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9XM inks licensing deal with Kids Media

August 3, 2010

9XM, the Bollywood music channel, has entered into a two-year deal with Kids Media India (KMI) to create a full licensing and merchandising programme around the channel’s popular animated characters – Bade-Chote and Bheegi Billi.

The channel is planning to roll out products ranging from apparels, accessories, back to school products, stationery and toys and games.

9XM will be paid a commission on the sales of the products.
INX Media EVP Sales Pawan Jailkhani said, “Bade-Chote and Bheegi Billi have become icons in their own right and are the preferred brand endorsers for several prestigious advertisers on 9XM. We think it’s time now for these characters to come out of TV screens and closer to their fans through platforms, such as retail, mobile, internet, etc. We plan to build the L&M business which has a huge potential in India, given the rising popularity of character based licensing.”

KMI CEO Rajiv Sangari added, “The characters on 9XM have been very successful in connecting with the viewers and have a huge fan following. With this affiliation in mind, we aim to capitalise on the existing popularity of the characters and build a robust, long term, sustainable brand programme around Bade-Chote and Bheegi Billi.”

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Africa gets access to Bollywood numbers through B4U Music

June 8, 2010

The people of Africa are soon to get entertained by latest Bollywood movie songs as B4U Music has forayed in the Dark Continent. DSTV will provide the channel on its platform to the subscribers on all its packages.

B4U Music is the first Asian Music channel that has entered the African market. The channel will cater to the music requirements of the people of Africa with latest and retro numbers from Indian movies.

B4U Music showcases the very best in Bhangra, Hindi Pop and re mixes. The channel is also available in US, Canada and UK and is the major source of Bollywood entertainment for the Indian diaspora in these regions.

Badhshah Bhai on 9XM

February 1, 2010

Starting 6th July 2009, there will be a new addition to the 9XM family, with Badshah Bhai making his grand entry..

Bheegi Billi, Bade Chote, Betel Nuts and the other 9XM dudes are all set to welcome — Badshah Bhai — the new addition to the 9XM family. Starting 6th July 2009, Badshah Bhai will make his grand entry on 9XM.

Badshah Bhai is a huge fan of the ultimate Baadshah of India – Shahrukh Khan. He believes he too is a huge superstar like his idol – King Khan and thinks that Bheegi Billi is the biggest loser. Badshah Bhai loves the singing style of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and tries to sing the popular Bollywood songs in his own peculiar style. The Betel Nuts in their free time are Badshah Bhai’s backing band.

Vikas Varma, Head Music Entertainment Channels, 9XM, says, “Badshah Bhai has been persistently knocking at my door, everyday, since the launch of 9XM. He wants to be a part of the “team”. I have been ignoring him for over a year now, but recently he got hold of a few of my school time secrets and has blackmailed me into giving him a role in 9XM. How could I say no to Badshah Bhai after that?” “On a more serious note”, adds Vikas, “I am confident, that Badshah Bhai will receive an equally encouraging response from all the viewers of 9XM.”

Betel Nuts have expressed their delight on Badshah Bhai’s entry. According to them, “We are extremely delighted that Badshah Bhai has joined the 9XM gang and are hoping that he will also recite our sher-o-shayari in his own style.”

So, stay tuned to 9XM to catch the glimpse of the new superhero – Badshah Bhai. 9XM – Haq Se!

Zee Muzic to hunt for anchors in new reality series

April 17, 2009

Zee Muzic, which is in the process of rebranding the channel as Zing, is launching a new reality series, Cornetto Anchor Hunt.

The series will also be aired on Zee Trendz at 10 pm every Monday, starting 20 April.

The channel will be on a nationwide search for three fresh faces that will go on to become anchors of new shows on Zee Muzic (Zing), ETC and Zee Trendz. The hunt will begin from 19 April at 11 am.

Zee Muzic (Zing), ETC and Zee Trendz business head Anurag Bedi says “Cornetto Anchor Hunt aims to provide aspiring anchors a chance to prove their mettle, a platform to network with mentors and bag plum assignments as anchors of our new shows. We are very pleased with the kind of talent we’ve unearthed through this series and have no doubts that our winners will emerge as extremely popular, engaging television hosts.”

The show will see Lubna Adam, Manasi Scott, Arjan Bajwa, Celina Jaitley and Tusshar Kapoor donning the judges’ hat. The reality hunt will see Bobby Darling as an unlikely candidate participating in the show.

Vh1 brings Big Brother to India from 14 December

December 6, 2008

Vh1, the international musicand lifestyle channel from Viacom18 stable, is set to launch the format reality show Big Brother on Indian television.


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After the success of Bigg Boss2 on network channel Colors, Vh1 is bringing the international version of Big Brother for Indian audience starting 14 December. The show will be aired every Sunday-Wednesday at 10 pm.

The season – Till Death Do You Part Season 9 USA – is claimed as the “Most Explosive” Big Brother season of all time, the company said in a release.

The launch episode will see 16 houseguests entering the house to compete for the prize sum of $500,000 and to find their true love.


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Vh1 India associate GM Ferzad Palia said, “We are excited about bringing Big Brother to the Indian screens. Indian audiences have loved Bigg Boss2 on Colors. With the launch of Big Brother on Vh1, we will take reality experience to a newer high.”

Vh1 brings Laura Critchley to India

December 5, 2008

Viacom18’s international music and lifestyle channel Vh1 is set to bring British songwriter/singer Laura Critchley to India in second leg of Rayban Vh1 Global Music Xpress.

Critchley will kick start her India tour on 10 December in Mumbai and will perform in Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune on the 12, 13 and 14 December respectively.


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Critchley’s début album, ‘Sometimes I,’ was released in November 2007. She has supported artists like the Sugababes and Boyzone on their respective arena tours, and sung duet with Ronan Keating and sung for Robbie Williams. For her last single Today’s Another Day, released in June 2008, she has won the Irish Entertainment Award for best live performance in October 2008.

Critchley said, “I am excited about coming to India and spending a week touring India, as the people of India really appreciate the kind of music we make back home. I look forward to meeting all my fans and friends in India and playing some of my new music and also grooving with the audiences to my latest single Today’s Another Day.”

Vh1 associate GM Ferzad Palia added, “We are partnering with Rayban for the second time for this initiative. Together, it is our aim to present the best musicians and artists to our audiences and make them part of a world-class musical experience. After the successful stint of British R&B artist Jay Sean, we decided to bring down the young and popular British singer Laura Critchley.”

Channel [V] to kick off game show on 31 October

October 31, 2008

Channel [V] is launching a game show Bingo [V] Full On at 7 pm from Friday-Sunday.

Starting 31 October, the show will measure the strength of participants through various activities like rock-climbing, football, para-sailing, trekking, go-carting, Bhangra, running treadmills, scuffle with mechanical boxing gloves, using bodies as human bowling balls among others.


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The 13-week game show will be hosted by Channel [V] VJs Juhi and Neil.

Channel [V] VP content and communication Saurabh Kanwar said, “Full On! surpasses all standards of insanity ever portrayed on television before. We call it the IPL of television- ‘Indian Pagalpanti League’. For this show, besides youth focused promotion, we will also be exploring content innovation.”

Channel [V] has selected participants to test their IQ (insanity quotient) from colleges across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and other metros.


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The show will see 10 teams consisting three members each at the beginning. Each successive week will see two teams fight it out in the ultimate battle for supremacy. The game would be made trickier each day by adding new twists and turns resulting in a crazier experience for the six participants.

The activities will be followed by a set-based game with Channel [V]’s VJ Lola Kutty, where viewers also can participate via sms.

Vh1 bets high for its Dance 101 initiative

June 27, 2008

Vh1, the 24-hour music and lifestyle channel from Viacom 18, has announced that its Dance 101’s first initiative in India brings the Ministry of Sound – on tour. This tour consists of three events back-to-back in Hyderabad (Bottles & Chimney), Kolkata (Tantra) and Delhi (Elevate) on July 2, 4 and 5 respectively.

The Ministry of Sound, which was established in 1991, has now grown from a famous nightclub in London, to becoming a big dance brand. With live events, nightclubs, record sales across the world and thousands of people tuning into Ministry of Sound Radio and TV, it is the home of dance music.

Vh1 Dance 101’s vision, which coincides with that of the Ministry of Sound, is to enable dance music fans access to the music they are passionate about and the DJ’s that play and produce it. Vh1 Dance 101 is getting two of the top DJs of the Ministry of Sound – Paul Jackson and Paul Deighton.

Ferzad Palia, associate general manager, Vh1 India, says, “Vh1 is the only lifestyle and entertainment channel that goes beyond the norms and creates experiential activities that give the audience a first hand experience of enjoying music they love. Vh1 Dance 101’s first event ever, is your ticket to great music, international DJ’s and a party that you’ll never forget.”

The channel is also coming up with Vh1 Divas, which would showcase the powerful women of music. The show would be aired every weeknight at 8 pm throughout July. Vh1 is also mulling a tech show that aims to showcase the best guitarist, drummer, saxophone player, etc.

Zee Muzic to launch Unplugged & Salt and Pepper shows

June 27, 2008

Zee Muzic, the 24-hour music channel from Zee Entertainment Enterprises, will launch two shows – Unplugged, and Salt and Pepper.

Unplugged from June 29 will hit the TV screens every Sunday at 7.30 pm. While, Salt and Pepper, debuts June 30, running through Monday to Thursday at 7.30 pm. The channel has roped in Paras Tomar as the anchor for the shows.

Unplugged gives an insightful glance into the lives of singers minus the gloss and glamour, providing unadulterated music. Unplugged will showcase most of the music stars, who will talk about their success and failures, hopes and despairs, insecurities and shortcomings and how they make music.

Salt and Pepper will have mix of news, views, reviews and gossips with Page 3 parties, events, celebrities, fashions, and controversies of tinsel town.

Irshwin Balwani, business head, Zee Muzic, said, “With both the shows, we are confident we will be able to make a mark with our young viewers. Unplugged is unadulterated music and Salt and Pepper is full of off stage lives of the movers and shakers of the entertainment industry.”

Channel [V]’s Get Gorgeous season 5 begins May 16

May 16, 2008

Channel [V] is coming up with the fifth season of Get Gorgeous series. The new season begins on May 16 at 7:30 pm, the show will include higher levels of competition and drama that leads the way to find India’s next super model.

Sheetal Sudhir, Creative director, Channel [V] says, “Modeling as a profession has got more serious over the years. It has become more competitive and many youngsters want to take it up as a full-time profession. And this is why we are coming up with the fifth season of the show.”

To catch a viewer’s attention there should be something different from the previous season. So, what is the USP of the show this time? “Besides celebrity judges, this time there would be mentors too. Models Diandara Sores and Gauhar Khan will guide the contestants about the nuances of Modeling Moreover, unlike the previous season, this time the contestants are shooting for actual projects, that will give them more experience about Modeling as a career,” says Sheetal.

The show is coming up with a new panel of judges. Fashion designers Rahul Khanna and Rohit Gandhi, fitness expert Yasmin Haz, photographer Nisha Kutty and actor Upen Patel, will test the contestants focusing on different aspects of modeling.

Speaking about the show and the contestants, Yasmin, who helped Kareena Kapoor get a size zero, says, “This time we are looking for someone who can make an impression on the viewers as well as the judges. She should have all the qualities to carry herself well. She should know how to walk with balance and speak with confidence.”

Photographer Nisha Kutty feels that in Modeling posing for a shoot is the most important thing. “A model who poses confidently in front of the camera is the most sought after. Their potential, height and looks all add up to it,” says Nisha.

Talking about the fitness regimen, Yasmin says, “Most of the girls slouch, so we are focusing more on their posture. We have included circuit training, boot camping and pilates training to make them fit. Similarly, we have also given them diet schedules. Moreover, to boost their morale, many interactive sessions will be organised to clear their doubts.”

Talking about the shooting sessions, Nisha says, “Earlier the contestants were informed about their shoots in advance, but this time, to check their natural look, surprise-shooting sessions too will be organised. Besides bikini shots, shots with male partners are also being organised to verify their level of confidence and the way they carry themselves in different situations.”

So it seems, the show has become tough for the contestants. The focus is not just on physical fitness or looks, it will also lay emphasis on all the aspects of modeling.

Revealing more about the show, Sheetal says, “The show is going to be more dramatic and the contestants are fiercely fighting for the Get Gorgeous title.”