Banijay Asia to roll out Indian adaptations of ‘House’ and ‘Suits’ (Photo Credits – Show Poster; Still)
Indian adaptations of popular series ‘House’ and ‘Suits’ are in the works in Banijay Asia, CEO Deepak Dhar told Variety at the Asia Television Forum and Market.
Dhar said further details and the platform they will be on will be revealed in early 2023. Banijay Asia’s Indian adaptation of ‘The Good Wife’ starring Kajol will launch on Disney+Hotstar early next year and ‘Captain’, the Indian version of ‘The Night Manager’, also for Disney+Hotstar, is in the final stages of post- The production, said Dhar, reports ‘Variety’.
The executive also revealed plans to use India and some neighboring regions as content hubs. “We are now creating a lot of unscripted formats in India as a hub – formats like ‘Survivor’ and ‘Temptation Island’, ‘Big Brother’ and ‘MasterChef’. Will include them in our pan-Asian plans to see if we can establish them as hubs in and around India,” Dhar said.
“In India, we can reduce the cost to some extent and give value back to some of our partners. We are seeing that with pressure on price and cost, we are planning to do multiple productions in one go ,” said Dhar, adding that ‘Survivor’ and ‘Temptation Island’ are being produced in the Maldives for several pan-Asian clients.
There are currently no plans to set up hubs in other Asian regions. Dhar said content for Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal will be produced at the India hub.
“These are all captive reality formats; You can film them anywhere. We’re really taking that philosophy forward by setting up a lot of these captive reality formats, and building them into a hub where we can build back to back. So it is literally like a conveyor belt production,” Dhar said. The hub will be operational by the second quarter of 2023.
Banijay Asia will also organize other Asian countries shooting in India and take advantage of the country’s filming incentives.
Meanwhile, on the back of the success of Disney+ Hotstar show ‘Moving In With Malaika’, which follows Bollywood celebrity Malaika Arora, Banijay Asia is planning several more captive reality shows following the Indian cricketers, who have become hugely popular with Indian cricketers. 2023 edition is around the corner. Premier League Cricket Tournament.
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