August 2010
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Animation firm in pacts for telecast abroad

DQ Entertainment (International) Limited, an animation, game, art and entertainment company, has signed two exclusive broadcasting agreements for its 3D animated TV series — The Jungle Book.

The agreements were signed with Korea-based Education Broadcasting System (EBS), a broadcasting company, and Canada-based Tele-Quebec, a public educational television network.

EBS will have the television rights to broadcast the 52x11 minutes animated series in the Republic of Korea for three years and Tele-Quebec will have the television rights to broadcast this programme in French (also titled Le Livre De La Jungle in French) in Canada.

“EBS-free TV in Korea and Tele Quebec-free TV in French-speaking Canada have extensive reach in their respective regions, and we are delighted to work with these important strategic international partners to enhance the value of our Jungle Book franchise further,” Tapaas Chakravarti, chairman and chief executive of DQE, stated in a press release.

The enhanced visibility would add tremendous value to The Jungle Book 3D TV series and fuel consumer products, licensing and merchandising, publishing as well as home video entertainment deals, Chakravarti added.

Indiatimes launches ‘Hibuddy’, a social networking service for mobile users

Indiatimes has announced the launch of Hibuddy, its first ever voice social networking and blogging service for mobile users. In order to avail of this service, users need to call 58888199 and create their voice channel, through which they can connect to other users with similar interests. Thus, users looking for social networking no longer need to be connected to the Internet and can easily find friends right from their mobile phones.

The service also allows users to voice blog, wherein users can share jokes, shayari, astrology, stock tips, etc., making it a complete C2C continuum.

Speaking about Hibuddy, Rishi Khiani, CEO, Times Internet Ltd, (Indiatimes), said, “Social networking and blogging has seen rapid growth in India. This service will extend the growth for mobile phone users. This will allow users to connect with one another in real time through social interactions on voice, which is a more personal medium. I expect Hibuddy to be the next big thing in social networking and voice blogging in India.”

Hibuddy will offer channels like ‘Shivani Ki Chatpati Duniya’, where people can exchange instant recipes; ‘Kabeer Ka PJ World’, where they can share jokes; catch up on all the gossip at ‘Shweta Ke Gossip Golgappe’; get tips for cars and bikes at ‘Sid Ka Biking World’; and get their dating fundas right at ‘Saurabh Ki Love Ki Pathshala’.

The service is currently available with only the Reliance mobile network, but will soon be available on more networks.

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