MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Exclusive: Samara Capital puts stake in financial content firm Cogencis on the block

December 16, 2016 | Bruhadeeswaran R

Private equity firm Samara Capital has started the process of exiting its four-year-old investment in the media space even as the fund plans to exhaust the remaining corpus of the second fund over the next year, two persons close to the development told VCCircle.

StanChart PE’s Udai Dhawan joins Prime Focus board

December 15, 2016 | Debjyoti Roy

Mumbai-based visual entertainment services firm Prime Focus Ltd has appointed Udai Dhawan as nominee director for Standard Chartered Private Equity (StanChart PE).

Sequoia Capital backs digital entertainment firm Pocket Aces

December 15, 2016 | Dearton Thomas Hector

Mumbai-based Pocket Aces Pictures Pvt Ltd, which runs digital entertainment startup Pocket Aces, has raised $3 million (Rs 20 crore) in a round of funding led by venture capital firm Sequoia Capital India, the company announced on Thursday.

How much returns ad-for-equity investor HT Media will generate from Koovs exit

December 15, 2016 | Dearton Thomas Hector

Delhi-based HT Media Limited is planning a partial or full stake sale of its investment in UK-based Koovs Plc, the parent company of Indian lifestyle online commerce venture Koovs.com, to book profits. 

Make emotional connect with consumers to boost loyalty, say panellists at VCCircle summit

December 15, 2016 | Priya Prasad

Human connection, love for the brand and an emotional connect with the consumer are some of the major drivers of loyalty programmes, said panellists at the VCCircle India Loyalty Conclave 2016.

News Corp VCCircle to launch new offering Infracircle on December 15

December 14, 2016 | TEAM VCC

News Corp VCCircle, a leading financial data, news and information services group that runs news websites VCCircle.com and Techcircle.in and financial data platform VCCEdge, is launching a new platform called Infracircle.

Exclusive: Emerald Media, PremjiInvest set to back Amagi Media with Series D funding

December 10, 2016 | Deepti Chaudhary

Amagi Media Labs Pvt. Ltd, India’s leading targeted-TV advertisement solutions firm, is in advanced talks with KKR-backed investment firm Emerald Media and existing investor PremjiInvest to raise Rs 240-250 crore ($36 million), according to two people close to the development.

S Chand buys majority stake in publishing house Chhaya Prakashani

December 08, 2016 | Joseph Rai

Education-focused publishing house S Chand & Company Pvt. Ltd has picked up a majority stake in Kolkata-based publisher Chhaya Prakashani Pvt. Ltd in its third takeover deal.

Sunil Taldar to head Airtel’s DTH business

December 05, 2016 | Debjyoti Roy

The country's largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel Ltd has appointed Sunil Taldar as director and chief executive officer (CEO) of its DTH (direct to home) business, the company said on Monday.

Essel Group to buy 5% more in Dish TV Videocon from Dhoots

November 29, 2016 | Bruhadeeswaran R

Dish TV India Ltd said on Tuesday its promoter Essel Group will buy about 5% additional stake from the Dhoot family in the company to be created after its merger with Videocon d2h Ltd.

The purchase will take Essar Group’s stake in Dish TV Videocon Ltd to about 41% from 36%.

Blackstone-backed Jagran files documents for IPO of radio business

November 28, 2016 | Ankit Doshi

Media house Jagran Prakashan Ltd said on Monday its FM radio unit has filed draft documents with capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India for an initial public offering.

Anand Mahindra becomes sole owner of Epic TV as Mukesh Ambani exits

November 24, 2016 | Debjyoti Roy

Billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani has sold his entire stake in Hindi entertainment channel Epic TV to its other co-founder Anand Mahindra, the MD at Mahindra Group, for an undisclosed amount.

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group to sell TV, radio businesses to Zee Group

November 23, 2016 | Bruhadeeswaran R

Billionaire Anil Ambani-led Reliance Capital Ltd said on Wednesday it will sell its radio and television businesses to media baron Subhash Chandra’s Zee Group for Rs 1,900 crore ($283 million) including debt.

Quikr acquires Sequoia- and Kalaari-backed Grabhouse

November 21, 2016 | Dearton Thomas Hector

Online classifieds firm Quikr India Pvt Ltd has acquired Mumbai-based home rental startup Grabhouse, run by Cryptopy Technologies Pvt Ltd, Quikr said on its website on Monday.

The deal value was not disclosed. 

DEN Networks sells another 25% stake in Delhi Dynamos to ship recycling group GMS

November 16, 2016 | Ranjani Raghavan

Goldman Sachs-backed cable television distribution company, DEN Networks Ltd has sold an additional 25% stake in the Indian Super League (ISL) football club Delhi Dynamos to Wall Street Investments Ltd, it said on Wednesday.

NASDAQ-listed Videocon d2h to merge with Dish TV

November 11, 2016 | TEAM VCC

Within two years of taking their direct-to-home (DTH) firm, Videocon d2h Ltd, public on NASDAQ, Videocon group promoters Dhoot family have decided to merge the firm with bigger domestic rival Dish TV Ltd, to create the largest Indian listed media firm by revenues.

Exclusive: Times Group's digital arm to launch M&A fund

November 01, 2016 | Manu P Toms

In an indication that it will take the inorganic route for fast-paced growth, Times Internet Ltd (TIL), the digital arm of the Times Group, has decided to launch a large fund to facilitate mergers and acquisitions.

Amazon to buy Tatas-owned Westland’s publishing business

October 28, 2016 | PTI

US-based e-commerce giant Amazon today said it is acquiring the publishing business of Tata-owned Westland for an undisclosed sum.

Exclusive: Private equity firm Jacob Ballas makes first investment in two years

October 13, 2016 | Ranjani Raghavan

Mid-market private equity firm Jacob Ballas Capital, which has been focusing on generating exits over the last year, has gone ahead with bottom-fishing to buy more shares of an existing portfolio firm to take advantage of the low share price.

KKR-backed Emerald Media invests $50 mn in YuppTV

October 12, 2016 | TEAM VCC

Emerald Media, a pan-Asian platform established by KKR for investing in the media and entertainment sector, has acquired a significant minority stake in YuppTV for $50 million (Rs 332 crore).

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