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A trip down the memory lane with Bollywood superstars

Radio Nasha is India’s first cool retro station that does justice to the excitement, romance and attitude of the magical eras of 1970s-2000s. Radio Nasha appropriates the cool retro positioning through campaigns that are high on listener engagement and that ‘invoke nostalgia’. In line with the brand’s positioning of ‘Phir Wahi Deewangi’, the station has recently gone live with its latest property ‘Nasha Photo Studio’ - India’s only open photo studio! Launched recently, the unique segment features prominent B-Town celebs in a candid conversation with Radio Nasha RJs as they talk about their old photographs and revisit the memories around them.

The show promises to be a treat for all the Bollywood buffs as they get a sneak peek into their favourite star’s lives and listen to the real backstories of photos from yesteryears. Some of the prominent celebs that will be a part of the show’s line-up includes John Abraham, Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut and Jackie Shroff amongst others. Watching the stars reminisce their old days and unravel their emotions on looking at their old pictures, along with the infectious energy of the Radio Nasha RJs, will definitely leave the listeners asking for more! ‘Nasha Photo Studio’ will be played out on air on Radio Nasha’a evening show Dhak Dhak Evenings and the weekly webisodes can be watched on the brand’s FB and Instagram handles.

The first episode featured Bollywood queen Kangana Ranaut getting nostalgic and candid as she relived her old memories. Looking at one of the photos with Madhur Bhandkar, Priyanka Chopra & Mugdha Godse, she fondly remembered the music launch of her film Fashion. ‘Madhur sir took us to Siddhi Vinayak for the music launch of the film. We never had any stylists or make-up artists during those days. I remember shopping for my outfit early morning & doing my own make-up before rushing for the launch”, she said.

Catch the Webisode on https://www.facebook.com/221999898150748/videos/1781347315340528.

Talking about the initiative, Harshad Jain, CEO – Radio and Entertainment, HT Media Ltd and Next Mediaworks Ltd. said, “With Radio Nasha, our endeavour has always been to take the listeners back to the retro era and invoke a feeling of nostalgia. ‘Nasha Photo Studio’ is a one of its kind show segment which will dwell into those personal memories of the celebs that are very close to their heart. We are excited with the line-up of stars that will feature on the show and are sure our listeners will enjoy the unique content offering on air as well as on our social media assets.”

Netflix, the world's leading streaming entertainment service, is set to launch “Whispers”, the first Saudi thriller and drama series.

The new series is one of many Khaleeji and Saudi titles available on Netflix, offering a different take on traditional dramatic shows in the region that appeal to global audiences. The new Netflix Licensed Original will start streaming on Thursday 11th of June to more than 183 million users in 190 countries and will be subtitled in over 20 languages.

The eight-episode series, produced by the Saudi Entertainment Phenomena Company “EP Saudi”, tells the story of a family who face the death of the family patriarch, Hassan, whose mysterious past resurfaces days before the expected launch of his company’s new smart application. The story develops from the different perspectives of the series’ protagonists and examines many social issues, such as family feuds and struggles brought forth by the business world.

Speaking about the new series, Nuha Eltayeb, Director of content acquisitions for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at Netflix said: “We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. ‘Whispers’ is a fast-paced drama and every episode holds a new clue that will keep viewers wanting more. We are thrilled to be offering the new series to all our users in 190 countries and to be giving them the chance to discover great Arabic content that is full of mysterious twists.”

Hana Alomair, Director of the show said: “‘Whispers’ is a Saudi-produced dramatic thriller series that offers a new take on storytelling and marks my first time working with the great actor, Abdul Mohsen Alnimer. The series also features several unconventional female characters who truly embody the reasons why this project is so close to my heart. I am very proud that Netflix decided to make the series available to their 183 million subscribers worldwide and I hope viewers in Saudi Arabia, the GCC, the Arab region and beyond will enjoy it.”

The series features a number of female talents including Shaimaa Al Fadl, Mysoon Alruwaily, Elham Ali, Nada Tawhid, Norah Alanbar, and Leila Arabi, in addition to actors Ali Al Sharif, Osama Al Qass, and Mohamed Ali, who will star alongside Abdul Mohsen Alnimer.

‘Whispers’ is developed by Saudi Entertainment Phenomena Company “EP Saudi”, written by Roolan Hassan and directed by Saudi director, Hana Alomair.

Emmy-nominated series produced by NFL Films and ESPN+ will return with 15 new episodes

Expected to debut Thanksgiving weekend and culminate Super Bowl weekend
Peyton Manning will return to host a second season of the popular and Emmy-nominated football-themed docuseries Peyton’s Places this fall, exclusively on ESPN+. The 15-episode season will once again feature Peyton exploring football’s history and cultural impact through conversations with players, coaches and other key figures. The season is expected to debut Thanksgiving weekend with two new episodes per week, culminating Super Bowl weekend in February 2021.

The 30-episode original season of Peyton’s Places was a signature program during the National Football League’s 100th season celebration in 2019. Peyton visited with Hall of Fame players, coaches, celebrities and more – taking fans of the game through some of the stories that helped make football what it is today. Highlights included a discussion with Tom Brady over golf, a conversation with the NFL’s all-time winningest coach Don Shula and members of his undefeated ‘72 Dolphins, and a touch football game at Elvis Presley’s Graceland residence in Memphis.

Peyton’s Places will again be produced by NFL Films in collaboration with ESPN+. All 30 episodes of the original series are available on ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service.

Peyton, an executive producer, will again work with a team of NFL Films senior producers to choose the people, places and stories in the series. “In preparing for Season one, we identified so many interesting stories but didn’t have enough time to tell even a fraction of them. I’m thrilled to bring the show back to ESPN+ for a second season so we can continue to dive into the great history of the NFL.”

Connor Schell, Executive Vice President, Content, ESPN adds: “Peyton is the perfect guide to bring fans close to the places and people that helped make the NFL what it is today. Season one of Peyton’s Places was a fun, fantastic trip through football and we’re excited to bring the second chapter to ESPN+ with Peyton and NFL Films.”

In addition to Peyton’s Places, Peyton Manning has collaborated with ESPN+, NFL Films and Kobe Bryant’s award-winning Granity Studios since 2018 on an NFL edition of Detail, the ground-breaking X’s and O’s sports analysis program which airs exclusively on ESPN+. The two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time NFL MVP voiced ESPN and ABC’s ‘Hope’ themed open to the 2020 NFL Draft telecast, and he also hosted the 25th ESPYS on ABC in 2017.

Friday, 29 May 2020 00:00

HBO Max launches in US

Groundbreaking Streaming Bundle Curates 100 Years Of Iconic And Beloved WarnerMedia Programming, New Original Content, And Fan-Favorite Acquired Franchises & Films

Sign Up Today For $14.99/Month at HBOMax.com or via Participating Partners

WarnerMedia’s highly anticipated streaming platform, HBO Max, has officially launched , featuring a leading collection of content curated from across WarnerMedia’s legendary catalog and a roster of new Max Originals, plus fan-favorite acquired franchises and films.

The launch of HBO Max is the culmination of efforts over the past year to bring the best of WarnerMedia together to launch a new streaming offering, following AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. HBO Max has an unparalleled backing of distinct talent and industry leaders and demonstrates what can be accomplished when WarnerMedia’s celebrated brands come together.

This new direct-to-consumer experience features 10,000 hours of premium content including the entire HBO service; motion picture and TV series from Warner Bros.’ 100-year content collection; highlights from New Line; catalog titles from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth and Looney Tunes Cartoons; a selection of classic films curated in partnership with TCM; along with a monthly offering of new Max Originals, guaranteeing something for everyone in the household. HBO Max is available starting today priced at $14.99/month from WarnerMedia.

“Today we are proud to introduce HBO Max – a dream that was created and nurtured by an incredible team of talented executives who dedicated the last year-and-a-half to making it a reality for consumers nationwide,” said Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. “However, this is just the beginning of our journey. We will continue to innovate and evolve this one-of-a-kind platform that brings together beloved programming from across the WarnerMedia family and around the world, while also paving the way for the creative voices of tomorrow.”

Little Voice” stars Brittany O’Grady as Bess King, a uniquely talented performer struggling to fulfill her dreams in New York.

First look revealed for new half-hour coming-of-age drama series featuring original music from Sara Bareilles

Apple unveiled a first look at “Little Voice,” a fresh, intensely romantic tale from the award-winning team of J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson that will premiere globally on Apple TV+, alongside a slate of acclaimed original series and films, on Friday, July 10. Apple TV+ also revealed the first-look image for the highly anticipated series.

A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York starring Brittany O’Grady, Sean Teale, Colton Ryan, Shalini Bathina, Kevin Valdez, Phillip Johnson Richardson and Chuck Cooper, “Little Voice” follows Bess King (O’Grady), a uniquely talented performer struggling to fulfill her dreams while navigating rejection, love and complicated family issues. Featuring original music by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Sara Bareilles, this is a story about finding your authentic voice — and the courage to use it.

“Little Voice” is produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Trek,” “Lost”), Sara Bareilles, Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam,” “Stepmom,” “Waitress”) and Ben Stephenson (“Westworld”) are executive producers. Nelson also wrote and directed the first episode.

The new series will join a lineup of award-winning and hit original series on Apple TV+ including “Defending Jacob,” “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” and the Golden Globe-nominated and Critics Choice and SAG award-winning series “The Morning Show”; as well as the soon-to-premiere animated musical comedy series “Central Park” from Emmy Award winner Loren Bouchard alongside “Frozen” Grammy winner Josh Gad and Emmy winner Nora Smith; “Dear…,” a new docuseries from Emmy and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler; and documentary film “Dads” from director Bryce Dallas Howard.

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