Abhishek Mahajan is a co-founder of Drivezy Inc. He is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Abhishek oversees the new product initiatives, the company’s fiscal policies, allocation, deployment and management of capital, recruitment and training of finance and accounts professionals. Prior to working on his venture, Abhishek worked as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Abhishek is an alum of Y. Combinator’s Summer 2016 batch.
Apart from being a co-founder at Pocket Aces, Aditi advises Intellecap, where she set up the Intellecap Impact Investment Network, the world’s largest angel network investing in for-profit social enterprises. Prior to that, Aditi spent over 5 years with Goldman Sachs in New York. Aditi graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She is a CFA (USA) charter holder, a Shaper in the World Economic Forum Global Shaper Mumbai Hub and a TiE Mumbai Charter Member.
Mr. Ali Hussein is Chief Operating Officer at Eros digital, a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry. He is spearheading the company's OTT platform, Eros Now. Mr. Hussein has over 15 years of experience in the media entertainment and digital space. He has been an entrepreneur and board advisor to Discovery Networks and other start-ups in the media, and technology domain. Previously he has worked with Google, Viacom 18 and Hungama where he held key positions. His expertise comes from complex mandates across mobile marketing, content syndication and distribution.
Alon Shtruzman, Chief Executive Officer of Keshet International (KI), is charged with running the Group’s international production and distribution operations and expanding its footprint into new territories. Following his appointment in 2012 by Avi Nir, Alon has guided KI to become a leading global content producer and distributor. Under his stewardship, KI has enjoyed a period of rapid organic growth, expanding globally to include seven local production and distribution hubs in addition to its Tel Aviv HQ – Keshet UK, Tresor in Germany, Keshet Asia in Hong Kong, as well as Keshet Films and Keshet Studios in the US. During his tenure, KI has acquired the German production company Tresor TV in 2017, and recently bought a majority stake in the UK production company incubator Greenbird Media, in addition to launching a $55M international content fund.
Amol Parashar is an actor with 10 years of experience in acting across different mediums: Theatre, Films, TVCs and Web shows. Amol shot to fame with his first web show TVF Tripling where his character Chitvan became a sensation and remains one of the most popular characters on the web. Post that, Amol has worked in multiple web shows and is the only actor to have done leading characters on 4 major web platforms (TVF, Viu, Zoom Studios, ALTBalaji) with each of those shows ranking in the most popular shows of those individual platforms. Amol continues to be a favorite amongst young brands having recently been seen in campaigns for Wildstone Deo, Cadbury and previously for brands like Pepsi, Lays, Mentos and many more. Amol will soon be seen on the big screen in Balaji Motion Pictures’ feature film ‘Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitaare’ directed by ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ director Alankrita Shrivastava and will be acting opposite National Award Winning Actor Konkona Sensharma.
Angad Bhatia is a part of the senior leadership team at Times Internet. He is currently the COO of TIL's emerging media track called ILN. At TIL, he formulated the Indiatimes Lifestyle Network which includes Indiatimes.com, MensXP, iDiva, WhatsHot etc. and led it through an explosive growth phase, from 5 million to 40 million unique users in 18 months. ILN is a youth and new media collective that is built around the social web. In December 2016, Indiatimes.com was ranked the world’s most engaged brand on Facebook ahead of Fox, CNN, Nytimes, Huffington-Post, Buzzfeed, etc. In 2012, MensXP.com, a brand he founded in 2009, was acquired by Times Internet.
Prior to the founding of Pocket Aces, Anirudh was at Valo Group LLC, a value-oriented hedge fund based in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he worked in investment banking and private equity at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and Istithmar World Capital in New York, London and Dubai. Anirudh holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ashish Bhasin is a well-known personality in the Advertising & Media industry in Asia Pacific, for the past 30 years. He is presently Chairman & CEO Dentsu Aegis Network South Asia. He is also a member of the Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific Executive Board. He has built the Dentsu Aegis Network in India from a 50 member team to a 3500 member powerhouse, now the 2nd largest Advertising and Marketing Communications Group in India, overturning for the first time the existing ranking, which has historically been in place for over 80 years. Prior to this Ashish successfully led and set up several of Lintas India’s (IPG) businesses and also had the global role of Executive Vice President, Lowe Worldwide and Asia Regional Director for Integrated Marketing. Ashish was recently named Network Head of the Year - Media Ace Awards 2018. He has received the Campaign Asia - South Asia Agency Head of the Year award for 3 consecutive years - 2017, 2016 and 2015 and was selected as MXM’s Media Person of the Year- 2016. He has been awarded the 2015 IAA Leadership Award for Media Agency Head of the Year and was the Exchange4Media - Hallmark Chairman of the Year 2015. He is also the recipient of the Business Excellence Awards for Media CEO of the Year - India & Chairman of the Year – India 2013, 2014 and 2015, at UK’s Business Excellence Awards. He has received the Indira Super Achiever Award 2003 and was also adjudged “Media Marketer of the Year” at the Brief Media Awards and was the Dentsu Aegis Network Star Performer of the Year 2017.
Prior to the founding of Pocket Aces, Ashwin was the Creative Head at Junglee Pictures, Times of India’s film studio, which he setup in 2013, Previously, he was a creative executive at Reliance Entertainment, where he produced a variety of Hindi films. Ashwin worked in investment banking and private equity at Citigroup in New York and holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a Diploma in Filmmaking from New York Film Academy.
Bhaskar heads YouTube monetization for India and is responsible for its revenue & product strategy. Prior to this, he led the CPG vertical for Google. He is a passionate marketer & business leader with 15+ years of experience across CPG, Media & Entertainment and Technology Industries in India. He is also recognized as among ‘Most influential Marketing Leaders 2017’ by CMO Asia & World Marketing Congress. He specializes in advising CXOs on marketing in digital world & how to transform their business in an increasingly Video First India.
Datta Dave is a co-founder of Tulsea, a strategic talent and content management company based in Mumbai that represents India's leading writers, directors, and producers. Originally from Los Angeles, Datta comes from a management consulting background. Datta was formerly the business manager to Shekhar Kapur. Datta’s focus is on working with stakeholders across the value chain to create and, where appropriate, redesign business models to create viable long-term business and talent opportunities.
Dhruv was born into an Air Force family and has lived all over the country as a kid. He graduated in Psychology and then studied Rural Management, and has worked with tribal and farming communities in Kerala and MP for about three years. He then shifted to Mumbai to be a filmmaker, by joining AIB First Draft, a residency program for screenwriters. Following that, he started work on Gormint, an Amazon Prime Show produced by OML. He is currently part of the writing team for Sacred Games Season 2, to be out in July this year. Presently he is also working on spec projects.
A brand builder with experience in consumer marketing across FMCG, IT, financial services, among others. Dinesh is a diehard digital enthusiast. While digital is forcing brands to sit up and take notice and of course adopt it, he believes that digital will largely be the way business would be done in the coming years. India is known to have skipped generations in some categories including CPG, mobile telephony and others. Given the adoption of smart phones and consequently digital consumption, India is well on the throes of a complete digital revolution. He believes that video content has a truly big play in shaping quality of engagement that brands are vying for to both survive and thrive. Dinesh is an avid traveller, adventure lover and a music aficionado. He also loves to write and sees himself doing some content work in the near future. He is an Alumni of IIM B and Mumbai University ….and an eternal student of the classroom called Life.
Fotini Paraskakis joined, The Storylab, as Global Executive Vice President, Entertainment, in September 2018. The Storylab, part of the Dentsu Aegis Network, is committed to generating ground-breaking premium content for platforms, brands and partners, providing end-to-end 360 solutions to all clients. Using a unique global network of industry experts, The Storylab identifies creative and commercials gaps in the media landscape, marrying these opportunities with innovative producers and creators to fill much-needed pipelines. From 2013 as Managing Director Asia for EndemolShine Group, Fotini successfully created a large-scale multi- platform 360 content business across the region. To date, Fotini has been involved in more than 350+ content deals throughout Asia - including non-scripted super-brands such as MasterChef, Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor and scripted brands such as The Bridge & Humans. Fotini led the merger of both Endemol and Shine Groups in Asia to develop the largest content provider & distributor within the region, with 65+ shows year-on-year, whilst building key long-term and strategic relationships partnerships over 16+ territories. Fotini is an experienced and respected member of the International and Asian media industry, with core expertise in building content properties such as Idols, Got Talent, X Factor, The Apprentice & Family Feud, as Head of Content for Fremantlemedia Asia over a nine-year period, and through her previous work with major production houses & broadcasters including ESPN, FOX, Disney, HBO, BBC and MTV/Viacom International Media Networks. Originally from the UK, Fotini moved to Asia in 1995. She has now either lived or worked in almost every country in Asia, bringing her knowledge through to the international industry and has contributed significantly to the industry’s rapid growth and expansion.
Currently leading Content vertical for Spuul, he is in charge of Strategy, Budget Planning, Commercials and Programming. A media & entertainment professional with experience in acquisition and sales of film and television content for multiple platforms - Broadcasting, Internet VOD, DTH, In-flight entertainment and other New Media. Holds an MBA in Marketing and a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from University of Mumbai, specialised in International Finance. Was involved with start-ups and large organisations across media and financial services domain.
Hiren Gada is the CEO of Shemaroo Entertainment Limited. Before being named CEO in March 2018, Hiren joined Shemaroo Entertainment as the Vice President in 2002. He established and led the team for content syndication and distribution of DVDs in the international front. He was instrumental in setting up many new business segments, which are an integral part of the company today. Under his leadership, Shemaroo became one of the early adopters of YouTube for monetization in India. Hiren also guided Shemaroo Entertainment throughout the period it was listing on the stock exchange. He has been at the helm of driving both corporate and financial growth, digital direction, strategy, and the transformation of the company from a family run business to a professional corporate firm. Hiren is keenly associated with organizations such as ‘Indian Council of Impex for Films & TV Programmers’ and ‘The Film & Television Producer’s Guild of India Ltd’. He is also a public speaker and represents the company at various Indian and International events like MIPCOM, IMC, FICCI, CII, CASBAA and TiE in USA. Hiren has been recognized as the ‘CEO of the Year’ at Future Leader Summit and Awards 2018. Hiren is passionate about music and movies, besides being a fitness buff. He runs marathons, practices yoga, and loves trekking and the thrill of adventure sports.
Janine Stein is Editorial Director for ContentAsia's information platforms, including print, multimedia and online and mobile. She has covered the Asian television and media business since 1989, and has worked for, among others, The Hollywood Reporter (U.S.), the South China Morning Post/Television & Entertainment Times (Hong Kong), Cable & Satellite Asia, Television Business International (TBI, U.K.) and Electronic Media (U.S.). Prior to 1989, she covered the African television industry for five years. Among other roles, she was TV Editor for an English-language national daily and a correspondent for industry magazine Southern Screen & Stage out of Johannesburg.
Founder and CEO of Portico Media, a Taiwan-based content production, content aggregation and channel distribution company. The company has received major accolades from the Golden Horse Awards (Best Short) and the Taipei Film Festival (Best Feature), to name a few. Since 2009, Portico has been working in collaboration with key Taiwanese IPTV, digital cable, OTT and mobile operators by distributing to them some of the world’s premium channels and content. Portico’s content partners include: NBCUniversal, Viacom, A&E, CNBC Asia, Blue Ant, CinemaWorld, Fashion TV and DW. In 2015, Portico’s production division launched HahaTai, the go-to destination for comedy and humor content and marketing. In 2016, Portico started DramaQueen, the US TV series and movie news website, as well as the two entertainment and lifestyle platforms GagaTai and LalaTai for the gay and lesbian communities. At the same time, it launched the first LGBTQ focused OTT service GagaOOLala in Asia, following the industry trend to bring more entertainment to niche groups. Within this platform, Portico has already co-produced queer content with teams in the Philippines, Japan, Vietnam and Hong Kong, and it is currently looking for new co-production partnerships around the world.
As the CEO of MX Player, Karan Bedi brings of over a decade of rich experience across the vibrant sectors of media, technology and education. An alumnus of the prestigious Stanford University, there Karan discovered his passion for entrepreneurial ventures in media, technology and mobile-internet space, which holds particular interest for him. It was his entrepreneurial passion that led him to start ContentFlow Technologies, a company focused on creating innovative and engaging content experiences in infotainment and education. The success of ContentFlow led to the development of Tutorific, a cutting-edge adaptive learning system. In his current role as the CEO of MX Player, Karan uses his experience to build content and technology to take the OTT platform to the next level. He is also responsible for leading teams for product development, sales and other business verticals. As a leader in the media technology space, Karan is set on creating original content that is engaging, entertaining and socially relevant to an aspirational Indian audience. He believes that the Indian market for OTT services has grown tremendously in terms of data accessibility, consumption and smart-phone penetration, which is where the opportunity lies for MX Player to capture market share.
Nachiket Pantvaidya is the Group Chief Operating Officer and CEO of ALTBalaji. A veteran and renowned leader of Indian entertainment industry, Nachiket is a visionary and has distinctive understanding of the entertainment ecosystem having worked across all its facets. He joined ALTBalaji in December 2015 and successfully scaled it up to be one of the leading OTT player in the country with the largest collection of original shows in Hindi and other Indian languages. Nachiket have P&L responsibility of the company’s operations spanning Content, Marketing, Distribution and Revenues. With strong leadership and management skills, he is committed to lead the development and implementation of strong processes and controls across the group to deliver on the company’s business plans. An IIM- Ahmedabad alumnus, he held key leadership positions at Sony Entertainment Television, Star Plus, Star Pravah and Fox Television Studios. His illustrious career also includes working with industry leaders like Disney and BBC as well.
Neeraj has been at the forefront of the Internet revolution in India and has played a pivotal role in shaping the country’s digital entertainment landscape. He founded Hungama in 1999, at a time when the Internet ecosystem in India was still taking shape and has since led the organization to become one of the largest distributors and aggregators of digital entertainment content in South Asia. Its diverse offerings include Hungama Music, Hungama Play, Artist Aloud, Hungama Games and Hungama Digital Services (JV with JWT). Neeraj has been voted amongst the ‘Top Ten mobiThinkers’ and ‘50 Most Influential People in Mobile Entertainment’ globally. He has also served as the Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum – Asia (MEF) and the President of IAA – India Chapter.
Nishant is the co-founder and CMO at Vidooly, a video intelligence software product company that tracks video viewing behavior of audiences across multiple platforms, devices and provides actionable insights to all the stake holders in online video industry.
Patrick is a London Film School alumni and has written a number of feature scripts since he moved to India in 2010, two of which were commissioned by Phantom Films - including Ghoul. He also set up Final Call Productions, through which he has made commercials and developed the web series Ladies Room for YRF's YFilms. He made his feature writing and directing debut with the horror mini-series Ghoul - produced by Phantom Films and Blumhouse for Netflix. He is presently developing his next feature in addition to being part of the writers' room for an adaptation of the dystopian novella Leila for Netflix.
Rahul has over 14 years of experience as a media professional. Rahul's concept, The Remix, was initially produced in Vietnam by Rahul and took the country by storm, spawning local versions and multiple seasons in China, Indonesia, South Africa before going live in over 200 Amazon Prime territories earlier this year. Rahul is the first Indian ever to be invited on the prestigious panel of Spot the Talent (Formats) MIPFormats in Cannes. Rahul currently sold a new format Street Star to few territories and is developing a few more for the global market. Rahul just finished producing a 6-part drama series for Netflix Original - India. Internationally, Rahul has directed/produced various events including the Shakira Concert, Roger Waters Live, and the Standard Chartered Marathon, LIVE Football, Cricket, Hockey, Wrestling. In India, he has worked as a Creative Producer / Creative Director with international and leading domestic media brands including MTV, Viacom, Colors,Turner, Miditech, Synergy and Contiloe Films, and he has been associated with various shows including Roadies, Fame Academy, Bluffmaster, Splitsvilla, Who wants to be a Millionaire, Survivor India, I am a Celebrity Fear Factor, Indian Idol, MTV - On The Job, Sarkar Ki Duniya and other large TV formats. Rahul has also co - produced a National Award-winning Vietnamese film - Sut with the writer of Hancock and other A-List Hollywood movies.
Ram Cobain has been a Creative Strategist with Facebook Creative Shop, India since 2016. Before that, he spent 15 years in mainline advertising across JWT and headed Creative at Grey Worldwide, Bangalore. He has won at many advertising festivals including Cannes, Spikes, AdFest, Kyoorius, Goafest and been published in Lurzer’s Archive, Campaign Brief Asia and AdsoftheWorld. He is a Postgraduate in Advertising & PR from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi and a Graduate in Economics (Honours) from Venkateswara College, Delhi University. In his alter life, Ram loves writing poetry, running marathons, riding his Enfield, drinking beer and listening to death metal. He believes in God, Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer – not always in that order.
Ram is a leader with over 20 years of expertise in the Digital Customer Experience space. He has architected and advised on several digital transformation programs for global enterprises across India, US and Europe. Ram currently heads Technology and Solutions for Adobe’s digital suite of products. In this role, Ram’s main responsibility is to help businesses in seeing the value of Adobe Digital Media and Digital Marketing solutions by architecting solutions that address their business problems and opportunities. Ram also engages with senior leadership teams in marketing and technology functions at leading Indian brands to help identify opportunities for delivering superior customer experience through digital technologies. Ram is also a regular speaker at some of the leading Digital forums including Gartner, Forrester and other events.
After studying in France, Sabrina completed her exams in one of the best Television and Cinema production schools in Paris. After graduating she went on to work in production for entertainment programmes, feature documentaries and films in France. Sabrina has then worked and lived in the UK for nearly 11 years. She began by working within distribution for Indigo Film and Television where she was responsible for the distribution of drama series, kids programming, films and documentaries for Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. She joined all3Media in 2010 becoming SVP International Format Sales, leading the format sales team as well as covering formats sales for France, Germany, Netherlands, Asia and Russia. In 2015 Sabrina was appointed EVP for Asia Pacific overseeing sales of both completed and formats programmes to the region. 2016 sees all3media International launched its Asia Pacific regional Sales office with Sabrina relocating to Singapore in December 2016 to head up the office.
The Economic Times Brand Equity Ad Agency Reckoner ranks Sam as "India's Most Influential Media Person" for 10 consecutive years. Sam is also the recipient of the Advertising Agencies Association of India's Lifetime Achievement Award, Ad Club of Kolkata's Hall of Fame Award and has entered the International Advertising Association’s (IAA) Hall of Fame. Sam is currently the head of the completely Indian owned Madison World, which offers services in 11 specialized functions in Advertising, Media, Business Analytics, Out-of-Home, PR, Retail, Rural, Activation, Entertainment and Sports. Over the past 30 years, Madison has grown to become India's largest Indian owned communication company employing about 1,000 communication experts, with offices in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Thailand, serving 550 Advertisers. Sam has been the President / Chairman of virtually every Industry Association ranging from Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), Ad Club, Advertising Agency Association of India (AAAI), Audit Bureau of Circulation, National Readership Survey and International Advertising Association, India Chapter. Sam has over 45 years experience in Marketing, Advertising and Media of which the last 30 years have been entrepreneurial.
As CCO, Sameer drives the responsible for the creative organization of TVF. He has directed & created India’s First Ever Digital Show – TVF’s Permanent Roommates. He is also the creator of another popular TVF show – Tripling. He also acts frequently in TVF Sketches and Shows. He has close to a decade of experience in the entertainment industry across different mediums - Film, TV & Digital - Including some of the Biggest Bollywood Films (Don2, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) and Biggest Indian TV shows (Big Boss, IPL). He is a graduate from IIT Bombay and was a strategic consultant before joining the entertainment industry
Suhani has been working as a screenwriter since 2007 when her first screenplay got selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus. She got another grant to write the final draft, and eventually, filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda bought the rights to the film. Since then, her film releases have been the feminist drama/comedy Lipstick Under My Burkha (additional screenplay) and the horror film Ragini MMS 2 (story and screenplay). For television, she has created and written story and screenplay for a drama called Swim Team for Channel V (produced by Endemol), which was on air for 300 episodes. She has also written screenplays for the period political drama Siyasat on Epic, and several other shows for Endemol Shine India. Recently, she wrote a film for Ronnie Screwvala Productions (RSVP) and another one for Saregama. She is presently part of the writers' room for Netflix's upcoming original Leila.
A media veteran of over two decades, Tarun Katial is the CEO of ZEE5 India. He is responsible for steering ZEE5, India’s largest and most comprehensive digital entertainment platform for language content, towards gaining industry leadership position. Considered one of the most successful executives in the Indian media industry, Tarun has a robust body of experience across media platforms including television, radio and now, OTT. Prior to ZEE5, his last assignment was with BIG FM, where he was the Founder COO-CEO. Instrumental in revolutionizing the media and entertainment landscape in India, Tarun is now a Tedx speaker, and part of industry forums including Jury chair for the Ad club Abby and DMAI, committee member with FICCI and CII, Ex-Com at IAAA and Vice President at Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI).
Uday Sodhi has been heading the digital and new media business at SPN for the SonyLIV platform since 2014. SonyLIV is SPN’s premium Video on demand (VOD) service providing multi-screen engagement to users on all devices. Launched in January 2013, it enables users to discover 23 years of rich content from the network channels of Sony Pictures Networks India. SonyLIV refreshed its brand identity in December 2016. The renewed brand ethos “We LIV to Entertain” promises to make SonyLIV the ultimate destination for rich entertainment across genres, screen types and audience preferences. SonyLIV has a whole array of original shows, regional shows, movies, live channels and live sports. With best sporting action line-up, this year from cricketing extravaganza of India series, biggest football tournament like UEFA Champions league, UEFA Europa League, FIFA U-17, 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the ongoing India tour of Australia along with other adrenaline sports like WWE, Moto GP. SonyLIV is committed to bring the best of sports to digital viewers. SonyLIV is home to over 100+ award winning and critically acclaimed English shows like Counterpart, The Good Doctor, Blue Planet amongst others. SonyLIV recently partnered with Lionsgate to introduce award winning shows like Power, Vida, Sweetbitter, The White Queen and more on the platform as part of its premium service. At SPN, Uday is responsible for driving SPN’s OTT platform’s growth trajectory and revenue streams of the new media initiatives by broadening the networks’ horizons to digital and mobile businesses. He has over 27 years of experience across varied broadcast and digital business verticals.
As President, Umang leads the entire strategic thinking and operational business delivery at Dailyhunt. He directly oversees Dailyhunt’s user, product, engagement and revenue growth strategy across the entire family of applications. Umang has close to two decades of leadership experience covering product development, sales, consulting, marketing and partnerships and has successfully championed collaborative cross-functional management, built teams and grown businesses for various multinational companies. Prior to Dailyhunt, Umang was the Managing Director at Facebook India and South Asia, where he was instrumental in growing India to the largest market in the world for Facebook and driving exponential revenue growth. Before Facebook, Umang was the Managing Director at Adobe for the South Asia region and was responsible for growing the business in India making it one of the leading markets for Adobe in the APAC and global regions. At Intuit Inc., Umang served as the Managing Director for India & Emerging markets, where he led the company’s business and execution of the region’s strategic plans.
Vanita Kohli-Khandekar is an India-based media specialist and writer. She has been tracking the Indian media and entertainment business for over a decade. Currently she is a columnist and writer for India-based financial daily Business Standard. She is also a regular contributor to Singapore-based ContentAsia. Her earlier stints include one at Businessworld magazine and Ernst & Young. A Cambridge University press fellow (2000), Vanita has taught at some of the top media schools in India. The fourth edition of her book, The Indian Media Business (Sage), was released in September 2013.
Varun leads Product & Strategy for YouTube in APAC and is responsible for the overall monetization of the platform in the region. A long time Googler, Varun has previously led the Agency business for Google in India & Southeast Asia in which capacity he was instrumental in transforming Google's relationship with the largest media agency in India making strategic inroads in areas like multi-screen media planning & digital strategy. Prior to that, Varun led the eCommerce business for Google in India working on some of the most path-breaking projects in the category like the 'Great Online Shopping Festival' first held in Dec 2013.He started his career at IBM in India as the Product Manager for System p UNIX servers and led critical launches like the POWER5 processors in India. He holds an MBA in International Business from IIFT, Delhi and a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is passionate about Indian History and loves playing Cricket with his kids in his spare time.
Vasant works as an independent writer/director in Mumbai. He has written and directed two short films - Shanu Taxi and Sukrit's Sundays, which have traveled to over 20 International festivals, including the prestigious Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Fest and won various awards nationally and internationally. His feature script, Sebastian Wants to Remember, is the first Indian project to receive EU Media Development funding. He was part of the Writers' room for Netflix’s first Indian Original - Sacred Games. He is presently developing a series for Danish Aslam to be produced by Roy Kapur Films in addition to other feature and series material.
Vikram Tanna has led Product and Revenue functions across Digital, Broadcast, Gaming and Music verticals in the media and entertainment business. In his current role with Discovery Inc, he heads advertising sales across television and digital platforms for a product suite compromising 11 unique content channels spanning multiple genres including – factual entertainment, lifestyle, and kids entertainment. Before Discovery, Vikram was Senior Vice President at Star India, leading Product & Revenue for three major channel clusters - Hindi Movies & Music and HSM Regional Channels (West Bengal & Maharashtra). During his stint at Star India, he also led the revenue function for other verticals including digital, events and English premium content. He has also held a senior leadership position at Zapak Digital Entertainment’s gaming ventures. Vikram is an alumnus of ISB. He speaks at management institutes across the country on diverse topics relevant to the media and entertainment industry.
Vishnu Mohta, 35 years old, 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 is a member of prestigious organisations 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. Experienced in Corporate Finance and Strategy, with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, Vishnu has an in-depth understanding of the Media and Entertainment industry.
With a rare mix of thought leadership and execution excellence, Vyom has played a pivotal role in shaping TVF’s journey as pioneers of content-led digital marketing in India. Brand Solutions, a semi-creative & semi-business entity at TVF, is the brainchild of Vyom Charaya. He has spent the past two years building a team that provides breakthrough content marketing solutions to brands. Vyom has designed TVF’s brand solutions approach with sharp focus on three key objectives –1) Designing award- winning content marketing campaigns for brand partners – clearly establishing the leverage that storytelling brings in for ‘organically’ driving brand communication. 2) Providing Engagement-Led Insights to Brand Partners - Moving mind-measures, Engagement via format innovation, Growth in search trends & site visits. 3) Driving a Larger Social Agenda with Sitimproper, Girlsplaining, Release the pressure amongst others. Prior to TVF, Vyom has worked as a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and as a Summer Associate (received Pre-Placement Offer) at Booz & Co. He has an engineering degree from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. Vyom has been awarded ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ at Times Network National Awards for Marketing Excellence 2018, Mumbai and ‘Innovative Leader of the Year’ at CMO Asia Awards 2018, Singapore.