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Sony Pictures Networks India Appoints Gaurav Banerjee As New MD & CEO

Sony Pictures Networks India on June 24 announced the appointment of former Disney executive Gaurav Banerjee as its Managing Director and CEO, effective on or before August 26, pending regulatory approvals. Mr. Banerjee will succeed N. P. Singh, who will move into the role of Non-Executive Chairman after a 25-year tenure.

About Gaurav Banerjee

He holds a Master’s degree in filmmaking and TV production from Jamia Millia Islamia University and an undergraduate degree in history from St Stephens, Delhi. Banerjee previously served as head of content for Hindi entertainment and Disney+ Hotstar, and business head for Star Bharat, Hindi and English movies, kids and infotainment, and regional (east). In these roles, he oversaw content curation across several languages and also spearheaded original series and films.

His starting career

A former journalist, Banerjee began his career in media as an assistant producer and anchor at Aaj Tak. From there he moved to Star News, where he produced and anchored prime-time news shows. Appointed head of content strategy for Star Plus in 2009, Banerjee played a vital role in revitalising the channel with shows such as Diya Aur Baati Hum and Sasural Genda Phool. He was promoted to general manager of Star Plus in 2013 and took over as head of the content studio in 2015.

Transition begins

NP Singh will take on the role of non-executive chairman until the end of the fiscal year to support the transition. He said he was proud of the success and innovation SPNI has achieved. “I am confident that Gaurav will elevate SPNI’s impressive portfolio to new heights. I look forward to supporting him and our talented team as we further our impact in content creation, audience engagement, and digital media initiatives.


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