Discovery, Inc in India virtually showcased its annual Upfront presentation to advertisers and marketers, outlining its content strategy and the programming line-up for 2022. In the presence of Megha Tata, Managing Director- South Asia, Ruchir Jain, Head of Distribution and Eurosport Network, South Asia, and Shaun Nanjappa, Head of Advertising Sales- South Asia, the event saw Discovery presenting its content offerings covering lifestyle, kids and sports genres, spanning across its linear brands like Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids, TLC and Eurosport.
Joined by over 1000 people across sectors like FMCG, Pharma, Automobile, Advertising, Media, Lifestyle, Tech and more, the event also had actor Vidyut Jammwal and author Amish Tripathi interact with Megha Tata about their passions and interests.
The network said that over the previous year, the Discovery India network has cemented its position by commanding close to 50% category share in the infotainment category with 9 out of the top 10 shows of 2021 belonging to Discovery Channel.
In a press statement, the network wrote, “We have successfully emerged amongst the top 4 in terms of growth. 2021 proved to be a year of new milestones for Discovery Network, with the brand garnering 182% higher reach than the English News Genre and 112% higher than that of leading English GEC and English Movie Channels combined in terms of the weekly data.”
The network further stated that Eurosport witnessed impressive growth in viewership from Q1 within 2 years of its launch. “The overwhelming response thus encourages Discovery to take a leap ahead in its vision for 2022 by bringing 5X hours of original content - the highest number of originals ever produced in the infotainment category across genres and formats,” read the statement.
The programming line-up of 2022 at Discovery includes: Into the Wild with Bear Grylls featuring Vicky Kaushal, Star vs Food Season 2 starring Anil Kapoor, Janhavi Kapoor, Ananya Panday, Nora Fatehi, Badshah and Zakir Khan, Mission Frontline featuring Sara Ali khan, Farhan Akhtar and Rohit Shetty, and Money Mafia Season 1&2, India’s Space Odyssey, the documentary that looks at the 60-year journey of the space sector in India. In addition to these, the Indian version of the hit international franchise Say Yes to The Dress! India will also premiere on TLC.
Eurosport aims to further build on the appeal for MotoGP, along with AFC Women’s Asian Cup, PGA Tour, UCI Track Champions League, AEW, Tour de France, amongst others.
At the event, the network highlighted how Discovery Kids has successfully diversified its offerings and built a roster of engaging content for the little ones. One of its flagship properties, Little Singham V/s Black Shadow was pronounced as the #1 show of 2021 demonstrating the popularity of the franchise. Discovery Kids is all set to further expand the franchise with two new properties Little Singham in 3D and Baby Little Singham as a treat for its young fans in 2022. With a renewed focus on experimentation and diversification of business, the channel aims to add 2X hours of content in the first half of 2022 comprising some of the most entertaining stories and themes.
The event offered a look back at the key branded properties across categories like Edtech, Auto, Finance, Telecom, and more. From India's largest televised quiz show, Discovery School Super League Powered by Byju’s, to the association with Hershey’s Jolly Rancher Lollipops for Little Singham, to projects with the Government, the network plans to create stronger synergies across short and long format content in the year ahead.
Megha Tata, Managing Director- South Asia, Discovery Inc., said, “As a network, we are driven by creative solutions and committed to offering a holistic and integrated brand experience to the diverse stakeholders. With innovation at the core, we aim to leverage the power of Discovery’s legacy to create ground-breaking stories and emerge as a brand of confidence to our partners. We’ve had a heady kickstart to 2022 and are set for a riveting content repertoire ahead. We hope to further amplify the momentum not only with offerings that are genre binding and authentic but also create seamless synergies across touchpoints adding value to the ever-evolving appetite of our target demographic.”
Ruchir Jain, Head of Eurosport India and distribution - South Asia, Discovery, said, "Overwhelmed with the success of Discovery's Virtual Upfront 2022, I would like to thank our partners and advertisers for their unwavering support in making Eurosport India a household name in no time. Delving beyond the realms of mainstream sports has spiked our viewership by a whopping 158% since Q1. Our upcoming lineup of sports has been liked by all the stakeholders and we are excited to bring it all on Eurosport in the coming months, making 2022 certainly look bright for us."
Shaun Nanjappa, Head of Advertising Sales - South Asia, said, “As a network, Discovery in the past year has not only completed over 40 projects successfully but carved a niche for itself with constant support received from our stakeholders throughout. Our varied offerings across diverse genres and tailor-made 360-degree business solutions helped us strengthen our footprint in the infotainment category and we will keep our focus in making content the hero!" He further added, "We will continue to experiment as the trends change and come up with differentiated offerings through our partnerships that emerge as successful milestones for the brand as well as our stakeholders."