Kalanithi Maran
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India
2021

Sun Group

Kalanithi
Maran

Founder / Chairman

Born into a powerful political family, Maran has a firm grip on the Indian media-sphere, his Sun Group conglom operating 33 TV channels in multiple local languages plus 67 FM radio stations and three newspapers that together reach nearly 100 million households. After a pandemic-dulled 2020, Sun Pictures released “Annaatthe,” starring veteran superstar Rajinikanth, just in time for Diwali in November as he readies a 2022 slate boasting Tamil talent, including two films from director Pandi­raj — “Etharkkum Thunindhavan,” starring Suriya, and “Beast,” starring Vijay — among other high-profile projects. In October, Sun TV refreshed its Marathi general entertainment channel with SUN Marathi, which launched throughout Indian state Maharashtra and features three hours of nightly original programming.

Career

  • Sun Group
  • Dinakaran
  • SunRisers Hyderabad

Education

  • Loyola College, Chennai (India)
  • University of Scranton (Pennsylvania, US)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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"Annaatthe," the latest film from Indian superstar Rajinikanth, will receive a massive 1,193 screen release outside India, in addition to more than 1,000 screens at home.The Tamil-language film, also being released in Telugu as "Peddhanna," will release across 677 screens in the U.S., 17 in Canada, 110 in Malaysia, 23 in Singapore, 35 in the U.K., 43 across Europe, 85 in Australia and New Zealand, 117 in the United Arab Emirates and 86 in Sri Lanka.The film is releasing over...

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