nexGTv and Imtiaz Ali Announce SPOTLight’s First Winners

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New Delhi, Delhi, India
Ending the suspense which saw both amateur and expert video content developers, including numerous creative professionals vying for the top spot, nexGTv – India’s biggest subscription-driven video entertainment app, finally announced ‘Live-in’ as the first monthly winning entry for its ‘SPOTLight’ initiative. Painting with Fire – another short video from Soumitra Dasgupta, a 57-Year-old Art Director from Delhi, won the laurels for the runners up!

nexGTv, together with acclaimed director and master storyteller Imtiaz Ali, had recently launched SPOTLight, inviting applicants to create and post their short videos exclusively on www.nexgtvspotlight.com for Imtiaz to review and judge the best from the month’s Top 5 most viewed videos on its mobile app nexGTv.

The lucky winner – Ankit Dahiya, a 26-Year old freelance film maker from Mumbai, handpicked by the contest’s judge filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, wins a cash prize of INR 1 lakh while the runners up Soumitra Dasgupta wins an opportunity to get sponsor onboard for his next creative/ directorial debut.

Announcing the names of the winners, Mr. Abhesh Verma, Chief Operating Officer, nexGTV, said, “SPOTLight was incepted as India’s first mobile talent discovery platform for independent video creators and amateur as well as professional film makers to not just showcase their talent in front of the world but also to monetize their offerings simultaneously. We have received an overwhelming response from both viewers as well as content creators for SPOTLight, and are confident that this initiative will continue to help video content creators reach out and garner a large viewership which wants to consume fresh and original entertainment content on the go.”

Imtiaz added, “I was amazed by the response and the talent I saw in just the first lot. Short films made by users are a great exposure to all kinds of talent. I am looking forward to the next lot.”

The winning entry ‘Live-in’, available at http://m.nexgtv.com/live-in.html, is a light-hearted take on the concept of a live-in relationship and portrays the endless quirks and irritations of having to share one’s personal space with another person in a funny manner, demonstrating how these little things, in fact, make every relationship even more special! On the other hand, Soumitra Dasgupta’s Painting with Fire, available at http://r.nexg.tv/1RtabJm, highlights the creator’s deep, solemn and very personal connection with fire. The winning entries together with all others can also be viewed under the SPOTLight section on the nexGTv App or on www.nexgtv.com

About nexGTV and Digivive

With over 25 million downloads, nexGTV mobile App is the unmistakable TV button on your mobile. It is Digivive’s flagship, a multi award-winning application offering consumers unlimited and compelling entertainment across multiple devices (mobile, tablets or laptop/PCs). Choice includes an unrivalled suite of 150+ Live TV channels aside from a huge content library comprising of movies, TV shows and videos for every mood.

Besides ranking amongst the Top Entertainment applications in App stores, nexGTV has also won numerous awards including ‘The Best Digital Experience’ at the prestigious World Communication Awards 2014, in London. It runs seamlessly across 2G/EDGE/3G/4G and Wi-Fi networks across platforms such as Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Tizen, enabling consumers to stay entertained irrespective of bandwidth limitations and the operating platform.

The company recently launched SPOTLight – India’s first mobile talent discovery platform, together with ace director and master storyteller Imtiaz Ali, as well as It’s My City – India’s first ever mobi-series in association with Priyanka Chopra. The 14-episode series airs every Tuesday and Friday on nexGTv is depicts the lives of four young women trying to make their mark in the city of Mumbai, far from home.

Conceived by technology professionals together with deep consumer insights, Digivive focuses on creating offerings in line with trends, with best-in-class content, ease-of-use, availability and affordability, giving consumers an unparalleled and immersive viewing experience. Our partners include leading telecom operators and OEMs. Established in 2010, Digivive is a group company of Media Matrix Worldwide Limited which is listed on the BSE. It provides expertise across Direct to Consumer and Managed Value-Added Services.