Zee Entertainment Enterprises

Zee Entertainment Enterprises (formerly Zee Telefilms) is an Indian mass media company owned by Essel Group. Headquartered in Mumbai, it has interests in television, print, internet, film, mobile content and allied businesses.

Zee Entertainment Enterprises
Traded asBSE: 505537
IndustryMass media
Founded15 December 1991 (1991-12-15)
FounderSubhash Chandra
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Area served
Key people
Subhash Chandra (Chairman)
Punit Goenka (MD & CEO)[1]
ProductsBroadcasting, publishing, cable, movie production
  • 6,020 crore (US$870 million) (2016)
  • 1,028 crore (US$150 million) (2016)
Number of employees
13,826 (2016)
ParentEssel Group


The company was launched on 2 October 1991 as Zee Telefilms, brandname that was retained until 2006. In 2002, the company acquired a majority stake (51%) in ETC Networks. In 2006, they acquired Integrated Subscriber Management Services Limited, and in November 2006, it acquired an 50% stake in Taj television, owner of TEN Sports. On that same year, the company was rebranded as Zee Entertainment Enterprises.

In February 2010, the business acquired an additional stake (95%) in TEN Sports.

In 2008, Zee Networks launched Zee Motion Pictures and Zee Limelight (now Zee Studios) for the development, production, distribution and marketing of mainstream films in Indian languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi.[2] Some of Zee Studios's productions include Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, Natsamrat, Sairat and Rustom.

As Zee Telefilms, the company formed part of BSE Sensex from 2000-2005. The news and regional entertainment channel business was spunoff into a separate company in 2006 as Zee News.

In May 2011, Star Den entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Zee Turner and Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) to distribute and market all channels owned by the company and ZEEL, their respective affiliated channels and other third-party channels in India, Nepal and Bhutan.

It also owns a music label, Zee Music Company.

In 2015 Zee acquired Sarthak TV, an Odia-language pay-television channel.[3] One year later, on 28 July 2016, it launched Zee One, aimed at the German market. A Polish version of the channel was launched in 2017.

In 2016, Zee launched Zee Mundo, a Spanish-language Bollywood movie channel targeting Latin America.

In 2017, the company acquired the majority stake of the Reliance Broadcast Network.[4] It also fully purchased 9X Media and INX Music. [5] A partially-owned subsidiary, Diligent Media Corporation, is a publisher of Indian daily newspapers and websites. DMC is a joint venture between Zee and the Dainik Bhaskar Group.[6]

Owned channels

Recent developments (2019–present)

On February 2019 media reportes that Essel Group in talks to sell[7] their shares from the Zee Entertainment Enterprises to save from the debt.
Sony Corporation, Comcast-Atairos, a firm lead by American cable gaint Comcast are shortlisted for the bid. However They are competing with technology giant Apple and Reliance Industries

Top Sony officials including Mike Hopkins, chairman of Sony Pictures Television,[8] and Tony Vinciquerra, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, had visited Subhash Chandra and his family at his residence shortly after Chandra announced his intent to sell half of the promoter holding in Zee Entertainment Enterprises to a global strategic investor.

On April 2 reports saying that[9] some other promoters[10] sell there share worth 332 cr.

On April 3 media reports Sony and Zee Entertainment Enterprises deal off[11] for now amid valuation differences.which is open the door for Comcast-Atairos

On August 1 reports Invesco Oppenheimer Fund to buy 11% stake in Zee Entertainment[12]


8. https://www.medianews4u.com/zeel-to-launch-tamil-movies-channel-zee-thirai-and-zee-thirai-hd/

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