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TV.NXT 2014: The Fourth Edition Begins

Speakers from different domains such as GECs, science, sports, films and others will discuss issues at the fourth edition of TV.NXT, which will be held between 4th and 5th September at Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach hotel.

The fourth edition of India's biggest event on the business of television, TV.NXT, kicks off in two days. A plethora of speakers from different domains of the television business will be sharing the stage and their understanding on what the future holds for Indian television.

TV.NXT 2014: The Fourth Edition Begins
The event, organised by Banyan Netfaqs (publishers of, will be held on 4-5 September at Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach Hotel. The sponsors for the event are Surewaves (Powered By), CASBAA (Supported By), BARC (Industry Measurement Partner), Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach (Hospitality Partner), NDTV Prime (Content Partner) and Whistling Woods International (Knowledge Partner).

Some of the key speakers participating in the two day event are Sreekant Khandekar, director, afaqs!; Nachiket Pantvaidya, senior EVP and business head, Sony Entertainment Television; Kedar Gavane, vice president sales, comScore, Inc.; Abhinay Deo, founder, Ramesh Deo Productions; Krishna Desai, executive director & network head-kids, South Asia Turner International India; Rishi Jaitly, India market director, Twitter; Ekalavya Bhattacharya, director, Viacom18 Media Private and head - digital media, MTV India; Gayatri Yadav, head of marketing and communications, Star Network, India; Harit Nagpal, MD and CEO, Tata Sky; Nina Elavia Jaipuria, executive vice president- Viacom18 Media, business head - Kids Cluster, Viacom18 Media; Prasoon Joshi, chairman and chief creative officer, McCann Worldgroup India and president, South Asia; Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC India; Raghav Bahl, founder and non-executive director, Network 18; Rahul Johri, Executive VP & GM - South Asia; And Head Of Revenue, Pan-Regional Ad Sales & Southeast Asia, Discovery Networks; Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors amongst others.

Some of the topics that the speakers will take up in their discussions are TV 2020 - An Ernst and Young Report; Redefining journalism - news television in the online era; Television and online video - The India picture; Beyond the television screen - broadcasters and programmers; The overseas story - beyond programming; The kids' conundrum; Digitisation and free to air demand at the bottom of the pyramid; Free-to-air - ready to take off?; Building a television business in India - the past, the present and the future; Redefining television; The digitisation debate - half full or half empty?

India is the world's second-largest TV market and is witnessing a lot of change. The twin forces of consolidation and digitisation are playing havoc with the way the Rs 42,000 crore TV industry - that reaches 800 million Indians - has done business so far. Digitisation is forcing it to rid itself of structural chaos while consolidation has meant that the five large networks control more than 70 per cent of viewership.

The biggest change, however, has been the rise of online video. At 100 million users and counting, online video presents both opportunity and threat for the TV business in India. What is it doing to television programming, distribution, pricing and marketing? How is social media changing the way broadcasters react to viewers and the way viewers react to shows? These are just some of the issues that the fourth edition of TV.NXT will focus on.

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