May 10, 2020

The deal comes after Facebook's $5.7 billion investment in the telecom powerhouse and builds on the investment firm's other tech and entertainment holdings, including stakes in Endeavor, AMC Theatres and Twitter.

Private-equity firm Silver Lake has struck a deal to invest $750 million in Indian telecom and technology giant Jio Platforms, less than two weeks after Facebook said it would pay $5.7 billion for about 10 percent in t...

May 3, 2020

Streaming giant Netflix will donate $1 million to the Producers Guild of India (PGI) relief fund, the company announced Friday.

Set up in March by the PGI, the fund will provide emergency short-term relief to thousands of daily wage earners in the Indian creative community, who are now out of work due to the closure of all productions in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, Netflix has al...

April 29, 2020

The actor, whose Hollywood credits also include 'The Namesake' and 'Jurassic World,' was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in March 2018.

Irrfan Khan, the veteran Bollywood actor who crossed over to Hollywood, has died. He was 53.

Indian media reported that Khan died on Wednesday in the entertainment capital of Mumbai after being admitted to the hospital for a colon infection earlier this week. Khan was diagnosed wi...

April 24, 2020

Sometimes talent is undeniable and that's the case with choreographer Joya Kazi. Born in Mumbai and raised in Northern California, Kazi began professionally dancing at the early age of 8 and launched her own company Joya Kazi Unlimited at age 16. Her establishment is a full service dance and choreography company specializing in TV/Film, live events and education. Joya has worked with big name studios —Disney, Dreamwo...

April 22, 2020

Facebook Tuesday announced a $5.7 billion investment in Jio Platforms Limited, part of Reliance Industries, making the social media giant its largest minority shareholder.

In a blog post, FB said the sizable investment “underscores our commitment to India, and our excitement for the dramatic transformation that Jio has spurred in the country. In less than four years, Jio has brought more than 388 million people o...

April 4, 2020

Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan has revealed a series of initiatives to help citizens during India’s fight against coronavirus.

In a seven point plan, Khan revealed contributions via his various businesses to multiple funds, an effort to help supply 50,000 items of PPE equipment for health workers, and a pledge to provide daily meals to more than 5,500 families in the city of Mumbai, as well as a kitchen that will m...

March 24, 2020

The quarantining of 1.3 billion people has led to a spike in VOD consumption, but the hugely popular and lucrative IPL cricket tournament and the launch of Disney+ in the country have both been postponed.

India, the second most populous nation on earth with 1.3 billion people, is in lockdown in its continued efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus epidemic.

"For 21 days forget what going out means," Prime Minister Nare...

March 16, 2020

"In the interest of the country, society and film workers, all the associations of the Indian film industry have taken the decision to shut down all shoots," said the head of a local film association.

The Indian film industry, one of the world's most prolific content engines, is shutting down.

After an emergency meeting over the weekend, the India Motion Picture Producers' Association said Monday that it would request the suspen...

March 9, 2020

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, more events are being canceled or postponed amid travel restrictions and increasing health warnings. As of Saturday, the virus had sickened more than 105,000 people worldwide in 101 countries, according to the World Health Organization. More than 3,500 people have died globally.

The death toll in the U.S. is 21, with the number of confirmed cases nationwide growing. Presiden...

February 18, 2020

They’re trying to laugh again at the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner.

Long-running “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson will host the event, while comedian Hasan Minhaj will be the featured entertainer for the evening, which has often served as a spotlight on relations between the media and the White House.

Last year, in the wake of scrutiny on the annual gathering often refer...

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