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AJIT THAKUR
CEO
aha

Ajit Thakur currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at aha, an Indian over-the-top streaming service owned by Arha Media & Broadcasting Private Limited – a joint venture by Geetha Arts and My Home Group which offers Telugu content. Prior to this, Ajit was associated with brands like UTV, Star India, Sony Pictures, and Unilever among others, and has over two decades of experience in the industry. Ajit completed his MBA from IIM Lucknow.


ALOK JAIN
Business Head – Star Maa Networks
Star and Disney India

An IIT Delhi- ISB alumni, Alok Jain, has had a stellar career spanning 20+ years in providing strategic, operational, and people leadership across diverse industries. Alok has a strong track record of turning around businesses and building new businesses. He presently spearheads Disney and Star’s Telugu business and over the last few years has scaled up the Star MAA business from the small & lagging network to the dominant leadership network. A passionate person with an entrepreneurial, and can-do attitude, he has always focussed on building high-performing teams and strong brands for the sustainable long-term growth of the company. He is a firm believer that with a great work culture and diversity & inclusion, one can spin magic in the workplace.


ASHISH GOLWALKAR
Head – Content, SET & Digital Business
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN)

Ashish Golwalkar heads content for Sony Entertainment Television and the digital vertical of Sony Pictures Networks India- SonyLIV. Over the last 3 years, Ashish has been leading the programming vertical of Sony Entertainment Television before taking up this role in the network. He has been a part of the SPN family since 2015 and has played a pivotal role in the success of SET.

With a career spanning 20 years, Ashish possesses rich and varied skills in content-creation, content syndication, marketing and brand management across broadcasting products. Before joining SPN, he was the Sr Vice President Programming at Star TV Network and has also worked in leadership roles in companies like WWIL, Zee Entertainment, Fox Star Studios amongst others. In addition to this, Ashish has many titles to his credit for multiple non-scripted formats in various genres.

Ashish got his degree from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. He is a foodie at heart and utilizes his pastime in exploring culinary delights He also supports sustainable agriculture.


ASHISH PHERWANI
Media & Entertainment Leader
EY India

Ashish Pherwani is the Leader – India for Media & Entertainment at EY. He has been associated with the media and entertainment industry since 1999. At EY, Ashish has been associated with over 50 media companies across TV broadcasting, TV distribution, radio, content production, out of home, mobile, events, print and gaming. He has written several articles on the Indian media sector across publications, and has released white papers on the TV, print, digital, radio, events and out-of-home segments.  He has spoken at TV.nxt, INMA, EEMAgine, Indian Magazine Congress, Digital Signage Asia, Outdoor Asia, etc. He is a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a certified internal systems auditor from ISACA.


 

 

MURUGAN S.
CEO
Southern Health Foods Pvt Ltd.

Murugan is an avid Marketer, loves mining for consumer insights and building brands through storytelling advertising. He is a voracious reader, sports lover and a die-hard Man U fan and future blogger. Follow him on twitter @smurugann


 

PRITI MURTHY
CEO
OMD India

Priti Murthy is the Chief Executive Officer at OMD India. Focused upon translating consumer behaviour into successfully crafted brand narratives, Priti believes that stories help build connect and strengthen the existing journeys. Thus, adding great value to the business, while being the key to drive growth for brands that work in association with OMD. With two decades of experience in the field of media planning, insights, and strategy, she helps businesses build a stronger connect with the brand teams on key challenges. Thereby aiding them to articulate with better communications and evolve upon a robust business plan.

From creating new tools to CRM, from insights driven by research, to online advertising and digital strategy, she has imbibed a plethora of skills over the years. A certified trainer on the Harvard Mentor Program, Priti also facilitates training programmes for middle level managers – Training the internal teams as well as clients on strategy, media, and creativity. Passionate about media, consumers, and brands, Priti has previously also worked with Publicis India, The Media Edge, and Maxus (Now Wavemaker).


SAMRAT GHOSH
Cluster Head – East
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.

I am a media professional & have more than two decades of experience in the media industry. I am a happy member of Zee family and currently designated as Executive Vice President and working in the functional capacity of Cluster Head – East. I am in a leadership role and am responsible for managing and driving the growth for east cluster of Zee channels (namely Zee Bangla, Zee Bangla Cinema for WB market, Zee Sarthak for Odisha market and Big Ganga & Zee Biskope for Bhojpuri market. Additionally I am also responsible for creating and driving content for Zee5 Bangla and Zee5 Bangladesh. Have done schooling from St. Paul’s Mission School, Kolkata and I am a science graduate from Calcutta University and hold MBA degree in Marketing.


 

SAUGATA MUKHERJEE
Head of Originals for Sonyliv
Sony Pictures Networks India

Saugata Mukherjee is the Head of Originals for SonyLIV, the digital business of Sony Pictures Networks. He was previously the Head of Content Development at Disney+Hotstar and was instrumental in setting up and producing the originals slate for Disney+Hotstar. Before Hotstar he worked as Senior Vice President and Editor at the Content Studio of Star India (now Disney India) networks. Saugata also spent several years in publishing — he was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at Pan Macmillan and Picador India and Managing Editor at HarperCollins India. 


SHANKAR BALA
CEO
Fourth Dimension Media Solution

Shankar has spent close to 24 years in Media and has covered all facets of media i.e. Print, Television, Radio, Digital & Marketing. He started his career at Getit Yellow Pages in 1993 and launched the Hyderabad Directory and then to be a part of Capital Market Magazine in Hyderabad & Chennai. His journey in Television started in 1998 with Raj TV and was promoted to Head National Sales and an opportunity to launch 2 channels with increased revenue and sales and a later launch of the Telugu Channel in 2003 followed by many other large format events which include felicitating the Legend KB in followed by Lyricist Vaali. Next in line was Turner International as Director (W) and responsible for revenue for CN, Pogo, ZMGM, ZEnglish &CNN apart from Cartoonnetworkindia.com. With the Radio boom in 2006, Shankar was hired as VP, Sales & Business Development for Hello FM (part of Thanthi Group) successfully launched 7 stations in Tamil Nadu followed by a successful stint at NW18 heading the National Sales Head for E18 to take care of all verticals of sponsorships & activations across regions, built in new brands for Independence Rock (3 seasons), Nalli (a memorable pitch) and a part of ‘Tull Anoushka Shankar Series in 2008’. He was COO of Ignitee Digtal in 2009. Presently, CEO for one of India’s largest Media outsourcing Company Fourth Dimension-representing the No.1 News Channel of TN – Puthiyathalaimurai, GEC – Puthuyugham,V6 News (Telugu News Channel ), Chennai Live 104.8 FM ( English Radio Station ) and Cable Aggregators – Infinite Media.

SHINOY MATHEW
Founder & CEO
Matinee.Live

Shinoy Mathew is an avid entrepreneur and a self-made business man. A graduate in Commerce, he has had a brief stint of working in the banking sector with ICICI, HDFC before serving Emirates NBD in Dubai. In addition, his avid business mind led him to make several profitable investments in multiple sectors for over 17 years now, ranging from Aviation, FMCG and Film Industry.

His experience, expertise and vivacity in choosing and creating meaningful films and film projects are well known in the industry. Thus he is very unique in creating projects that are best in class and profitable by all means. A born singer, composed actor and unique in the forte. Known for his Midas touch, Shinoy is also noteworthy for his rationality and sound decision-making in business.


SIJU PRABHAKARAN
South Cluster Head
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.

Siju Prabhakaran is the Cluster Head – South Business and the Executive Vice President of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL). He has been associated with the brand for over nineteen years where he has held several roles and responsibilities. As the Cluster Head for the South Business, Siju is responsible for the business of Zee Tamil, Zee Kannada, Zee Telugu and Zee Cinemalu, Zee Keralam, Zee Thirai and Zee Picchar. The cluster in the last 4 years has grown from a portfolio of 4 channels to now 7 channels. With almost two decades of experience in the broadcast industry, Siju has been instrumental in elevating the channels under his leadership, as some of the fastest growing channels in the south Indian television industry.


SRIKANTH V.
Head of Sales and Marketing
GoldWinner

Srikanth Heads Sales & Marketing Pan India, for the No 1 Edible Oil Brand company in the country reporting to the Founder Chairman. He has worked in Top notch companies covering the spectrum of FMCG, Telecommunications & Retail. Srikanth pursued his MBA from Loyola College a top 10 management school in India. Prior to GoldWinner, he worked for Obopay Mobile Technology as the Senior Vice President & Business Head driving digitisation for top FMCG companies across the Country reporting in to the CEO. Srikanth has previously worked in matrimony.com reporting to the Founder Chairman. Additionally, he has prior experience with Videocon Retail and Videocon Telecom as Business Head for the country, reporting to the MD. Srikanth earlier spent 9 Years in PepsiCo mastering the FMCG business & honing his skills.


VIJAY SUBRAMANIAM
Director and Head, Content
Amazon Prime Video India 

In his role as Head of Content for India, Vijay is in charge of all content acquisitions for Prime Video and productions under the Amazon Studios banner in India. He is responsible for content acquisition, licensing deals and to drive Amazon’s India strategy for Original Indian content. Vijay joined Amazon in 2017 to lead the content strategy for Prime Video in India while also working with content creators to provide quality content to customers. 

A veteran with over two decades of experience across all key forms of media – Print, Radio, Television, and Digital, Vijay comes with an astute understanding of the content industry. Prior to Amazon, Vijay spearheaded content and revenue functions at Disney Media Networks, where he was responsible for growth of 8 broadcast channels across three categories. Before joining Disney, he was associated with MTV India, Magna Publishing, Turner International and Star India. 


VISHNU MOHTA
Co-Founder
hoichoi

Vishnu Mohta joined SVF in 2007, as the head of the Digital Cinema business. After making it the largest player in West Bengal and fourth largest network in India within a year of operations, Vishnu now heads the New Media division of SVF Entertainment. He just launched its first venture, hoichoi, the one-stop destination for Bengali entertainment – showcasing Originals (in the form of web series, films and shorts), Movies and free Music Streaming, targeting Bengalis in India and the Bengali diaspora. Vishnu has worked with KPMG in Risk Advisory and Lloyds TSB in Corporate Strategy in their London offices, in the past. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bond University Australia and MSc in International Business from Aston University Birmingham, UK.

Armed with an exceptional ability for identifying solutions to entrenched problems, helping to collaborate with a solution centric approach across all levels, he has built long lasting profitable business relationships. Vishnu is a member of prestigious organizations including Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), a society of top 10% students from the best B schools of the world. It is the highest recognition a business student, anywhere in the world, can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Experienced in Corporate Finance and Strategy, with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, Vishnu has an in-depth understanding of the Media and Entertainment industry.


 

 

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