Shaadi.com Expands North American Presence With The Indian Express and Divya Bhaskar North American Editions
NEW YORK, NY and MUMBAI, INDIA, Sep 04, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Shaadi.com, the leading matrimonial service for Indians across the world, today announced a tie-up with North American editions of leading dailies, The Indian Express and Divya Bhaskar, for exclusive classifieds sections. This tie-up with CineMaya Media Group (PINKSHEETS: CNMY) published newspapers is a step towards consolidating and expanding Shaadi.com's presence in the North American Markets. Under the current arrangement which has been renewed and expanded to include the Canadian market as well, print classifieds for matrimonial sections of the two newspapers for both USA and Canada editions are booked through Shaadi.com's classifieds service which is available online and through the call center and the mail. Shaadi.com provides the newspapers with classifieds and relevant content for readers across North America through branded pages called "ShaadiEXPRESS" and "ShaadiBhaskar" respectively.
Commenting on the alliance, Vibhas Mehta, Business Head of Shaadi.com, said: "The Indian Express North American Edition and Divya Bhaskar North American Edition provide Shaadi.com with reach to affluent members of the Indian community across the region. We have been very happy with the alliance with CineMaya Media Group which publishes these two respected publications from India in North America, and are thrilled to renew and expand our agreement for both the US and Canadian editions."
Sunil Hali, Chairman, CEO and Publisher, CineMaya Media Group, noted, "Shaadi.com is the leader in online matrimonial services. Our alliance with the brand has been long-standing and very fruitful as our publications reach an online audience of Indians across the world who seek to find a life partner. Through this co-branded association, this audience gets to learn about our publications and avail of our classifieds service."
CineMaya Media Group Holds Press Conference in Mumbai, Announces Launch of Its India Operations and the Indian & American Achiever Awards Celebrating India's 60th Anniversary of Independence
NEW YORK, NY and MUMBAI, INDIA, Sep 05, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- CineMaya Media Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: CNMY), the leading South Asian media-entertainment-marketing services company from North America for the Indian Diaspora, announced the LAUNCH of the company's INDIA OPERATIONS and the first CineMaya Media Group Indian & American Achiever Awards at the packed press conference in Mumbai's ITC Grand Maratha Hotel on September 4, 2007. This announcement was addressed by Mr. Nayan Padrai, Mr. Ravi Kemmu and Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. The press conference was attended by major media in India, and celebrities and entertainment industry personalities, including film stars Rajpal Yadav and Kunal Khemu; actors Rajendra Gupta, Ravi Jhankal, Ashok Banthia; directors Ashok Pandit, Anurag Singh, Puneet Sera; producer/directors Praveen Nischol, Vivek Vaswani, Thomas Cherian; music director Mithun Sharma; writers Atul Tiwari and Chintan Gandhi; and major television stars Apurva Agnihotri and Shilpa Saklani, Sai and Shakti, Amit Sarin with actress wife Vineesha Arora, Chetan Hansraj, Ritu Chaudhry and husband Gautam, Ravi Gosain, Montu Mahapatre, Sumeet Sachdev, and Sandeep Sachdev (the winner of The Biggest Loser); along with national award winning writer Ashok Mishra, producer Raj Jain of Venus Films, distributor Vikas Sahni, Piyush Pandey (CEO of Radio Mirchi), Derek D'Souza and Akshay Ganguli of O&M, Abhijeet Gupte, Integrid Media, and Parag Prabhu of Shaadi.com amongst many others.
Nayan Padrai, President of CineMaya Media Group, commented, "We are very excited about the launch of our business in India, where the company will focus on the entertainment space. We are launching films, returning to television productions, and developing international events such as The Indian & American Achiever Award. We are also developing media properties in India, similar to the integrated model we have in the US and Canada."
Musical Artist Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma added, "I was part of their celebrations for 50 years of independence and once again I will be performing at the 60 years celebration and the Indian American Achiever Awards ceremony. North America really appreciates classical music and it's always been a pleasure to perform where you receive such applause."
It was announced that the awards will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Supported by the US-India Business Council, this inaugural event is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of India's Independence and recognizing individuals and MNCs who have contributed towards the collective advancement and growth of the two largest democracies in the world.
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CineMaya Media Group to Hold Press Conference in New York City
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NEW YORK, NY, Sep 06, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- CineMaya Media Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: CNMY), the leading South Asian media, entertainment, and marketing company servicing the Indian Diaspora will hold a Press Conference today, September 6, 2007 at 6:00 PM at the Consulate General of India in New York City to announce their commemorative event, The Indian and American Achiever Awards, being held on September 13, 2007 in Washington D.C. Supported by the US-India Business Council, this inaugural event is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of India's Independence and recognizing individuals and multi-national corporations (MNCs) who have contributed towards the collective advancement and growth of the two largest democracies in the world. CineMaya Media Group will be hosting this fantastic event at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The gala event, which begins at 7:00 PM on September 13th, also features performances by internationally acclaimed maestros of Indian music: -- Dr. Balamurali Krishna and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty (in a duet - jugalbandi) -- Pandit Birju Maharaj -- Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma
The evening is hosted by rising Bollywood star, Kunal Khemu. The National Anthems will be performed by Penn Masala, the world's first and premier Indian a-cappella group. The prestigious awards are instituted to recognize individuals and companies who have excelled in their fields, in four separate categories. There will be two Honorees in each category, one an Indian and the other an American. The categories are: -- Innovation, Science & Technology -- Arts, Entertainment and Media -- Multi-National Company -- Gandhi Lifetime Achievement Award
The list of Nominees is impressive as it includes great individual achievers in their respective fields, such as President Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, Bill Gates, A. R. Rahman, N. R. Narayana Murthy, Shah Rukh Khan, and Dr. Deepak Chopra, amongst other great individuals and corporations. For a complete list of the Nominees, visit http://www.cinemayamedia.com/IAAA/awards.htm. Commenting on the inspiration behind these awards, Sunil Hali, Chairman of CineMaya Media Group says, "Mutual influence between India and the US is thriving in the fields of business, technology, art and culture. Our goal is to create a platform to recognize the contributions of both Indians and Americans, whose collective contributions have helped create a bridge between the two great nations, and shape a brighter future." The Chief Guest of the event, Honorable Ambassador from India to the United States, Ronen Sen said, "I warmly welcome the initiative taken by CineMaya Media Group to inaugurate its Indian and American Achiever Awards, on the special occasion of the 60th Anniversary of India's Independence. I look forward to joining the celebration of the achievements of Indians and Americans who excelled in their respective fields, while contributing significantly to India - US relations, at what promises to be a memorable event, with performances by some truly outstanding exponents of Indian music and performing arts." CineMaya Media Group has also instituted a Scholarship Endowment through this event, which aims to encourage the efforts of deserving Indian-American students who have displayed great potential in various subjects, and give them knowledge, resources, and mentoring for advancement from the Honorees in each category for one year. Four undergraduate students will be awarded scholarships of $5,000 each (one per category of awards). The panel of esteemed BOARD OF ADVISORS & JUDGES will select the Honorees in each category of awards. The panel consists of: Hon. Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill; Hon. Ambassador Vijay Nambiar - Chef de Cabinet, United Nations; Congressman Frank Pallone - Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans; Ron Somers - President, US-India Business Council; Dr. Jayaraman - Executive Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan; and Prof. Sreenath Sreenivasan - Dean of Students, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and Co-Founder SAJA. The principal sponsors of the event include Air France, Nationwide, DIRECTV, and Air India. Patrons include State Bank of India, HSBC, and ICICI Securities. For more information about The Indian & American Achiever Awards, visit www.cinemayamedia.com/awards. Background The genesis of this event is a confluence of work produced by the founders of CineMaya Media Group, who had produced The Music Festival of India in 1997 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of India's Independence with a once in a lifetime concert at Carnegie Hall and a national tour with India's most renowned classical musicians. The event was the largest such celebration outside of India. More information may be found on the corporate website, http://www.cinemayamedia.com/events_mfi.htm. CineMaya Media Group also produced N-R-Eyes, a landmark millennium year series to showcase the most successful Non-Resident Indians in the US. The series was widely telecast on the Zee Network, and was subsequently adapted into a coffee table book, and a syndicated series in The Indian Express North American Edition. ABOUT CINEMAYA MEDIA GROUP CineMaya Media Group (PINKSHEETS: CNMY) was established in 2000, and is a pioneer in the ethnic media landscape and entertainment in North America with its successful vertically integrated business model encompassing Media (publication, Television, Broadcast, Radio Broadcast and online) Entertainment ( film, television and events) and Marketing Services (advertising agency, Creative BPO, KPO and marketing programs). The company operates through offices in New York, New Jersey, California, Toronto, Mumbai and New Delhi. The company has recently opened its operations in Mumbai for expansion of its entertainment business in Film, Television and Event Production, and operations in New Delhi for development of interactive/online services. For more information, visit www.cinemayamedia.com
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Record Revenues, Global Expansion, 40% Growth: CineMaya Media Group Reports Latest Developments in 2007 Annual Letter to Shareholders
NEW YORK, NY, Sep 12, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- CineMaya Media Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: CNMY), the leading media, entertainment and marketing services company focused on India and the Indian community throughout the world, has released its Annual Letter to Shareholders. 2007 has proven to be a breakout year in the company's history showing record revenues, 40% growth rates, national and global expansion, as well as new corporate alliances. CEO Sunil Hali evaluates the many accomplishments of this year, while looking ahead to the challenges of 2008. "We're excited about our progress as we've come a long way in a few short years, but we feel there is still a lot to do as the potential is limitless," said Hali. "Becoming the leading South Asian media and entertainment company in the US has greatly helped our expansion into India. I expect our growth to continue as we have just scratched the surface of that market."
CineMaya Media issued its first shareholder letter in March of this year, shortly after becoming a public entity, and has proven its ability to execute its business plan, as evidenced in this review of the accomplishments of 2007.