30 November 2020 19:22

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Torbaaz marks the directorial debut of Girish Malik, and also stars Nargis Fakhri and Rahul Dev

Torbaaz is ready to soar high as it releases exclusively on Netflix on 11 December, 2020. The story of the journey of redemption and rising from personal tragedy, set in Afghanistan, is the first Sanjay Dutt release after his successful recovery from illness earlier this year.

Speaking about his Netflix debut, Sanjay Dutt said, “The story of Torbaaz is closely aligned with the reality of Afghanistan, and the beautiful depiction of cricket as a means of deliverance is as true for the children as it is for my character, Nasser Khan, who bounces back from personal tragedy. I am truly grateful for all the love and support that I have received over the past few months, and I am glad to be returning to the screen with this powerful film. We have a strong partner in Netflix and am glad that the film will reach discerning audiences around the world, where the story can resonate across boundaries.”

Synopsis of the film:

Torbaaz is the story of one man who rises above his personal tragedy and decides to transform the lives of few refugee camp kids who are on the path of destruction through the game of cricket.

Cast and crew information

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Nargis Fakhri, Rahul Dev

Director: Girish Malik

Producers: Raju Chadha, Rahul Mittra, Girish Malik

Friday, 27 November 2020 00:00

Disney+ is Now Available in Latin America

It arrives in the region with an unrivaled proposal: more than 40 Disney+ Original Contents, 500 Movies, and 7,000 Episodes of Series. It will also Include more than 70 Latin American Original Productions that are Currently being developed in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia.

Disney+ is now available in Latin America and across the Caribbean, ushering in a new era of entertainment for each family member. The launch of The Walt Disney Company’s subscription streaming service marks another chapter in its global expansion, and brings Latin American subscribers an exclusive and permanent access to a solid content proposal with innovative, creative and high-quality stories.

Disney+ is the exclusive home in Latin America for all the available content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, including globally-launched Original titles and a robust collection of local productions that reinforce The Walt Disney Company’s commitment with creating content and starring Latin American talent. As from today, Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and National Geographic content will only premiere and be permanently present on Disney+, with the exception of select tiles also appearing on Disney channels and in movie theaters.

The Disney+ Original catalogue features over 40 series, movies, shorts, and original documentaries, including The Mandalorian, the 7 Emmy®-award winning production that is the first live-action STAR WARS series, and The Walt Disney Studios’ movie LADY AND THE TRAMP, a live-action remake of the 1955 animated classic. Marvel productions, such as WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will soon follow. In turn, Latin American original productions include fiction series, talk shows, documentaries, live shows, and more with locally-relevant content and renowned talent from the region. 70 local productions are currently in different stages of production reinforcing the Company's commitment with producing local content developed by and for Disney+ by renowned production companies from Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina, and starring acclaimed talent from the region. The platform also includes acquired productions that exclusively premieres on Disney+.

Finalists for most in-demand shows of 2020 announced for 16 categories .

Parrot Analytics, the global TV analytics firm, today announced the new format and finalists for the 3rd annual Global TV Demand Awards, a now-virtual festival hosted over five days beginning Monday, February 1, 2021 through Friday, February 5, 2021. The winning TV shows will be revealed in January 2021.

The 2021 Global TV Demand Awards Virtual Festival expands the award show to recognize 16 shows, adding four from the previous year. The new categories reflect the global content trends of 2020 to be more inclusive of regional genre television including Korean Dramas, Anime, and Latin American TV series.

As new platforms and TV formats emerge, we recognize the need to celebrate content that grabs the attention of global audiences, which is an increasingly difficult thing to achieve. With the evolved format of the Global TV Demand Awards Virtual Festival, we will speak directly to the talent, creators, and executives behind the most in-demand shows in the world and learn more about their journeys to the top of the charts,” said Rebekah Zabarsky, Executive Producer of the awards and Marketing Director at Parrot Analytics. “We are looking forward to tuning in alongside audiences and fans to celebrate the stories that kept us all company as we sheltered-in-place for most of 2020.”

The current finalists for each category are determined based on global TV demand data for the period January 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020. Winners will be revealed in January 2021 and will incorporate data from the full calendar year of 2020.

The list of categories for the 2021 Global TV Demand Awards includes:

World’s Choice (Most In-Demand TV Show in the World 2020)

Most In-Demand Adult-Animated Series of 2020

Most In-Demand Anime Series of 2020

Most In-Demand Children’s Series of 2020

Most In-Demand Comedy Series of 2020

Most In-Demand Documentary Series of 2020

Most In-Demand Drama Series of 2020

Most In-Demand Series That Ended on a High Note of 2020

Most In-Demand Historical Drama of 2020

Most In-Demand Horror Series of 2020

Most In-Demand Korean Drama of 2020

Most In-Demand Latin American Series of 2020

Most In-Demand Reality Series of 2020

Most In-Demand Series Debut of 2020

Most In-Demand Superhero Series of 2020

Most In-Demand Variety Series of 2020

The top five finalists for each category of the 2021 Global TV Demand Awards are as follows, in alphabetical order, and are subject to change. Winners and final rankings will be revealed in January 2021.

World’s Choice (Most In-Demand TV Show in the World)

Game Of Thrones
Stranger Things
The Mandalorian
The Walking Dead
The Witcher

Most In-Demand Adult Animation Series

BoJack Horseman
Family Guy
Rick And Morty
South Park
The Simpsons

Most In-Demand Anime Series

Attack On Titan
My Hero Academia
Naruto: Shippuden
One Piece

Most In-Demand Children’s Series

Masha And The Bear
PAW Patrol
Peppa Pig
Spongebob Squarepants
Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Most In-Demand Comedy Series

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Modern Family
The Big Bang Theory

Most In-Demand Documentary Series

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos: Possible Worlds
Planet Earth
The Last Dance
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Most In-Demand Drama Series

Game Of Thrones
La Casa De Papel (Money Heist)
Stranger Things
The 100
The Walking Dead

Most In-Demand Series Ending on a High Note

How To Get Away With Murder
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Modern Family
The 100

Most In-Demand Historical Drama Series

Resurrection: Ertuğrul
The Crown

Most In-Demand Horror Series

American Horror Story
Castle Rock
Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
The Twilight Zone

Most In-Demand Korean Drama Series

Crash Landing on You
Good Doctor
Reply 1988
Top Management

Most In-Demand Latin American Series

A Fazenda
A Praça É Nossa
El corazón nunca se equivoca
El Payaso Plim Plim: Un Héroe Del Corazón
Soy Luna

Most In-Demand Reality Series

America's Got Talent
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
MasterChef (AU)
RuPaul's Drag Race
Shark Tank

Most In-Demand Series Debut

Defending Jacob
Space Force
Star Trek: Picard
The Last Dance
Warrior Nun

Most In-Demand Superhero Series

Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Flash
The Boys

Most In-Demand Variety Series

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Daily Show
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The 2021 Global TV Demand Awards: Virtual Festival will stream on demand for five consecutive days beginning Monday, February 1, 2021 through Friday, February 5, 2021 with new videos being published throughout each day.

Sony is close to acquiring WarnerMedia-owned SVoD service Crunchyroll for a reported $957 million sum, according to Nikkei. The deal could see the Japanese giant combine the Anime-focused US streaming service, which earlier this year surpassed 3m paid subscribers globally, with its own Funimation subscription base. Sony not only has a 95% stake in Anime distributor Funimation but also owns major Anime studio Aniplex, and an acquisition of Crunchyroll has the potential to give the corporation an unrivalled position in the Anime streaming market.

Anime content is an increasingly important battleground for SVoD companies when it comes to securing young subscribers. Ampere’s Q3 2020 consumer data reveals a marked preference for the genre among young US consumers: 13% of 18-24-year-old US SVoD subscribers named Anime as their favourite genre, making it the second most selected among the demographic after Comedy. Across the 24 countries surveyed, Anime was the 6th most selected as favourite genre among 18-24-year-old SVoD subscribers.

Netflix has upped its commitment to original Anime in recent years in a bid to attract fans of the genre. It has so far announced 12 new Anime Originals in 2020 alone and held an elaborate two-hour presentation of its upcoming shows at the Tokyo-based Netflix Anime Festival 2020, livestreamed in both Japanese and English. The service has notably favoured Anime adaptations of IP instantly recognisable to its consumer base both in and outside of Japan, commissioning Anime spin-offs from the Cyberpunk 2077 and Splinter Cell game franchises this year, as well a new series spin-off from the iconic Godzilla franchise.

Crunchyroll has also made a concerted move to rival Netflix’s investment in Anime production in 2020, announcing a slate of 10 new Crunchyroll Originals and partnering with South Korean platform WEBTOON to bring adaptations of popular properties such as Tower of God and Noblesse to international audiences.

Crunchyroll currently has over 2500 distinct titles in its global catalogue, two thirds of which is animated content, and the deal should bring with it a wealth of new anime streaming rights to enhance Sony’s already considerable licensing power. A newly combined service would be an alluring prospect for international anime fans, who have nevertheless shown themselves willing to subscribe to multiple services to keep up with the 150 or so new Anime shows announced on average each year. Both Crunchyroll and Funimation simulcast new Anime shows as they air in Japan, which will remain a big draw for the most dedicated fans. Netflix meanwhile, has so far maintained its adherence to a “binge-able” release model internationally, dropping entire seasons of Anime at once outside of Japan.


Source:Ampere Analysis

The platform bolsters in language content portfolio by dubbing key shows along with bringing a cluster of offerings across sports, originals, and English content

After months of waiting to see team India in action, SonyLIV is here with a breather for all cricket lovers. The much-hyped India Tour of Australia will go live on the platform starting 27th November. In one of the most high-octane series in International cricket, Team Kohli will take on the Aussies for three ODI’s, three T20’s and 4 test matches at their home turf till 15th January 2021. With simultaneous feeds across 4 languages, the much-anticipated tour will be available for viewing to SonyLIV’s premium subscribers.

Post a successful period of quarantine, the teams are now set to lock horns, this Friday onwards across venues in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne. Team India will begin with a slight edge over the hosts in the ODI’s, with a 12-10 win-loss record against them in recent past. However, Australia, who recently defeated world champions England in their home turf, will look to replicate victory, led by Aaron Finch. Premium subscribers will get an access to the live feed without any delay.

There’s a lot to rejoice for soccer fans as well on SonyLIV with the popular UEFA Champions League 2020-21, the 66th season of Europe's premier club football tournament along with UEFA Europa League and Serie A matches going live on the platform. 2021 brings another sporting spectacle - Australian Open with Rafael Nadal headlining the event next year in Melbourne.

And there’s more in store for SonyLIV’s patrons. Following its stupendous success amongst audience and critics, Scam 1992 – The Harshad Mehta Story will now be available for the regional audience with its dubbed versions in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada along with the host of other titles like Avrodh: The Siege Within, Your Honor, Undekhi and more. This development is in alignment with SonyLIV’s brand promise of curating an expansive content catalogue across languages and emerge as a go to destination for digital content.

In addition to this, the platform has recently launched titles like Uncommonsense by Saloni, Daan Sthapana hosted by the reputed speaker Devdutt Pattnaik and Mahabharat- Ant ya Aarambh, an 11-episode animation series. Highly acclaimed English shows like The Good Doctor S4 and For Life S2 are also up for viewing for the Indian audience. So, whether you are a cricket lover or a football enthusiast, an ardent fan of stand-up comedy or a devout believer in mythology, SonyLIV is the place to be.

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