Focusing on premium long form storytelling, the digital media company Culture Machine is ready to expand its business offerings with the launch of a new studio. To achieve the desired target, the company has promoted Tuhin Menon as president. He was till now the head of business development and talent.
Abdul Wahab has been appointed as VP, head of global delivery by Pokkt, India’s & SEA’s leading smartphone advertising platform for mobile games. Abdul will handle delivery of campaigns, optimizing cost, maintaining KPIs towards the goals targeted, strengthening and exploring new partnerships with mobile game publishers. Abdul will report to COO and co-founder Vaibhav Odhekar.
The government has appointed the Ministry of Culture secretary NK Sinha as secretary, the Ministry of the Information & Broadcasting (I&B). He has replaced Ajay Mittal who has been moved to the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) as secretary due to retirement of the incumbent BP Sharma.
The government has appointed Aruna Sundararajan, secretary of IT and electronics, as the full-time secretary the Department of Telecom (DoT).
Nikhil Sane has been appointed by Viacom18 Motion Pictures as business head to look after its Marathi cinema. Sane will report to Ajit Andhare, chief operating officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
Pulak Bagchi, Star India SVP legal and regulatory, has resigned; he was with Star for almost 7 years. Pulak is currently on his notice period and will end his duty on 30 June. As per media sources, he is expected to change the industry and may move to infrastructure sector.
Arunabh Kumar, founder of the digital content creator TVF, has resigned from the post of CEO over sexual allegation. Dhawal Gusain, the current COO of the company, has replaced Arunabh.
Thane Richard has been appointed as head of content at Times Bridge. Thane will shape content strategy for Times Bridge’s media businesses, while also attracting more of the world’s leading storytellers to the Indian market.
In its pursuit to strengthen its revenue team, Network18 has appointed Mukul Gupta and Tauquir Zaidi as national sales heads for ETV News HSM (Hindi Speaking Markets) channels and ETV News Language channels, respectively. Tauquir and Mukul will be reporting to ETV News Network EVP and national revenue head Sudip Roy.
Amol Dighe has been appointed as Business Head by Amagi Media Labs. Before this, Dighe was the head of investment for Omnicom Media Group Holdings (OMD) India. Dighe has also worked in Jakarta in a leadership role with Mindshare. He has also worked with Unilever in a regional buying and operations role for the Asia Pacific region. During his tenure, he has also worked with Star TV Network and GroupM India.
Creative Eye, which has been struggling in this new age of entertainment, has appointed former Sab TV business head Anooj Kapoor. The new business head is expected to grow the existing business of Creative Eye and move it into new areas such as new media and animation as well as launching film production.
Shashi Shekar Vempati, a former principal architect of Infosys Technologies, has been appointed as Prasar Bharati CEO for 5 years. The appointment was done following the recommendation of the three-member committee headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Press Council of India chairman Justice (Retd) CK Prasad and Information and Broadcasting secretary Ajay Mittal, who is also the President’s nominee.
Clement Schwebig has been promoted to the post of chief financial officer (CFO) by Turner Asia Pacific. This would be in addition to his current role as SVP, Business Development. Schwebig will replace SVP finance Shitiz Jain who will be pursuing a new opportunity at the end of June. Jain has been leading Turner’s financial growth and planning, as well as assisting the regional management team to maximise financial results across the entire portfolio of Turner’s kids, news and general entertainment brands, and businesses in the region.
Infotainment broadcaster A+E Networks TV18 has appointed Jagdeep Singh as its revenue head. Singh will be in charge of revenue for the channels History TV18 and FYI TV18, and will report to A+E Networks TV18 managing director and Network18 president Avinash Kaul.
Ryan Mendonca has been appointed as the creative head by Viacom18 for MTV and MTV Beats. Mendonca’s responsibility will be to lead the team at MTV and MTV Beats to push the creative boundaries with brand communication across the MTV universe of TV, digital and branded content. He will report to Viacom18 Head – Youth and English Entertainment Ferzad Palia.
On 11th May, two members of the Telecom Lawyers Association (TLA) Pratibha Singh and Naveen Chawla have been appointed as judges of the Delhi Court by the President of India. They are amongst the four lawyers who have been elevated. The Supreme Court collegium had cleared the names of these four lawyers for elevation to the Bench last month.
Former Hero MotoCorp SVP Sales, Marketing and Customer Care Anil Dua has been appointed as group chief executive officer by DTH operator Dish TV. After the proposed merger of Dish TV and Videocon d2h, Dua will head the combined entity. While, Arun Kapoor, Dish TV CEO, is going to leave the company to pursue his passion of teaching MBA students and venture into social work.
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