Digital Media

XUMO launches Free Kids TV channel with ‘Teletubbies’ and ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’
2:00 pm PDT 14/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Xumo, announced the launch of Free Kids TV, a new dedicated channel bringing over 40 different series of kid-focused programming to its streaming TV service. It will deliver classics, like all four seasons of Teletubbies and 14 seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation. “Weekday consumption across the kids and family vertical has increased significantly over the past month,” said Xumo senior VP of content partnerships and programming Stefan Van Engen. “Our service is known for its high-quality programming and we continue … Read More

Amazon Prime Video to premiere ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ on 12 June
12:00 pm PDT 14/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Confirming the speculations, Amazon Prime Video has announced today to be premiering the much awaited Hindi film Gulabo Sitabo exclusively on the streaming service on 12 June.  Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the film stars Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana in lead roles. The movie will premiere globally in 200 countries and territories worldwide. Said Amazon Prime Video, India Content director and head Vijay Subramaniam, “At Amazon we’re listening to our customers, and working backwards from there. Gulabo Sitabo is one … Read More

#WhenAtHome: Five audio destinations to make kids’ quarantine productive and fun 
8:00 pm PDT 13/05/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

While India battles COVID-19 and moves towards lockdown 4.0, people are balancing their personal and professional work staying indoors. Kids are scurrying around to make the best of the time of their lengthy summer vacation, but they soon get bored with one thing for a long time. Hence, it’s no easy task to manage them after tirelessly working all day.  To make things a little easier for parents, here we list five audio destinations which act as a saving grace … Read More

ZEE5 brings in three industry veterans to drive growth in the AdTech space
4:00 pm PDT 13/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

To lead and drive growth in the AdTech space, ZEE5 has brought on board industry veterans – Havas Media Group, India and SouthEast Asia ex-CEO Anita Nayyar; Jayesh Easwaramony, a seasoned entrepreneur and an expert in the tech and media world known for his ability to scale businesses, and DAZN former head of digital platforms Dhruvadeep Roy – to further strengthen the team. These new appointments along with the current ZEE5 team will be spearheading and responsible for paving the … Read More

ZEE5 witnesses 10X surge in subscriptions during lockdown; boasts 76.4 million MAUs
9:00 pm PDT 12/05/2020 By Sharmindrila Paul

The COVID disruption period has seen an exponential rise in VOD content consumption in the country with almost all OTT players witnessing significant increase in content consumption and subscriber numbers. Homegrown OTT platform from the house of ZEE Entertainment, ZEE5 has also noticed a major 10X increase in subscriptions along with consumption patterns. In today’s virtual webinar of Indian Television dot com’s Vidnet Tech Series – “Challenges of ensuring seamless video experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond” – ZEE5 … Read More

ViacomCBS partners with Google to expand distribution on YouTube TV
5:00 pm PDT 12/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

ViacomCBS and Google have inked a comprehensive, multi-year distribution deal to deliver more content from ViacomCBS’ leading portfolio of news, entertainment and sports networks for YouTube TV subscribers. This comprehensive deal will introduce 14 additional ViacomCBS cable networks to YouTube’s live TV and on-demand subscription service. BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1 will launch on YouTube TV this summer, providing more than two million subscribers with access to some of the most popular cable … Read More

Shemaroo partners with Mediacorp Singapore to launch ShemarooMe on meWATCH
4:00 pm PDT 12/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Shemaroo Entertainment has inked a strategic partnership with Mediacorp Singapore to make its foothold stronger in the Asian market. With this collaboration, Shemaroo’s OTT service, ShemarooMe will launch on Mediacorp’s digital entertainment service, meWATCH targeting South Asian and local households in Singapore. This alliance will further strengthen Shemaroo’s footing in the international market and enhance meWATCH’s consumer experience.  Commenting on this association, Shemaroo Entertainment COO Kranti Gada said, “ShemarooMe and Mediacorp have come together to entertain the audiences and provide … Read More

‘Friends’ reunion for HBO Max likely to film at end of summer
3:00 pm PDT 12/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

The shooting of the much-awaited Friends reunion special, which had been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus-led live-action production shutdown, is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. The highly anticipated reunion of the beloved cast members was originally slated to be available on the WarnerMedia-backed streaming service, HBO Max on 27 May. WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt said they are hoping to get back to production soon. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt … Read More

Amazon Studios greenlights ‘Upload’ S2 with Emmy-award winning creator Greg Daniels
8:00 pm PDT 11/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Amazon Studios has announced the renewal of Upload for a second season with Emmy-award winning creator Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation).  The second season of this sci-fi comedy series will exclusively stream on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Upload, which premiered on 1 May, has been a worldwide success with Prime Video customers. Excited about the second season, creator and executive producer Daniels said, “I am thrilled to continue a great relationship … Read More

‘Laxmmi Bomb’ might get a direct-to-OTT release On Disney+Hotstar 
6:00 pm PDT 09/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

People in the country have bid adieu to outdoor entertainments like movie outings, shopping and more due to the COVID-19 lockdown. With the temporary closing of movie theaters and multiplexes, many Bollywood movies have been postponed indefinitely now. Few of the biggies that were supposed to hit the big screens in March-April were  Sooryavanshi, ’83, and Laxmmi Bomb.  Now, if speculations are to be believed, the Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani starrer Laxmmi Bomb might get a direct OTT release on … Read More

Amazon Prime Video greenlights ‘Four More Shots Please!’ season three
6:00 pm PDT 08/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Amazon Prime Video has given a nod to the third season of its most-watched Indian show of 2020, Four More Shots Please!. Launched in April, the second season of Amazon Original series Four More Shots Please! has earned immense praise and appreciation from fans and critics alike. Hence the global streaming giant has announced today, 8 May that they are soon coming with a third season of the series. Created by Rangita Pritish Nandy and produced by Pritish Nandy Communications, … Read More

Shemaroo Entertainment’s three animated shows streaming on Netflix
3:00 pm PDT 08/05/2020 By AnimationXpress Team

Netflix has taken up three animated series – Bal Ganesh, Akbar Birbal and TreeHouse Tales, from Shemaroo Entertainment which are now streaming on the platform worldwide.  Created and produced by Shemaroo, these three animated series will bring alive Indian characters, cultures and traditions for kids across the world. These original animated series are quite popular among Indian kids.  Consisting of 13 exciting episodes of half an hour each, these three series not only entertain kids but the entire family, focusing … Read More