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Wednesday, 07 December 2022 00:00

BBC reveals 100 Women list 2022

The list includes global music phenomenon Billie Eilish, actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas and author Geetanjali Shree

The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2022.

BBC 100 Women celebrates the achievements of women internationally, from grassroots volunteers to global leaders.

The announcement of the list kicks off BBC’s 100 Women 2022 season – focusing on women’s experiences around the world with a week of special interviews, documentaries, features and digital content across the BBC platforms globally.

Notable names on the BBC 100 Women list include global music phenomenon Billie Eilish, actress and producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas, International Booker Prize winner Geetanjali Shree, social worker and burn survivor Sneha Jawale, aeronautical engineer Sirisha Bandla, and actress and disability activist Selma Blair.

From sport, Iranian climber Elnaz Rekab who recently made waves in her home country for competing in South Korea without wearing a headscarf, is also on the list, as well as Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur who became the first Arab or African woman to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open era.

From the world of politics, Ursula von der Leyen - the first female President of the European Commission, Mia Mottley - the first female prime minister of Barbados and Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska, also make the list.

For the first time this year, the BBC has asked some of the previous 100 Women to nominate women they feel deserve a place on the 2022 list.

South Korean film producer and cultural leader Miky Lee was highlighted by last year’s nominee Rebel Wilson, while Malala Yousafzai nominated Alice Pataxó, a climate campaigner, journalist and influencer from Brazil.

It’s a special year for BBC 100 Women as it celebrates its tenth season, as well as the 90th anniversary of the BBC World Service and the centenary of the BBC. As such, the theme for 100 Women 2022 is progress – and the season will take the opportunity to look back at what’s changed over the past decade, as well as highlighting the inspiring women who have made a difference.

Women have been at the heart of conflict around the world in 2022 which will be reflected in this year’s nominees – from those bravely demanding change in Iran, to the female face of resistance in Ukraine and Russia.

The full list for BBC 100 Women is available here: BBC.com/100women

Tim Davie, BBC Director-General of the BBC, said: “It’s wonderful to see this year’s list of 100 Women, and to be celebrating its tenth season. The women on this year’s list are all remarkable in what they have achieved and contributed to their communities and society, and I am proud that the BBC continues to do vital work by shining a spotlight on them and sharing their stories around the world through our first-class journalism and storytelling.”

Liliane Landor, Senior Controller of BBC News International Services and Director of BBC World Service, said: “In the tenth year of 100 Women, it is brilliant to see how the annual season has gone from strength to strength. I remember our launch and very first intake of 100 Women - little did we know how much the project would grow.

“I’m delighted to see the women featured on this year’s list. They, like all the women before them, have contributed to our world in incredible ways, and we celebrate this. This is about increasing visibility and giving recognition where it’s due.”

“With this year also being the 90th anniversary of BBC World Service, I am glad that 100 Women continues our commitment to reporting and telling the stories of people’s lives from all over the world.”

BBC 100 Women in Conversation

The BBC 100 women season sees several high-profile names in conversation for a special series of programmes across the BBC.

At the age of 20, Billie Eilish is the first singer born in the 21st century to hit number 1 in the Billboard charts and win an Oscar. She has more than 200 million followers across her social media. We exclusively join her for the last night of her world tour to talk fame, imposter syndrome and identity for BBC 100 women.

Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska has spoken with BBC 100 Women about feminism, the impact of the current war on mental health, and what victory looks like. She also shared deeply personal insights in terms of how she feels finding herself in the role of first lady.

BBC 100 Women have also exclusively spoken with actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, actress and disability activist Selma Blair and Hollywood icon Rita Moreno.

These interviews will be available to watch on BBC World News, and BBC.com/100women

This year, BBC 100 Women is also reflecting on the progress made in women’s lives in the decade since a horrific gangrape on a bus in Delhi opened conversations on violence against women. Nirbhaya, the name given by media, case also sparked debates across the world, an increased focus on media reporting on women, and its why the BBC 100 Women was started at the BBC.

The BBC Indian languages websites and social platforms will publish special coverage with video testimonials by survivors of violence including domestic violence, and their families in their quest for justice. An in-depth article that tracks women and men whose lives got inalienably impacted by the 2012 attack and defined their journey in the last decade. These personal stories highlight the wider challenges and gains made in accessing India’s complex justice system, ensuring police accountability, women empowerment and creating support networks including the Delhi gangrape victim’s mother, Asha Devi’s journey in helping other families via the Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust.

Other documentaries and programmes airing in this year’s BBC 100 Women season:

Greenland’s lost generation

Greenland has been rocked by a scandal revealing a Danish campaign to curb its growing Inuit population from the mid-1960s to late 1970s. Now being officially investigated, about 4,500 women had an intrauterine device, commonly known as coil, inserted - often against their will. BBC 100 Women goes to the heart of the scandal, meeting women who’ve begun piecing together reasons behind physical and mental trauma that they’d endured for decades in silence.

Honduras: Inside the abortion pill black market

As the US has tightened its reproductive laws after the Roe v Wade overturn, BBC 100 Women has travelled to Honduras - the world's most restrictive country for female reproductive rights, where even the emergency contraception pill is outlawed - to take a look at the rise in the sale and use of black market ‘abortion pills’.

In a country that has a ban on abortion in every instance, BBC 100 Women meets the women buying the pills, the men profiteering from them, the doctors dealing with the fallout, and the politicians reluctant to make progress.

The rise of the virtual K-pop princess

With the rise of K-pop music globally, there has also been a growing phenomenon of hyper-realistic avatars in girl bands. BBC 100 Women takes a look at the impact of these flawless fantasy women - who are available online 24/7, constantly re-invent themselves and are immune to bullying and internet trolling - on their fans, their bandmates, and the real women behind the virtual stars. What are the repercussions of this new digital trend, idolising singers who are all presented as perfect, slim, ageless?

The women fighting to be priests

There are over a billion Catholics around the world, and women have always played a significant role in the life of the Church - but have been excluded from the Catholic hierarchy. A number of devotees feel called upon to serve God as priests, but the Vatican has never allowed female ordination to priesthood. Now, there's a growing movement to change this. Over 200 women have chosen to take part in secret ordination services, despite knowing they will be excommunicated from the Church. BBC 100 Women follows two women who have been unofficially ordained in the US and Colombia. Is there a future for women priests? And can this change happen in our lifetime?

These documentaries will be available to watch in full on BBC World News from Tuesday 6th December.

Entertainment entrepreneur of Indian origin Gina Golani Shetty of Stellar Entertainment Co. who has been instrumental in hosting the Indian film community at the festival since its inception has onboarded Kajol, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, A.R. Rahman, Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan to be an intrinsic part of this year’s star-studded line-up.

Gina Shetty shares, “Bollywood is such an integral part of the world cinema market and I’m truly delighted that doors which were once closed have now opened for Bollywood in the region courtesy the Red Sea International Film Festival. In the augural year we faced a lot of challenges and cynicism but it’s amazing to see the power packed participation this year from Bollywood.”

Kajol will grace the opening night of the festival for the public screening of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge alongwith Shahrukh Khan who will be felicitated with an Honorary Award . Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor will also attend the opening night. Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan will be attending the Women In Cinema Gala Dinner that champions inclusivity and highlights the role of women in cinema. Akshay Kumar will chair ‘In Conversation’ event moderated by Kaleem Aftab where he will share his success story. Ranbir Kapoor will be felicitated with the International Vanguard Actor Award as well as be a part of an ‘In-Conversation’ event moderated by Martin Dale. Hrithik Roshan will be participating in an ‘In Conversation’ event moderated by Raya Abirached and attend the closing award ceremony. AR Rahman will be marking his debut performance in Jeddah at the festival. Other Indian names on the line-up include Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Kapur and Gurinder Chadha

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan state, “It's truly an honor to champion an initiative that supports women parity. We will not just be celebrating world cinema but also women stakeholders of the industry who make cinema a more diverse, fulfilling and rich experience. We are grateful to Gina Golani Shetty and Red Sea International Film Festival for giving us this wonderful opportunity to propel the cause of inclusivity.”

Kajol states, “DDLJ is a cult film that has been instrumental in spreading positivity, happiness and love across the world for over 27 years. I’m honoured to be an intrinsic part of the gala opening event to represent a film that is one of the most loved films in the history of world cinema. It will be a memorable evening as I will be joined with my co-star Shahrukh Khan. It is such a proud moment for all Indian cinema buffs that DDLJ will be a part of the inaugural night of the revered Red Sea International Film Festival. Grateful to Stellar Entertainment for making this happen.”

Akshay Kumar states, “This is my second year at the Red Sea International Film Festival all thanks to the consistent efforts by Stellar Entertainment. The debut year was quite intimate and it's really heart-warming to see how the festival has grown multifold in a span of a year. I'm happy and grateful to be back again to spread a good word about Indian cinema on the world stage.”

Ranbir Kapoor states, “I am extremely honoured to be invited to attend the Red Sea International Film Festival, I look forward to being around and meeting so many stalwarts of cinema from around the world in Jeddah.”

Hrithik Roshan states, “I'm honoured to be invited by Stellar Entertainment to represent the Indian film industry at the Red Sea International Film Festival 2022. Looking forward to being a part of the closing ceremony and addressing a live audience in Jeddah, on the 8th of December. It's a wonderful time for the global film community to be coming together to celebrate and strengthen cross-cultural entertainment collaborations.”

A.R. Rahman states, “I'm extremely pleased to be performing at the Red Sea International Film Festival, Saudi Arabia. I'm looking forward to being a part of one of the most prestigious celebrations in the region. See you soon!”

Aside of Indian talent, the sophomore edition of the Red Sea Film Festival will also witness presence of international talent such as Jemima Khan, Sajal Ali, Naughty Boy, Guy Ritchie, Sharon Stone, Oliver Stone, Bruno Mars, Jeff Mirza, Luca Guadagnino, Park Hae Soo, Andy Garcia, Henry Golding, Giuseppe Tornatore, Scott Eastwood, Luna Maya, Bella Ranee Campen, Nattawin, Nattawin Wattanagitiphat, Mile Phakphum Romsaithong, Wichapas Sumettikul, Michelle Rodriguez, Lucy Hale, Freida Pinto, Alessandra Ambrosio, Sara Sampaio, Rossy de Palma, Marina Ruy Barbosa, Nolan Funk, Michele Morrone, Melanie Laurent, Maria Pedraza, Alex Gonzalez, Alejandra Onieva, Hiba Abouk.

The Red Sea International Film Festival is Saudi’s first full-fledged film festival and market with international ambitions set up after the country in late 2017 removed its religion-related ban on cinemas. Unfolding against the backdrop of the Red Sea port of Jeddah, the festival will present 131 feature films and shorts from 61 countries in 41 languages this year from 1st December – 10th December 2022.


Wednesday, 30 November 2022 00:00

FAB Market Launches FAB Creators Network

FAB Market introduces the FAB Creators’ Network, a service studio specializing in Demand Generation Content Solutions (video + audio), Live-Streamed Video Creation and Radio Show Creation.

Backed by the legacy of India’s largest media organization HT media, FAB Creators’ Network- a large pool of creators, producers and artists are going to create quality and exclusive content for various brands and platforms.

FAB Market is a B2B content platform from HT Media that hosts an e-commerce website which is a unique and first-of-a-kind content and services marketplace. With a large pool of talented multi-lingual creators from all over the country, FAB Market produces and curates content for Indian and global audio and video platforms. Having delivered 1500+ hours of content across 4 continents in 8 countries, its portfolio of services and products includes an enormous bank of stock audio content, radio shows, live-stream and short-form videos, podcasts, audio services, etc.

According to Mr. Yatin Naik, Business Head- Digital & In-store Radio (Fever FM), “Short format videos have the highest ROIs of any social media platforms and brands are looking to invest in it!”

The FAB Creators Network caters to the digital content and ad film requirement of brands and platforms by working from conceptualising and scripting of the content, finding the right creator fit to end-to- end production. Online videos are an important part of the digital content strategy of brands and are apt for all stages of sales funnel. These can be developed into different formats to engage, convince, and inspire the customers. Brands can maximum their reach, leverage content across platforms and convert brand value into revenue by being able to track every lead. Coming to the short video apps, they are not only about user generated content but also digital advertising which is likely to be around 10-20% of the average spend and is going to be 6 billion by 2030. The FAB Creator base is about choicest and premium content creators who can feature in these videos to win an audience and build trust for the brands.

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Dating Games are dead in 2022

Tinder’s Year In Swipe in India

Situationships, Shared Values and Social Issues Were the Top Green Flags for a New Generation of Daters That Are Done Wasting Their Time

Let’s be real, 2021 wasn’t the return to IRL we thought it would be - a mask was still your most steadfast accessory and you sought out vaccination appointments like concert tickets. The start of 2022, however, brought new excitement for getting back ‘out there’ with our collective resolve to make up for lost time during quarantine. Social activities like travel and live events rebounded in record fashion, and dating was no exception. Millions of young adults who started their dating lives in lockdown, showed they were definitely out and ready to mingle IRL, and unlike previous generations, they were dating on their terms and were done playing games.

With 2022 drawing to a close, Tinder’s Year in Swipe shares the top flirt flexes of the year. From new relationship labels and stances on social issues, to sober dating trends and the hot new emojis popping up in the chat, here’s the state of the date:

10 Essential Trends on Tinder in 2022

#1. Young singles are owning the situationship as a valid relationship status. Young singles were still down to play the field this year, but they opted for a high-quality roster where everyone was on the same page. More than a hookup, but not quite a traditional relationship, the “situationship,” a casual - yet clearly defined - relationship came to rise in 2022. Tinder saw a 49%1 increase in members adding the new relationship intention to their profiles and over 1 in 102 surveyed young singles said they prefer situationships as a way to develop a relationship with less pressure.

#2. Positivity was a major plus. 

Originally known as the parking symbol,  has been repurposed to represent Pushin’ P and was the number 1 trending emoji globally on Tinder this year. An interesting shift from the trending emojis of years past (  in 2019, in 2020, and in 2021), members turned to to let the world - and their matches know ‘positivity’ and keeping it real is exactly what they’re looking for1.

#3. The dinner date could soon be dead. It seems the activities we took to during the pandemic are here to stay. Mentions of "Picnic" (15%), ''Stand Up" (10%) and “Coffee Dates” (26%) in Tinder India bios6 all increased this year, suggesting that singles are meeting for more than just dinner and drinks these days. They’re opting for less traditional, more authentic and sometimes sober (see below) ways to get to know one another. Other creative activities like Camping, BBQs, Trying New Things, and Street Food all made it into the top 10 trending global Interests on Tinder.

Bodhi Mallick, 28, on a unique first date idea

Bodhi superliked Stella on Tinder because her bio was full of fun and humor. She’d written - "I love emojis a lot, yet you won't be able to figure out my replies! He was yet to come across a profile as unique! And so was their first date - a 30km bike ride and he knew then that she would be her ride or die. “Stella was preparing for her competitive exams and couldn’t step out often. That’s when it hit me - our first date could be on her commute from her tuition center to her home! She thought I was crazy because I was 26 km away from her. But I still hopped on my bike, and waited for her to finish class . When she saw me, oh man I truly felt complete - her run, her wide smile, her big hug . We rode in comfortable silence until she broke it with the least expected three words ”.

#4. More singles are raising a glass to sober dates. Alcohol-free dates have become a way for singles to be more authentic on dates and challenge traditional dating norms. Over 25% of surveyed young singles on Tinder said they drink less on dates compared with last year2 and 72%1 of members said on their Tinder profiles that they don’t drink or only drink occasionally . In fact, the and emojis each decreased (40% and 25% respectively) on TInder profiles YoY1. . There’s also been a local YoY decrease in popularity of interests in India like Grabbing a Drink, while Tea, Coffee and Outdoors all increasing this year.

#5. Being Funny, Fresh, and Forward was sexy AF. A sense of humor was what members looked for most when reading a potential match’s profile, and 73%2 of young singles surveyed across all genders said they were looking for someone who is clear about what they want and has good hygiene. When asked what the most important characteristics are in a potential date, young singles prioritized value-based qualities like loyalty (79%), respect (78%) and open-mindedness (61%) over looks (56%)3.

#6. Stances on social issues could make or break a match. Three-quarters (75%) singles were looking for a match who is respectful of or invested in social issues2. In fact, so many Indian Tinder members mentioned LGBTQIA+, the environment, mental health, Ukraine and feminism in their bios this year, that they all rank in the top 5 local1 issues. Additionally, the Activism and Voters Rights Interests both increased (84% and 37% respectively) in Tinder profiles this year1.

Sumeet, 25, on the importance of having a stance on social issues - LGBTQIA+

Sumeet found a match on Tinder and instantly started talking. Not only did they bond over their love for coffee and Bollywood music, but they also learnt that they’d both experienced heartbreak because people who they liked had not come to terms with their sexuality because of society’s homophobic norms. “He told me something that I remember, “Sumeet, we have a voice, use it till nobody has to think twice before loving anyone, but only do it after you know what love is, and that comes from loving yourself.” I haven’t stopped using my voice against homophobia ever since.

#7. Nostalgia stanning was a flex. Young singles are getting inspo from 90s and noughties dating trends. The fastest growing interests on Tinder were blasts from the past like 90’s Kid, Anime, and Sneakers. Even everyone’s favorite new old song, Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill'' made a comeback and was in the top 10 Spotify Anthems noted on Tinder profiles1. Tinder's modern take on the traditional Blind Date also launched for the hotter months. The Blind Date feature on Tinder paired members before allowing them to view each other's profile and was used 200,000 times a day on average4. It’s been a tough few years, and it looks like singles are turning to the authenticity and good vibes of a pre-smartphone world.

#8. The (red flag) & (gaslighting) emojis were trending for good reason. Toxic relationships aren’t new, but all of the tips and psychoanalysis on social media show that young singles are more clued up about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to dating. Nearly two-thirds (58%) of surveyed young singles said they were confident they could identify a green or red flag2 when dating. In 2022, singles have finally had enough and are dishing on what they consider red and green flags, and all of our BS radars have gotten better because of it. A true public service. In fact, more than 65%** of young Indians feel that “being your true self” and “being vulnerable” are waving green flags. Tinder members can check out more on green flags, consent and healthy dating here

Dr. Chandni Tugnait, Life Coach & Tinder’s Relationship Expert “Young adults are feeling more confident, recognise what healthy dating looks like and know what positive signs to look out for when swiping. They are able to focus on the positive characteristics and attitudes that they believe will keep them happy, content and feeling valued throughout their relationship. So while they may go on blind dates, they no longer turn a blind eye to red flags and increasingly look for green flags or positives in a match or a relationship.”

#9. Revenge travel racked up the miles on Tinder. After two pandemic-filled trips around the sun, singles were finally able to get back to exploring new horizons with fewer or no restrictions. 18-25 year olds passported on average 95 times a month with top passport destinations for young singles in India including London, New York City and Los Angeles1. This year, Melbourne has entered the top 10 Passport destinations for Indian members, knocking Moscow out of the top 10. Interestingly, Hyderabad has been crowned the chattiest city for video chats on Tinder India this year, followed by Chennai and Bangalore, all using the feature to connect with others around the country, and world.

#10. Amidst uncertainty and a triple mercury retrograde in 2022 singles were looking to the stars for guidance. Star signs were the most popular type of descriptor added to Tinder bios behind smoking preferences, pets and diet. Leos, Scorpios and Cancers were the signs most likely to include their sign in their bios, and surprisingly, all star signs were most likely to match with the exact same zodiac sign1.

Aahana Dhar, Director of Communications for Tinder India “ Indian daters are wasting no time in reshaping the dating world in their image, once they could return to IRL dating. We’ve seen singles be incredibly intentional in both who they choose to date and how they choose to date. Moving over icebreakers, young daters have also been looking for casual activities and shared experiences to get to know each other and make their first dates count. As we shift into gear for 2023, the trends of 2022 will definitely guide the way Indian daters navigate the world of dating, friends, connections and relationships – and we can’t wait to see them continue to embrace situationships, spontaneous trips and sober dates!”

The channel has presence across all social media platforms

India Today’s digital-first group of channels, Tak, has expanded its online-presence with a newly launched website – www.RajasthanTak.com; strengthening its hold as a leading digital player in the regional-news market. This will be the group’s 6th native-product after CrimeTak.in, TheSportsTak.com, MumbaiTak.in, UPTak.in and GujaratTak.in. Rajasthan Tak has a strong social-media presence with more than a million subscribers/followers on various social-media platforms. The new website will have a bouquet of content ranging from news-articles, web-stories & videos in a mobile and desktop friendly format.

Commenting on the launch, Milind Khandekar, Managing Editor, Tak channels, says “After leading the market through our various social media channels, we are ready to scale-up our presence in Rajasthan with Rajasthantak.com. The idea is to give our audience a holistic content-offering over and above videos. The new platform will host in-depth news articles, web-stories, photo-galleries and live-updates from Rajasthan.

He further adds, “In the past one year we have successfully moved to native-platforms in various geographies like Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh & Gujarat. We will surely be covering more regional markets in the near future.”

Adding to the reasons on launching the new website, Vivek Gaur, CEO, digital-first channels, TV Today, says, “In the past one year, Rajasthan Tak generated more than 300 million views on social media. By moving to our own-destination, we aim to build a content-rich ecosystem for the end-user.”



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