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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
The Walking Dead
Most In-Demand Adult Animation Series
Rick And Morty
Most In-Demand Anime Series
Attack On Titan
My Hero Academia
Most In-Demand Children’s Series
Masha And The Bear
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Most In-Demand Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Most In-Demand Documentary Series
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos: Possible Worlds
The Last Dance
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
Most In-Demand Drama Series
Game Of Thrones
La Casa De Papel (Money Heist)
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.
Most In-Demand Historical Drama Series
Most In-Demand Horror Series
American Horror Story
Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
The Twilight Zone
Most In-Demand Korean Drama Series
Crash Landing on You
Most In-Demand Latin American Series
A Praça É Nossa
El corazón nunca se equivoca
El Payaso Plim Plim: Un Héroe Del Corazón
Most In-Demand Reality Series
America's Got Talent
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
RuPaul's Drag Race
Most In-Demand Series Debut
Star Trek: Picard
The Last Dance
Most In-Demand Superhero Series
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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.
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.
CSK, MI & RCB have the strongest fan base, accounting for 75% of the total fans
Media consulting firm Ormax Media has released the findings of its study on ‘IPL Franchise Fans’, based on a research conducted among 3,200 urban respondents across 23 states in India. The data was collected through the course of the eight weeks of IPL 2020. The study pegs the number of fans across the eight IPL franchises at 86.0 Million (8.6 Cr). The study defines a franchise fan as someone who has a clear favourite team, is emotionally connected with it, watches its matches from start to finish, and discusses the team and its players online or offline.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) emerges as the strongest franchise, with 26.8 Million fans, closely followed by season winners Mumbai Indians (MI) at 24.8 Million fans. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ranks third, with 13.3 Million fans. Between them, these three franchises account for 75% of the total fan base, while the remaining five contribute to the balance 25%.
64% (55 Million) of the total franchise fans are males, while the balance 36% (31 Million) are females. CSK & RCB have the most gender-balanced fan base, with the proportion of female fans being the highest at 40% each. Nationwide popularity of their star players (MS Dhoni & Virat Kohli respectively) contributes to their stronger female fan base. Mumbai Indians leads Chennai Super Kings by a slender margin when it comes to the male fan base, but the latter takes the overall no. 1 position because of its stronger female following.
Commenting on the findings, Shailesh Kapoor, Founder & CEO - Ormax Media said: “Apart from viewership, a definitive measure of the success of a sports league is whether the teams playing in it manage to build a sizeable fan base over the years. A strong fan base is eventually the key for a profitable franchise, because it offers higher monetization opportunities through sponsorships, ticket sales, merchandizing, licensing and other such avenues. Over the last 13 years, IPL has done very well, and the fan base estimates of the top 2 franchises suggest that they are now two of the strongest sports teams across the world. It’s for the other franchises to learn from the success story of CSK and MI and develop a strategy to widen their fan base in the coming years”.
Triller, Los Angeles-based short video application will host an exclusive, pay-per-view livestream of the historic battle between, Mike Tyson - one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time, and Roy Jones Jr. - former four-division world champion on November 29th, 07:30AM IST, for fans in India.
BookMyShow, India’s leading entertainment destination, will be the exclusive ticketing partner for fans in the region to catch this never-seen-before experience.
In honour of Tyson’s highly anticipated return to the ring, this one of a kind viewing experience will be supported by power-packed performances from megastars Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Ne-Yo and YG. The fight card also features undercards - Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson, Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan, and Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter. The event will be anchored by Emmy-award winning host and boxing enthusiast, Mario Lopez. Airing globally, the 4-hour gig is the first event of a series of sporting events produced under Mike Tyson’s Legends Only League, that gives people a chance to watch their favored sports legends in action.
Fans in India can catch the battle live on BookMyShow Online, BookMyShow’s online streaming platfrom for live entertainment for INR 129, presented by Triller.
Commenting on the announcement, Raj Mishra, Head of Triller opined, “At Triller, community is at the core of everything we do. We strive to consistently innovate and enrich their experience with moments of cultural significance and relevance. Driven by this, we are super pumped to bring Triller Presents: Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. to India, offering fans a unique opportunity to watch legendary boxing figures and music mavens put up an unforgettable escapade. This is only just the beginning, and we can’t wait to explore varied avenues that bring alive sports and music – like never before!”
Abbos Roohparvar, Senior Vice President Global Business, Triller, said, “We are committed to enable and offer borderless experiences to our audiences across regions. Livestreaming Mike Tyson’s revival fight, in India, is an effort towards providing aficionados in the country with a flavor of international games. We look forward to many such thrilling associations in the future.”
Albert Almeida, COO – Live Entertainment, BookMyShow added, “We are glad to partner with Triller to showcase one of the most-anticipated boxing battles and bring together fans from across the country to witness the historical match between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. As the preferred discovery engine for all things entertainment, we are excited to add another compelling offering to our extensive repertoire, as we continue to explore newer formats of entertainment during these extraordinary times, for millions of our users.”