SonyLIV, the OTT brand of Sony Pictures Networks India, yesterday started rolling out it’s SonyLIV 2.0 build with a refreshed & enhanced user experience and a new brand identity. Along with changes in brand identity and user experience, SonyLIV has announced a content licensing deal of 4 premium drama series with Applause Entertainment.
SonyLIV 2.0 will offer a glimpse into its engaging repertoire of originals that will soon go live on the platform. From real life incidents to book adaptations to some thrilling fictional narratives, these originals will feature some of the most popular faces in the world of entertainment.
SonyLIV has started its gradual roll out of its refreshed SonyLIV 2.0. app with a new visual identity and a distinct user interface that promises a world class viewing experience. It’s premium subscription will start in June’20, and these new shows of Applause Entertainment are a part of its launch line up and will stream on the platform in the coming months.
The four drama series that will have their home at Sony LIV are – ‘Your Honor’, ‘Avrodh’ ‘Undekhi’ & ‘Scam 1992’.
Adapted from the Israeli series Kvodo, ‘Your Honor’, is a dark and morally complex thriller, starring the terrific Jimmy Sheirgill along with an ensemble cast of Mita Vashisht, Varun Badola, Yashpal Sharma, Parul Gulati, Suhasini Mulay, Richa Pallod, Kunj Anand, Pulkit Makol, Mahabir Bhullar. The series is directed by E. Niwas and is produced for Applause by Sphere Origins.
‘Avrodh’ is inspired from the September 2016 Uri attacks and is based on a chapter from Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh’s book ‘India’s Most Fearless’. The series features an incredible star cast of Amit Sadh, Neeraj Kabi, Darshan Kumar, Vikram Gokhale, Anant Mahadevan and Madhurima Tuli. The series is directed by Raj Acharya and is produced for Applause by Irada Entertainment.
A startling urban crime thriller set in the heartland, ‘Undekhi’ brings together a strong cast of Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Surya Sharma, Harsh Chaya, Abhishek Chauhan, Ayn Zoya, Ankur Rathi, Apeksha Porwal and Aanchal Singh. The series is directed by Ashish R. Shukla and is produced for Applause Entertainment by Edgestorm Productions.
Helmed by Hansal Mehta and lead by Pratik Gandhi and Shreya Dhanwanthry, ‘Scam 1992’, is a financial crime thriller, adapted from Debashis Basu and Sucheta Dalal’s bestselling book ‘The Scam’, based on the true-life story of the Big Bull, Harshad Mehta. The show also stars Satish Kaushik, Anant Mahadevan, Rajat Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi, KK Raina and Lalit Parimoo amongst others. The series is produced for Applause by Studio Next.
Speaking about the partnership, Danish Khan, Business Head – Sony Entertainment Television, Studio Next & Digital Business, said: “Sony LIV plans to acquire and retain its premium subscribers through a robust line up of Original Content – content that is cerebral and relevant and brings a sense of authenticity, drama and storytelling. We are collaborating with the best story tellers in the industry. Applause Entertainment is one of the most prolific creators of premium series and we are extremely happy to partner with them. We are confident that these shows will entertain & engage the varied audience segments of SonyLIV.”
Speaking on this association, Sameer Nair, CEO, Applause Entertainment said, “We are glad to partner with SonyLIV and to be able to contribute to their original content strategy. It aligns well with our philosophy of creating premium content and working with our platform partners to entertain and delight their customers. We hope this slate of 4 shows is only the start of a long & successful relationship with SonyLIV in our pursuit of creative excellence.”