The legendary actor AnupamKher has been appointed as the new chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry (MIB). He will replace Gajendra Chauhan, who had a controversial three-year tenure that was marked by student protests.
Deepak Segal has been appointed as content head by Applause Entertainment. The production house has also hired TV industry veteran Sameer Nair as CEO some time back. The house is owned by Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla.
Sameer Joseph, managing director and CEO, has resigned from the Mumbai-based Hathway Bhawani Cabletel& Datacom, a subsidiary of Hathway Cable & Datacom. This is just after 11 months when Samson Jesudas, who held a similar position, quit the company. Joseph joined Hathway Bhawani in November 2016 as MD.
The content monetisation arm of Viacom18 and TV18, IndiaCast Media has promoted senior executives. UK and US head Govind Shahi will now look after Europe, Americas, APAC and Outbound sales. The company is planning to focus on alternative revenue sources such as digital and live events in its international business apart from the traditional revenue streams.
Shashank B. Veerappa has been appointed as the group head of the South region by iCubesWire, a digital marketing solutions provider. He will head iCubesWire’s Bengaluru office while working towards expanding and strengthening its business.
Geetanjali Bhattacharji, former Spatial Access CEO (media and production audit firm), has been appointed as the head of brand partnerships and content integration Infotainment, lifestyle and kids by broadcaster Discovery India.
The senior executive editor of India TV Piyush Padmakar has been promoted to the post of managing editor – news. At his new post, he will head news and editorial department and will also be responsible for input and output, daily planning, programming and promotions.
Kerala Communicators Cable Ltd (KCCL) has appointed Shaji Mathews, who quit GTPL Hathway, as CEO with effect from 1 October. He was COO at Hathway. At the new job, Mathews will grow the broadband business of KCCL, which is one of the leading multi-system operators (MSO) in Kerala.
Avinash Mudaliar has been appointed as Chief Product Officer by Network18 Digital, the digital arm of the Network18 Group. He has an experience of over 16 years across various media platforms including digital, print and radio. At the new job, he will be responsible for working across all the digital properties of Network18, handling sub-brands like Cricketnext, Compare India, and Tech2.
Vineet Sodhani has been appointed as CEO by the media audit company Spatial Access. Talking about his appointment, Spatial Access co-founder, chairperson Meenakshi Menon said, “As media moves into a new era of complexity, Spatial Access, under its new leadership, will simplify it for its clients with custom solutions, many of which will be first time in the industry. With Vineet’s strong background in research and strategy, we will provide valuable insights, a lot of it in public domain, so that the industry gets more value.”
With the beginning of the New Year, Rebecca Campbell, President, ABC Owned Television Station Group and ABC Daytime, will take charge as Disney Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) president. Diego Lerner, the current president, will return to his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he will take on a new role as a part of the Walt Disney International management team reporting to its chairman, Andy Bird.
Preeti Jadhav, who was with Star India’s OTT platform Hotstar, has been appointed as VP revenue by Video intelligence platform Vidooly Media Tech. Jadhav will lead strategic growth at Vidooly by identifying key revenue channels and opportunities. She will also be responsible for business development and partnerships at Vidooly.
Partha Dey has been appointed by Dishum Broadcasting as COO. Dishum Broadcasting owns and operates Bhojpuri GEC Dishum. Dey will be based out of Mumbai, and will report to the board of the company. Dey’s portfolio will include all broadcasting operations including programming, OAP, consumer research and branded content.
Rajat Sharma, India TV chairman and editor-in-chief, has been elected as the president of News Broadcasters Association (NBA) for third time. Before him, former India Today Group CEO Ashish Bagga, held the post. Sharma had earlier served as NBA president for two terms in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Bagga had replaced former ABP News Network CEO Ashok Venkatramani, who had left the organisation in early November last year.
Ultra Media and Entertainment CEO Sushil Kumar Agrawal has been elected by the Indian Council of IMPEX for Films and TV Programmers as its president at the 53rd Annual General Meeting. Other appointments included GordhanTanwanias VP of IMPEX, Hiren Gada as secretary and Ashok Jain as the treasurer. Indian Council of IMPEX For Films and TV Programmers promotes the import and export of Indian and foreign films and television programmes.
Punit Goenka, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) managing director and CEO, has been re-elected as the president of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), held on 15 September.
The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has unanimously elected Abanti Sankaranarayanan, former vice chairman of Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC), as the new chairman at the board meeting held immediately after the AGM.
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