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01 Oct 2020

ShareChat signs global music licensing deal with Times Music

MUMBAI: ShareChat, India’s leading social media venture, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Times Music, one India’s leading music labels and music publishers, to license it

15 Sep 2020

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MUMBAI: Blaise Fernandes, President & CEO, Indian Music Industry (IMI), is a media and entertainment industry veteran with over 30 years of ex

02 Jan 2008

Big Music CEO Kulmeet Makkar -We have serious plans to enter into regional languages - Tamil, Telugu, Bengali & Punjabi

Kulmeet Makkar took over as the chief executive officer of Big Music and Home Entertainment, the new division floated by Reliance Entertainment in 2007.

Makkar is responsible for content acquisition and business of not only Indian languages but also the global content in music and home entertainment, with a strong presence in physical and digital space across India and overseas. Makkar, who was music major Saregama for 18 years, was chief executive of Saregama's music business before joining Reliance.

12 Dec 2007

Big FM vice president programming Manav Dhanda - We will not force fit a celebrity into the mould of an RJ

Manav Dhanda, vice president - programming for Big 92.7 FM, has been in media for over ten years.

At Miditech, he piloted shows like 'Fame Gurukul' and 'Deal Ya No Deal', and at Radio Mirchi, was instrumental in the station's rapid advancement as programming head. As a freelancer, Manav has also directed serials such as 'Thodi Si Bewafaii' after assisting well renowned television directors, and working as a freelance writer. A theatre enthusiast, he has been involved in theatre in Delhi as an actor and a stage director.

03 Dec 2007

Soundbuzz GM India operations Mandar Thakur - The mechanisms for discovery of different kinds of music in India are amazing

Soundbuzz continues to be the country's only player straddling both the mobile and internet mediums, and general manager India operations, Mandar Thakur is bullish about the company's prospects.

Thakur says any competition in the online digital music space would be welcome because it would only grow the market; for a long time there wasn't been any other player except Soundbuzz in this business.

16 Nov 2007

Radio City's National Head of Marketing Rana Barua - One of our largest initiatives has been changing our music strategy

Radio City's National Head of Marketing, Rana Barua leads the national marketing team, based out of Mumbai. Barua looks after all national marketing initiatives. The focus of his assignment is to further build on the innovative never-done-before aspects of marketing which will further build the brand, Radio City.

In conversation with's Aparna Joshi, Barua detailed the company's changing strategies and outlined some of its plans.

03 Nov 2007

TAM Media Research vice president Pradeep Hejmadi - What matters is giving the market data that is sensitive enough to show change'

TAM India, progenitor of the Radio Audience Measurement study that has just been rolled out, kept a studied silence while the broadcasters interpreted the results they day they were announced on 31 October.

TAM Media Research vice president Pradeep Hejmadi spoke to's Aparna Joshi to explain the nuances of the results.


What has been the picture that has emerged from the first RAM results?

01 Nov 2007

International Music Feed president Andy Schuon - We are targeting 12 to 24 year olds - the Google /Ipod generation

Andy Schuon, former top programming executive for MTV and VH1, is now president of Vivendi/Universal's new TV network IMF: The International Music Feed, the only music TV channel owned by a record label - Universal Music Group.
In an email interview, Schuon outlines his plans for the new channel.


What is the target audience of International Music Feed? Is it a youth channel or a mix - for both young and older audiences?

The channel is targeted at 12 to 24 year olds.

31 Oct 2007

Shemaroo entertainment director Hiren Gada - Unremix' albums are old songs packaged a new for Gen Next

Hiren Gada, Director, Shemaroo Entertainment is a management graduate with 13 years of experience in media. He handles several areas like Strategy, Marketing, Finance, Overseas Markets, Operations and Acquisitions for Shemaroo and has been instrumental in putting in place several new initiatives for growth and development of the various businesses that Shemaroo Entertainment is operating in.'s Aaishwari Chouhan engages Gada in a conversation on Shemaroo's plans, with particular emphasis on its music ventures.

25 Oct 2007

BIG Digital director Archana Vohra - We plan to launch three to four more portals this year

Archana Vohra took charge as director, Big Digital in September 2007. In less than two months of inception, BIG 92.7 FM's digital and online music foray has ventured into podcasting, plans to get into mobile VAS in a big way and launch a slew of portals in the coming months.

Vohra oversees the digital business which includes all internet properties, the short-code 55454 and the Company's digital and online music foray, about which Big claims to have 'some very ambitious plans in the music space and will be making some major forays in this space over the next few months'.

19 Oct 2007

INX Media head of music entertainment channels Vikas Varma - Anything before 2002 is retro for us

Market sources say 9XM could well be the first from the INX Media family to get off the block, in early November 2007.

INX Media head of music entertainment channels Vikas Varma refuses to be intimidated by the slew of existing music channels that may pose a threat to the new product, and plans to plunge into the arena with a host of radical innovations - no VJs, a shockingly young TG and a heavy use of animation.

In a chat with's Aparna Joshi at the new INX offices in south Mumbai, Varma details his plans for the new venture.

23 Aug 2007

MTV India's GM and VP creative and content Ashish Patil - It would be myopic to say we compete only with channels

He insists he's the oldest person in the organisation, but MTV India's GM and VP creative and content, Ashish Patil bubbles over with energy, enthusiasm and ideas that would make his 'bull's eye' TG - youth, quite envious.