New SVOD DocuBay hunts for global rights to premium projects

As Mumbai-headquartered SVOD DocuBay rolls out across 180 countries, it is entering the fray as a major doc buyer and commissioner, keen to snap up global rights for the right projects. Backed by India’s In10 Media – owners of Epic Channel, recognised locally as the “Discovery Channel of India” – the platform is looking to […]

Applause Entertainment to remake BBC’s ‘Luther’ in India

BBC Studios’ crime thriller Luther is to be remade for the Indian market. The Indian version of Luther, which is yet to be titled, will be developed and produced by Aditya Birla Group’s Applause Entertainment. BBC Studios and content producer Applause Entertainment have previously worked together on BBC formats The Office and Criminal Justice, with the latter premiering recently […]

Netflix plans aggressive push into India

Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos has confirmed that the streamer is planning an aggressive push into India.  “We have ten original shows in production right now and six original films coming up for 2019, and more to come,” said Sarandos, speaking as part of a panel discussion at the Mumbai Film Festival, which runs from October […]

Vice Media opens India offices

Vice Media has opened its first offices in India, the nation set to become “the youngest country in the world” by 2020. New offices in Mumbai and Delhi will host full-scale Vice operations, including a local offering of Virtue Worldwide, Vice’s in-house creative agency, and a full-service content production studio, Vice Studio, producing local news, […]

Amazon Prime picks up Indian dating show Hear Me. Love Me.

Amazon Prime Video is to bring original reality series Hear Me. Love Me. to its platform, based on the concept of blind dating. The format takes a single female looking for love and sets her up on three dates. She’s not allowed to see what her dates look like, and will combine “modern day technology […]

Netflix continues India expansion with cricket reality show

Netflix, working with Condé Nast Entertainment, is set to make a reality show about cricket for India, which follows the Mumbai Indians team. The eight-part series will follow the team in the lead up to the Indian Premier League as they attempt to win for the fourth time. It will have exclusive access to the […]

Netflix brings in trio of Indian originals

Netflix is set to bring in three more Indian originals, including a drama, horror and mystery. The three titles will appear exclusively to Netflix members across 190 countries. Leila, from writer and executive producer Urmi Juvekar, tells the story of Shalini, a free-thinking woman in search of the daughter she lost upon her arrest 16 […]

CBS takes Showtime to India

CBS and India’s premium streaming platform, Hotstar, have agreed a licensing and trademark agreement to bring Showtime to the region. The agreement will provide Hotstar Premium subscribers in India access to Showtime series such as the new comedy SMILF, stand-up comedy drama I’m Dying Up Here, the limited series Escape at Dannermora and the new […]

Fox names Europe, Africa channel distribution chief

Fox Networks Group has put Paolo Agostinelli in charge of channel distribution for Europe and Africa. As executive VP, affiliate distribution, he will oversee deals between FNG and platforms for the Fox, National Geographic, Fox Sports and Baby TV channels in Europe and Africa. He joins FNG in early April, coming to the company from […]

China to spur Asia pay TV boom

There will be over 500 million new digital TV homes across Asia Pacific between now and 2020 with China and India responsible for much of the growth according to new research. Digital TV Research says that digital pay TV penetration stood at 51.7% at the end of 2013 and that total will increase to 61.2% […]