Thursday, November 26, 2009

Idea Star Singer: Season 4 - 150th episode celebrations.

Asianet is all set to telecast the 150th episode celebrations of  “Idea Star Singer – Season 4 on Nov. 27th & 30th at 19.00 (UAE).

South Indian television’s popular reality show “Idea Star Singer: Season 4” to find the most talented young singer, is celebrating the completion of 150 episodes. Actor Prithviraj was the chief guest for the special event. Asianet MD K Madhavan, Idea Marketing Manager Balaji, Actress Mallika Sukumaran, Jury members Sarath, KS Chithra, MG Sreekumar, Pop Singer Usha Uthup, Asianet Senior Vice President R Sreekandan Nair were some of the special dignitaries who attended the ceremony.

Viewers from all over the world tune in to watch the show that has seen some of the best musical talents in Kerala, wherein contestants battle it out for the top slot. Film stars, musicians and celebrities from various walks of life will appear as special guests in every episode of the show.
The 150th episode celebrations will be an mélange of glamour, music and showmanship. The contestants showed their multi talented skills by performing dance, skits, acrobatic performances and needless to say rendered melodious & fast and peppy numbers specially for their dear viewers.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

CNN Abu Dhabi debuts with Daily News Show ‘Prism’

CNN Abu Dhabi, the latest newsgathering expansion from the global news brand, opens its doors recently, it was announced by Tony Maddox, MD and EVP CNN International.
Maddox was joined for the opening in Abu Dhabi by Phil Kent, Chairman and CEO of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting System, Inc, and by Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and presenter Richard Quest, both in Abu Dhabi filming for the network.
Other senior executive attending from CNN included Katherine Green, Head of Programming for the network and Rani Raad, Head of CNN's commercial arm in the region.
CNN’s new state-of-the-art production centre and newsgathering hub for the Middle East will also be home to CNN’s first ever daily live news show from the region.
‘PRISM’, hosted by news veteran Stan Grant, debuts this evening and joins existing feature shows Inside the Middle East and Marketplace Middle East as a major addition to its regionally based programming portfolio.

“The Middle East has played a significant role in CNN’s heritage and is part of our DNA, two of our earliest international bureaux were in Cairo and Jerusalem”, said Maddox. “This region unquestionably plays an integral part in world affairs, and the new hub in the UAE  gives us the opportunity to get even closer to the heart of the rich and diverse stories across the political, business, social and cultural spectrums.”
“The establishment of a permanent broadcast and production centre in the Middle East by CNN is a significant and unique move by a Western news broadcaster”, added Maddox. “It gives CNN a powerful base from which to coordinate seven regional bureaux and also launch a new daily news show from the Middle East.”
The new facility sits alongside CNN’s existing 32 international newsgathering operations which also includes three other digital production centres in Hong Kong, London and Mexico City.
CNN Abu Dhabi will coordinate newsgathering for the seven CNN operations in the region:  Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Jerusalem, Kabul and Islamabad.
With more than two dozen staff, CNN Abu Dhabi not only consolidates CNN Worldwide’s investment in global newsgathering; it also underlines CNN’s growth strategy which includes the commercial launch of the CNN Wire, the unveiling of the new and the addition of new prime time shows across CNN International and, in the US, HLN.
Built as a fully HD and on-line production facility CNN Abu Dhabi houses a four camera digital studio, with 24/7 live capability, edit suites and fully integrated newsroom.
First daily scheduled show from the region
For the first time in CNN’s history daily live news show PRISM, presented by Stan Grant, will be broadcast from the Middle East. CNN Abu Dhabi will also be the home to CNN’s perennially popular feature shows Inside the Middle East, now in its sixth year, and Marketplace Middle East which launched two years ago.
PRISM is the tenth new show to be launched on CNN International in the past 12 months — joins the network’s new primetime line-up, uniting Stan Grant, Christiane Amanpour, Richard Quest, Becky Anderson and Fionnuala Sweeney, Michael Holmes and Hala Gorani in a schedule that between them covers off business and current affairs programming, breaking news and behind-the-scenes reportage in distinctive formats.

Australia's Next Top Model (Season 2) Premiers on Star world Tue, 17 Nov at 21.00(UAE)

Australia’s most ambitious wannabe models are about to embark on the runway ride of their lives. Australia’s Next Top Model chronicles the transformation of everyday young women into potentially fierce supermodels.
This season, the fashions are more fabulous and the challenges are more demanding than ever! Fans will be able to see if these newbies have the chops to survive the world of high fashion. Find out which beauty from Down Under will end up on top when the second cycle of Australia’s Next Top Model premieres on STAR WORLD.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Kurbaan: In The Making and Date with Kurbaan on Star Plus and Star One

Special episode of “Date with Kurbaan” featuring Karan Johar, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan will be telecast only on Star Plus at 18:00 (UAE) Sat, Nov. 14 and Star One at 19.00 (UAE) on Sun, Nov. 15.

“Kurbaan:  In the Making” on Star One at 22.30 (UAE) on Fri, Nov. 20 and Star Plus at 18.30 (UAE) on Saturday Nov. 21.
STAR Middle East and UTV Motion Pictures presents Kurbaan: In the making exclusively on STAR One & STAR Plus. Dharma Productions’ Kurban, directed by Renzil D’silva, stars Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in lead roles and releases in the Middle East on November 19, 2009.
STAR Middle East will play a special episode called ‘Date with Kurbaan’. Date with Kurbaan will have Karan Johar interacting with Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan.
STAR Middle East will also be playing exclusive content excerpts from the film. The exclusive behind the scenes of “Kurbaan – In the Making” episode will also be aired only on STAR One.
On this exclusive, the lead cast comprising Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan will speak on the making of this film and share with viewers their experiences and anecdotes, while shooting the film.
Says Sumantra Dutta, Country Head for STAR Middle East, Pakistan and Africa “We have been consistently bringing the latest and the best content to our viewers and in keeping with this we continue to raise the bar in terms of viewer expectations. Quality Bollywood programming content is an important part of our unique offering and we will continue to bring viewers exclusive BOLLYWOOD contents on STAR Plus & STAR One.”
STAR viewers will also get an opportunity to take part in a special contest around Kurbaan. Viewers will just have to answer the simple question:-

Who does Kareena Kapoor get married to in the movie ‘Kurbaan’?

a). Saif Ali Khan
b). Vivek Oberoi
c). Om Puri


SMS STARKB your option A/B/C to:

•    6070 in the UAE ( for Etisalat & Du customers)
•    9121 in Egypt (for Vodafone, Etisalat & Mobinil subscribers).
•    77658 in Bahrain (for Zain subscribers).
•    85218 (for STC Subscribers) & 732006 (for Zain Subscribers) in KSA.

If you answer correctly, you could win movie merchandise that includes outfits worn by the Stars in the film, autographed Music CD’s, couple movie tickets and more.

*Terms & Conditions apply

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mammootty: The Best Actor Award 2009 Grand Finale & Event “Nammude Swantham Mammuukka" airs on Asianet TV

Mammootty; The Best Actor Award 2009 Grand Finale and an event with the mega star of Malayalam cinema “Nammude Swantham Mammuukka“ was held recently at Dubai. The show was witnessed by 20,000 strong crowd. Luminaries from the Malayalam and Tamil film industry turned out in force to celebrate the first ever mega event conducted at Airport Expo Auditiorium, Dubai.
Mega Star Mammootty was felicitated by K Madhavan, Managing Director, Asianet Communications Ltd for his outstanding contributions to Indian Film Industry. Asianet Communications director Jagdish Kumar, Tamil Supreme Star Sarath Kumar, President of Malayalam Movie Artistes Association Innocent, Siddique, Jagadeesh, Jagathy Sreekumar, director Siddique were some of the personalities attended at the function. The show also honoured with the presence of mega star Mammootty in a mega event of this magnitude, in the Middle East after a gap of more than 10 years.

Abhishek from Kottayam won 'Mammootty: The Best Actor Award 2009", an unique reality show conducted by Asianet, in search of budding talents. Sreekumar from Thiruvananthapuram is the first runner-up, Chinnu from Mumbai was declared second runner-up and last but not the least, Aneesh G Menon from Malappuram secured the third runners-up spot in the Grand Finale held at Airport Expo, Dubai.
The show focused on Mega Star Mamootty’s acting career and the entire theme of the event was divided into six different segments viz: Mammootty as Family Hero, Evergreen youth Hero, The Macho Hero, The Epic Hero, Hero with a humour touch and Unusual Hero. Each segment was presented by leading stars of tinsel world.

Other artistes such as Swetha Menon, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Mamukoya, Tini Tom and Kottayam Nazeer, playback singers KS Chithra, MG Sreekumar, Usha Uthup, Vijay Yesudas, Rimi Tomy , Vivekananandan ( Idea Star singer winner 2008 ), Ocean Kids & Kairali Kalakendra from Dubai also entertained the viewers.

14 dancers selected from UAE for DID second round at Mumbai

Dance India Dance Season 2 UAE auditions held on Oct. 30 at the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School, Dubai was participated around 100 dancers. There were direct round with star choreographer Remo D’Souza judging the auditions for the UAE. As soon as Remo reached, his fans could just not wait to get a glimpse of him but lucky few even got to hug him!!

Remo’s words to Dubai were: Can Dubai Rock?!?!?

All the dancers showcased their unique dancing skills with Hip-Hop, Break dance, Indian classical and some of the dancers doing back flip somersault as well!!

Of all the dancers who wanted to make it big only 14 made it to the next level of auditions which would take place in Mumbai before Nov. 22. These 14 will fly off to Mumbai and after landing accommodation and Food would be taken care by Zee TV India.

These 14 would give their second round of auditions along with other short listed participants from the UK, US, Russia and Asia Pacific countries and from 14 Indian cities. These dancers would then be short listed to 100 with judge’s decision and move on to reduce to mere 18.
These 18 are then divided into 3 groups, each of 6 dancers who would be mentored by our 3 celebrity judges – Remo D’Souza , Terrence & Geeta along with Mithun Chakraborty as the Maha guruji.
SMS inter activity starts from this stage with voting making the dancers either dance to the next level or just walk out back to their home. And final 4 of this 18 make it to the grand finale of which just one gets to wear the dancing hat with the Feather in it!!
The last year winner, Salman Khan won RS. 50 Lakh contract with Zee TV plus got a chance to groove his body with super star Salman Khan in the movie Wanted.
Similarly this season the winner would get a contract with Zee TV and a chance to appear in a forth coming Bollywood album.