New York: Subhash Chandra, media magnate behind India’s Essel Group of companies and Founder of ZEE TV- India’s first Hindi satellite channel, received the 2011 International Emmy Directorate Award. Chandra made history as the first ever Directorate Award recipient from India, at The International Emmy Awards Gala, in New York, on 21 November.
“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 in India,” said Bruce Paisner, President & CEO of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Acknowledging the award, Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) said, “I thank the Academy for bestowing this honour on me. Our belief has always been to explore and capitalise on opportunities that arise in form of new businesses. From being India’s first private satellite broadcast company, Zee Entertainment has spread its wings to become an international media enterprise.”
Launched in 1992 by Chandra, ZEEL is a pioneer of the television entertainment industry in India with 500 million viewers across 167 countries and a library of over 80,000 hours of television and 3,000 films. Zee’s well-known brands include Zee TV, Zee Cinema, Zee Premier, Zee Action, Zee Classic, Ten Sports, Ten Cricket, Ten Action+, Zee Cafe, Zee Studio, Zee Trendz, Zee Khana Khazana, Zee Salaam, Zee Jagran, Zing, ETC Music and ETC Punjabi.