Date From : Jun 24, 2020To : Jun 25, 2020

This webinar will be livecast from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. IST.

Please note that registration is on a first come, first served basis. If your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation email and a link through which you can join the webinar.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the contours of the video entertainment industry. All over the world, the pandemic has forced people to lock themselves up indoors, leading to an exponentially increased viewership on screens at home. With social distancing measures in place, movie theatres are closed to prevent the spread of the disease. As a result, video streaming services have seen a huge surge in the number of viewership and paid subscribers. However, given the all-encompassing lockdown, studios, production houses, streaming services, and movie theatres need to contend with the stalled production and distribution of TV shows and movies.

Major franchises like James Bond and Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have delayed their theatrical release. Indeed, some movie studios have opted for releasing movies directly on streaming platforms and forgo a theatrical release. This has disrupted the relationships that movie studios had with theatres in the short term. On the other hand, studios and production houses which hold the rights to popular shows have an advantage, as streaming services will have to vie for them to retain their viewership. Another casualty of the pandemic has been live sports. Streaming companies that bet on live sports to sustain their viewership will have to figure out other methods to make up for lost revenue. Across the board, the pandemic has given rise to difficult monetisation issues, with advertisers scaling down spends.

This webinar will look at the changing landscape of the video entertainment industry with the following themes:

●  How has the industry dealt with the stalled production and distribution? How is the industry helping people involved the production of TV shows and movies in terms of job security etc.? ●  What are the lost and promising sources of revenue in this new landscape? How is it impacting the industry? ●  How will user-generated content (UGC) on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and TikTok influence production of shows as they vie for attention and viewership as well? ●  How will media and entertainment consumption change post COVID? ●  How will the role of film certification authorities change as more movies release on OTT platforms?


Vani Tripathi Tikoo, Board member, Central Board of Film Certification

Alok Tandon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of INOX Leisure Limited

Pradeep Dwivedi, CEO-India, Eros International Media Ltd

Priyal Pandey, Junior Fellow, Tech and Media Programme, ORF