Sacred Games, Salman Khan win big at Asian Academy Creative Awards

Sacred Games, Salman Khan

Bollywood star Salman Khan won the best entertainment host/presenter for Bigg Boss, and Anurag Kashyap won best direction (fiction) for season one of Netflix’s original series Sacred Games at the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards here.

Aarti Bajaj also won best editing for Sacred Games, reported

Other winners from India included Discovery Communications India, which got the best comedy program for Queens Of Comedy. One Life Studios won best telenovela or soap opera series for Porus. Cartoon Network India’s Lamput won best 2D animated program or series.

Apart from this, NGC Network India won best current affairs program or series for The Last Drop: India’s Water Crisis, and Greymatter Entertainment won best non-scripted entertainment for The Remix.

Miss Sherlock won best drama series at the event, which was spread over two evenings at Singapore’s Capitol Theatre.

Adinia Wirasti won best actress for Indonesia’s Critical Eleven, while China’s Yu Hewei won best actor for The Hunter.

Indonesia’s Michael Kho won best supporting actor for Kenapa Harus Bule?, while Taiwan’s Candy Yang won best supporting actress for Roseki.



‘Sacred Games’, Salman Khan, ‘Porus’ win big at first Asian Academy Creative Awards

‘Sacred Games’, Salman Khan, ‘Porus’ win big at first Asian Academy Creative Awards

Netflix series Sacred Games bagged two awards at the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards, reported Variety. Anurag Kashyap won Best Direction (fiction) and Aarti Bajaj won Best Editing.

Starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sacred Games, Netflix’s first Indian original, is based on Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name. The first season, which premiered on July 6, was co-directed by Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.

The Asian Academy Creative Awards, held in Singapore, were instituted year to celebrate “Asian content and creativity,” according to their official website.

Several Indian productions were recognised at the event. HBO Asia and Star India’s The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors won Best Documentary Series. Discovery Communications India’s Queens of Comedy bagged the Best Comedy Programme title. Actor Salman Khan won Best Entertainment Host/Presenter for the reality show Bigg Boss. One Life Studios won the Best Telenovela or soap opera series for its period drama Porus, which airs on Sony TV.


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Blackberry Z30

The company that many first associated with mobile business communications has unveiled its latest answer to the smartphone market. The Blackberry Z30 includes a five-inch display screen, touch-screen keyboard and a battery the company claims can maintain power for up to 25 hours depending upon use.

A video touting the new device (see below) shows emphasis on business use that includes video conferencing and a high level of mobile functionality over long periods.

Specifically, Blackberry boasts a screen-size, video display and audio quality the company says will make participants on a video call feel as if they are in the same room.

The company also says its projections on the device’s battery life are based on a mix of uses including networking and application use.

In a prepared statement, Carlo Chiarello, Executive Vice President for Products at BlackBerry, said:

The smartphone rounds out the BlackBerry 10 portfolio and is designed for people looking for a smartphone that excels at communications, messaging and productivity.

Other Blackberry Z30 Features

Other features, according to Blackberry, include:

  • Blackberry Priority Hub: A new centralized way to manage incoming email, social network and other communications. Blackberry says the technology “learns” from the user and prioritizes email, social networks and other messages based on user preference.
  • New antennae technology Blackberry says offers better connectivity even in low signal areas.
  • A BBM message system that delivers incoming messages no matter what application you might be using and allows you to dismiss, read or respond to messages without leaving your current application.

The new phone is expected to be available as early as next week in the UK and Middle East. But users in the United States will have to wait until the Holiday season to get their hands on the device.


Verizon, Quicken, Vector Said Among Most Likely to Win Yahoo

Verizon, Quicken, Vector Said Among Most Likely to Win Yahoo

Verizon Communications, Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and Vector Capital Management are the three favorites to acquire Yahoo Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

All three submitted bids by Yahoo’s Monday deadline, along with AT&T and private equity suitor TPG, said one of the

people. After reviewing Monday’s bids, Yahoo is expected to request best and final offers from two or three of the bidders, said another person familiar with the process.

In an earlier round, Gilbert and Vector Capital were among the top bidders for Yahoo’s core Internet business, intellectual property and real estate assets, one of the people said last month. All of that round’s offers valued Yahoo at between $4 billion and $6 billion, except for Verizon’s, a person familiar with the matter said at that time.

Verizon’s bid was lower – $3.75 billion to $4 billion – because it didn’t include Yahoo’s patents and real estate, the person said. Verizon may raise its bid at the final deadline to clinch a sale, two of the people said.

While some of the bidders may view Yahoo as a collection of assets that could be realigned or broken apart, Verizon sees a complimentary set of businesses that could find a home alongside its AOL properties, making it a desirable suitor. According to people familiar with the phone giant’s strategy, Verizon is confident it has a key asset to make the integration a success – AOL Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong, who was a colleague of Mayer’s at Google.


One potential obstacle to picking a winning bid is that Yahoo may decide to sell its intellectual property separately, the people said. Yahoo has received offers for its patents, including one from a consortium of smaller companies that aggregate intellectual property for royalties, one of the people said. The patents will probably sell for less than $500 million, although they could be worth as much as $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6,717 crores), that person said.

Yahoo showed investors a glimmer of success Monday as the sale process continues, posting second-quarter sales that exceeded analysts’ estimates. Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer said on a conference call that the company is “deep” into reviewing bids and will update shareholders at a prudent time.

Mayer, who joined Yahoo four years ago, has failed to spark a turnaround at the Sunnyvale, California-based company, with sales showing little growth and adjusted earnings on the decline. The company is considering offers as it grapples with rising competition from younger rivals including Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc.

Yahoo’s disappointing financial results have drawn the ire of investors, most notably activist Starboard Value. The company averted a proxy war in April when it agreed to place four new members on the board, including Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith.

Spokesmen for Verizon and AT&T declined to comment, as did a spokeswoman for Yahoo. Representatives for Vector and TPG also declined to comment. A representative for Dan Gilbert couldn’t be reached for comment.

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