Zee TV founder draws directorate award

Subhash Chandra, the media magnate behind India’s Essel Group of companies and founder of Zee TV, India’s first Hindi satellite channel, will receive the Intl. Emmy Directorate Award at the org’s gala in New York on Nov. 21.

Chandra is the first recipient from India.

“Subhash Chandra is a one-of-a-kind visionary — a self-made entrepreneur who made his mark on the Indian television industry by launching the first privately owned channel,” said Bruce Paisner, prexy-CEO of the Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Launched in 1992, Zee is a pioneer of the TV industry in India with 500 million viewers across 167 countries and a library of more than 80,000 hours of TV content and 3,000 films.

Its brands include Zee TV, Zee Cinema, Zee Premier, Zee Action, Zee Classic, Ten Sports, Ten Cricket, Ten Action Plus, Zee Cafe, Zee Studio, Zee Trendz, Zee Khana Khazana, Zee Salaam, Zee Jagran, Zing, ETC Music and ETC Punjabi.

Essel houses a diverse portfolio of assets in media, packaging, entertainment, technology-enabled services, infrastructure, development and education.

A philanthropist, Chandra also heads several non-profit organizations with a focus on access to quality education.

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