Happy New Year set to record the widest release for a Bollywood film

by Urvi Malvania  |  Mumbai.

marks the coming together of directorand Shah Rukh Khan, after the success of the pair in films such as Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om

This Diwali, teams from Shah Rukh Khan’s and Yash Raj Filmswill gear up for the widestrelease so far. Next week, Happy New Year, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Boman Irani, will hit as many as 6,000 screens worldwide, the most ever. This will surpass releases of films such as Dhoom 3 (2013), Kick (2014) and Bang Bang (2014).

Sources say the makers of Happy New Year are targeting release in 5,000 screens in India and 1,000 abroad. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment; and will be distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films, which also the force behind the widespread distribution of Dhoom 3 in December 2013, the biggest film of that year. The thriller was released in about 4,500 screens in India and 800 abroad.

Happy New Year marks the reunion of director Farah Khan and after the success of the pair in films such as Om Shanti Om and Main Hoon Na, while Khan and Padukone have delivered hits such as Om Shanti Om andChennai Express. The two Khans, not related to each other, had a brief falling out but have since patched up for this film.

Last year, Chennai Express was released across 750 screens abroad, a record in terms of foreign release on the day on the film being released in India. Movies such as Krrish 3 and Dhoom 3 also saw similar exposure last year. This year, Kick and Bang Bang stepped up the game, with release across up to 850 screens in foreign markets.

Kamal Gianchandani, chief operating officer, PVR Ltd, says, “You cannot get a better combination in Bollywood. Happy New Year marks the return of SRK and Deepika after Chennai Express and SRK and Farah (Khan) after hits such as Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om; and, it’s the occasion of Diwali. The film is set for a wide release and, at least at PVR, 80 per cent of our screens will be running the movie.”

Shah Rukh Khan has seen immense success in the case of Diwali releases, with Om Shanti Om (2007) earning about Rs 98 crore in India and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) raking in Rs 102 crore.

Suniel Wadhwa, independent distributor and a box-office analyst, adds, “Wide release strategies are typical for major films with blockbuster potential. Distributors book a film in a huge number of screens to record maximum results due to the festive occasion of Diwali. Happy New Year‘s release strategy is the widest in the history of cinema; it’s not only being released in the original language, but also dubbed Tamil and Telugu versions, with 4,500-4,700 screens in India, surpassing Kick.”

Shah Rukh Khan has a huge fan following in the traditional foreign markets of North America, the UK and West Asia and given the occasion of Diwali, the film will be released in these markets on October 23, a day before the India release. The reason is while Indians abroad celebrate the occasion as a community, in India, audiences are known to stay away from theatres on Diwali day.

Happy New Year has been marketed extensively. While digital media has been the driving force, Shah Rukh Khan and his team have ensured no stone is left unturned – from a trailer launch on Facebook and WhatsApp, to interviews in print and television and spots on radio. Promotion was also boosted by the Slam tour – the cast toured across countries and acted as judges on a dance reality show on Zee TV – Dil Se Naachein Indiawaale.

“Shah Rukh is a marketer’s delight and you can see that in the promotions of the film across media. We were very glad when the team from PVR approached him and the rest of the cast to shoot some public service messages, and the team agreed,” says Gianchandani. All the 454 screens across the country from the PVR stable are airing 15-20 second films on Happy New Year.

It is expected the film will garner more than Rs 30 crore on the first day. However, Wadhwa adds the length of movie could be a deterrent for showcasing it in multiplexes. Gianchandani agrees, but adds the team at PVR has ensured convenient timings. He, however, says despite the big-banner release, ticket sales will not see a huge jump.

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Black money: U-turn by NDA – The Hindu

Narendra Modi and his supporters (which included the actor baba), made a lot of noise against black money stashed in Swiss banks. They said they would bring the black money home and punish the guilty.
Now it’s over 100 days since Modi came to power with absolute majority. what has he done to bring black money or expose and punish the Congress & other guilty? This:-
Black money: U-turn by NDA – The Hindu.

ZEE records advertising revenues of Rs 6,259 million, up 7.3% YOY

ZEE records advertising revenues of Rs 6,259 million, up 7.3% YOY

Zee Entertainment has reported its second quarter fiscal 2015 consolidated revenue of Rs 11, 178 million.

The company has declared that advertising revenues were Rs 6,259 million, recording a growth of 7.3% over Q2 FY14. Excluding sports business, advertising revenue growth is in low teens.

Subscription revenues were Rs 4,245 million for the quarter. Domestic revenues stood at Rs 3,373 million. Though the reported revenue reflects a growth of 0.7%, like-to-like growth is in high single digits (difference due to accounting changes necessitated by change in TRAI’s content aggregator regulation).

International subscription revenues were Rs 872 million. Due to change in arrangement with various operators across international territories, the reporting of subscription revenue for the current year has undergone a change and hence previous year figures are not comparable with that of current period. On a like to like basis, the growth has been in low single digits.

Consolidated operating revenues for the quarter stood at Rs 11,178 million. The revenue figure is not comparable to corresponding figure last year owing to changes outlined above.

Operating profit, (EBITDA) stood at Rs 3,205 million, recording a growth of 3.2% over Q2 FY14. EBITDA margin stood at 28.7%. PAT for the quarter was Rs 2,270 million. PAT margin stood at 20.3%.

Commenting on the results of the Company, Subhash Chandra, Chairman, ZEEL said, “Our performance during the quarter reflects the investments that Zee is making to grow its business and market share. The viewership market share is on an uptrend, which will help us to continue to grow ahead of the market. We will continue to pursue growth opportunities, which will enhance long term shareholder value. We have a strong balance sheet and we are confident that we would benefit from the growth opportunities ahead of us.”

Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, ZEEL commented, “Our quarterly performance has been satisfactory. It has been a mixed quarter as far as TV industry advertising spends is concerned. Even though the overall economic sentiment was positive during the quarter, it translated into increased advertising spends only during the fag end of the quarter. Our expectation is that the advertising spends will continue to increase during the rest of the year. Our performance in the quarter reflects industry wide trend. On the subscription front, the transition of distribution of channels from MediaPro to Taj Television is now complete and we continue to grow in high single digits. Implementation of digitisation in the remaining parts of the country will push the growth momentum further. We have also enhanced our HD offering with the launch of ‘&Pictures HD’. As a result of our consistent performance, we continue to maintain healthy operating margins.”

Speaking about the outlook for the business, Goenka added, “Though the digitisation deadlines for Phase III and Phase IV have been pushed back, timely implementation would greatly benefit the industry. The proposed move to scrap advertisement cap for FTA channels would be a welcome step for the industry. Also, the rollout of BARC in the near future is expected to enhance the representativeness of the viewership data. Creation and acquisition of excellent quality content remains core to our business and we continue to channelize investments to strengthen this core. We also continue to explore growth opportunities in domestic markets, international markets and in digital space.”Zee Entertainment has reported its second quarter fiscal 2015 consolidated revenue of Rs 11, 178 million.

The company has declared that advertising revenues were Rs 6,259 million, recording a growth of 7.3% over Q2 FY14. Excluding sports business, advertising revenue growth is in low teens.
Subscription revenues were Rs 4,245 million for the quarter. Domestic revenues stood at Rs 3,373 million. Though the reported revenue reflects a growth of 0.7%, like-to-like growth is in high single digits (difference due to accounting changes necessitated by change in TRAI’s content aggregator regulation).

International subscription revenues were Rs 872 million. Due to change in arrangement with various operators across international territories, the reporting of subscription revenue for the current year has undergone a change and hence previous year figures are not comparable with that of current period. On a like to like basis, the growth has been in low single digits.
Consolidated operating revenues for the quarter stood at Rs 11,178 million. The revenue figure is not comparable to corresponding figure last year owing to changes outlined above.
Operating profit, (EBITDA) stood at Rs 3,205 million, recording a growth of 3.2% over Q2 FY14. EBITDA margin stood at 28.7%. PAT for the quarter was Rs 2,270 million. PAT margin stood at 20.3%.

Commenting on the results of the Company, Subhash Chandra, Chairman, ZEEL said, “Our performance during the quarter reflects the investments that Zee is making to grow its business and market share. The viewership market share is on an uptrend, which will help us to continue to grow ahead of the market. We will continue to pursue growth opportunities, which will enhance long term shareholder value. We have a strong balance sheet and we are confident that we would benefit from the growth opportunities ahead of us.”
Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, ZEEL commented, “Our quarterly performance has been satisfactory. It has been a mixed quarter as far as TV industry advertising spends is concerned. Even though the overall economic sentiment was positive during the quarter, it translated into increased advertising spends only during the fag end of the quarter. Our expectation is that the advertising spends will continue to increase during the rest of the year. Our performance in the quarter reflects industry wide trend. On the subscription front, the transition of distribution of channels from MediaPro to Taj Television is now complete and we continue to grow in high single digits. Implementation of digitisation in the remaining parts of the country will push the growth momentum further. We have also enhanced our HD offering with the launch of ‘&Pictures HD’. As a result of our consistent performance, we continue to maintain healthy operating margins.”

Speaking about the outlook for the business, Goenka added, “Though the digitisation deadlines for Phase III and Phase IV have been pushed back, timely implementation would greatly benefit the industry. The proposed move to scrap advertisement cap for FTA channels would be a welcome step for the industry. Also, the rollout of BARC in the near future is expected to enhance the representativeness of the viewership data. Creation and acquisition of excellent quality content remains core to our business and we continue to channelize investments to strengthen this core. We also continue to explore growth opportunities in domestic markets, international markets and in digital space.”

http://www.exchange4media.com/57856_zee-records-advertising-revenues-of-rs-6259-million-up-7-3-yoy.html

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WHY CAN’T DD BE LIKE BBC? YOU WISH…

More Bhagwats in store? Why can’t DD stand up to its master like BBC.

DD BBC Newslaundry
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s annual speech broadcast live on state-owned Doordarshan(DD) has confirmed two facts that most educated Indians knew, though the government in power hoped they believed otherwise. That India’s public broadcaster neither aspires to achieve autonomy, nor does the government in power have any intention of relinquishing control over this  Continue reading

Watch: Fascinating video shows how Manchester Evening News was produced in 1968

  • To celebrate Manchester Live, we’ve unearthed the video that the M.E.N. produced to celebrate its 100th birthday.

  • published on Oct 15, 2014 09:21, By

Watch: Fascinating video shows how Manchester Evening News was produced in 1968

To celebrate Manchester Live, we’ve unearthed the video that the M.E.N. produced to celebrate its 100th birthday.

Producing the Manchester Evening News is a very different process now than it was over 40 years ago – as this fascinating video shows.

Today we are bringing you Manchester Live, giving our online audience unprecedented access to our newsroom in real time, and showing you how we bring you the news across our platforms, live on the website and in print for tomorrow’s paper.

To celebrate, we’ve unearthed this video that the M.E.N. produced to celebrate its 100th birthday. It shows you every aspect of how the paper was produced in 1968, from the first buds of a story being researched and written and how pages were designed and printed, through to delivery.

It also gives a nostalgic look-back at 1960s Manchester.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/nostalgia/watch-fascinating-video-shows-how-7938047

ABC verdict on print wars: HT ahead of TOI in Delhi

ABC verdict on print wars: HT ahead of TOI in Delhi.

We want 250 obsolete laws to be repealed: A P Shah | Business Standard Q&A

We want 250 obsolete laws to be repealed: A P Shah | Business Standard Q&A.

How a traditional newsroom is staffed

How a traditional newsroom is staffed

newspaper hierarchy

A modern day newsroom is so different to the newsrooms of the past. Newspapers have become much larger, and much more complex, organisations. Also, each newspaper, based on its size and needs, deploys staff. It is therefore very difficult to draw a newsroom organogram.

The best one can say is that each newspaper will have a news gathering team, a news processing team and a senior group of editors who supervise the work.

The newsroom hierarchy chart has been made keeping this in mind. It broadly defines how a newsroom is organised. The designations, numbers and positions may change from newsroom to newsroom but broadly the hierarchy as given here will be the same.

http://www.easymedia.in/traditional-newsroom-staffed/

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Junior PR Executive needed with Perspective in Bangalore

OCTOBER 8, 2014

Perspective PR is looking for a Junior Public Relations Executive in Bangalore.

Experience: Minimum 6 months in PR; should be familiar with the media in Bangalore.

Freelance PR professionals may also apply.

perspective pr

Brief job profile:

* Account Management: Plan and direct public relations programs designed to create and maintain a favorable public image for the client.

* Media relations on a regional and national level: Write press releases and making of media plans.

* Handle internal company communications, such as company newsletters.

* Drafting speeches, arranging interviews, and maintaining other forms of public contact; oversee company archives; and respond to requests for information.

* Organize and handle press conferences and special events of the client.

* Product placement

* Ideas and angle generation for media stories for the client.

Skills and Qualification:

* Candidates need to have agency experience and need to be self-starters, self-motivated and result oriented.

* Should have excellent presentation skills along with written and oral communication skills.

* Ability to set priorities and be responsive to the client’s needs.

* Demonstrate ability to execute the results against strategy and meet critical deadlines.

* Highly motivated and enthusiastic.

* Should possess a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from a reputed university.

Salary range: Best. At par with the abilities

Contat: perspectivedelhi@gmail.com; Phone: 011-41571244

http://jobsmedia.in/2014/10/08/junior-pr-executive-needed-with-perspective-in-bangalore/

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