIsInTheStories from February 09, 2019 on www.facebook.com/romedynow.

 

 

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Mazhavil Manorama announces season 5 of dance reality show D4Dance- ‘D5 Junior’

MMTV has not officially announced a date for the program commencement, but the show is expected to air in April

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Mazhavil Manorama has announced that the 5th season of their dance reality show D4Dance- ‘D5 Junior’. This season’s iteration will feature 16 kids who will battle it out over 70 episodes for the ultimate prize – to become this year’s biggest dance icon. The much anticipated show will feature 3 eminent judges with exceptional reputation in the field of dance and entertainment – Prasanna Master, Miya George and Paris Laxmi.

With the momentum built-up over 4 seasons of the contest, the announcement of the new season has caused much buzz already, with audition centres across the country experiencing a very high footfall. In the coming weeks the auditions will be conducted across UAE.

Although MMTV has not officially announced a date for the program commencement, the show is expected to air in April.

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HISTORY TV18 to premiere ‘Battle Factory’ on Feb 16

The show will give a preview of the engineering mastery that goes into making bullet-proof helmets, fuel bladders and Zippo lighters

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HISTORY TV18 will be launching its new show ‘Battle Factory’ as a 14-part series to be telecast every weekend from February 16 at 9.30pm.  

Each episode will be a story in itself and will feature never-before-seen factories that are secretive and kept hush-hush. It will give a preview of the engineering mastery that goes into making the bullet-proof helmets, fuel bladders and Zippo lighters. 

Every item’s manufacturing process is shot using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques for a look and feel that really brings the machines and process to life. ‘Battle Factory’ gives unprecedented access and reveals how these items are manufactured right before the viewers' eyes. 

The programme also tells the viewers how there is no room for errors when lives are at stake along with intricate details on how these factories manufacture some of the ultra-modern vital gear armies around the world. 

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Sutra Tech Labs showcases its AI-powered Social CMS at Startup Grind Global Conference

Web 3.0 will help businesses re-target prospects on the basis of cognitive learning using Artificial Intelligence

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Sutra Tech Labs, showcased Sutra Networks, it’s proprietary Web 3.0, AI-powered Social CMS at Startup Grind Global Conference, a Google for Startups Programme. 

The company was recently shortlisted as one of the world’s Top 50 Innovative and Disruptive StartUps.

The product drew immense interest from investors and visitors. Multiple follow-up meetings have been setup for a detailed evaluation. Gaurav Garg, founder of Sutra Tech Labs, was given a stage to pitch his innovation at Fox Theatre amongst an elite assembly of silicon valley investors and tech mavericks.

‘Social’ is the new language used by marketers, and understood by customers. However, existing digital assets (website and mobile apps), are still not social. Sutra Tech Labs envisions a future where every business owner would upgrade their digital assets into native Social Networks, and own the consumer data, analytics and affinities. 

This would help businesses to retarget prospects on the basis of cognitive learning using Artificial Intelligence. Sutra Networks helps create a white-labelled Social Network in just 15 minutes. Business owners can request for customised designs, personalised algorithms, as well as integrate other API based services to their Social Networks, and use the very best of applied technology.

The vision, the idea, and this futuristic solution resonated extremely well with the Investor and StartUp community, and accepted widely with a descent applause.

Garg said, “Ten years back generic Social Networks like Facebook were fantastic, because they were organic and relevant, but now they are all about sponsored content. Subscriber newsfeeds are too cluttered with irrelevant content now and decreasing time spent and lack of stickiness on these social networks are testimony of the same.”
 

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Republic Bharat gets 73 million impressions in first week of launch

With stories like #MamtaBlocksCBI and #ShardaStings, Republic Bharat has secured 2nd position in West Bengal

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Republic Bharat registered 73 million impressions in its first week. Republic Bharat’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami’s own 7pm debate show, 'Poochta Hai Bharat', has got the highest reach in the genre.

Bharat’s focus has been on big stories like #MamtaBlocksCBI and #ShardaStings, which not only got the channel several impressions on social media but have also secured Republic Bharat the 2nd position in West Bengal.

“This is a brilliant start. Republic Bharat has a reach of seven crore plus in Week 1,” said Goswami.

Shashi Sinha, CEO, IPG Mediabrands said, “The Republic team has worked hard to deliver a reach of 73 million in the first week of its launch. It’s a very good start and will give them an opportunity to build their reach and market share in the coming weeks as the news genre sampling is very high in the run up to the elections. The Hindi genre is seeing the entry of a strong brand after a gap of 6 years.”

Vikas Khanchandani, CEO Republic Network said, “We are extremely happy that Republic Bharat has opened the charts with a massive 73 million reach in its maiden week. Our distribution and content teams have worked very hard to give us this fantastic start within the mass reach genre. I am extremely confident that with this magnificent start the channel will move into the top slot much faster than I anticipated. I am extremely grateful to our audiences and partners that have helped us with their support and acceptance within the Hindi news category.”

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Vijay TV stars to visit 3 Tamil Nadu cities from Feb 15 to 17

Celebrities like Andrews, Dheena & Shivani to entertain the audience 

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A host of Vijay TV stars are set to visit Ramanathapuram, Paramakudi and Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu from February 15 to 17.

Stars like Andrews, Dheena of ‘Kalakka Povathu Yaru’ fame, Shivani of ‘Pagal Nilavu’, singers, Jodi stars, and many more celebrities will come together to entertain the audience. They will present games and several performances. 
 

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