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Zee and Sony complete $1.5 billion merger

 JournalismPakistan.com |  Published June 01, 2024

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Zee and Sony complete $1.5 billion merger

NEW DELHI—On May 30, the Indian media industry witnessed a significant development as Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) officially completed their merger. The merger, valued at approximately $1.5 billion, aims to create a media powerhouse capable of competing with major global streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The newly formed entity, Zee-Sony Media, will combine ZEEL's extensive library of television content and SPNI's robust sports and entertainment portfolio. The merger is set to enhance their market presence by expanding their digital streaming services and leveraging synergies across their diverse content offerings.

Punit Goenka, Managing Director and CEO of Zee-Sony Media, expressed enthusiasm about the merger, stating: "This union represents a transformative step in the Indian media landscape. By bringing together the strengths of Zee and Sony, we are poised to offer unparalleled entertainment experiences to our audiences."

Industry analysts predict that the merger will lead to increased investment in original content, a stronger competitive edge in the advertising market, and a broader reach across both urban and rural audiences in India.

 

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