Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has secured TV and digital rights for all New Zealand-based men’s and women’s cricket matches in India and associated territories for the next seven years. The deal covers India’s tours of New Zealand in the 2026-27 and 2030-31 summers, as well as all bilateral Tests, ODIs, and T20Is played in New Zealand during that time period. The matches will be broadcast on SPNI’s sports channels and streamed on SonyLIV, with co-exclusive digital rights in India with Prime Video for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons. Despite the undisclosed value of the deal, industry estimates place it at around $100 million.

SPNI MD and CEO N.P. Singh expressed excitement over the partnership, recognizing New Zealand’s strong cricket team and passionate fan base in India. Diana Puketapu-Lyndon, chair of New Zealand Cricket, also commented on the association, welcoming SPNI as a premiere sports content provider in India. The deal is expected to deepen the bond between New Zealand cricket and its Indian supporters.

ITV and The Slate Works have announced a new documentary titled “Theresa May: The Accidental PM,” which provides a unique look into former British Prime Minister Theresa May’s time in office. The 60-minute documentary, set to air in June, explores May’s premiership during her three years in power after succeeding David Cameron in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum in 2016. The film delves into her interactions with colleagues and backbenchers during her tenure, offering a behind-the-scenes perspective on her leadership.

BBC Studios revealed the launch of premium British drama channel BBC First in Malta on April 1, in partnership with major operators Melita, GO Plc, and Epic Malta. The channel will feature popular shows such as “Press,” “Blue Lights,” “Death in Paradise,” and “Beyond Paradise” during its April debut. This expansion aims to bring high-quality British content to Maltese viewers through collaborations with leading network providers in the region.

ZEE5 Global, a South Asian content-focused streaming platform, announced the success of Indian superhero film “HanuMan” as the second biggest Telugu-language opener on the platform to date, following “RRR,” and the second biggest opener across all films this year after “Sam Bahadur.” The movie has contributed to 60% of platform subscriptions from the U.S. alone since its launch, showcasing the growing demand for Telugu content globally, particularly in the U.S. market. Archana Anand, chief business officer at ZEE5 Global, highlighted the film’s success in capturing the essence of South Asian culture through the fusion of traditional and modern elements.

Overall, these developments in the entertainment industry reflect a growing trend of partnerships and collaborations to bring diverse content to audiences worldwide. Whether through sports rights acquisitions, documentary productions, channel launches, or streaming success stories, companies are working to cater to the interests and demands of global viewers. With a focus on quality programming and engaging storytelling, these initiatives aim to enhance the entertainment experience for audiences across different regions and demographics. As the industry continues to evolve, these strategic moves pave the way for further innovation and growth in the media and entertainment sector.

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