Chandra Makes History As India’s First Directorate Award Recipient, As Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) Approaches its 20th Anniversary

New York, May 31, 2011 – 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 2011 International Emmy® Directorate Award. Chandra will make history as the first ever Directorate Award recipient from India, at The International Emmy Awards Gala, in New York, on November 21.
“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. “We look forward to presenting him with our 2011 International Emmy Directorate Award as Zee Entertainment Enterprises prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, in 2012.”
Acknowledging the award, Mr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) said, “I thank the Academy for bestowing this honor on me. Our belief has always been to explore and capitalize 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 being an International Media Enterprise today. As a Company our endeavor will be to build-on our good work, achieve greater heights and in-turn play an important role as pioneers, in shaping the growth & the future of the media and entertainment industry.” Mr. Chandra added.
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.
ZEEL is part of Chandra’s Essel Group of Companies; one of India’s largest conglomerates, housing a diverse portfolio of assets in media, packaging, entertainment, technology-enabled services, infrastructure, development and education. An influential philanthropist and sports aficionado, Subhash Chandra also heads up several non-profit organizations with a focus on access to quality education through distance and open learning.

About The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards Ceremony held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television produced outside of the United States and it presents The International Emmy® Awards in the following fifteen categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Children & Young People; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information go to
About Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (“Zee”) is one of India’s leading television media and entertainment companies. It is amongst the largest producers of aggregators of Hindi programming in the world, with an extensive library housing over 80,000 hours of television content. With rights to more than 3,000 movie titles from foremost studios and of iconic film stars, Zee houses the world’s largest Hindi film library. Through its strong presence worldwide, Zee entertains over 500 million viewers across 167 countries. Zee has been selected Business Superbrands 2010-11, Industry Validated.
Pioneer of television entertainment industry in India, Zee’s well known brands include Zee TV, Zee Cinema, Zee Premier, Zee Action, Zee Classic, Zee Smile, 9X, Ten Sports, Ten Cricket, Ten Action+, Zee Cafe, Zee Studio, Zee Trendz, Zee Jagran, Zee Salaam, Zing, ETC Music and Zee Khana Khazana. The company also has a strong offering in the regional language domain with channels such as Zee Marathi, Zee Talkies, Zee Bangla, Zee Telugu, Zee Kannada, Zee Cinemalu and ETC Punjabi. Zee and its affiliate companies have leading presence across the media value chain including television broadcasting, cable distribution, direct-to-home satellite services, digital media, multiplexes, amusement parks and print media amongst others. More information about Zee and its businesses is available on
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