By Jyothi Venkatesh
Sony Pictures Networks India is the first major Indian broadcaster to venture into audio streaming with the Go-Beyond Podcast. The specially curated podcast pays tribute to people who have handled the cards that life has given them in an exemplary manner. This podcast was launched in the month of SPN’s 25th anniversary and has so far introduced eleven important guests from various walks of life. The guest line-up is just as exciting and varied. The podcast capsules are a fun mix of laughter, wit, insight and inspiration.
For the past 25 years, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has played a pivotal role in shaping India’s entertainment ecosystem. To meet the needs of an ever evolving audience, the brand has created cross-genre experiences and added a variety of groundbreaking innovations to its earnings. Well-known personalities with notable journeys and stories in the fields of sports, literature, business, entertainment, history and culinary arts, to name a few, have already attended SPN’s “Go-Beyond Podcast”. These guests include renowned names such as the cook Amrita Raichand, the actor and comedian Ash Chandler, the former Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie, the environmentalist Bittu Sahgal, the author Samit Basu and the historian Vikram Sampath.
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Go-Beyond’s podcast not only adds value to SPN’s diverse content bouquet, it also enables the brand to break into a segment that is growing in India as more and more people choose to stream digital audio. India is the third largest podcast market after China and the US, according to a PWC report, and is estimated to have 17.61 million listeners by 2023.
NP Singh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN): “As the digital audio craze continues to explode, The Go-Beyond Podcast creates a deeper audience interaction by making it real – Life stories and insights from high performers who defy small or large restrictions in order to be successful come to the fore. SPN has a pioneering history of creating compelling content across formats and platforms, and the Go Beyond Podcast is our drive to both inspire and entertain a global audience base. “
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The Go-Beyond Podcast has listeners on all global platforms. To listen to the podcast, you can subscribe or listen to: www.sonypicturesnetworks.com/podcast:
• Apple podcasts (https://apple.co/3lXKbZf)
• Spotify (http://bit.ly/GBPonSpotify)
• Google Podcasts (http://bit.ly/GBPonGoogle)
• Amazon Music: (https://amzn.to/3e4zliX)
• Stapler (https://bit.ly/GBPStcher)
• JioSaavn (http://bit.ly/GBPJioSaavn)
• Gaana (https://bit.ly/GBPonGaana)
• iHeartRadio (https://bit.ly/GBPiHeart)
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Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, Japan. SPN has multiple channels including Sony Entertainment Television (SET and SET HD), one of India’s leading general entertainment television channels in Hindi; MAX, India’s Premium Channel for Hindi Movies and Special Events; MAX 2, another Hindi film channel showing great India Cinema; MAX HD, a high definition Hindi movie channel that broadcasts premium quality movies; WAH, the FTA channel for Hindi films; SAB and SAB HD, the family-oriented Hindi comedy entertainment channels; PAL, a genre guide in rural Hindi-speaking markets (HSM) showcasing the best of general Hindi entertainment and Hindi movies from SPN’s content library; PIX and PIX HD, Sony BBC Earth and Sony BBC Earth HD, the premium entertainment channels; Sony AATH, the Bangla entertainment channel; YAY !, the entertainment channel for children; Sports entertainment channels – SONY SIX, SONY SIX HD, SONY TEN 1, SONY TEN 1 HD, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD; SONY TEN 4, SONY TEN 4 HD; Sony मराठी, Marathi’s general entertainment channel; SonyLIV – the digital entertainment VOD platform; and Studio NEXT, the independent original content and IP production company for TV and digital media. SPN reaches over 700 million viewers in India and is available in 167 countries.
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The network is recognized as a preferred employer within and outside the media industry. SPN has received multiple awards including India’s Best Companies to Work For 2020 from the Great Place to Work® Institute, India, “Aon Best Employers India” awards in recognition of SPN’s unique workplace culture and exceptional employee practices, consistently among India’s Top 10 Best Health & Wellness Practices Companies Listed as One of 100 Best Companies for Women in India by SHRM & CGP Partners and Working Mother & AVTAR. Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited is operating in India for 25 years.
It has a subsidiary, MSM-Worldwide Factual Media Private Limited, and a subsidiary, Bangla Entertainment Private Limited in India. On this podcast, guests share their fascinating journeys, legacy, passion, vision and constant desire to go further and share their extraordinary stories with listeners from around the world. Shubhendu Sharma (engineer became eco-entrepreneur) was responsible for planting many forests. With success stories in challenging terrain like the deserts of Rajasthan and Leh, Shubhendu is on a mission to reclaim the world’s lost native forests. He may not be Mr. Universe, but he can certainly be anointed Captain Planet.
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Dr. Vikram Sampath (Notable Historian, Best-Selling Author) is a man of many talents. Topics from history, music, art and culture are close to his heart. In this captivating episode, he paints a picture of his journey through the hidden pages of Indian history books and shares his efforts to illuminate the lives of some of India’s forgotten names that have sunk into the dustbins of time. Samit Basu (novelist and filmmaker) decided to become a writer at the age of 23 and let his life experiences shape his characters and the stories he spun before us. Beyond the veil of ink and paper, Samit guides us through his creative process, his challenges and the path to triumph as a writer.
Bittu Sahgal (environmental activist and founder of the Sanctuary Nature Foundation) was one of India’s oldest nature magazines for children and campaigned for nature conservation.Sumanto Chattopadhyay (Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of 82.5 Communications, Ogilvy Group) aka The English Nut! In his episode he shares his knowledge and mastery of the English language. He leads us through the balancing act of linguistic finesse. HrishiKay (producer, presenter, and award-winning podcast and radio host) has more titles and awards for his name than you can count. In his episode, the multi-talented man manifests as a man of many experiences as he recalls his time as an aspiring tennis star, his path to the microphone, and his life as a family man.
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Jason Gillespie (Australia’s first male indigenous test cricketer with over 300 caps for his country and 2 ICC Cricket World Cups in his trophy cabinet) – From part of an Australian all-star cricket team to mentoring and promoting the sports stars of the future, Jason Gillespie’s legacy is second to none. In this podcast he talks about his path from delivering pizzas on Friday night to delivering countless trophies for his country and his plans.
He also mentions that he studied media in high school and found the radio site particularly interesting. If he wasn’t a cricketer, he probably would have been trying to find his way into the media industry. Bhavnesh Sawhney (Wedding Planner) reveals a side of him on the podcast that is complicated, thoughtful, appreciative and optimistic. He also talks about how he discovered his passion and turned it into a rewarding professional company.
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Ash Chandler (all-rounder – actor, singer, comedian, composer, show host) spills unexpected moments from his life. He remembers his bike accident in Goa and how he fought the struggle to survive the operation, and lets us see moments that can lead us to question and prioritize our purpose and actions. And of course he created a Go Beyond anthem especially for our show! Amrita Raichand (actress and celebrity chef who was voted one of the seven best cooking show hostesses worldwide by the Malaysian Tatler for her show ‘Mummy ka Magic’) has dressed lots of hats, the newest is that of a celebrity chef.
In her episode, she talks about her humble beginnings in a small town to pursuing big dreams in the Maximum City.NP Singh (MD and CEO-SPN) and Ashok Nambissan (General Counsel, SPN): The first episode is an interesting and insightful one Conversation between two industry experts who are also good friends. Going back in time, Nambissan begins his conversation by asking Singh about his background in the industry and what made him change industries to join the Sony Pictures Network in 1999.