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Discovery Kids' eyes top 3, improved time spent with 'Fukrey Boyzzz'

It targets kids in the age group of 8-14.

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MUMBAI: Discovery Kids is all set to achieve its goal to be in the top three positions of the kids' genre and probably address the issue of time spent on the channel with the strategic launch of Fukrey Boyzzz. In an interaction with Indiantelevision.com, Discovery Kids business head Uttam Pal Singh informed that the channel has gained its viewership back post NTO regime but it needs to address the challenge of time spent and hopes the new show will help there.

When Discovery managing director South Asia Megha Tata joined the company in April 2019, she made the kids genre as a crucial focus area with an aim to raise its level to the top three channels.

Tata admitted that the kids' genre hasn't grown dramatically in the last few years. It is stuck in a particular space and has become more competitive. As a result, there are more players entering the space but the share is not growing.

Singh said that the aim is to invest, invent and innovate the content to engage with as well as expand audiences. “In the kids’ genre, there is a plethora of content targeted at 4-8 years, however, there is a prominent white space for content targeted at pre-teens broadly bracketed between 8-14 years old. With Fukrey Boyzzz and its hilarious ensemble of Choocha, Hunny, Lalli and Bholi, we are launching a new contemporary series which will have a much wider appeal. In fact, we are confident that this innocent fun feast will attract co-viewing – parents watching along with their children.”

Fukrey Boyzzz is an apt representation of our ambition in the kids’ genre.  We will continue to innovate and invest heavily in the genre with an aim to be a consistent top 3 player,” said, Tata at the launch of the series. “We are also working towards skinning the Fukrey Boyzzz IP in multiple ways including launching branded merchandise.”
 
“The launch of Fukrey Boyzzz opens new horizons for us. We are making our foray into animation and are enamoured with how this series has shaped-up. I am extremely excited to have characters from our film Fukrey spread joy to everyone with their crazy antics at school,” said Excel Entertainment co-founder Ritesh Sidhwani as the show preview was unveiled.

Last year, the channel also premiered a similar animated series called Little Singham which was adopted from the Bollywood movie Singham.

"Little Singham has done really well for us; it was a Bollywood movie which became a fabulous kids franchise making Little Singham the most-loved animated character in the country today. One of the things that we learned from Little Singham is that it’s not just about creating an animated series out of a successful Bollywood movie, it’s important to make it relatable to our target audience i.e., kids and package it with the right storytelling. We have got all those things in place with Fukrey Boyzzz. The series will bring another disruption like Little Singham in the kids genre and it will also take us to towards our goal to be in the top three positions," she said.

Fukrey Boyzzz is the animated series of Bollywood franchise Fukrey and Fukrey Returns which is set to premiere on 12 October on Discovery Kids. Discovery Kids will air 156 episodes in season 1 at 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm every day in six languages - Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and English.  The channel will launch an aggressive marketing campaign based on the core ethos of the show ‘Friends + Masti = Fukrapanti’.  Fukrey Boyzzz is produced by award-winning production house Paper Boat for Discovery Kids. 

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