The Entertainment and Media industry is one of the booming sectors in the Indian industry. It is one of the most popular and highest income grossing sectors in India. In the past, there was only a single television network owned by the state but at present, there are nearly 300 regional, national and local channels. Also, India has numerous political parties that help in the growth of media. Entertainment and Media have been effectively becoming part of citizens. Here are the list and details of the top 10 online media and entertainment companies in India:
The media and entertainment company which was founded in 1977 by Mr. Arjan Lulla is considered to be the largest film and cinema distribution company in India. With time, they have launched apps for mobile version along with the computer version. The company is also responsible for Indian dubbed movies in 25 languages with offices all over the globe like Dubai, Australia, UK, USA, and Fiji. With headquarters in Mumbai, the company has the license to distribute the Indian cinema in numerous modes like digital, television, and theatrical platforms. Their success has developed on the relationships they have cultivated over the past 40+ years with leading production, exhibitors, talent, companies, and other key participants in the industry.
PVR has become the biggest entertainment and film company in India. It started in 1995 as a joint venture agreement between Village Roadshow Limited and Priya Exhibitors Private Limited began its commercial operations in 1997. PVR was founded on 9th January 2000 by Ajay Bijli who is the Chairman and Managing Director of the company. With a presence in nearly 170 locations, in nearly 47 cities and over 800 screens, the company has become the largest chain of cinema halls throughout the country. The company with headquarters in Gurgaon has a net income of 1.83 million, a revenue of 31,187 million and more than 1,600 employees.
Based in Mumbai, TV 18 has been formed as a collaboration between Network 18 and NBC Universal. The online media and entertainment platform has 10 regional channels under its name like Colors and ETV, which also includes nearly 5 regional entertainment channels. Founded in 1996 by Raghav Bahl has subsidiaries including IBN Lokmat News Private Limited, Viacom 18, and more. Channels like CNBC-TV 18 Prime HD, CNBC Awaaz, and CNBC TV18 are NBC Universal channels and are controlled by TV18 for the Indian population. Lastly, the company also operates the History Channel in a joint venture along with A+E networks in diverse languages all across the nation.
Parent organization: Reliance Industries Limited
This company ranks among the most established and successful online entertainment and media companies in India. It has introduced numerous popular shows like Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kasauti Zindagi Ki, and many more. The company with time has introduced numerous popular television entertainment for multiple Indian languages. With headquarters in Mumbai, the company was founded by Jeetendra and has current revenue of nearly 459.4 Crores. The subsidiaries of the company include Marinating Films Private Limited, ALTBalaji, and many more.
DB Corp that stands for Dainik Bhaskar Corp is considered to be the largest newspaper company in India. As per records, the newspaper under it was issued as 63 editions in 4 languages and has nearly 4.4 Crore individuals reading it in 14 diverse Indian states. It was established in by Agarwal family (Late Ramesh Chandra Agarwal) in Bhopal as Subah Savere in 1956. Later it expanded and become popular in 4 languages including Hindi, Saurashtra, Gujrati, and Marathi. Listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, the group is majority-owned by the Bhopal-based Agarwal family with revenue of 22.70 billion, a net income of 3.74 billion, and an operating income of 6.59 billion.
Initiated at the opening of 1924, when its prize newspaper, Hindustan Times was initiated by Mahatma Gandhi, today has advanced to become one of India’s largest media and entertainment companies. HT has been a choice for nearly 3.7 million readers across India, who daily turn towards it for information, entertainment, news, and analysis. The company has 19 printing facilities that can print up to 1.5 million copies per hour. Also, apart from being in mass media, the company has numerous other online portals like Hidustantimes.com, shine.com (job portal), desimartini.com (Entertainment), and Livemint.com(business).
Grounded in Chennai, this mass media company is regarded to be Asia’s largest TV network and the primary Tamil channel that is privately owned. The company was founded by the SUN Group in 1993 by Kalanthi Maran was currently operates with 32 channels in 4 diverse regional Indian languages like Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. This media and entertainment company also operates a newspaper called Dina Karana which was taken in 2003 from the Sun Network. Additionally, they also own the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad. The network’s channels can be viewed in nearly 27 countries including Europe, the USA, Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa.
Sony Pictures is considered to be one of the leading media and entertainment companies in India. It is a subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of America and specializes in Television, Movies, Games, Mobile, and Entertainment. It is available on the World Wide Web with entertainment services to nearly 130 countries across the globe.
Number of Employees: 10,000
Revenue: 6,450 Crores
Subsidiaries: Taj Television, SAB TV Private Limited, and SET Discovery Pvt. Ltd.
This online Entertainment and Media company is India’s leading cable TV service operator. Founded in 1993 by Roopesh Rao and Pheroza Billimora, it was earlier popular as the Business India Television Limited. It offers cable networks in major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, and Chennai. It was acquired by Hathway Investments in 1999 and also offers broadband internet connection in numerous Indian cities.
This media and entertainment company is a pioneer in the entertainment industry in India. The company is nearly 23 years old and is popular in a wide array of media and entertainment industry. More than 3000 television hours are owned and created by the company and has 10 hours for programming each week on channels like Sony TV, MTV, Sahara One, and many more.
The quick evolution of technology has transformed entertainment and media into an experience-led industry. Media and Entertainment companies fall in numerous categories and all are extensively rushing to keep up with the requirements of the young, upwardly mobile middle class. India for long has led the way for mobile telephone usage. Stations are experimenting with modern delivery means and multi-purpose channels. The Indian media business appears to be healthy and fruitful and seems to have a huge room for further developments.