Viacom18 rejigs management

Viacom18 has upped a key exec and shuffled various others in an organisational rejig. The TV18 and Viacom joint venture runs a host of channels in India including the popular Colors service. The changes see Raj Nayak (left) upped to COO, putting him across the group’s Hindi, Youth, Music and English Entertainment offerings. Ferzad Palia, […]

Viacom’s Colors opens up new docs slot

Indian pay TV net Colors Infinity is creating a new Saturday night slot for doc and biopics. The English-language channel, which is part of the Colors stable jointly operated by Viacom and TV18, is introducing a new strand called Live the Story. It will showcase biography one-offs and doc series. The new slot opens this […]

FYI channel to launch in India

A+E has rolled out its FYI channel in the Indian market. The lifestyle net was launched after A+E rebranded its Bio service, and it has been rolling it out internationally since. The new female-skewed channel will be run by the A+E and TV18 joint venture and will be available in Hindi, Telegu and English. There will […]

Viacom launching English channels in India

Viacom and TV18 are launching two new English-language channel brands in India through their Viacom18 joint venture. The pair launched Hindi-language general entertainment service Colors in the Indian market in 2008 and will now roll out English-language spin-offs Colors Infinity and Colors Infinity HD. The channels, which will launch on cable and DTH, will be […]

Reliance to buy Network18 for $680m

Indian corporate giant Reliance Industries is to acquire a majority stake in major local broadcaster Network18. Neywork18 operates news and entertainment channels across India as its core business. Reliance said its board had agreed to fund a 40 billion rupee (US$680 million) takeover. The deal will see Reliance take over 78% of Network18 and 9% […]

Indian sellers look to edge out Turks in CEE

Indian family telenovelas are primed to replace the Turkish dramas as the in-vogue imported scripted product in Central and Eastern Europe, according to sources at India’s key broadcasters. A delegation of Indian distributors from the likes of Viacom18, Zee Entertainment and Star India attended the NATPE Budapest market last week in a bid to drum […]