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Gourav Rakshit

Viacom18 Digital Ventures


Gourav Rakshit is the Chief Operating Officer of Viacom18 Digital Ventures. Over the past few years, Gourav has expanded the advertising-led Voot portfolio to include India’s first and only multi-platform kids’ app, Voot Kids and a premium subscription service, Voot Select.  With over 2 decades of professional experience, Gourav has worked with a number of leading consumer businesses like Nestle, Apple, Safeway and Wells Fargo. Prior to joining Viacom18 he was President and CEO at, the world’s most successful matchmaking service.


Webinar: The Disruption Opportunity
LIVE on 2 July, Thursday, 3:00PM (IST) / 5:30PM (GMT+8)

Led By: Rajiv Bakshi, CEO of Reliance Big Synergy
Joined By: Aparna Acharekar, Programming Head of ZEE5 India
Saugata Mukherjee, Head of Original Content of SonyLIV

India is a very diverse country with not just distinct content preferences but also contrasted lifestyle, media consumption habits, and above all budgets and value propositions. It has been noted that the current, deeply unfortunate and unprecedented, crisis has led to visible and positive outcomes for the OTT Streaming platforms, while there continues to be a debate on what all will hold up and what will slip by when the markets return to normalcy. Data recorded in this period also seems to have limited ability to forecast growth for the future, while the data from the pre-covid period may not be of as much utility. Further, the response of the market and different stakeholders in this business has been contrasted, perhaps leading to new business models. And, in all this the state owned Doordarshan became the No.1 channel for some weeks, highlighting the market complexity. Therefore, while it looks all-positive for OTT industry, the job of the programming executives must have become ever more complicated. Learn all these through the session and get up-to-speed on how the finest platforms of the country realised, reacted and re-purposed their teams, budgets and strategies to manage this massive disruption and demonstrated their value.