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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.