Star India

Star CEO to be new 21st Century Fox Asia boss

21st Century Fox has named the chairman and CEO of pay TV business Star India as its overall boss in Asia. Uday Shankar has been named president of 21st Century Fox Asia, effective immediately. The change means Fox Networks Group Asia president Zubin Gandevia now reports into Shankar, who has been placed in charge of […]

Arrests over Game of Thrones leaks

Indian police have arrested four individuals allegedly involved in the leak of episode four of the current season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, according to local reports. Episode four of the series appeared online three days before its scheduled airing, bearing a Star India watermark. Three of the arrested individuals were current employees of Prime […]

More on creation of global anti-piracy coalition ACE

Execs from the 30 global entertainment companies that have come together to form anti-piracy body the Alliance of Creativity and Entertainment explains why they are involved in the initiative   “BBC Worldwide invests in, commercialises, and showcases content from the BBC around the world and champions British creativity globally. It is the lifeblood of our business […]

Major content firms pact for anti-piracy coalition

The Hollywood studios, leading SVOD services and key networks around the world have formed a global anti-piracy coalition. In total, 30 companies have come together to create the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) in a bid to combat illegal video and content downloads. The firms include Amazon, BBC Worldwide, CBS Corp., NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, […]

Star India latest to make Keshet’s Prisoners

Star India has commissioned a local version of Israeli thriller drama Prisoners of War. The deal with distributor Keshet International hands general entertainment network Star Plus an Indian adaptation, with Emmay Entertainment (Airlift, Katti Batti) attached to produce. Bollywood director Nikkhil Advani (Kal Ho Na Ho) will direct the series. Prisoners, which comes from Gideon […]

Star becomes ‘India’s home of HBO’

21st Century Fox-owned pay TV service Star India has become the latest local ‘home of HBO’ after an agreement with the US-based premium television provider. As of January 1, 2016, Star’s English-language networks and digital platform Hotstar will become the exclusive broadcaster of all HBO programming, including Game of Thrones, Veep (pictured) and True Detective. […]

Ex-Star India CEO arrested in murder case

Former CEO of Star India Peter Mukerjea has been arrested in connection with the murder of his stepdaughter. Mukerjea ran the 21st Century Fox-owned Star India pay TV operation between 1997 and 2007. According to various media reports citing local Indian police, he was arrested last night. The death of Sheena Bora has been covered […]

HBO India MD exiting

The managing director of HBO India is to leave her post after two years in the job. Monica Tata leaves the business at the end of the week, according to local media industry website She told the site she has not yet decided on her next move. Before joining HBO India, she was general […]

FX buys Doctor Who in Indian first

The FX channel in India has acquired Doctor Who, the popular and long-running British sci-fi series, in a first for Indian TV. Fox-owned Star runs FX, whcih has picked up eight seasons of the show and will start airing episodes in mid-May. BBC Worldwide distributes the BBC-produced series and struck the FX deal. The series […]

Fox’s Star India buys local channel

21st Century Fox’s Star India has acquired Telugu-language channel Maa TV. The deal hands the Asian Fox business access into the Telugu market, which Star said was the second-largest regional market in India in terms of potential revenue. The acquisition, financial terms of which were not disclosed, will close upon regulatory approvals. The Maa TV […]