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ORIGINALLY YOURS Orion Ross
ORIGINALLY YOURS Orion Ross

Turner Asia's Creative Head, Orion Ross talks about original productions for Indian kids

He is so upbeat about it that you just don't need to prod him a bit. Orion Ross, Turner Asia's Vice President, Creative and Original Content, is ready with his list of points and video clippings of shows to talk about the achievements of the channel POGO in presenting original productions to kid viewers here. Mumbai-based Ross begins with It's Alive, a brand new show just launched on POGO. "Our anchors, Chinu and Niall do this new half-hour comedy weekly where each episode is a motley collection of funny and sensational gags." Innovative colourful sets, funny outfits, visually appealing get-ups, humorous lines, all will attract Sunday morning viewers to the show, he feels. He talks more about original productions that have been aired on POGO. "In just a short while, we have a lot of locally-produced shows to name. Be it M.A.D, Bam! Bam! Bam! Gir Pade Hum!, Prime POGO or POGO Amazing Kids Awards, we have now a good bank of original productions to flaunt. All these shows have exceeded our expectations from viewers," says Ross. Besides a host of summer specials already running on the channel, Ross says the most awaited one is definitely the remake of Sesame Street, Galli Galli Sim Sim. "It is our biggest property. We hope to run it from this August," he says. Also, in end 2006, POGO will have quite a few sitcoms, game shows and other fiction shows, he promises. And all are likely to be local productions.SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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