Thursday, December 13, 2007

Turner International and Alva Brothers Team Up to Launch Entertainment Channel in India

urner International (Turner), and the Alva Brothers (holding company), promoters of one of India's leading production houses - Miditech Pvt. Limited (Miditech), have entered into a partnership to launch an entertainment channel in Hindi and other Indian languages, targeted at the urban Indian audience.

Additionally, Turner will also acquire a minority stake in Miditech, including all shares previously held by ICICI Ventures. The partners (Turner International & Alva Brothers) are currently seeking all regulatory approvals.

Under the agreement, Turner and the Alva Brothers will each own 50% of the broadcasting venture. The yet-to-be-named entity will leverage the Alva Brothers in-depth understanding of Indian audience's entertainment needs and Turner's expertise in operating broadcast networks globally. The venture will be managed by both the partners.

Miditech will continue to be an independent content producer, focused on creating winning content for all broadcasters and corporate clients.

Commenting on the occasion, Niret Alva, co-promoter of Alva Brothers, shared, "The relationship with Turner reaffirms the confidence Miditech enjoys in the marketplace. It will enable Miditech to independently widen the scope and depth of its innovative creative services to broadcasters and related customers. It's the beginning of a new journey of leadership for quality and imaginative content."

"The partnership with the Alva Brothers further strengthens Turner's presence in one of the most dynamic media markets in the world. This is our first foray in the general entertainment space in India, and we are confident that this powerful partnership, drawing on the strengths of both partners, will deliver ground-breaking quality programming to Indian audiences," said Anshuman Misra, Managing Director, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd.

Nikhil Alva, co-promoter of Alva Brothers, commented, "Entering the broadcasting arena with the global expertise of Turner begins an exciting new chapter for the Alva Brothers. The channel will provide fresh alternative content to an increasingly discerning audience. We are confident that with our proven track record in the Indian media industry, the differentiated offering will appeal to the audience targeted."

Turner International India Pvt. Ltd.

Part of the Time Warner Company, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd. is the arm of Turner Broadcasting System. Inc. (TBS) that manages the sales and marketing of Turner's news and entertainment services in India and South Asia.

Alva Brothers

The Alva Brothers (Holding Company), pioneers of innovative formats and programming are the promoters of Miditech Pvt. Ltd. Miditech is India's second largest Independent Production company creating world class programming for leading broadcasters in the region across genres and languages.

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