Ektaa R. Kapoor, the influential co-founder of Balaji Telefilms and a leading figure in India’s content industry, has been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2023 International Emmy Directorate Award. Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, made the announcement, revealing that Kapoor will be presented with the Special Emmy at the 51st International Emmy Awards Gala on Monday, November 20, 2023, in New York City.
Paisner praised Kapoor’s remarkable contributions, stating, “Ektaa R. Kapoor has transformed Balaji into a major player in India’s entertainment landscape, achieving market dominance in the television content industry and captivating audiences across India and South Asia through enduring series and their OTT platform. We eagerly anticipate honoring her exceptional career and her profound impact on the television industry with our prestigious Directorate Award.”
Ektaa Kapoor has been a prominent figure in Indian television since the inception of Balaji in 1994, a journey she embarked on with her parents: Indian movie star and producer Jeetendra Kapoor and media executive Shobha Kapoor. Kapoor is credited with reshaping India’s television landscape, pioneering an entire genre of television content, and playing a pivotal role in India’s satellite television boom. Under the Balaji banner, she has produced over 17,000 hours of television content, crafted 45 films, and introduced one of India’s earliest Indian OTT platforms, Alt Balaji.
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In response to this recognition, Kapoor expressed her deep gratitude and excitement, stating, “Receiving this acknowledgment fills me with a profound sense of humility and excitement. This award holds a special place in my heart as it symbolizes a journey that transcends work; it’s a fundamental aspect of my personal and professional life. Representing my country on the global stage through this esteemed platform is an incredible honor. Television has played a pivotal role in helping me discover my identity, especially as a woman dedicated to creating stories for women. This award allows me to represent them and our shared accomplishments on an international scale.”
Balaji Telefilms’ productions have consistently been major contributors to the success of general entertainment broadcasters, securing numerous prestigious television awards. Kapoor herself has been recognized as one of Fortune India’s 50 most powerful women in Asia and is the sole woman from the Indian television industry featured in the Variety500—a compilation of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global media industry.
About Balaji Telefilms Limited:
Balaji Telefilms Limited (Balaji Telefilms) has emerged as one of India’s leading integrated media conglomerates, boasting market leadership in the television content industry and various entertainment-related businesses. The company has achieved remarkable success in both the film and television sectors, pioneering an array of diverse content genres reflected through its distinct brands. Today, Balaji Telefilms is synonymous with groundbreaking television content and is one of the largest content production houses across India, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. With a portfolio of over 17,000 hours of television content, the company is a prominent provider of television entertainment in India, producing content for major entertainment channels across the nation.
About the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership-based organization comprising prominent figures from the media and entertainment sectors across 60+ countries, representing various television segments, including digital, mobile, and technology. The Academy organizes annual events such as the prestigious International Emmy Awards held in New York, as well as industry gatherings like Academy Day, The International Emmy World Television Festival, and Panels addressing critical industry topics. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes excellence in television produced outside the United States through the coveted Emmy Award. The awards span a wide range of categories, including Arts Programming, Current Affairs, Comedy, Documentary, Drama Series, News, Non-Scripted Entertainment, Short-Form Series, Sports Documentary, Telenovela, and TV Movie/Mini-Series. The Academy also honors excellence in Performances and Kids programming. For more information, visit https://www.iemmys.tv/.