Zee Entertainment Enterprises
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|Founded||15 December 1991|
|Punit Goenka (CEO)|
|Products||Broadcasting, films, music, streaming, web portals|
|Revenue||₹8,413 crore (US$1.2 billion) (2020)|
|₹1,103 crore (US$150 million) (2020)|
|₹527 crore (US$74 million) (2020)|
|Total assets||₹12,373 crore (US$1.7 billion) (2020)|
Number of employees
|Parent||Essel Group (22.37%) |
Invesco Oppenheimer (11%)
|Footnotes / references|
Zee Entertainment Enterprises (formerly Zee Telefilms) is an Indian media conglomerate owned by Essel Group. Headquartered in Mumbai, it has interests in television, print, internet, film, mobile content and allied businesses.
The company was launched on 15 December 1991 as Zee Telefilms, brandname that was retained until 2006. In 2002, the company acquired a majority stake (51%) in ETC Networks. In 2006, they acquired Integrated Subscriber Management Services Limited, and in November 2006, it acquired an 50% stake in Taj television, owner of TEN Sports. On that same year, the company was rebranded as Zee Entertainment Enterprises.
In February 2010, the business acquired an additional stake (95%) in TEN Sports.
In 2008, Zee Networks launched Zee Motion Pictures and Zee Limelight (now Zee Studios) for the development, production, distribution and marketing of mainstream films in Indian languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi. Some of Zee Studios's productions include Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, Natsamrat, Sairat and Rustom.
In May 2011, Star Den entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Zee Turner and Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) to distribute and market all channels owned by the company and ZEEL, their respective affiliated channels and other third-party channels in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
It also owns a music label, Zee Music Company.
In 2015 Zee acquired Sarthak TV, an Odia-language pay-television channel. One year later, on 28 July 2016, it launched Zee One, aimed at the German market. A Polish version of the channel was launched in 2017.
In 2016, Zee launched Zee Mundo, a Spanish-language Bollywood movie channel targeting Latin America.
In 2017, the company acquired the majority stake of the Reliance Broadcast Network. It also planned to acquire 9X Media in October 2017 for the cost of ₹160 crore, however the plan fell through in March 2018. A partially-owned subsidiary, Diligent Media Corporation, is a publisher of Indian daily newspapers and websites. DMC is a joint venture between Zee and the Dainik Bhaskar Group.
|Zee TV||Hindi||General Entertainment||SD+HD|
|Big Magic||Rebranded as Zee Josh soon |
|Zing||Music||Formerly Zee Music|
|Zee Anmol Cinema||SD|
|Zee Café||English||General Entertainment||SD+HD||Formerly Zee English|
|&Flix||English (Tamil , Telugu & Hindi Audios For Selected Movies)||Movies||SD+HD||Formely Zee MGM , Zee Movie Zone & Zee Studio|
|Zee Zest||Hindi, English||Lifestyle||SD+HD||Replaced Living Foodz|
|Zee Marathi||Marathi||General Entertainment||Formely Alpha TV Marathi|
|Zee Tamil||Tamil||General Entertainment||SD+HD|
|Zee Thirai||Movies||SD||HD version coming soon|
|Zee Isai||Music||SD||Launching soon|
|Zee Telugu||Telugu||General Entertainment||SD+HD||Formely Alpha TV Telugu|
|Zee Patalu||Music||SD||Launching soon|
|Zee Keralam||Malayalam||General Entertainment||SD+HD|
|Zee Picchar||Movies||SD||HD version coming soon|
|Zee Sangeetha||Music||Launching soon|
|Zee Bangla||Bengali||General Entertainment||SD+HD||Formerly Alpha TV Bangla|
|Zee Bangla Cinema||Movies||SD|
|Zee Sarthak||Odia||General Entertainment||Formerly Sarthak TV|
|Zee Punjabi||Punjabi||Formerly Alpha TV Punjabi|
|Big Ganga||Bhojpuri||Rebranded as Zee Ganga soon|
|Zee 24 Ghanta||Bengali|
|Zee 24 Taas||Marathi|
|Zee 24 Kalak||Gujarati|
|Zee Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand|
|Zee Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh|
|Zee Punjab Haryana Himachal|
|Zee Bihar Jharkhand|
|Zee World||English||General Entertainment|
|Zee Bollynova||General Entertainment|
|Zee Magic||French||General Entertainment|
|Zee Alwan||Arabic||General Entertainment|
|Zee Bing||Thai||General Entertainment|
|Zee Next||Hindi||General Entertainment||SD|
|Zindagi||Only digitally available now|
|Zee Smile||Formerly known as Smile TV|
|Zee Premier||Movies||Formerly known as Premier Cinema|
|Zee Muzic||Music||Repraced with Zing TV|
|Zee ETC Bollywood||Formerly known as ETC, then ETC Bollywood|
|Zee Khana Khazana||Lifestyle||Replaced with Living Foodz|
|Zee Studio||English||Movies||Formerly known as Zee MGM, then Zee Movie Zone|
|Zee Select||Formerly known as MX|
|Zee Trendz||Lifestyle||Formerly known as Trendz TV|
|Zee Sports||Sports||Replaced with TEN Action+|
|Zee Gujarati||Gujarati||General Entertainment||Formerly known as Alpha TV Gujarati|
|Living Foodz||English, Hindi||Lifestyle||SD+HD||Replaced with Zee Zest|
|Zee ETC Punjabi||Punjabi||General Entertainment||Formerly known as ETC Punjabi|
|Zee 24 Gantalu||Telugu||News|
Recent developments (2019–present)
Sony Corporation, Comcast-Atairos, a firm lead by American cable giant Comcast were shortlisted for the bid. However, they were competing with technology giant Apple and Reliance Industries among others.
Top Sony officials including Mike Hopkins, chairman of Sony Pictures Television, and Tony Vinciquerra, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, had visited Subhash Chandra and his family at his residence shortly after Chandra announced his intent to sell half of the promoter holding in Zee Entertainment Enterprises to a global strategic investor.
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- "Zee's FY19 earnings may aid better valuation". www.fortuneindia.com.
- "Zee Group launches two motion picture production banners". Business of Cinema. 2008.
- Zee Entertainment Acquires Sarthak Entertainment
- Bindu D Menon. "Zee buys Anil Ambani's TV, radio biz for ₹1,900 cr | Business Line". Thehindubusinessline.com. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
- Bureau, Our (6 October 2017). "Zee to acquire 9X Media, its arms for ₹160 cr". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
- "ZEE terminates 9X Media acquisition".
- "Indian Newspapers and News Sites". w3newspapers.com. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
- "Breaking News - Big Magic is going to rebrand as Zee Josh". Entertainment News & Updates , DTH Forum, DTH Channel Updates ,News & TV Updates. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
- Delhi, BestMediaInfo Bureau; July 17; 2020. "Zee announces return of content brand Zindagi on Zee5". www.bestmediaifo.com. Retrieved 16 May 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)