Viacom Eyes India For Outsourcing Animation Content

May 03 2004, 00:00 IST
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Media giant Viacom Inc, which owns popular channels like MTV and Nickelodeon, is exploring the possibility of outsourcing animation content from India.

A team of senior Viacom officials were in India to identify opportunities for growth. Though most of the animation content for the Viacom channels are made in the US, the media giant also outsources some work from Korea and Philippines. Viacom could shift some of its work from these two Asian countries to India. Kids channel Nickelodeon, for instance, runs popular animated series like Rugrats, Catdog and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Alex Kuruvilla
“We are looking at possibilities of sourcing animation work from India for our group of channels. There is a low-cost advantage. Besides, the quality of Indian animation is good. We, however, haven’t firmed up our plans yet,” said MTV Networks International chief operating officer Alex Ferrari.

Added MTV Networks India managing director Alex Kuruvilla: “Our international folks were impressed by the animation facilities in India and have asked us to explore opportunities where India could be a source for animation.”

Viacom is also evaluating other areas where it can grow its business from India. The company, as reported in eFE, is in talks to acquire stake in SS Music, a music channel in the south.

“We are looking at possibilities of getting more products into India including a kids channel. We are also seriously weighing the possibility of launching VH1,” said Mr Ferrari. Viacom, in fact, has been considering the launch of its international music channel VH1 in the Indian market for over two years. But by joining Sony-Discovery’s One Alliance for distribution, Viacom may now be in the right position to bring in more channels. The first task, however, is

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