16 May 2022 14:35

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Al Jazeera English is Broadcaster of the Year, Done+Dusted Earns Production Company of the Year

Grands Awarded to Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special, The National Lottery's Big Night of Musicals, and Old People's Home For 4 Year Olds S2

New York Festivals® TV & Film Awards competition announced the 2022 Storytellers Gala award winners. World-class content created by global storytellers from 42 countries were celebrated at the April 26th virtual Storytellers Gala.

The TV & Film Awards Grand Jury honored compelling content created by international storytellers in a wide range of genres including primetime entertainment, documentaries, investigative journalism, sports coverage, promos, streaming media, and brand image films.

For the sixth consecutive year, Al Jazeera English's coverage of international issues and wide-ranging themes earned the network the prestigious title of Broadcaster of the Year. The network was awarded an impressive number of trophies across NYF's robust category roster for their diverse international news and current affairs programming including The Big Picture, The Listening Post, Fault Lines, Witness, 101 East, Africa Direct, and Al Jazeera Investigations.

"We are delighted to be named Broadcaster of the Year by the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards," said Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English. "It's a great honour to have our work recognised by our industry peers. This award is all down to the wonderful, dedicated teams at Al Jazeera English who are so committed to reporting and telling the stories that matter. In today's world, we believe good journalism is more important than ever. And so we are deeply grateful to receive this recognition for the work we do."

Done+Dusted, global creator of content, events, and experiences, was honored with the Production Company of the Year Award. The British television production and event staging company earned multiple trophies for their productions including "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special" (Apple TV+), "The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards" (CBS), and "Black Renaissance" and "Dear Earth" (Amazon Prime).

"We know that we are not defined by awards, but we also have to admit it feels pretty nice to receive them. Thank you for the recognition... We feel very honored."-Ian Steward, President, Done+Dusted

2022 Grand Awards

"The National Lottery's Big Night of Musicals" - TBI Media - Performing Arts Special. The Grand Award-winning entry was a large-scale televised event celebrating the world of musical theatre accompanied by a full orchestra. The show, filmed at Manchester's AO Arena in front on an audience of 10,000, was broadcast on BBC1 and featured performances from the biggest West End touring and regional shows.

"We're absolutely thrilled to win the Grand Award for 'The National Lottery's Big Night Of Musicals' Thanks goes to the extended TBI team - in this case just over 800 worked on the show. Thanks also to the BBC One and The National Lottery teams who had the courage to support a big idea, despite significant uncertainty at the time. It's great to see our brilliant theatre industry back, they're a much loved and critical part of the cultural landscape on both sides of the Atlantic."-Phil Critchlow OBE - CEO & Founder - TBI Media

"Old People's Home For 4 Year Olds S2" - Endemol Shine Australia - Social Issues. Season Two of the award-winning series earned the Grand Award and showcased early implementation of intergenerational play by taking aging adults into the domain of 4-year-olds.

"Myself and the incredible team behind the second series of "Old People's Home For 4 Year Olds" (Series 2) are so grateful and honoured to be selected in the New York Festivals as Grand winner in the documentary social issues category. As Australian filmmakers we are so proud that for a second time, the series has been acknowledged at a global level, and also that we've shown the rest of the world how a group of 4 year olds can improve the lives of our elderly, hopefully this message will resonate beyond our shores." -Debbie Cuell, Executive Producer, Endemol Shine Australia

"Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special" - Done+Dusted - Variety Special. The Grand winning program solves a holiday cheer crisis, the solution, the North Pole knows there's only one person who can save the day. The showcases Santa's great friend Mariah Carey, the Queen of Christmas in this star-studded spectacular to make the whole world merry.

To view the 2022 TV & Film winners' gallery visit: HERE.

New York Festivals Storytellers Gala honored Sean McManus, Chairman of CBS Sports with the twelfth annual New York Festivals® Lifetime Achievement Award. Greg Gumbel, television sportscaster for CBS Sports, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. McManus

New for 2022, New York Festivals TV & Film Awards debuted the WaterBear Award honoring the highest scoring documentary across the Climate Change & Sustainability, Environment & Ecology, and Nature & Wildlife categories. NYF and WaterBear Network honored "Hippo King" (Terra Mater Studios GmbH) Nature & Wildlife with the inaugural WaterBear Award.

The spotlight was on captivating documentaries across a variety of categories. Gold trophy-winners include "Introducing, Selma Blair" and "Francesco" (discovery+), "Race To Feed The World - A Question of Space" (Make Waves Pte Ltd/ CNA, Mediacorp Pte Ltd), "Drain the Oceans - The First Americans" (Mallinson Sadler Productions/National Geographic Channel), "Cher and the loneliest Elephant " (Terra Mater Studios GmbH), "Circular Economy" (German Television ZDF), "NASA Mars Landing: Inside the Mission" (Windfall Films/Discovery Science), "The Wimbledon Kidnapping" (Caravan Media for Sky Documentaries, UK), "Evolve" (Beach House Pictures PTE Ltd.), "The Atom Araullo Specials: Young Arms" (GMA Network, Inc.), "Addicted Australia" (Blackfella Films Pty Ltd), "Framed" (Marc Fennell/SBS Australia), "Surviving Torture" (Off The Grid-TRT World), "Science of Cooking" (EBS (Korea Educational Broadcasting System), "Shadows" (Xebec Media Ltd), and "Solo Dance" (Public Television Service Foundation - PTS Taiwan).

Entertainment Specials captivated viewers. Entries earning Gold include "Team GB Homecoming" and "Paralympics GB Homecoming" (TBI Media), "Multishow Music Awards 2021" (Globo Comunicações e Participações SA), and "A Musical Toast to 2022" (China Global Television Network (CGTN).

Breaking news coverage, features, and investigative reports from around the globe achieved top honors. Gold winners include "The Listening Post - The Forever War: 20 Years After 9/11," "All Hail the Lockdown," "Africa Direct," and "101 East - Inside Myanmar's Crackdown," (Al Jazeera English). Additional Gold winning entries: "Afghanistan: The War Comes Home" and "On Assignment with Richard Engel: Enemy of the State" (NBC News), and "Breathe Again: India's Battle With COVID" (Blue Petal Films).

Sports programming entertained and engaged fans. ESPN content earning Gold includes: "SC Featured: Not Alone" (ESPN), "Black History Always Special I Run with Maud," "Black History Always Special A Love Letter to Black Women," and "Black History Always Special: Finding Free" (ESPN Undefeated). Additional Sports content scoring Gold: "B1G Story: George Taliaferro" (Big Ten Network), and "Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premiere League" (Story Films and Studio 99 for BBC Two).

Promos enticed viewers to tune in. Gold winners include "Christmas Greetings From The Corleone Family" (Sony Pictures Entertainment Creative Center Iberia), "Universe" and "Drama on Brit" (BBC Studios), "2020 Tokyo Olympic Corporate Image" (Television Broadcasts Limited), "ABC I VIEW 'DON'T BE SUPRISED'" (Australian Broadcasting Corp. Sydney), and "Winter Wonderland - Christmas IDs 2020" (Luxlotusliner GmbH).

Corporate and Brand Image Film conveyed the company's mission and ethos to consumers. Gold trophy-winning companies include: The Edge Picture Company, Media Zoo Ltd., Zerotrillion, Seed Audio-Visual Communication, HK Television Entertainment Company Limited, Content Engine @ Shell's Creative Solutions, B 4 mountain, Dentsu Creative Cube Inc., and ZDK.

All Entries in the 2022 competition were judged online and screened by NYF's TV & Film Awards Grand Jury of 200+ producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe.

This is the twelfth year of NYF's strategic partnership with NAB show.

Redefining the Hindi news segment with unique and first of its kind content formats, Times Now Navbharat, in a short span of time has gained immense popularity with the viewers and advertisers alike.

Further strengthening its bond with the viewers, the channel has launched a new initiative, Dekhega Navbharat, Jeetega Bharat. A 100 day long nation-wide consumer campaign, the initiative promises to elevate the news viewing experience, keeping the viewers informed and gratified at the same time.

To participate in Dekhega Navbharat, Jeetega Bharat, viewers are required to give a missed call to the number flashed on the channel, anytime during the contest period contest, to receive an SMS question along with 2 answer options. All the questions are based on general awareness related to daily news updates projected on the channel. Selected winners will be rewarded with daily tempting prizes including 7-seater car, Electric Scooter, Gold coins, LED TVs, Vacuum cleaner, Laptops, Mobile, Digital watches, Motorcycle, Grocery shopping or petrol for 1 year and many more exciting gifts.

MK Anand, MD & CEO, Times Network said, “The first 2 weeks unrolled viewership data indicates that we have already achieved our first phase ranking target and broken into the A-set of HNCs. The best news is that our TSV performance is on target. We have ensured that our Distribution is the best in class with highest penetration and best locations in the EPGs across platforms giving Times Now Navbharat the highest OTS in the genre. The “Dekhega Navbharat, Jeetega Bharat” campaign is one of the biggest multimedia campaigns across categories and we are confident that we will see our Reach numbers go to capacity taking us to our final target.

Maximizing the reach, Times Now Navbharat has also launched a reverberating marketing campaign that entails planned On-Air promotions of over 40,000 spots across its bouquet of channels, Hindi GEC, Hindi movies and Social Media platforms and Print Ads in leading national dailies. A TVC featuring the channel’s prime-time anchors is also released on the Network’s channels and social media platforms.


Top 20 videos to feature on Comedy Central on 1st May, 2022

Everyone has a unique arsenal of comedy that they can pull out to make someone laugh. While for some, it is a trusted joke, for others it could be something slapstick. Recognizing this potential of spreading laughter, Comedy Central, India’s and Viacom18’s leading English entertainment channel, on the occasion of World Laughter Day, is giving its viewers a chance to make someone laugh with its unique campaign, ‘Giggle Trigger’.

Crafting an insane laughter riot to spread cheer, Comedy Central gives its viewers an opportunity to create a video of making someone laugh by pulling a prank, cracking a joke or showing off mimicry skills. Viewers will have to post the video in a horizontal format on social media and use #GiggleTrigger in the caption. Top 20 videos will be featured on the channel on 1st May, 2022 along with giving the winners a chance to pick their favourite episodes from two of Comedy Central’s most loves shows i.e. The Big Bang Theory or Friends, which will be aired on the same day along with their videos.

Speaking on creating a unique campaign, Utsav Chaudhuri, Marketing Head - Youth, Music and English Entertainment, Viacom18 said, “As our viewers evolve, Comedy Central continues to be their happy place beyond television, actively engaging them across social media. With our latest initiative Giggle Trigger, our viewers will not only get an opportunity to program their favourite channel with their kind of laughter, but also showcase their lighter side on our platforms. On this day celebrating laughter, we hope that ‘Giggle Trigger’ delivers the intended smiles and spreads joy amongst our viewers.”

If you think, you have what it takes to tickle someone’s funny bone? then pull out your #GiggleTrigger and stand a chance to get your humorous self on Comedy Central.

Twitter, Inc.today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion.

Upon completion of the transaction, Twitter will become a privately held company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter stockholders will receive $54.20 in cash for each share of Twitter common stock that they own upon closing of the proposed transaction. The purchase price represents a 38% premium to Twitter's closing stock price on April 1, 2022, which was the last trading day before Mr. Musk disclosed his approximately 9% stake in Twitter.

Bret Taylor, Twitter's Independent Board Chair, said, "The Twitter Board conducted a thoughtful and comprehensive process to assess Elon's proposal with a deliberate focus on value, certainty, and financing. The proposed transaction will deliver a substantial cash premium, and we believe it is the best path forward for Twitter's stockholders."

Parag Agrawal, Twitter's CEO, said, "Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world. Deeply proud of our teams and inspired by the work that has never been more important."

"Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," said Mr. Musk. "I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it."

Transaction Terms and Financing

The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Twitter Board of Directors, is expected to close in 2022, subject to the approval of Twitter stockholders, the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Mr. Musk has secured $25.5 billion of fully committed debt and margin loan financing and is providing an approximately $21.0 billion equity commitment. There are no financing conditions to the closing of the transaction.

For further information regarding all terms and conditions contained in the definitive transaction agreement, please see Twitter's Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed in connection with the transaction.

First Quarter 2022 Earnings Results

Twitter plans to release its first quarter fiscal year 2022 results before market open on April 28, 2022. In light of the pending transaction announced today, Twitter will not hold a corresponding conference call.


Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan, and Allen & Co. are serving as financial advisors to Twitter, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP are serving as legal counsel. Morgan Stanley is acting as lead financial advisor to Mr. Musk. BofA Securities and Barclays are also acting as financial advisors. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal counsel.

Eminent storyteller and CEO of Applause Entertainment – Sameer Nair weighed in on a new-age web show event at Vidnet 2022 in conversation with the legendary film critic and journalist Rajeev Masand.

With the rise of game-changing production studios and content houses, the recipe to blockbuster content has been upturned. India has entered an era of creative storytelling where filmmakers and writers are treated as the heroes, and web-shows and movies are blockbusters based on the plots. The focus in storytelling is now more on proactive content as against lazy content with a known face to save the project.

During a fireside chat with the well-known film critic and journalist Rajeev Masand, held recently at Vidnet Summit 2022, eminent storyteller and CEO of Applause Entertainment, Sameer Nair burnished his thought leadership and affirmed the new commandments to successful content while he addressed an audience comprising of writers, new age filmmakers and industry leaders.

Uncovering some facts favoring the growth of the Indian OTT content industry, Sameer Nair mentioned, “India has 600 million+ 4G data users, and 800 million+ smartphone users. And the content on OTT platforms have an upper hand over the previously existing content on television since it is not linear, breaks the lingual and geographic boundaries, not bound by time or schedule, and has a higher shelf life as against its predecessor, the television. Also in today’s time, the content one decides to produce needs to cut the clutter and in order to do so, producers and writers should have a genre-driven strategy rather than a platform-driven strategy. A creator should focus on genres as the primary subdivision of content and create stories based on the already succeeding genres to pitch to OTT platforms.”

On being questioned by Rajeev Masand about the merits of the ‘hub and spoke’ model at Applause Entertainment, Sameer Nair said, “With an influx of content in today’s time, producing a film first and then selling it to an OTT platform helps creators to bring their unadulterated vision to audiences and also eases the burden of OTT platforms since creators execute end to end operations taking care of casting, direction, decisions pertaining to scale, and financial processes. In this disruptive era of new age content, a producer or content house should complement the OTT platform and work in alignment with them.”

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