Becomes India’s first ever Directorate Award recipient; to be honoured at New York on November 21.
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Dehhi | June 2, 2011
Subhash Chandra, the media magnate behind India’s Essel Group of companies and Founder of ZEE TV- India’s first Hindi satellite channel, will receive the‘2011 International Emmy® Directorate Award’. Chandra will make history as the ‘first ever’ Directorate Award recipient from India, at The International Emmy Awards Gala, in New York, on November 21.
“Subhash Chandra is a one of a kind visionary- a self-made entrepreneur who made his mark on the Indian television industry by launching the first privately-owned channel in India,” said Bruce Paisner, President & CEO of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “We look forward to presenting him with our 2011 International Emmy Directorate Award as Zee Entertainment Enterprises prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, in 2012.”
Acknowledging the award, Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) said, “I thank the Academy for bestowing this honour on me. Our belief has always been to explore and capitalize on opportunities that arise in form of new businesses. From being India’s first private satellite broadcast company; Zee Entertainment has spread its wings to being an International Media Enterprise today.”
“As a Company our endeavor will be to build-on our good work, achieve greater heights and in-turn play an important role as pioneers, in shaping the growth & the future of the media and entertainment industry”, Mr. Chandra added.
Launched in 1992 by Mr. Chandra, ZEEL is a pioneer of the television entertainment industry in India with 500 million viewers across 167 countries and a library of over 80,000 hours of television and 3,000 films. ZEEL’s well known brands include Zee TV, Zee Cinema, Zee Premier, Zee Action, Zee Classic, Zee Smile, 9X, Ten Sports, Ten Cricket, Ten Action+, Zee Cafe, Zee Studio, Zee Trendz, Zee Jagran, Zee Salaam, Zing, ETC Music and Zee Khana Khazana. The company also has a strong offering in the regional language domain with channels such as Zee Marathi, Zee Talkies, Zee Bangla, Zee Telugu, Zee Kannada, Zee Cinemalu and ETC Punjabi.
ZEEL is part of Chandra’s Essel Group of Companies; one of India’s largest conglomerates, housing a diverse portfolio of assets in media, packaging, entertainment, technology-enabled services, infrastructure, development and education. An influential philanthropist and sports aficionado, Subhash Chandra also heads up several non-profit organizations with a focus on access to quality education through distance and open learning.