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Asha Ji is an Easygoing Judge

A voice with a golden strain, the magic of which continues to cast its spell even now – that’s Asha Bhosle for you! She is all set to take up a full-fledged role as a judge on this season of Indian Idol . And that’s not all , there is more to this celebrated singer. So when it comes to judging, Asha Ji is an extremely compassionate judge as compared to the other three judges on the panel. Often Asha Ji is heard lifting the spirits of contestants who have been at the receiving end from the other three judges! We certainly appreciate this sweet gesture of Asha Ji. Someone needs to balance it up after all!

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Tune in to your weekends with 92.7 BIG FM on ‘Unplugged with Mayur’

A unique Kannada music show hosted by the livewire RJ Mayur

Bangalore, 19th June 2012: India’s No. 1 Radio Network and Broadcaster of the year at Golden Mikes, 92.7 BIG FM has announced the launch of their special Sunday music show with RJ Mayur called “UNPLUGGED with Mayur”. The show will air from 7 am to 11 am every Sunday morning offering 4 hours of refreshing Kannada music back to back to make Bangalore’s Sunday mornings relaxed and fun. The show will feature artists like Rajesh Krishnan, Gurukiran, Arjun Janya and Vijay Prakash.

This is going to be a one of its kind unplugged music show which will feature famous music directors, singers and the who’s who of the Kannada music industry. The show will have artists coming in to the BIG FM studios to perform to their favorite numbers unplugged. RJ Mayur will be spending time interacting with these artists and the listeners in his quintessential style and tone of naughtiness spiced with flirtations here and there. RJ Mayur is fun and has a strong hold over Kannada. To top it all, he has extensive knowledge of music as he is a musician himself.

Here is a chance to get to know your music icons better, to see their lives and experiences up close, and share what they might have felt composing that music you love so much. RJ Mayur’s magical voice can bring a smile on any face and can make any listener feel one with the show. Advertisers too stand to gain from this show as the show will have a wider reach by virtue of being aired on Sunday mornings, at a time when Bangalore is enjoying a relaxed weekend.

Company spokesperson said, ‘We are delighted to have RJ Mayur onboard with us as he is going to surely entertain our listeners with his engaging style of talking and his effervescence. The show will add spice to the lazy Sunday Bangalore mornings where families can sit together and listen to some great music. Listeners and advertisers both are sure to gain mileage out of this exciting new show.’

About Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd.

Reliance Broadcast Network Limited is a multi-media entertainment conglomerate with play across radio, television, intellectual properties and out of home. It is part of the Reliance Group and specializes in creating and executing integrated media solutions for brands. It houses the following verticals: 92.7 BIG FM – India’s largest FM Network with 45 stations, reaching over 4 crore Indians each week; BIG CBS – A joint venture with CBS Studios International with 4 Channels – Prime, Love, Spark and the first international Punjabi Channel – Spark Punjabi; BIG MAGIC – positioned as India’s only variety entertainment Channel for the Hindi Heartland; BIG PRODUCTIONS – the television content production division of the Company caters to the creative needs of the Indian television landscape; BIG STREET – acquires and markets long term premium out of home inventory. The Company also distributes Bloomberg UTV, India’s premier business news channel as part of its television bouquet. For more information log on to: www.reliancebroadcast.com

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POPULAR TELEVISION ACTOR AMAR UPADHYAY TO HOST POLICE FILES ON BIG MAGIC

A CRUSADE AGAINST CRIME IN THE REGION

Mumbai, June 25th, 2012… BIG MAGIC, India’s first variety entertainment channel for the core Hindi heartland – UP, MP, Bihar and Jharkhand from the Reliance Broadcast Network stable, featuring locally relevant entertainment around humor, movies, reality, talent hunts and action sports has been successful in giving audiences content that appeals to the local tastes and sensibilities. The channel which stands as the No. 1 player in the region is fortifying its position with introduction of well known and popular television actor Amar Upadhyay as the new host for the region’s most followed crime show Police Files. Amar, (popularly known as Mihir of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi) was the face of Indian television that drowned millions of TV viewers when he died in the popular show leaving his fans devastated. In his new avatar, Amar will anchor the show and take audiences through real-life stories of ghastly crimes from the region. With the Hindi heartland known to harbour some of the criminals and offences that range drug trafficking, extortion, murder for hire, crime against women, homicide, burglary, theft, land mafia and more, Amar will be seen highlighting cases that the local populace can relate to. Ensuring that Police Files goes a step ahead and empowers viewers to be better equipped to deal with criminal situations, Amar will be seen engaged in discussions with psychiatrists, real lawyers and the real police, who discuss the reason, rationale, signs to look out for and more, when it comes to dealing with crime in the region.

Amar Upadhyay made his television appearance in Jaya Bachchan- produced TV series Dekh Bhai Dekh in the nineties. It was the popular series Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu, in which he played the perfect beta and endearing “son of Indian TV viewers” Mihir Virani that made him a face to reckon with. This was followed by a few feature films like Dahshat, Dhund – The Fog, and a brief appearance in J.P. Dutta’s war movie, LOC Kargil. Amar was also a participant in the last season of Bigg Boss on television. With Amar Upadhyay as the host of Police Files the viewers of the Heartland are sure to get hooked on to the show with their favourite star.

Speaking on hosting the show, Amar Upadhyay said, “BIG MAGIC is the newest entertainment channel that has swept the Heartland. With its specially created localized shows the channel has been able to fulfil a huge entertainment lacuna in the region. I liked the concept of Police Files and its ability to help audiences deal with the growing crime rate in the region. I look forward to making this iconic show an ideal platform to fight crime and create awareness amongst public.”

Police Files is in sync with BIG MAGIC’s recent campaign called ‘100%UP Wale/100% MP Wale’ which has been designed to increase awareness and empower consumers with adequate information to make the right choice when choosing their set top boxes, while enabling operators to build their brand equity. BIG MAGIC is being distributed as part of Reliance Broadcast Network’s television channel bouquet which boasts of seven robust and well crafted channels, ready to benefit from the digital wave.

About Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd.

Reliance Broadcast Network Limited is a multi-media entertainment conglomerate with play across radio, television, intellectual properties and out of home. It is part of the Reliance Group and specializes in creating and executing integrated media solutions for brands. It houses the following verticals: 92.7 BIG FM – India’s largest FM Network with 45 stations, reaching over 4 crore Indians each week; BIG CBS – A joint venture with CBS Studios International with 4 Channels – Prime, Love, Spark and the first international Punjabi Channel – Spark Punjabi; BIG MAGIC – positioned as India’s only variety entertainment Channel for the Hindi Heartland; BIG PRODUCTIONS – the television content production division of the Company caters to the creative needs of the Indian television landscape; BIG STREET – acquires and markets long term premium out of home inventory. The Company also distributes Bloomberg UTV, India’s premier business news channel as part of its television bouquet. For more information log on to: www.reliancebroadcast.com

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Priyanka wows B2B buyers with cutting edge ‘DDB Technology’

Mumbai, June 25, 2012: Priyanka Chopra, Brand Ambassador of DDB TV Technology connected with the B2B audience; leading chains of electronic superstores, large format retail groups, trade bodies, renowned consumer electronics manufacturers and industry representatives to showcase Digital Direct Broadcast (DDB) at Taj Land’s End, Mumbai on Monday, June 25, 2012. The interactive session aimed to inform the audience about the expertise of the new age platform.

Enabling the television of today to compete against smartphones and tablets, the DDB Platform will empower consumer to perform multiple functions never experienced before on one single platform. A first-of-its kind technological innovation, the new age platform is poised to bring about an unbeatable audio-visual experience right onto one’s television screens, to coincide with Digitalization across four metros in India.

Spearheading the talk at the event, Priyanka Chopra the DDB Brand ambassador said, “The technology will bring television at par to compete against the innumerable smartphones and tablets in the market. The DDB platform will empower owners of T.V. s’ to perform multiple functions never experienced before on one single platform.”

Priyanka Chopra has also said that she considers herself as a Geek’s Fantasy, so when DDB team approached me, it was impossible for me to not to be associated, as it’s very fascinating to be a part of progressive evolution of technology.

DDB Foundation spokesperson affirmed the information saying, “It is our pleasure to introduce the DDB Technology to our prospective B2B partners. The DDB Platform will turn tables in the television entertainment industry similar to the success of Android in the mobile technology industry. The DDB platform will bring home a revolutionary digital experience to the Indian television sets in India.”

In today’s world where technology is on one’s fingertips, the DDB Technology brings in avant-garde features like Direct Satellite Signal Reception that will help in receiving digital signals without any set-top box ‘Internet Browsing’ featuring Facebook, Twitter, Google, Skype, Yahoo and other applications; ‘Over the Air Software Upgrades’ for updated technology; a ‘450 MHz Dual Core Processor’ integrated with 14 Bit Processor capable of creating a 4 Trillion Colour bandwidth along with ‘Motion Enhancement and Motion Correction (MEMC)’ capabilities; the HDMI-CEC enabled DDB Platform devices will come loaded with a 10 Band Graphic Equalizer, Faroudja Audio-Video Optimized and Strata Certified Audio, for a better audio-video experience.

Envisioned as a platform to enhance available entertainment options for the masses, the DDB Platform while setting global standards in Home Entertainment experiences will also eliminate the need of multiple devices across various platforms. The DDB Platform is definite to become the game changer in the television entertainment industry similar to what Android has done so successfully to the smartphone devices enabled mobile technology industry.

About DDB Foundation (www.ddbfoundation.com)

DDB Foundation is a collaboration between seven of the biggest names in new-age technology: STMicroelectronics-World’s leading semiconductor company, Irdeto–World’s leading innovative software and application maker, Nivio–World’s leading cloud computing brand, Faroudja–Emmy award winning audio-video technology, Strata–World’s leading sound technology, Videocon d2h-India’s most advanced DTH service provider and Phillips–World’s leader in healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle brand.

The collaboration brings in a digital technology platform that will optimize the TV viewing experience like never before and will help in receiving digital signals without any set-top box, giving an audio-visual experience that has never been seen or heard before.

For more information please contact

Ms. Joylin Pinto

(M) – +91 9819647486

Ms. Faiza

(M) +91 9833313416

Thanks & Regards

Rajesh Konduparti
Consultant
Percept Profile (A Division of Percept Limited), P-2, Level A3, Raghuvanshi Estate, 11/12 SB Marg, Lower Parel (West),
Mumbai – 400013, INDIA. Tel:+91-22-30408800 Fax: +91-22-24985793. Web: www.perceptprofile.com

About Percept
Since its inception in 1984, Percept has grown and expanded significantly in the fields of entertainment, media and communications. Through integrated advertising campaigns, embedded content and innovative media solutions, Percept connects with consumers at every step through its extensive network of over 1200 employees spread across 62 offices in India and the Middle East.
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BLOCKBUSTER WEEKEND ON MAX

World Television Premier of Dangerous Ishq and MAX Premier of Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya

On 30th June & 1st July

Mumbai, 25th June: MAX, the Premium Hindi Movies and Special Events channel, will bring the latest blockbuster movies to your living room this weekend. With the World Television Premier of Dangerous Ishhq on Saturday, 30th June at 8pm & Sunday, 1st July at 1.30pm, and the MAX Premier of Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya on 1st July, Sunday at 8pm, MAX is offering its audience a complete Blockbuster Weekend to keep them entertained.

Speaking on the movie premieres, Neeraj Vyas, Executive Vice President and Business Head, MAX says, “In alignment with the channel’s new brand campaign ‘Shuruaat Yahin Se’, MAX guarantees a continuous string of latest blockbusters for its viewers. There is much more in store this year with a strong line-up of new titles starting with the World Television premier of the recently released Dangerous Ishhq and the MAX premier of Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, followed by Paan Singh Tomar in July.”

Unwind this weekend with the World Television Premier of Dangerous Ishhq

on Saturday, 30th June at 8pm & Sunday, 1st July at 1:30pm,

and the MAX Premier of Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya on Sunday, 1st July at 8pm.

About MAX:

MAX, India’s No. 1 Hindi Movie channel, backed by Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI), provides its viewers with the biggest and best of Hindi Movies and Special Events. MAX is the exclusive broadcaster of the world’s biggest entertainment extravaganza, the DLF Indian Premier League (DLF IPL). With “extraaa innings”, MAX changed the rules of cricket presentation throughout the world during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, and made it an entertaining affair that continues to set viewership records. Some of the on-air movie properties of MAX, such as ‘Ab Tak Bachchan’, ‘Maha Movie’ and ‘Mera Movie’ have become a staple diet of millions of viewers across India. Exciting World Television Premiers of new Bollywood films and monthly festivals showcasing the hottest stars of Indian cinema have made MAX the favourite movie channel of India.

MAX has also been widely acclaimed and distinguished in the media marketplace with a host of awards recognising leadership and marketing excellence. Today, MAX reaches out to over 50 million households in India.

For further information please contact:-

MAX

Bhharati Kabre

Senior Manager

Tel: 91-22-67081323

Mobile: 9820346384

Email: bhartia@setindia.com

IPAN

Simran Kodesia

Senior Management Supervisor

Mobile:9920962187

Email-skodesia@ipanhillandknowlton.com

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Endemol India scores big with ‘Money Drop’

~ Completes 100 episodes of the highest selling global game format ~

~ The high stake money-game show to be made in Hindi ~

NATIONAL, 25 June, 2012: Endemol India, producers of hit primetime television content such as ‘Big Boss’, ‘Fear Factor’, ‘Deal or No Deal’ and several others, added another milestone by successfully completing more than 150 episodes of its sensational game show ‘Money Drop’. Airing simultaneously across four regional channels of Sun Network, ‘Money Drop’ has become a rage and is now one of the most popular game show formats in South India.

Popularly known as Kaiyil Ori Kodi Are You Ready in Tamil; Ko Aante Koti – Me Sontham Cheskondi in Telegu; Kayyalli Koti – Haelbittu Hodeeri in Kannada and Kaiyil Ori Kodi Are You Ready? in Malayalam, ‘Money Drop’ is a nerve wracking game show that challenges the participants’ presence of mind. Backed by a unique mechanism that can multiply winnings to a life changing amount, this game show is a rollercoaster ride of emotions. One wrong move and the money can drop to practically nothing!

Buoyed by the tremendous success of their show, Endemol India is in talks with leading GEC’s to replicate ‘Money Drop’ in Hindi as well.

Speaking about the success of the show, Deepak Dhar, CEO – Endemol India said, “I’m ecstatic that the Indian market has accepted this global gaming phenomenon with open arms. The show is running successfully on Sun Network in four languages Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. With 100+ episodes being successfully completed, we are sure that this high stake money-game show will be a hit in the Hindi reality show market as well.”

Money Drop has officially acquired the status of being the best-selling format of 2010-11 with the format being sold in 38 countries thus far. With 9 series in UK, 1 series in US on the Fox network, 2nd series in countries like Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, 3rd in Poland and 4th ongoing series in Russia, Money drop has now become a common parlance amongst South Indian audiences.

Mr. K. Vijaykumar, Managing Director – Sun Network Limited says, “Our partnership with Endemol is proving very successful and we are thrilled to complete 150+ episodes of ‘The Million Dollar Money Drop’. With its vast catalogue of entertainment hits, it is indeed a pleasure to be associated with this creative production company and we look forward to them bringing more of such innovative shows to the Sun Network viewers.”

With the success of ‘Money Drop’ in the South market, Endemol India has showed their versatility yet again and reinstated their position as the leading production house that not only caters to the Hindi belt but also is a strong player in the regional belt.

About Endemol India

Endemol India is one of the leading and most valuable content production company in India across television, film and digital content. The company is a 51:49 joint venture between Endemol BV- the world’s largest independent television production company and CA Media – the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group (TCG). The company has over the years produced successful television shows like Bigg Boss, Fear Factor, Laughter Challenge, Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star, over 400 episodes of Deal or No Deal and the recently launched The Money Drop for Sun Network amongst others. Endemol India has also forayed into the movie making business with the remake of blockbuster Kahaani in Tamil & Telugu.

For further Information, please contact:

Kripa Nayak / Yasna Mistree

LINOPINION – The Lowe Lintas PR Division

M: 9819826335 / 9820942610

E: kripa.nayak@loweandpartners.com / Yasna.mistree@loweandpartners.com

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MAIN ANU KI DEEWANI HU

Indian Idol judge Anu Malik may be a tough judge but, this strict judge has found an ardent fan on the show! And it is none other than the legendary Asha Ji herself who is on the judging panel along with him.

Ashaji has always appreciated Anu Malik for his outstanding work and this was very evident during the shoot. Asha Ji repeatedly asked audience to pay attention to Anu’s feedback to the contestants and asked them to appreciate it with a round of applause. She went on to praise Anu by showing her love for him and was heard saying “Anuji makes participants nervous by his harsh comments and participants should not feel bad about it and take his advice in a positive way.” Anuji had nothing more to say but acknowledge the appreciation coming his way.

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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