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  1. Deepak Dhar’s BANIJAY ASIA and Ravi Shastri’s SPORTING BEYOND Announce Strategic Partnership to Redefine CRICKETAINMENT

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    Deepak Dhar’s Banijay Asia (a joint venture between him and Banijay), and Ravi Shastri’s Sporting Beyond (founded by Ravi Shastri and Jaiveer Panwar), today announced a strategic partnership aimed at redefining the landscape of cricket entertainment through content and live events. This collaboration is set to explore innovative ways of merging cricket and entertainment (Cricketainment), creating engaging content that resonates across diverse platforms.

    Announcing the development, Deepak Dhar, Founder & Group CEO of Banijay Asia and EndemolShine India, commented, “This partnership is a pivotal step in reinforcing our newly established sports and live events vertical. Our ambition to dominate the sports content entertainment space has never been clearer. By merging Ravi’s extensive cricket expertise with our innovative content creation capabilities, we aim to deliver unparalleled cricket entertainment experiences. This collaboration with Sporting Beyond will craft a new and unique narrative in cricket entertainment in India, and across the globe.”

    Commenting on the partnership, Ravi Shastri, Founder & Director – Sporting Beyond, added, “My journey in sports and my passion for cricket has always been about pushing the boundaries. Partnering with Banijay Asia is a thrilling new chapter that allows us to blend cricket with entertainment in unique and exciting ways. We are excited to bring our experience to the table and together, aim to captivate the audiences like never before.”

    This partnership is in line with Banijay Asia’s commitment to innovation in the entertainment sector and aligns seamlessly with Ravi Shastri’s extensive expertise and respected standing in the cricket world. Together, they aim to set new benchmarks and deliver premium and tailored content for millions of cricket enthusiasts, across the globe. The collaboration further syncs in with Banijay’s recent launch of Banijay Sports, underscoring its ambition to expand across the sportainment, documentary, and digital sectors through strategic partnerships, content investments, and M&A activities.

  2. Deepak Dhar forms CreAsia Studio for South East Asia

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    Deepak Dhar, Founder & Group CEO – Banijay Asia and EndemolShine India, today announced Banijay Asia’s strategic expansion into South East Asia, with the formation of a new entity – CreAsia Studio. With a focus on local collaborations to create local originals and produce local Banijay IP adaptations, he announced the appointment of Jessica Kam-Engle as the EVP & Business Head of CreAsia Studio. She will report to Deepak Dhar, and be responsible for driving business strategy and growth in the key markets of South East Asia – Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. An established Film/TV producer and studio executive, Jessica has more than 20 years of experience working in the region, with brands like Disney+, HBO Asia, Warner Media Entertainment Networks, MTV Networks/Viacom, MGM Gold Network, Dow Jones Newswires, and Celestial Pictures

    Talking about the development, Deepak said, “Given Jessica’s unparalleled experience in the Asian market, Banijay’s global IPs and marquee concepts, exciting local collaborations and a focus on India as a production hub for the region, CreAsia Studio is our next growth engine.” He further added, “We’re confident of Jessica’s leadership to steer us towards a leading presence in the region. Her appointment is also a testament to our commitment to tapping into newer markets and diversifying our portfolio in the vibrant South East Asian entertainment sector.”

    Talking about her new innings, Jessica Kam-Engle said, “It’s my privilege to join the  Banijay family, and I am excited to lead the strategic expansion in South East Asia. There are vast opportunities to develop local and global IPs with the pool of creative talent from this region, leveraging Banijay’s world-class content production expertise and its global distribution clout.  I am looking forward to exciting collaborations with key players in the region.”

    Jessica was most recently Head of Content and Development for Disney+ in APAC, during which she commissioned more than 60 scripted and non-scripted original series across the region with notable commercial hits include Korean dramas Moving, Big Bet, Connect; Japanese live action Gannibal; Chinese series Taiwan Crime Stories, Delicacies Destiny; and Bahasa series Wedding Agreement, Mendua, Call My Agent, Teluh Darah. In 2017-2021 Jessica was Head of Original Production for HBO Asia overseeing its original productions across Asia in 10 languages, including TV series like Workers, Invisible Stories, The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors, Folklore, Food Lore, Grisse, The Teenage Psychic 2, and feature film The Garden Of Evening Mists. Prior to HBO, she has been an independent film producer, based out of Beijing and Hong Kong from 2008 to 2016, during which time she produced 10 feature films including the critically acclaimed The Piano in a factory.

    This latest move complement’s Banijay’s existing activity and presence in the region driven by its global distribution operation, Banijay Rights, which continues to handle format licensing across the region in collaboration with Dhar and the team.

  3. Miss World Organization Mandates EndemolShine India As Producers for Miss World Festival 2024

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    In an exciting development for the global entertainment industry, the Miss World Organization has officially appointed EndemolShine India as the producers for the upcoming 71st Miss World Festival, a global extravaganza that would be streamed and telecast across the world. This marks a significant milestone as the prestigious event returns to India after 28 years, promising a grand celebration of female achievement and women’s empowerment. Branding, sponsorships, and media buying for the festival will be managed by Adsplash Media Pvt Ltd.

    Commenting on the development, Rishi Negi, Group COOBanijay Asia & EndemolShine India, said, “Getting the production mandate for Miss World 2024 is a testament to our leadership and excellence in large-scale event production. This opportunity allows us to bring our expertise to one of the most celebrated global events, right here in India.” Elsewhere in the Banijay footprint, Miss France was produced, by the company of the same name, for TF1, where it was the second most viewed unscripted show in the country last year.

    Chairman and CEO of the Miss World Organization, Ms. Julia Evelyn Morley CBE, expressed her excitement, stating, ” “Returning to India, a country that I adore, and inviting 120 National winners to experience the beauty of this nation is a tremendous honour. We will be bringing the world to India and showcasing India to the world.”

    Scheduled to take place between February 18th and March 9th, 2024, the festival will be hosted across several spectacular venues, including the Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi and the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai. The series of events will kick off with “The Opening Ceremony” and “India Welcomes the World Gala” on February 20th, hosted by the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) at the stunning Hotel Ashok in New Delhi. The festival will culminate with the dazzling 71st Miss World global finale at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai on March 9th.

    This monumental event, renowned for propelling the profiles of eminent personalities like Ms. Aishwarya Rai, Ms. Priyanka Chopra, and Ms. Manushi Chillar, has been pivotal in enhancing India’s stature on the global stage. The Miss World pageant, established in 1951, extends beyond traditional beauty contests, fostering a new paradigm focused on empowering women through humanitarian service.

    The 71st Miss World Festival will feature various competitions and charitable initiatives, emphasizing the qualities that make these young women ambassadors of change. Each contestant will have their own media channel on the MissWorld.com platform, allowing them to showcase why they should advance to the Top 20 finalists.

    Mr. Jamil Saidi of Vikas Lifecare, Strategic  Partner MW added “I’m delighted that my efforts to bring the 71st Miss World to India has been made a reality by the brilliant Miss World team. Miss World and Endemol are ideal event partners and will help showcase our country’s beauty to the whole world”

    The key competitions and milestones during the festival comprises:

    • World Top Designer Award & Miss World Top Model – Mumbai
    • Miss World Sport Challenge – New Delhi
    • Miss World Talent Final- Mumbai
    • Multi Media Challenge- Mumbai
    • Head To Head Challenge Final– The Summit Room Bharat Mandapam – New Delhi February 23rd
    • Continental Beauty With A Purpose Challenge- Plenary Hall Bharat Mandapam – New Delhi February 21st
    • ⁠Miss World Red Carpet Special Jio World Convention Centre. Mumbai
    • ⁠71st Miss World Final Global Telecast Live 7:30-10:30 Saturday March 9th – Jio World Convention Centre. Mumbai

    Karan Sethi, Founder and Director of Adsplash Media, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and commented, “It’s an honour to be associated with one of the most prestigious global events. We look forward to working closely with the Miss World Organization to unlock value for our brands and customers.”

    For partnership or association inquiries with this global festival, interested parties can contact the team at karan.sethi@adsplashmedia.com.

    Mr. Munish Gupta, Advisor to the Miss World Organization in India, highlighted the event’s role in showcasing India’s rich cultural heritage, arts, crafts, and more to a global audience “Hosting 120 global contestants to experience the beauty  and diverse culture of this great nation, is indeed a tremendous honour. “