01 February 2023 11:42

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The National Press Club has partnered with the New York Festivals 2023 Radio Awards to create an exclusive new award, The National Press Club Award.

The National Press Club Award will go to the highest scoring news program across the Best Coverage Of Breaking News Story, Best Coverage Of Ongoing News Story, Best Nonfiction Series and News Podcast categories. The inaugural winner will be announced during the New York Festivals 2023 Storytellers Gala on April 18th.

The National Press Club is the World's Leading Professional Organization for Journalists(tm). It serves its members through professional development activities that bolster their skills, through services that meet the changing needs of the global communications profession and through social activities that build a vital media community in Washington and around the world. The Club is where news happens in the nation's capital and is a vigorous advocate of press freedom worldwide.

"We are grateful to New York Festivals for recognizing the great work being done in journalism today and so honored to now have an NYF storytelling award named after The National Press Club."-Jen Judson, President, National Press Club.

"Journalists today are finding new ways to keep listeners informed in our ever-changing and interconnected world. With the National Press Club Award, the Radio Awards shines a spotlight on the audio journalists and reporters who are committed to using their talents to tell the stories that matter."-Rose Anderson, VP, Executive Director, New York Festivals Radio Awards

The New York Festivals Radio Awards 65-year legacy provides a showcase to celebrate world-class storytellers from around the globe. Since 1957 the competition has celebrated innovation and excellence in broadcast audio content across all genres and platforms keeping pace with industry developments and global trends. All entries within the competition are judged by international panels of award-winning creative professionals who are respected creative professionals within the broadcast industry.

The entry deadline for the 2023 Radio Awards competition is January 31, 2023. To enter please visit: HERE, for additional information visit: Rules and Regulations and 2023 Radio Awards Categories.

All 2023 award winners will be celebrated at the NYF Storytellers Gala taking place on April 18th at the 2023 NAB Show Centennial in Las Vegas. This is the 13th year of New York Festivals strategic partnership with NAB.

Network18’s digital platforms have outperformed the competition by garnering highest video views on YouTube and Facebook in the month of November.

According to recent studies by Social blade, Tubebuddy, and Crowdtangle, nine digital platforms of the group including CNN News18, News18 Bangla, News18 Bihar, News18 MP, News18 Rajasthan, News18 Punjab, News18 Urdu, CNBC Awaaz, and CNBC TV18 accounted for a staggering 708 million views on YouTube and Facebook in November.

Leading the viewership charts on YouTube and Facebook combined, CNN News18 (152 Million views) has beaten Wion News (98 Million views), News18 Bihar JK (121 Million views) has outperformed ZEE Bihar (47 Million views), News18 MP CH (23 Million views) is ahead of IBC 24 (20 Million views), News 18 Rajasthan (38 Million views) has beaten First India News (34 Million views), News18 PHH (124 Million views) has outperformed Zee PHH (41 Million views), CNBC Awaaz (31 Million views) has beaten Zee Business (28 Million views), CNBC-TV18 (6 Million views) is ahead of ET Now (3 Million views), News18 Urdu (4 Million views) is ahead of Zee Salaam (2 Million views), and News18 Bangla (209 Million views) has beaten ABP Ananda (201 Million views).

Commenting on the achievement, Mitul Sangani, Chief Operating Officer, News18 (Digital), Network18 Group, “Network18 has achieved this because of its relentless experimentation with new formats of video consumption, be it long-form videos, short-form videos, or live TV. Along with a tight content calendar, our team delivers a panoramic perspective of current affairs through video content.”

Network18 Group is an undisputed leader in terms of viewership both on TV and digital platforms.

The group currently runs 19 digital platforms in 13 languages. In total, all group platforms acquired a total views of 2.1 billion in November on YouTube and Facebook

IWMBuzz Media finds its investor in Dr Annurag Batra

IWMBuzz Media Network, one of India’s fastest growing media start-ups, has raised an undisclosed amount of funds in its first round from media entrepreneur and veteran Dr Annurag Batra, promoter of successful media companies, BW Businessworld group and exchange4media group (e4m). Dr Batra has angel invested in many media tech companies and backed many other upcoming and pioneering ventures in various domains.

IWMBuzz, founded in 2017, is followed across geographies garnering around 20 million unique users over its web, social media and app platforms every month.

The business entity focusses on internet publishing (entertainment news and updates), event IPs, branded/native content and influencer marketing. Its committed and experienced editorial team curates cutting-edge innovative trending content 24/7 catering to the rising demand of new age consumers on the internet. Bollywood, Lifestyle, TV, OTT, Music, Regional, K Pop admirers find their daily dose of news and infotainment on IWMBuzz.

IWMBuzz media owns and executes large scale much-talked about IPs like Digital Awards, India Web Fest, TV Summit, India Kids Summit, India Gaming Awards among others.

Says Dr Batra on the investment, “I have known the founders Siddhartha Laik and Franklin Tuscano since the time of inception and I have witnessed their growth. Our media businesses will find synergy as IWMBuzz is a digital and hopefully Metaverse first digital entertainment economy platform and together we can create more value for our readers, viewers and customers and the community at large. I strongly believe that their exuberance and their entrepreneurship and my experience will help propel IWMBuzz’s growth manifold in times to come.”

Batra adds, “I must say I will learn more about new emerging areas in media technology from Siddhartha and Franklin and as I believe in the process of reverse mentoring.”

Adds Siddhartha Laik, Founder and Editor in Chief at IWMBuzz Media, “We, all at IWMBuzz Media, are immensely thankful to Dr Batra for showing faith and believing in our journey and growth story. With him as one of our partners, we are hopeful of scaling new heights. As a company, we have always focussed on profitability and we would continue to do so. The funds raised will be used in product, content and business vertical expansion, and also to bring more industry leaders to the ship.”

IWMBuzz Media is co-founded by Franklin Tuscano (CTO and Founder), and Srividya Rajesh (Associate Editor and co-founder). The entity has grown year on year with a current team strength of over 70 people with branches in Mumbai and Chennai.

IWMBuzz is building more digital assets for its readers, viewers and partners as it continues to grow through Uber growth and emerge as a major player.

IWMBuzz is also in Hindi and over the next few years plans to be in all major Indian Languages. IWMBuzz's YouTube channel crossed one million unique subscribers recently and continues to grow. Some of the biggest names in the Bollywood and the entertainment industry prefer IWMBuzz as a brand platform to engage with their fanbase.

IWMBuzz aims to be India’s top destination for entertainment content in all formats in the next 12 to 18 months and get to 50 million plus audiences in all formats and be present 360 degree in all major Indian languages and become the go to destination and platform for entertainment content.

With this investment IWMBuzz plans to launch new products, IPs and invest in hiring more people, building products and investing in technology including blockchain and Metaverse for its platforms.

The deal advisor was Evolution Partners, a boutique investment advisory firm based in Mumbai and Singapore and who has advised its clients on investments in F&B, Media Tech, Blockchain, Deep Tech, FMCG, D2C, Fintech and Ecommerce.

Nearly 300 leading creatives from 40 countries will judge work from around the world.

The One Club for Creativity has announced five top creatives from India who will serve as judges for The One Show 2023.

Juries are still being assembled, confirmed judges to date from India and their judging discipline are as follows.

.Kainaz Karmakar, CCO India, Ogilvy India, Mumbai (Direct Marketing)

Rahul Mathew, CCO, DDB Mumbai (Sustainable Development Goals Pencil)
Anusheela Saha, ECD, FCB India, Delhi (Print/Out of Home)
Priya Shivakumar, national CD, Wunderman Thompson, Bangalore (Interactive + Online / Digital Craft / Mobile)
Rashmi Thosar, CEO, BrandCare Health, Mumbai (Health + Wellness / Pharma)

The current list of all confirmed judges for The One Show 2023 juries can be viewed here.

Entries to The One Show 2023 can be submitted now, with fees increasing after each deadline period. Early entry deadline is December 16, 2022, with the regular deadline January 27, 2023. The extended deadline is February 17, 2023, and final deadline March 3, 2023.

Early judging starts in January 2023, with in person judging taking place in March. Finalists will. Be announced in May 2023, and Gold, Silver and Bronze Pencil and Merit winners will be announced during Creative Week in New York, May 15-19, 2023.

Agencies, brands, production companies and individuals responsible for winning work each year are highlighted in The One Show Creative Rankings, as well as The One Club’s Global Creative Rankings, which combines points won at The One Show, ADC Annual Awards, Type Directors Club TDC awards, and One Asia Creative Awards. Winners are ranked globally, regionally and by country.

Revenue generated from The One Show entry fees goes back into the industry to fund programming under the nonprofit organization’s four pillars: Education, Inclusion & Diversity, Gender Equality and Creative Development.

The line-up features some of the biggest stars of Bangla Cinema namely Parambrata Chatterjee, Ankush Hazra, Raima Sen, Priyanka Sarkar, Ushasi Ray, Saswata Chatterjee, Ritwick Chakraborty, Soham Chakraborty, Kaushik Ganguly, Vikram Chatterjee, Indrani Haldar, Gaurav Chakrabarty, Arjun Chakrabarty, Ishaa Saha, Oindrila Sen, Ananya Chatterjee, Paayel Sarkar, Koushani Mukherjee, Riddhima Ghosh, Ankitaa Chakraborty among others 

Collaborating with the finest directors like Anjan Dutta, Arindam Sil, Raj Chakraborty, Sahana Dutta, Debaloy Bhattacharya, Sayantan Ghoshal, Joydeep Mukherjee, Sani Ghosh Ray, Nirjhar Mitra, Aritra Sen and the critically acclaimed Indranil Roychowdhury, among others, ZEE5 brings the best of Bengali entertainment for its global audiences

The star-studded event in Kolkata themed ‘Erpor ki’ witnessed the launch of 10 original content titles and exclusive movies per month to be released in the coming year ~

Catch a glimpse of the 10 exciting new originals & blockbuster movies coming up on ZEE5 HERE

ZEE5, India and Bharat’s largest home-grown video streaming platform and multilingual storyteller for millions of entertainment seekers is all set to end the year on a delightful note as it unveiled a power-packed content slate of 10 big-ticket originals along with much awaited movies for the global Bengali diaspora starting 2023. Expanding its SVOD offerings, ZEE5 confirmed that it will eventually release a web series every month, ranging from whodunit murder mysteries, crime dramas, psychological thrillers, sleuth adventures with the quintessential Bengali comedy and romance. The high-octane slate brings forth a gamut of emotions through the unique stories on offer, featuring collaborations with the best storytellers from the region and some of the most sought-after stars of Bangla Cinema to create the next chapter of Bengali entertainment with ZEE5.

Consolidating its presence in the Eastern market, ZEE5 is one of the first national OTT players to announce an exclusive, specially curated slate in the region for its global audiences across 190+ countries.

Talking about the focus on the Bengal market, Mr. Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 India said, “Bengal has been a hotbed of entertainment with both Bangla stories and talent making their presence felt on the global map. We at ZEE5 have received an overwhelming response to the titles released in the last two years from our Bangla viewers. Now it is time to expand our base in the Eastern market, connecting with the audience with more relatable stories and creating new opportunities for the talent ecosystem here. We have released a slate that shall enable viewers to watch their favorite stars in new avatars backed by intriguing plots and captivating storytelling. In addition to the Bengali slate, we have an extensive line-up of Hindi content and popular titles in other languages. I am hopeful audiences will enjoy their experience on ZEE5 as we continue to strive to bring extraordinary entertainment for them.”

Talking about the content slate for 2023, Mr. Samrat Ghosh, Chief Cluster Officer - East, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) said, “We are stoked to present the Bangla OTT viewer with a large and exclusive offering of 10 original titles and some of the best hand-picked movies from the market. We are working with the most prolific storytellers and actors who have proven not just their performance mettle in keeping the viewers hooked to what will happen next (Erpor Ki),but also earned widespread viewer love. Besides that, we have stories from different parts of West Bengal that reflect its cultural essence and the variedness of its landscape. We have stories that emerge from our Bangaliana but also reflect the challenges and the complexities of this new world we live in. We are confident that our content slate will excite the OTT Bangla viewer and address their need for pace, thrill and adventure. We look forward to their response to our bouquet of content offerings.”

Highlighting ZEE5’s content strategy, Mr. Punit Misra, President – Content and International Markets at Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd said, “Creating great content through in-depth understanding of our viewers and the cultural ethos of the many Bharats that constitute India has resulted in ZEE5’s consistent growth across languages. Our creative team has a distinctive approach to content design that we call #SoulToScreen where great viewer and cultural understanding meets inspired creativity, delivering delightful content experiences. Through partnerships with some of the finest content creators in the Bangla entertainment industry, we have been successful in curating a content slate that embodies the true cultural essence of today’s Bengal. Our content slate is reflective of the Bengali OTT viewers’ growing appetite for high-octane, edge-of-the-seat entertainment presented in a contemporary avatar that celebrates the new codes of ‘Bangaliana’. We hope that this labour of love of our team will be worthy of love & recommendations from viewers of Bangla OTT content globally.”

Presenting an entire spectrum of the thriller genre like never before, the extensive content line-up features murder-mystery Raktokarabi starring Raima Sen and Vikram Chatterjee, revolving around a Bengali joint family with an ocean of secrets. Shikarpur, featuring multiple national-award winning actor-director Kaushik Ganguly and Ankush Hazra, marking the latter’s first big fiction OTT debut, walks us through the journey of an underdog detective striving to gain the title of ‘Shikarpurer Sherlock’. Kantaye Kantaye is a series based on the detective novel ‘Shonar Kanta’ by Narayan Sanyal featuring national award-winning actress Ananya Chatterjee and will showcase Saswata Chatterjee in a never-seen-before avatar. Directed by Arindam Sil, Shabash Feluda is about Satyajit Ray’s ace detective Feluda solving a complex crime involving a murder and cross-border espionage featuring Parambrata Chatterjee and Ritwick Chakraborty in a Feluda franchise for the first time.

Chhotolok is another intriguing whodunnit human story which will keep viewers on tenterhooks. It is ace director Indranil Roychowdhury's first OTT fiction series and features a stellar cast that includes Indrani Haldar, Priyanka Sarkar, Ushasi Ray and Gaurav Chakrabarty. While Abar Proloy will bring back the much-loved Proloy franchise by Raj Chakraborty, Swetkali, an edge-of-the-seat spooky thriller about cold-blooded murders revolving around an age-old goddess idol, will mark Oindrila’s OTT debut. Also on the line-up is legendary director Anjan Dutt’s Seven, a thriller showcasing the vices of human nature, starring the auteur himself. Completing the roster of originals are Teni Madhab Shil er Full Panjika, a quirky musical romantic thriller and Matsyanyay, which is a story about the scams of a family running a unique medicine business, coming from the house of Parambrata Chattopadhyay’s Roadshow Movies.

Director Raj Chakraborty said, “With OTT paving its way, the audience has a lot of content to select from. I am glad that we are associating with a platform like ZEE5 who believes in narrating impactful, raw and relatable stories; Abar Proloy is one such story. The web series not only has an impressive narrative but is also relatable and has an intense depiction of heinous crimes and monsters of the society. It is realistic, sensitive, unsettling with intriguing sequences that will trigger some thoughts and questions. All I can say is, brace yourselves for Abar Proloy which will soon stream ZEE5."

Actor Parambrata Chatterjee said, “I feel there is nothing like a mystery to engage and deeply involve the audience. Essaying the character of Feluda, it was like stepping into the shoes of Sherlock. It is an honour to be recognised for Ray’s creations with marvellously sketched characters. The web series is an adventurous escapade which will get your adrenaline pumping. The guessing game will keep the audience hooked and enthralled till the end. In the world of entertainment, we are progressing with unique scripts which blend history, thrill and all the ingredients required for a perfect thriller! With ZEE5 onboard, I am sure the series will reach every length and breadth of the nation. I am really looking forward to the premiere of the series on the platform.”

The platform also has a slew of exclusive movies including the likes of Bhoy and Uttaran (with Ankush Hazra); Ananta (with Ritwick Chakraborty); Joy Kali Kolkatawali (with Nusrat Jahan & Soham Chakraborty); Mini (with Mimi Chakraborty); Boudi Canteen (Subhashree Ganguly, Parambrata Chattopadhyay); Abar Kanchanjangha (with Saswata Chatterjee & Arpita Chatterjee), Jotugriha (with Bonny Sengupta, Parambrata Chatterjee, Payel Sarkar) and Mahananda (with Gargi Roy Chowdhury & Ishaa Saha).

The star-studded event at Taj Bengal Kolkata was graced by popular personalities from the Bengali entertainment industry including Prosenjit Chatterjee, Ankush Hazra, Oindrila Sen, Kaushik Ganguly, Arindam Sil, Anjan Dutt, Indranil Roychowdhury, Raj Chakrabarty amongst others.

 This line up follows the very recent exclusive, digital premieres of theatrical blockbusters like Avijatrik (featuring father-son duo Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Arjun Chakraborty), Agantuk (starring Abir Chatterjee and Sohini Sarkar), Hirokgorer Hire (featuring Soham Chakraborty, Bonny Sengupta, Koushani Mukherjee, and Ayushi Talukdar), Antardhaan (with Rajatava Dutta and Parambrata Chattopadhyay), Savings Account (starring Ankush Hazra and Sayantika Banerjee), Hridpindo (featuring Arpita Chatterjee and Shaheb Chattopadhyay), and Amrapali (directed by Raja Chanda).

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