02 February 2023 03:37



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With multiple players contending in the OTT space, the one that emerged as the clear winner at the Filmfare OTT Awards 2022 was Sony LIV. The platform bagged a whopping 19 wins at the Filmfare OTT Awards 2022.

Sony LIV’s space biopic-drama ‘Rocket Boys’ led the nominations with 15 mentions, out of which it won some of the most coveted titles like Best Series, Best Director Series (Abhay Pannu), Best Actor, Drama, Critics (Male) went to Jim Sarbh for his role as ace nuclear scientist Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, along with Best Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Cinematographer, and Best VFX in the Series category. Equaling the number of wins was the platform’s family thriller, Tabbar, which won the Best Series Critics, along with wins for Best Director Series, Critics (Ajitpal Singh), Best Actor, Series (Male): Drama (Pawan Malhotra), Best Actor, Series (Female): Drama, Best Supporting Actor, Series (Male): Drama (Gagan Arora), Best Supporting Actor, Series (Female): Drama (Supriya Pathak Kapur), amongst others. The third season of Sony LIV’s family entertainer also bagged awards for Best Comedy (Series/Specials), with Jameel Khan and Geetanjali Kulkarni winning the Best Actor, Series (Male): Comedy and Best Actor, Series (Female): Comedy categories respectively.

The winning streak continues for the platform as last year Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story and Maharani took over the awards by storm. Promising a strong content lineup for the year ahead, the platform definitely has something for everyone in stores next year too!


BEST SERIES - Rocket Boys

BEST DIRECTOR, SERIES - Abhay Pannu (Rocket Boys)

BEST ACTOR, SERIES (MALE) DRAMA - Pawan Malhotra (Tabbar)



BEST ACTOR, SERIES (MALE) COMEDY - Jameel Khan (Gullak Season 3)

BEST ACTOR, SERIES (FEMALE) COMEDY - Geetanjali Kulkarni (Gullak Season 3)



BEST ORIGINAL STORY, SERIES - Harman Wadala, Sandeep Jain, Mr. Roy (Tabbar)


BEST BACKGROUND MUSIC, SERIES - Sneha Khanwalkar (Tabbar)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN, SERIES - Biju Antony And Uma Biju (Rocket Boys)

BEST EDITING, SERIES - Parikshhit Jha (Tabbar)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN, SERIES - Meghna Gandhi (Rocket Boys)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER, SERIES - Harshveer Oberoi (Rocket Boys)

BEST VFX (SERIES) - Variate Studio (Rocket Boys)



BEST DIRECTOR, SERIES - Ajitpal Singh (Tabbar)

BEST ACTOR, SERIES (MALE) DRAMA - Jim Sarbh (Rocket Boys)

'This World' and 'The India Story' will begin airing on WION linear and digital from early January 2023 onwards

WION, World Is One – India's first and only international news channel and Vikram Chandra, founder of Editorji Technologies, are coming together to present two weekly news shows - 'The India Story' and 'This World' in the new year.

The marquee shows are scheduled for an early January 2023 launch on both WION linear and digital, fulfilling Zee Media's commitment to take India's voice to the wider world.

Explaining the partnership, Zee Media publisher Dr. Subhash Chandra said, "Vikram is arguably the only broadcast journalist who's managed to remain neutral, non-controversial and rise above the 'noise at nine.' That's a rare attribute in these polarised times. He is seen as fair and balanced across the opinion spectrum, which lends a high degree of credibility. People trust his views on a subject, a factor we will build on with these two shows."

The prime objective of the two high-voltage shows on WION presented by Vikram Chandra is to help the world understand major global events from a uniquely Indian perspective. That will be the theme of 'This World' that Vikram Chandra will host on WION, World Is One. To top it, WION's global footprint will provide enhanced reach to 'The India Story,' which has already been running on Editorji, as it seeks to be the definitive programme explaining India to a global audience.

Vikram Chandra said, "I have been away from TV news for several years now, building within Editorji the technologies that I feel can transform video news and information. I had no intention of returning to the noise and din of news programmes dominated by domestic politics. But WION is different. It is the only true international channel out of India – and it has tremendous reach across the world. I look forward to placing 'The India Story' on WION and working with their talented team to make 'This World' a "must-watch" weekly show on global events."

Announcing the partnership, Madhu Soman, Chief Business Officer, WION, who joined the channel in August after a seven-year stint with Bloomberg in Hong Kong, said, "Believe it or not, we connected via LinkedIn a couple of months ago. Vikram didn't know me from Adam. Today, he's a friend and an ally in WION's journey, and I'm sure our partnership will make 'This World' sit up and take note of 'The India Story' as we seek solutions."

Two pedigreed professionals with no prior connection coming together organically is a testament to WION's commitment to the cause of neutral and non-controversial journalism. In addition, Vikram Chandra coming on board further strengthens WION's efforts to position India at the high table of global diplomacy.

"My conversations with Madhu were a breeze, and we are both clear that India, with its billion-plus population, needs its own voice in the world. That's where I felt WION offered a wonderful opportunity to bring the brightest minds together on our shows," added Vikram Chandra.

In addition to these two shows, the Zee Media Corporation Limited (ZMCL) and Editorji Technologies will collaborate on programmes for social transformation, combining Vikram's experience in programmes like 'The Greenathon,' 'Save Our Tigers' and 'Banega Swacch India' together with the massive reach of Zee Media including WION, Zee News and India.com.

Apart from presenting shows like 'The Big Fight,' '9 o'clock News' and 'Gadget Guru,' he has also been successful in introducing pioneering innovations such as news on mobile phones, live streaming of videos, etc.

Vikram won the title of 'Global Leader for Tomorrow' by the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Indian Television Academy Award for 'Best Anchor for a Talk Show,' the Hero Honda Award for 'Best Anchor-person' and the Teacher's Achievement Award for Communication, along with featuring in the top 20 on the Impact list of the Digital Power 100.

For the first time, media rights were spread across broadcasters, breaking the monopoly of one company

At USD 6.2 billion, IPL has recorded a three-fold jump in its broadcasting deal since 2017, contributing to the rise in the overall valuation

D and P Advisory, one of the leading providers of consulting and advisory services, today announced the launch of a valuation report on one of the largest sporting events in the world- the Indian Premier League (IPL) for 2022. The report titled “Beyond 22 Yards” highlights that the value of IPL Ecosystem registered a 75% growth since 2020, and now stands at USD 10.9 billion. In 2020, the IPL was valued at USD 6.2 billion. This valuation makes IPL a Decacorn (a business with a value more than USD 10.0 billion) within 15 years of inception. The IPL Ecosystem represents the value generated by the IPL as a business.

A landmark event this time was the auction of the IPL media rights for 2023 to 2027. For the first time, media rights were spread among different broadcasters, breaking the monopoly of one company. The league has sold media rights at USD 6.2 billion, registering a three-fold jump compared to the previous 5-year cycle in 2017. Additionally, the tournament in 2022 also registered a record breaking combined viewership of 426 million on television and OTT platforms.

With two new teams (Gujarat Titans and Lucknow SuperGiants) getting bought last year at a combined staggering value of USD 1.6 billion, the average price tag of a team has seen a whopping 16-fold jump from its inception. These two factors were instrumental in boosting the valuation of IPL to become a Decacorn and the second largest sporting league (on a per match basis from broadcasting fees) globally.

To add to the momentum, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the launch of Women’s Indian Premier League with a base price for a franchise at INR 400 crores (USD 50 million). This price is higher than most other cricket leagues globally, and will add immense value to the overall IPL Ecosystem.

However, on a broader scale, IPL is significantly behind in terms of ad rates, when compared with some of the other global sporting leagues. For example, a 10-second slot for an ad during IPL 2022 costed nearly USD 20,000; whereas, the ad rates for the same time slots at National Football League, English Premier League and Major League Baseball were over USD 1,00,000. Drawing this comparison, the report mentions how IPL has a lot more space to grow in future provided broadcasters are able to monetise the content well.

On the launch, Santosh N, Managing Partner, D and P Advisory says, “Since its launch in 2008, IPL has reimagined the nation’s cricket competition. IPL 2022 witnessed some major milestones and captivating games throughout the season. The renewed media rights deal was a major contributor towards a substantial jump in value for a relatively young league like IPL. These observations are an assurance of the fact that the IPL will continue to revolutionise the game of cricket and will be etched in the hearts of millions of fans for years to come.”

The report goes on to say that the IPL team owners are looking to replicate the multi-club ownership model as part of their long term strategy. For example- The Knight Riders Group owning the right to Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League, and a franchise of the UAE T20. It also has plans to build cricket stadiums in Los Angeles, USA, in partnership with the Major League cricket. Reliance Industries, the owners of Mumbai Indians, recently unveiled two new franchises in UAE’s International League T20 and Cricket South Africa T20 League.

Furthermore, with BCCI having forged and locked in new broadcasting deals for the next five years, the report foresees a more stable phase in terms of the value of the IPL Ecosystem. “The value appreciation may not be as fast as seen in the earlier years”, it states.

The report also states that the digital rights being sold separately from TV rights would result in greater engagement on the digital platforms. Further, the impending introduction of 5G services, greater penetration of the internet and increased smartphone usage will add to the rise in viewership.

The report concluded stating that for these growth trajectories to maintain their momentum, all teams need to continue broadening their footprint, forming relationships, and generating revenue opportunities in different markets. Ultimately, apart from the love for cricket that viewers have, much of cricket’s future depends on ensuring quality; not just for the fans, but also to attract sponsors and broadcasters, the latter of which have become vital for the game’s financial health.


With 40M monthly visitors & 250M+ social audiences, MensXP and iDiva will further enhance Mensa Brands’ digital brand-building capabilities

Mensa Brands, India’s largest D2C House of Brands, has partnered with India Lifestyle Network and acquired MensXP, iDiva, and Hypp from Times Internet, leading destinations in the men’s lifestyle, women’s lifestyle, and influencer management spaces, respectively. The latest acquisitions will enhance Mensa’s digital brand-building capabilities and provide synergies in building a next-gen, digital-first consumer company.

Together, these properties reach more than 40 million monthly visitors on-platform and 250 million monthly visits across social platforms. Aside from being the largest destinations in their segments, they have built tentpole positions in their categories with Indian youth audiences, with some of India’s most popular and loved IPs, such as Honest Reviews and South Delhi Girls.

Post-acquisition, the three platforms will continue to operate as independent brands and destinations in their respective segments.

Speaking on the acquisition, Ananth Narayanan, Founder & CEO of Mensa Brands, said: “Our vision at Mensa is to build a technology and content-enabled portfolio of lifestyle brands. With MensXP and iDiva's deep understanding of the young Indian audiences, robust content creation capabilities, and credible creator network, together, we will build clutter-breaking and culture-defining lifestyle brands. We are excited to partner with Angad and his team as they bring complementary skills while sharing common values. We look forward to harnessing the synergies we share and build customer-loved household brands. ”

Sharing his thoughts on the strategic deal, Satyan Gajwani, Vice Chairman of Times Internet, said: “We are proud to have nurtured and developed such iconic brands for the next generation of India. More than just being content destinations, these brands have proven to be impactful in shaping customer purchase behavior. Ananth and Mensa have a powerful concept, and these businesses will certainly help accelerate their vision. We are proud of our teams and of Angad, the leader and conceptual force behind the businesses, and wish them the best at Mensa.”

Further adding, Angad Bhatia, Founder & CEO of MensXP, iDiva, said, “At our core, our brands have always created stories that matter to this generation. India Lifestyle Network started as a way for our community to consume media. It is increasingly becoming a platform where they discover new products, get inspired by fashion, beauty, and health, and make better lifestyle choices. India Lifestyle Network and Mensa will together be a formidable force in content commerce. We are excited to work closely with Ananth and the larger Mensa team in building a house of brands. “

Business Today – India’s finest business news and views offering from the India Today Group – is all set to hit the green with the 23rd edition of BT Golf on Sunday, 18th December, in Delhi, where hard hitting corporate barons touch the green before soaring in the sky.

An array of top names from the world of commerce and governance, sports stars and celebrities will tee it up at the opening Business Today Golf event of the 2022-23 season, reviving India’s most prestigious multi-city corporate tournament.

For the first time, BT Golf has also come up with a ladies' tournament, which has attracted its own share of interest divided between luminaries from the corporate world, the social sector and the arts. BT Golf Delhi – as indeed the four other events across India – will have a maximum handicap allowance of 24, and participants need to submit handicap certificates duly certified by their clubs. Scoring will be on the Stableford points with a 3/4 handicap of each player.

The event will be held in 5 major metropolitan cities which are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru from December to March. ‘BT Golf’ is coming back in a newer and refreshing format.

The Corporate Life of a CEO and a Game of Golf have a lot in common – Vision, Strategy, Acumen, Prediction and the never ending zeal, the winning spirit & similarly the gratifications are also rewarding in both the spaces.

Business Today Golf celebrates the winning spirit of the Corporate Champions not only in the Office Suites but also on the golfing greens. Visit www.btgolf.in for more updates.

We are happy to have Royal Ranthambore as presenting partner, Co-Powered by Indian Oil, Tourism Partner – Rajasthan Tourism, Associate Partner – Titan Corporate Business Group, and Nautica as Apparel Partner.

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