U.S. entertainment executives Jeff Sagansky and Florence Sloan of Goldenpeak Productions, as well as mega TV producer Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment have teamed with India- and U.S.-based Apoorva Bakshi, Pooja Kohli and Sanjay Bachani of FilmKaravan Originals to form an Indian production firm for streaming video content.
Dubbed Golden Karavan, it will be based in Mumbai and create and finance a slate of original local-language over-the-top television programming over the next five years.
“With two productions greenlit and 10 more in active development, the outfit intends to create a steady supply of compelling, high-quality content from the region, targeting OTT and digital services, including Netflix India and Amazon India,” they said in unveiling the company on Thursday.
The first two greenlighted projects are a collaboration with indie filmmaker Hansal Mehta to adapt Ashwin Sanghi’s book The Sialkot Saga and an unnamed drama series from Canadian-Indian auteur Richie Mehta.
“Given the access to broadband that is transforming the Indian media landscape, the timing is ideal to launch Golden Karavan, a studio that will provide provocative and high-end Indian-themed content,” said Sagansky.
Said Kaplan: “We recognize the opportunity to focus on the underserved Southeast Asian market with amazing storytellers and talent, both in front of and behind the camera, and we couldn’t have stronger partners leading the creative than we do with Apoorva, Pooja and Sanjay.”
Sagansky is a former president of CBS Entertainment and co-president of Sony Pictures Television. Kaplan, who went into this year’s upfront with six pilots, has a deal with CBS Corp. to co-finance Kapital projects and serve as its distributor.
For FilmKaravan, the deal means a push into TV. Said Bakshi: “Given our extensive knowledge and distribution experience of the Indian film business, FilmKaravan wanted to use that expertise to expand into the TV sector.”