Bits & bytes: Balaji Telefilms appoints Sameer Nair as group CEO

Jul 22 2014, 01:58 IST
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SummaryBalaji Telefilms Ltd (BTL) has appointed Sameer Nair as group CEO. A veteran industry executive turned entrepreneur, Nair was formerly programming head, COO and CEO of Star Network and more recently CEO of NDTV Imagine.

Balaji Telefilms Ltd (BTL) has appointed Sameer Nair as group CEO. A veteran industry executive turned entrepreneur, Nair was formerly programming head, COO and CEO of Star Network and more recently CEO of NDTV Imagine. As programming chief of Star TV, he was responsible for launching several Balaji daily soaps on Star Plus in the year 2000. These and other shows catapulted the channel to the number one position which it held on to for a span of nine long years. Later, it was under his watch that Imagine brought mythology and historical programming into daily prime time schedules, another industry first. Said Shobha Kapoor, managing director, BTL, “Nair brings with him immense experience in the media and entertainment industry and an acknowledged record of content innovation and business leadership.”

Kangana Ranaut is Myntra brand ambassador

Fashion e-tailer Myntra.com has signed on Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut as its brand ambassador and the face for its fashion in-house brand DressBerry. With her recent mega hits such as Queen, Revolver Rani and earlier Fashion, Myntra saw Kangana as an ideal choice for endorsing its bold and stylish range of apparel and accessories. To begin with, the two-time Filmfare award winner will be the face of a young, confident and fashionable brand ‘DressBerry’, dedicated to young women. Myntra launched DressBerry in 2013, and within a span of 15 months, it has become one of the largest selling women’s western wear brands on Myntra.com. Myntra.com also recently collaborated with the popular Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh for its in-house brand— ‘Roadster’.

Multi-screening arrives with FIFA World Cup

Indian soccer fans followed the just concluded FIFA World Cup not just on television but also the mobile and the laptop. A study by Vdopia on the impact of online and mobile devices on fan interaction with the World Cup says that it is increasingly clear that dual-screening on television and mobile devices has arrived. A typical consumer is watching the match, checking FIFA updates and sharing highlights of his favourite match on his mobile, updating them on Facebook, looking up for some information on their tablet or just sending an email— all during the same time. Mobile has become the second most preferred medium in Asia Pacific after television with 80% respondents looking forward to multiscreen entertainment. The World Cup has been regarded as the ‘most social event ever’ with 250,000 Indian unique viewers visiting football sites everyday via the mobile.

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