Zee to acquire 60% stake in Venus Films and Venus Records & Tapes

MUMBAI: Soon after announcing its restructuring plan, Zee Telefilms Limited (ZTL) has swung into action on the acquisition front.

The company is acquiring 60 per cent stake in Venus Films Pvt. Ltd. and Venus Records & Tapes Pvt.Ltd. for an undisclosed amount. This will give Zee access to Venus' films and music titles.

Venus will continue to be handled by the existing management, helping Zee Network in harnessing the opportunities in the Indian film industry. The acquisition is subject to due diligence and final approval from ZTL board.

Apart from audio and film rights, Venus has state of the art post-production facilities, which will help in enhancing the content value of Zee Network.The acquisition will add to Zee's existing library of films.

Commenting on the development, Essel Group senior vice president Ashish Kaul said, "We look at this acquisition as an extension of our existing business, as we are a major consumer of film and music products. This will be in synergy with business of Zee Cinema and Zee Muzic. The audio and film rights will strengthen the programming of these channels."

Venus promoters, Ganesh Jain and Ratan Jain, have produced several successful Hindi films, some of which are Josh, Garam Masala, Kyunki and Hulchul. Venus Films has negative rights of 30 blockbuster films like Baazigar, Yes Boss and Akele Hum Akele Tum among others. Venus Records & Tapes has a repertoire of 2500 titles.

"This association of Venus, one of the largest and most successful production houses with Zee Network, will be mutually beneficial, as Zee will have access to all films of Venus and Venus will have the support of India's largest television network. Being one of the leading music companies, we will be able to provide a strong support for Zee Cine Awards overseas and to the programming content of Zee Muzic," says Ganesh Jain.

Elaborating further, he added, "This acquisition is also being done in line with our plans to aggregate and digitalize content for digital platforms, starting with the content of Zee Network. This acquisition will help us be at the forefront of providing both new and existing content across various consumer gadgets."

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