27 January 2023 04:40



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Kalki Koechlin is back with a third season of the BBC World Service podcast, Kalki Presents: My Indian Life. It’s the podcast about being young and Indian in the 21st century, and the Bollywood actor will be telling ten more stories from around India.

The new season of the podcast launches on Saturday 5th November 2022. It will also air on BBC World Service radio, in the Weekend Stories slot, from 5th November.

In Season 3, Kalki will meet more young Indians with remarkable stories. The first episode is about Tanya, a private detective who says everyone has a secret. We hear about some of the cases she has investigated. There was the student who Tanya followed to an unexpected place, the fiancé who couldn’t give up his dream and the husband whose affair potentially put his life at risk.

In episode 2, Kalki interviews a famous gamer with 33 million subscribers but none of them know who he is. He says he thinks he knows how Spiderman feels – his identity is hidden from the world.

Later in the new season, the podcast will feature the Paralympic gold medallist, Avani Lekhara. After a car crash changed the course of life, she discovered a new talent and a will to win. She tells Kalki: “When I hold the rifle, I’m in the zone”.

Once again, the podcast won’t shy away from exploring some challenging subjects and stories and issues that matter to young listeners across India.

Kalki Koechlin says: “It’s been a while – the Covid pandemic got in the way – but I’m so excited to be back. I love hosting Kalki Presents: My Indian Life because it’s about exactly that – the lives of some amazing young people from India, the challenges they’ve faced, how they’ve overcome them, what they’ve achieved and all the stories from the journeys they’ve been on.”

The new season of Kalki Presents My Indian Life is an All Things Small production for the BBC World Service. All Things Small - part of Rainshine Entertainment - is a Mumbai based company, which focuses on telling true stories from South Asia. This is its first project with the BBC.

Kalki Presents: My Indian Life is available online on BBC Sounds and most worldwide podcast and audio streaming platforms.

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2023 competition welcomes Jodain Massad to the TV & Film Advisory Board.

"The 16-member Advisory Board panel is an international brain trust of innovative storytellers and industry executives whose expertise spans all genres. Jodain's path from the Chiefs to Notre Dame, and now to The League has been marked by his focus on making memorable moments that bring communities together. These insights and the Board's essential guidance ensure that New York Festivals will continue to honor world-wide excellence across all platforms," said Rose Anderson, VP & Executive Director, New York Festivals TV & Film Awards.

"For me, joining such an experienced board is like walking onto a varsity team. I want to be a good teammate to earn my spot, and to play my part for a common goal - to celebrate exceptional and innovative content everywhere." -Jodain Massad, Director, Development & Innovation, NFL Films for the National Football League

Jodain Massad is Director, Development & Innovation, NFL Films for the National Football League. A seasoned executive producer, he brings 15+ years of experience as a brand champion, innovation agent, and story maker to the 2023 NYF Advisory Board.

Prior to his current role with the NFL, Jodain served as Executive Producer, Innovation | Design for the University of Notre Dame. During his tenure he reset the vision and rebuilt culture for Notre Dame production.

He began his production career in 2008 with the Kansas City Chiefs. Throughout his years with the organization, Jodain was promoted into a variety of leadership production roles including Director of Production. During his 8-year tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs, he led the team in documentary, telecast design, and ad campaign production.

An award-winning content creator, industry innovator, and sought-after speaker, Jodain has earned numerous high-profile industry accolades including 27 Emmy(r) Awards and 6 New York Festivals International Film & TV Awards.

The deadline to enter the 2023 Television & Film Awards competition is December 31st, 2022.To view entry details and competition rules and regulations visit HERE. For a complete list of 2023 categories, visit HERE.

All Entries in the 2023 competition will be judged online and screened by NYF's TV & Film Awards award-winning Grand Jury panel.

Award-winning entries will be celebrated at the NYF Storytellers Gala taking place on April 18th at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas. This is the 13th year of New York Festivals strategic partnership with NAB.

To view the 2022 TV & Film Awards winner's showcase visit HERE.

QYOU Media Inc. subsidiary Chtrbox, one of India’s leading creator-powered companies connecting brands and social media influencers, has promoted long-time leaders Mrunali Dedhia & Karan Pherwani to further strengthen its leadership team.

Mrunali and Karan have both been crucial in building Chtrbox to its nationwide position as a leader in influencer marketing and creator talent management. In their new roles, they will further innovate and scale-up Chtrbox’s creator-powered marketing solutions across India, while driving synergies with QYOU’s influencer marketing group in the US.

Karan and Mrunali have been heading key growth and servicing divisions at Chtrbox, including managing a team of over 60 influencer marketing & creator content specialists. Their expertise in the domain has led to award-winning work and the successful execution of thousands of creator-led campaigns by Chtrbox over the past 6 years.

Karan Pherwani comes with over 10 years of strong experience in India's new-age media and entertainment industry, including being the leader behind the 2021 launch of Chtrbox’s talent management unit, Chtrbox Represent. Mrunali Dedhia was Chtrbox’s first team member in 2016, and through her 6 intrapreneurial years with Chtrbox has successfully grown multiple influencer marketing divisions, key partnerships, and responsibilities for the company.

"I have had the fortune & freedom to grow with Chtrbox over the past 4+ years. With such talented creators and teams around me, we believe we’ve only scratched the surface of what lies ahead. I’m excited to co-lead the growth and create even far more compelling offerings for brands, creators, and audiences alike”, said Karan Pherwani.

While sharing her experience of working with Chtrbox, Mrunali Dedhia shared, “It’s been a tremendous ride with Chtrbox, from helping build and grow the teams ground up, to consistently working with some of the best creators and brands - P&G, Amazon, HP, Cred, etc. I am looking forward to this new role and scaling QYOU & Chtrbox’s great work further."

Pranay Swarup, CEO & Co-Founder of Chtrbox added: “We are ecstatic to elevate Karan and Mrunali to their new roles. As we grow towards increased international capabilities with the QYOU influencer marketing team in the US, they are perfect to lead synergies there as well as continue to grow depth with our India business. They are true influencer marketing experts and path breaking leaders and we believe they will thrive in their new roles.”

India TV announced the appointment of Puja Sethi as Group Editor – Digital.

Puja, a senior journalist and digital strategist, brings over two decades of rich experience on board. She is an alum of the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College and Miranda House, Delhi University. In the past Puja has held senior leadership positions at Indiatimes, Jagran New Media and myUpchar among others. Her last stint was with Zee Digital as a group Editor. Her career has evolved around Broadcast, Print and digital journalism.

In her role at India TV, she would be responsible for managing the Editorial, in addition, she will focus on strategic and innovative solutions, and the development of an integrated digital strategy that cuts across, paid, social and search.

On her appointment, Ms Ritu Dhawan – MD India TV said, “We welcome Puja to the family. We are sure she will add value to India TV’s digital ecosystem and help us attain the predetermined organizational goals.”

“I am extremely excited to take over the role of spearheading the digital strategy for India TV. I am looking forward to expanding the reach of our digital properties and further expanding the digital portfolio”, said Puja Sethi.

Wednesday, 19 October 2022 00:00

India TV now available in UAE

India TV, India's highest-watched Hindi News channel has expanded its global footprint by launching itself on E Life- UAE's premium Content Platform from Etisalat.

The channel is available on eLife Asiana packages: eLife Asiana, Asiana Lite, Asiana Lite, and Asiana Premium both on IPTV + OTT platforms (IPTV & Switch TV) on Channel no: 549.

After establishing a leadership position in the Indian Tv market, India TV is looking to expand its International & Digital Footprint and this launch in the UAE, is a natural step in that direction. The channel is already available in North America and will be soon launching across major other markets with significant diaspora audiences, to keep them connected with News back home. The channel is looking to innovate with Local Content and launch major shows across local time zones to create better affinity for the brand.

People of the Indian diaspora living in the UAE can watch India TV round-the-clock for news coverage on India and the rest of the world, by connecting through eLife. India TV has shows like ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ (on weekends) and ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ (on weekdays) hosted by Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of India TV, which is very popular among the masses. With its nationwide network of journalists, India TV has been telecasting round-the-clock news bulletins, current affairs programmes and talk shows for the last 18 years.

Ritu Dhawan, Managing Director, India TV, said, “India TV’s aim is to inform and empower global Indians with accurate, in-depth, unfiltered, fact-based journalism without any bias, outrage, or sensationalism and establishing India TV as the best and most trusted place for news. Making India TV available in the UAE is one more step towards our goal.

India TV has appointed NKN Media FZC as its exclusive Ad Sales and Distribution partner in the region. NKN Media will solicit brand partnerships and offer advertising solutions.

eLife TV offers a wide variety of services & offerings including 590 + TV channels through premium TV packages from all major TV providers from around the globe. They also have Video-on-Demand and Subscription Video On Demand with over 10,000 hours of content, unmatched experience and an impressive track record with content providers, guaranteeing top-notch content from Major Hollywood Studios, Bollywood and the latest Arabic productions. eLife TV customers enjoy the latest movie titles as we currently have the largest library in the UAE with a choice of more than 600 of the latest & all-time favourite movies from Hollywood, Arabia and Bollywood in HD and 3D.

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