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  • First half of 2022 sees highest box office revenue in last 5 years, driven by RRR, KGF 2 Jul 04, 2022 07:07 PM IST

    First half of 2022 sees highest box office revenue in last 5 years, driven by RRR, KGF 2

    Big ventures like RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 raked in Rs 902 crore and Rs 1,000 crore at the domestic box office, becoming the highest grossers of 2022 so far, and also helped in taking the contribution of films from the south to 50 percent in the overall revenue pie.

  • Bollywood is threatened by the other movie-making powerhouse Jul 01, 2022 02:56 PM IST

    Bollywood is threatened by the other movie-making powerhouse

    A new genre of films from southern India — epic, big-budget, over-the-top action flicks, some of them served with a dollop of toxic masculinity and gory violence — are increasingly dominating the country’s $24 billion media and entertainment market, and in some cases, making their mark beyond India.

  • Debt-ridden Carnival Cinemas plans to raise Rs 400 crore from Yes Bank Jun 29, 2022 11:05 PM IST

    Debt-ridden Carnival Cinemas plans to raise Rs 400 crore from Yes Bank

    The multiplex operator which has around 450 screens is also looking to use funds to launch more screens. Carnival Cinemas plans to open 100 screens, in which the company had partially invested before coronavirus outbreak.

  • Netflix’s new price plans widened accessibility, says content head Shergill Jun 29, 2022 10:41 AM IST

    Netflix’s new price plans widened accessibility, says content head Shergill

    The streaming service’s mobile plan has been successful in India and is being replicated in other countries.

  • Badshah debuts as sports investor, co-owns team with producer Punit Balan in Ultimate Kho Kho Jun 29, 2022 09:19 AM IST

    Badshah debuts as sports investor, co-owns team with producer Punit Balan in Ultimate Kho Kho

    Ultimate Kho Kho marks the debut investment of Badshah who is keen on investing in more sports properties.

  • New TDS rule: Will drop in barter deals affect the business of brands? Jun 28, 2022 10:21 AM IST

    New TDS rule: Will drop in barter deals affect the business of brands?

    Under barter deals, brands pay cash or products worth the money influencers charge. Many brands prefer giving products, as paid deals are more expensive. Now, with the new rule setting in, many influencers may deny barter collaborations as the price of the product will be booked as their income and they’ll have to pay taxes.

  • Amazon Prime Video partners with AMC Networks for entertainment content in India Jun 24, 2022 05:05 PM IST

    Amazon Prime Video partners with AMC Networks for entertainment content in India

    As part of the collaboration, Amazon Prime Video will provide access to advertisement-free subscription service AMC+ and AMC's streaming service Acorn TV on Prime Video Channels in India on a subscription basis.

  • OTT threat looms over Bollywood as performance of Hindi films continues to remain dismal Jun 24, 2022 04:39 PM IST

    OTT threat looms over Bollywood as performance of Hindi films continues to remain dismal

    In 2021 and so far this year, only 10 percent films have recovered the production cost and emerged successful at the box office, from 35-40 percent during pre-COVID times. Analysts say this story will change only if the release window for films on OTT platforms are restored to eight weeks from the current four.

  • Ad regulator ASCI screens more online gaming ads, finds maximum violations on digital Jun 23, 2022 06:02 PM IST

    Ad regulator ASCI screens more online gaming ads, finds maximum violations on digital

    ASCI head highlighted that the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has included the ASCI guidelines as part of The Advertising Code enshrined in The Cable Television and Networks (Regulation) Act which means that violation of the ASCI code is also a violation of the Act.

  • Story in Charts | The rise of IPL to the world's second most valuable sports league Jun 23, 2022 04:06 PM IST

    Story in Charts | The rise of IPL to the world's second most valuable sports league

    Only the US NFL ranks higher than IPL in terms of per match value.

  • BTS on hiatus: Why bands go on break and how that breaks superfans' hearts Jun 19, 2022 02:21 PM IST

    BTS on hiatus: Why bands go on break and how that breaks superfans' hearts

    Why news of BTS, K-Pop royalty, going on break sent the Internet into a panic last week, and is the future of entertainment and super-fandom is going to be any different?

  • Ladies & Gentlemen, The Weekend! Jun 18, 2022 09:21 AM IST

    Ladies & Gentlemen, The Weekend!

    Our detailed guide to all the latest OTT releases, book recommendations, podcasts and exciting activities to indulge in over the weekend! This weekend, you can pick from a host of Netflix & Amazon Prime releases, a book on making better decisions and listen to podcasts, attend fun events & much more!

  • SonyLIV expects subscriber base to double in 2022 with telco and store partnerships Jun 17, 2022 09:28 PM IST

    SonyLIV expects subscriber base to double in 2022 with telco and store partnerships

    The platform saw its paid users grow significantly in the last two years from 0.8 million in 2020 especially after the launch of its one of the most popular properties Scam 1992 which brought to the platform around 22 million viewers.

  • After Tamil, ZEE5 doubles down on Telugu content to up its subscriber base Jun 16, 2022 08:10 PM IST

    After Tamil, ZEE5 doubles down on Telugu content to up its subscriber base

    Zee Entertainment's streaming platform ZEE5 is increasing investments in Telugu content by 3x this year.

  • Shah Rukh Khan replaces Ranveer Singh as most visible celebrity in IPL 2022 Jun 16, 2022 11:50 AM IST

    Shah Rukh Khan replaces Ranveer Singh as most visible celebrity in IPL 2022

    During IPL 2022, celebrity-led advertisements on TV recorded 54% share, down from 57%. Last year, celebrity-endorsed ads had seen 19% increase in share over season 13 of IPL in 2020 when share of celebrity endorsed ads was 48%.

  • Esports on TV: Nazara's NODWIN partners with Disney Star to air BGMI Masters series Jun 16, 2022 10:41 AM IST

    Esports on TV: Nazara's NODWIN partners with Disney Star to air BGMI Masters series

    Esports, a growing sports category in India, is seeing increased acceptance, especially with its inclusion in the 2022 Asian Games. Esports viewership on digital media is at 17 million. It is expected to surpass 85 million unique viewers in India by 2025, according to an EY-FICCI report.

  • Media rights auction | Indian Premier League’s value vaults past global leagues Jun 15, 2022 07:05 PM IST

    Media rights auction | Indian Premier League’s value vaults past global leagues

    BCCI plans to use the money to strengthen the domestic cricket structure in India starting from the grassroots and spruce up facilities across India and enrich the overall cricket-watching experience.

  • IPL rights auction | Disney settles for legacy media; Hotstar may lose out Jun 14, 2022 09:51 PM IST

    IPL rights auction | Disney settles for legacy media; Hotstar may lose out

    Disney+ may find it difficult to scale up streaming use base. Falling TV viewership will lengthen the time necessary to recoup investment and may hit margins of Star, said analysts.

  • IPL Media Rights Auction | Viacom18 bags digital bundle at Rs 20,500 crore for 2023-27 cycle Jun 13, 2022 11:06 PM IST

    IPL Media Rights Auction | Viacom18 bags digital bundle at Rs 20,500 crore for 2023-27 cycle

    Auction for IPL's digital rights was fierce as it went for rebidding when Disney Star challenged Viacom18 with a counter bid of Rs 49 crore per match which was surpassed by Viacom18 that closed the bidding with Rs 50 crore per game. On the broadcast rights front, Disney Star won the rights at Rs 57.5 crore per game.

  • Justin Bieber has Ramsay Hunt Syndrome; here’s all you need to know about this viral disease Jun 13, 2022 06:44 PM IST

    Justin Bieber has Ramsay Hunt Syndrome; here’s all you need to know about this viral disease

    Singer Justin Bieber revealed that he is suffering from a rare condition called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, which has temporarily paralysed one side of his face. RHS is a complication of shingles that occurs when an outbreak impacts the facial nerve near one ear. In addition to facial paralysis, it can cause hearing loss. Things to know about this viral disease.

  • IPL Media Rights | Higher valuation to higher number of matches: Here’s all you need to know Jun 10, 2022 05:22 PM IST

    IPL Media Rights | Higher valuation to higher number of matches: Here’s all you need to know

    The overall base price of the media rights is estimated at Rs 32,890 crore. This is expected to rise to Rs 50,000-60,000 crore.

  • Brand Kohli gets a boost with the biggest following on Instagram Jun 09, 2022 06:51 PM IST

    Brand Kohli gets a boost with the biggest following on Instagram

    Social media metrics like the number of followers, engagement rates, and average like comments ratio have become critical in endorsement decisions by brands.

  • JetSynthesys-backed Jetapult looks to acquire gaming studios, plans to invest $100 million Jun 08, 2022 08:18 PM IST

    JetSynthesys-backed Jetapult looks to acquire gaming studios, plans to invest $100 million

    JetSynthesys gaming startup Jetapult will work on an invest-and -operate model to acquire gaming studios in India and international markets including South-East Asia, Middle East, South America, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • UAE T20 League season one to kick-start from January 2023, to be called International League T20 Jun 06, 2022 04:34 PM IST

    UAE T20 League season one to kick-start from January 2023, to be called International League T20

    The six-team franchise-style league will be played over a 34-match schedule in the UAE.

  • Amit Burman-backed Kho Kho league gets GMR, Adani as team owners; more corporates to join soon Jun 06, 2022 01:56 PM IST

    Amit Burman-backed Kho Kho league gets GMR, Adani as team owners; more corporates to join soon

    The Ultimate Kho Kho League, which was initially scheduled to launch in 2020, was rescheduled to last year because of Covid. But the league did not have a strong window because of the IPL and was postponed again to this year.

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