DATE: FRIDAY, 31 AUGUST 2018
VENUE: THE WESTIN HYDERABAD MINDSPACE

THE INAUGURAL ATF KIDS’ SUMMIT IN HYDERABAD, INDIA, MAKES AN INDUSTRY-WIDE IMPACT



The inaugural edition of ATF KIDS’ SUMMIT 2018 concluded on a high note on 31 August 2018 at Hyderabad, India. Held at Westin Hyderabad Mindspace Hotel, the premier full-day summit was pioneered to capitalize and break new grounds for the emerging kids’ entertainment market in India. It comes forth at a prime time as the sunrise sector for the economy is making high growth strides driven by digitisation and rising consumer demand. As the kids’ channels are carving a space for themselves among other big genres in the entertainment industry, there has been a significant paradigm shift with huge demand for more refreshing content and better quality productions. The ATF KIDS’ SUMMIT 2018 coincides as a springboard to tap into India’s booming market potential, forging as the perfect business platform to acquire expert insights and to embrace new opportunities where the industry and market is growing at its fastest pace.

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Hear what our attendees have to say:

Overall, the ATF Kids’ Summit 2018 in Hyderabad was satisfying, primarily because of the curated attendees that we got to connect with. I would definitely sign up for ATF Kids’ Summit next year and have already recommended to partners in the industry to participate as well. In addition to the amazing speakers who shared a good perspective of their domains, I got to talk to good companies during Face Time @ Hyderabad; though we missed a few, and would have loved to have had them in my slot, the after party plugged the gap!

Ojas Agnihotri, Investor Advisor, Anthill Ventures

It was my great pleasure to be a part of the ATF Kids’ Summit 2018 in Hyderabad. I found it to be a very good event to have all the key players in the market being together at the same place/same time.

Takahiro Kishimoto, Head of Animation, International Business Dept, TV Asahi Corporation

The 2018 kids animation summit in Hyderabad presented a great opportunity for me to meet with content creators & platforms who were open to investment or co-investment from media investment company like ai love to help scale their ideas and/or businesses. This year's event brought us several potential deals that are in progress.

Guna Kaliannan, Monetizer & Director, ai love

Good networking and entire industry attending at one place. Hyderabad was a great place for the event. The overall was very good.

Srinivas Chilakalapudi, Chief Strategy Officer, Green Gold Animation Pvt Ltd

The mix of topics was interesting.

Mahima Kapoor, Marketing Manager, Viacom18 media Pvt ltd

Good for industrial growth and meeting of great minds.

Sachin Nagar, Senior Manager, Finance, Disney Broadcasting India Ltd

This is a good platform for making contacts. As this is a thematic summit, it gives more opportunities for finding content and partners. This is my first participation in the ATF Kids Summit and I liked everything. Thank you for such good organisation and Good luck for your future projects!

Sandugash Kenzhebayeva, General Producer Channel for Kids "Balapan", "Kazakhstan" Republican TV & Radio Corporation JSC

I had met the TV Channels Programing Heads. Overall, I am satisfied with ATF Kids’ Summit 2018.

Samir Gokalgandhi, Vice President, International Sales, Madhu Entertainment & Media Ltd

It brought in the right audience for the event all under one roof.

Seema Singh, Assistant Vice President (AVP), Communications, Broadcast Audience Research Council India

Great Opportunity to network. Met prospectus stakeholders.

Shaik Khaja vali, Head of Department, Telangana VFX, Animation and Gaming Association (TVAGA

The attendees in the summit were the decision makers in the industry and it was great to have spend time with them.

Lakshmi Nair, Chief Operating Officer, ILO Entertainment Pte Ltd

It’s really good to see International Event Brands coming to India. Great programme line-up and networking opportunities. Keep it up!

Kamal Pahuja, Director, Jugnu Kids

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Speakers

ATF KIDS’ SUMMIT 2018
HYDERABAD, INDIA

2018 SPEAKERS

Anil Wanvari

Founder, CEO
Editor in Chief
Indian Television Dot Com Pvt Ltd

Anil Wanvari has spent more than 37 years in the media industry and is considered India's foremost analyst, consultant and catalyst for the media sector.

The Indiantelevision.com group was set up with a mission to educate, engage, entertain and enrich the audiences it serves via its various verticals.

It achieves this through its various B2B and B2C portals: indiantelevision.com (for the cable, satellite, OTT, production, advertising, marketing, media industries), tellychakkar.com (TV show and actor news for TV fans), AnimationXpress.com (for the VFX, comics, gaming, and animation segments) and radionandmusic.com (for the FM radio, digital music and music industry).

It engages with industry by organizing thought leadership forums under its various verticals: Indian Digital Operators Summit (IDOS), VidNET, BrandVid, and The News Television Summit. The group also executes market engagement activities for industry clients – both online and offline through road shows and events and online campaigns.

The entertainment part comes in through the India's oldest television awards The Indian Telly Awards which Anil initiated way back in 2000. Additionally, the group also organizes The News Television Awards.
Anish Patel

Founder and CEO
HopMotion Animation

Anu Sikka

Head, Content, Kids Entertainment Cluster
Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd

Ashish Kulkarni

Founder
Punnaryug Artvision Pvt Ltd

Asit Kumarr Modi

Director
Neela Tele Films Private Limited (Sab TV)

Devdatta Potnis

SVP
Revenue & Corporate Strategy
Cosmos Maya

Devdatta Potnis’ responsibilities include marketing, sales and syndication of the high quality content of Cosmos-Maya worldwide. Dev also looks in the co-production and digital content platform of the company. An electronics engineer & MBA in communications management from MICA with a passion for content, he brings along over 11 years of experience across different segments of the Indian media.
Devika Prabhu

Executive Director
Content and Communications
Media Networks
Disney India

Devika Prabhu is Executive Director – Content & Communications for Media Networks, Disney India. Based in Mumbai, she reports to Abhishek Maheshwari, Country Head of Disney India.

In this role, Devika oversees the content initiatives across the bouquet of eight channels across Kids - Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Hungama TV; Youth – Disney International HD and bindass and Movies - UTV Movies and UTV Action. She is responsible for creating and executing content that is relevant to Indian kids, youth and families in addition to strengthening the Disney India Media Networks business in the country.

Devika brings with her 20 years of experience and has been a key member of Disney India’s management team since 2008. Prior to joining Disney, she was with Sony Entertainment Television Pvt. Ltd, Initiative Media (div. of Lowe Lintas India) and Hutchison MAX Ltd. (now Vodafone-Essar).
Guna Kaliannan

Monetizer & Director
ai love
Singapore

A media veteran of 20 years, Guna is an experienced executive who has led and managed teams across Media Platforms, Telcos, Advertising agency and Media advisory. He has worked across all aspects of a media business - revenue generation, cost management, production, rights & relationship management and business development roles.

Guna has led major acquisitions for platforms such as ESPN STAR Sports, Discovery Channels & Singtel and has launched successful local and regional channels, content propositions and marketing campaigns and has a strong track record of designing, negotiating, and implementing strategic growth and commercial initiatives.

With a keen eye for identifying content, commercialising and amplifying opportunities across multiple platforms, Guna has also been credited with high value negotiations and acquisitions, creating new and sometimes disruptive business models and providing strategic and advisory services for successful media rights acquisitions for global platforms.
Jayesh Ranjan

Principal Secretary (IT)
Telangana Government

Jayesh Ranjan is a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1992 batch and working in the state of Telangana. He holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Delhi University, a degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Masters in Public Management from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

He has also done short courses in the University of Birmingham (on Environmental Policy Analysis), JICA training Institute, Tokyo (on lake remediation), London School of Economics (on Globalization and Leadership), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (in Public Policy), and Swedish Institute, Stockholm (on Sustainability and CSR). He is the All-India topper of his IAS batch of 1992. He was awarded World Bank’s Social Capital Visiting Scholarship in 2002 and the British Government’s Gurukul Chevening Scholarship in 2005. He has done international consultancy assignments for the World Bank, UN-ESCAP, Sedatu project of Mexico, and for international NGOs working for Youth Issues like YES, Inc of the USA and NMC from Italy. He is a part of the National Pool of Trainers in Leadership constituted by the Government of India, and is involved in training and mentoring newly recruited Civil Servants.

Jayesh Ranjan is the Principal Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) Department, Information Technology (IT) Department of the Telangana government. His assignment involves identifying opportunities of utilizing IT in various government processes, attracting new investments, and promoting digital empowerment of the citizens. His last few assignments have been in the Industrial Promotion sector as Commissioner and MD of the Industries Department, Secretary in the Tourism Promotion Department, and Vice-Chairman of the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA), all for 2-3 years each, and various rural assignments in different parts of the state for over 12 years, working in diverse sectors like Tribal Development, Natural Resources Management, Poverty Alleviation and other related Social Development Sectors.

Jayesh Ranjan supports many social, cultural and charitable causes, and is on the Boards/Advisory committees of United Way (Hyderabad), Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) Foundation, Young Lives India, Save the Children, Sparsh Hospice, APMAS, ML Jaisimha Sports Foundation, Hyderabad 10 K Foundation, Vijaya Foundation Trust, Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation, LSN Foundation, Tejas Foundation, Magic Bus Hyderabad, Hockey Hyderabad, World Wildlife Fund (Hyderabad chapter), Hyderabad Literary Festival and Spic-Macay.
Kavitha Jaubin

Head of Content Acquisition and
Kids’ Entertainment Channels
Sun TV Network Limited

Kavitha Jaubin, heads Content Acquisition and Kids’ Entertainment Channels of India’s leading’s television network, Sun TV Network Limited. She has over 18 years of experience in the media industry, of which significant number of years has been with television.

With an education background in Literature and Journalism, her interest was in writing and she began her career as a copywriter with Ogilvy & Mather, Chennai.

Following this, she joined K. Balachandar, a veteran film director’s production house as an Assistant Director and worked on many successful fiction and non-fiction shows. Garnering vast experience in production, she joined ‘Star Vijay’, where she scripted, directed and launched a few signature shows that have set trend and have completed several successful season.

Kavitha made a brief transition from television industry to radio and joined the radio wing of Reliance Media Group-Big FM, as the Programming head.

Her passion for programming and visual narration, maneuvered her back to the television industry but this time it was kids’ entertainment, Sun TV Network, with Chutti TV (The Tamil wing of the Sun TV’s kids cluster) at its nascent stage. Later, she launched three other regional kids entertainment channels and seized the best international content for the channels and launched distinctive shows for the kids.

She revels in native ingenuity and believes in working natively creating a global impact. She yearns to instrument many more initiatives for the little audience and make their television viewing, a joy forever experience.
Kazufumi Nagasawa

CCO
Hulu Japan (HJ Holdings)

Ketan Mehta

Owner
Maya Movies Pvt Ltd

Ketan Mehta is an internationally acclaimed, award winning Film Director from India. He graduated in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi University and later in Film Direction from Film and Television Institute of India. He has directed several critically acclaimed films which include Holi, Mirch Masala, Manjhi The Mountain Man among others. He has also produced and directed many TV series and Documentaries.

His diverse work profile includes a stint as a Television Producer with Indian Space Research Organization. He has also been a consultant to Doordarshan, India’s National News Channel and the Directorate of Film Festivals.

Mr Mehta served on the board of Directors of the National Film development corporation and the governing council of the Film and Television Institute of India. He also served as the Chairman of National awards jury and has been a jury member at many International Film festivals. He was honored by the French Govt. with the title of “L' Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Litrature”.
Krishna Desai

Executive Director & Network Head, Kids (South Asia)
Turner International India Pvt Ltd

Krishna heads Turner’s kids’ networks in South Asia and is responsible for the content and communication portfolios of Cartoon Network and POGO across the region. He is also responsible for delivering brand leadership and audience growth for the two brands.

Backed by his strong research background and deep understanding of kids as audience, Krishna has played a pivotal role in maintaining the leadership position of Cartoon Network and POGO in the Indian sub-continent.

Krishna joined Turner as senior research manager in 2003 and since then has played an important role in both the launch of Turner’s second kids’ network, POGO, and the successful development of Cartoon Network’s pioneering recurring patented kids’ survey, New Generations™. Krishna’s focus at Turner also includes introducing and building new IPs and franchises. He is responsible for driving the inclusion of, and thereby encouraging, homegrown content such as Chhota Bheem on POGO that has witnessed phenomenal success across India. In line with it, his team led the launch of Tik Tak Tail, another homegrown show which was received well for its unique cross-connected chase-comedy format.

Before Turner, Krishna worked in the field of media planning, buying and research at Ogilvy & Mather and Madison Communications, in a span of four years.

Krishna is a post graduate from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Manoj Mishra

COO
DQ Entertainment

Have more than 23 years of expert knowledge and working skills in entertainment Industry ranging from TV Broadcast, Commissioning / Acquisition, Content analysis Rights management, brand development and monetization of intellectual properties in kids entertainment Business in various organizations.

Has been instrumental in developing different successful business lines in various organization with extensive experience in leading multicultural team helping through mergers of ventures and accomplishing strategic objectives set forth on behalf of stakeholders.

Comprehensive experience in operational understanding of organization on budgetary financing/Co-production with complete understanding of the broadcast ,digital, home video markets including the latest functioning of platforms, product penetration with knowledge on wide range of merchandise and license business across the globe. Under his leadership, he has been instrumental in reviving and steering organizations that have been experiencing challenging conditions.

Shares patent in his name: Automated quiz generation system, which is Real time quizzing of audience members who view a broadcast of live or recorded events, can be a fun and interactive experience. This is published as US9028260 in USA.

He have been a Juror since 2010 -2016 on the panel of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Emmy® Awards to judge programs for Young people and Children. He is an approved member of Society of Industry Leaders (Standard and Poor).
Marcus Herrmann

COO
TotallyAwesome

Over 20 years of experience in advertising, media and marketing in Europe and APAC. Marcus had his humble start at Ladybird Books then moved to the agency side. With WPP and Havas he was working on top brands in Europe and APAC. In 2016, Marcus made his return to the kids’ space, joining TotallyAwesome as COO. Marcus’s focus is to ensure that brand engagement with the youth market is safe, effective and entertaining.
Mark Eyers

SVP & CCO (Kids)
Turner International Asia Pacific

Mark Eyers is Turner’s Chief Content Officer and Senior Vice President of Kids Networks, Asia Pacific. Responsible for all aspects of Turner’s kids’ content business, Eyers oversees the acquisitions, original production, digital, creative services and programming teams for Boomerang, Cartoon Network and POGO across Asia Pacific.

His mandate is to strengthen the planning process for Turner’s kids’ brands, identifying opportunities to further develop and distribute hit properties and content franchises across the company’s multiple platforms – TV, web and mobile. He is also accountable for spearheading new channel development across the region.

Eyers first joined Turner’s creative services team in 2004 and was previously Vice President of Content. In this capacity, he was responsible for the implementation of a unified programming vision across all Turner brands by integrating the original production and development unit within the programming division.

Eyers previously held positions at Walt Disney Television International in Singapore, as well as Channel 7 in Brisbane, Australia.

A graduate from the Queensland College of Art in Australia, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts – Film & TV Production.
Nidhish Mehrotra

Founder and Managing Partner
ANM Global

Nidhish Mehrotra is the founder and Managing Partner of the firm, which was established in 2009. Mehrotra started his career with a law firm in New Delhi and essentially worked on the Litigation and Capital Markets Practice; he represents and advises fortune 500 Global Companies and Indian Multinational with regards to Trademark, Copyright, Design and Patent Law.

Mehrotra also advises companies on cross-border transactions, restructurings and corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, private equity placements and general corporate governance. He has advised couple of Indian companies on how to raise funds through FCCBS, GDRs at different Foreign Exchange Market, he also advises companies on Competition Law and has been advising couple of companies in setting up Private Equity Funds in India and he also advises Private Equity Funds in India as well.

He also advises numerous national and international clients on information technology laws, cybercrimes, cyber compliance and has been speaker at various national conferences. He also advises clients on joint ventures, foreign collaborations, project financing, debt financings and regulatory approvals. He has been speakers as various national and international forums on various aspects of law. He also acts as mentor to lot of startup companies in India and advises couple of Incubator centres in India.

Mehrotra is a speaker at various National and International forum. He is a charter member of TIE, and is also the Chairman of Invian National Bar Association (western regions).
Nina Elavia Jaipuria

Sr. Executive Vice President and Head – Kids Entertainment Cluster
Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd

A prodigious leader and a turnaround expert - Nina Elavia Jaipuria has played a decisive role in scripting the future growth story of the kids’ category in India. An illustrious career spanning 2 decades across FMCG, telecom, broadcast and advertising, Nina has spearheaded the launch of numerous landmark brand campaigns.

Nina has done her schooling at the prestigious Queen Mary’s School in Mumbai going on to graduate in Commerce from HR College, Mumbai. After completing her Master’s in Business Administration from the reputed Sydenham Institute of Management, Nina started her journey in advertising with the iconic launch of Surf Excel at Lintas. She moved on to Colgate to look after their Cibaca toothbrush portfolio followed by her shift to BPL Cellular to work on its customer acquisition strategy, She started her stint in the broadcast industry with Sony Entertainment Television where she launched landmark brand campaigns for shows like Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi , Indian Idol and Bigg Boss.

Since taking on the leadership mantle of the kid’s cluster at Viacom18, Nina, through her vision and strength of leadership, inspired an outstanding and talented team to fuel Nickelodeon’s turnaround story. She along with her team have scripted the brand’s turnaround journey from an alienated kid’s category brand at No 5 to a strong No 1 in ratings and engagement. This significant feat was achieved through taking calculated risks, pioneering game changing initiatives and innovating to address challenges.

Leveraging the varying shades of her personality, Nina also leads the tent-pole performance development, change process and behavioural fair practice initiatives at Viacom18. Nina has also been voted one of IMPACT’s “50 Most Influential Women in Indian Media, Marketing & Advertising” for 5 years in a row. A remarkable people’s person, Nina leads an inspired team at Nickelodeon and is reckoned for her ability to nurture talent.
Nitin Dadoo

Senior Finance and Business Leader
Contiloe Entertainment

Nitin is a senior Finance & Business Leader with vast experience of over 20 years in strategic financial management & business development, corporate finance and commercial operations. He has worked with Disney India team for more than 11 years in several leadership roles in Finance, his last role was heading distribution business across both domestic and international markets.

Before joining Disney, he has worked across brands such as LG Electronics, Motorola India, Dumex India and more.

Nitin has overseen and led the finance & business team to craft financial and strategic planning along with business improvement, restructuring, pricing, budgeting & credit management. Devise and implement financial and operational strategy to achieve organization’s goals.
P. Jayakumar

CEO
Toonz Animation India

P. Jayakumar is an accomplished media and entertainment professional with over a decade of proven managerial and strategic experience in the international animation content production and distribution industry. He is an inspirational and visionary leader providing strategic leadership, direction and management. Co-Executive Producer for many award winning animated television shows, feature films and DVD releases for media production houses like Walt Disney, Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studio's, Lions Gate, Hallmark, BBC, Sony Entertainment and Cartoon Network. Has been selected as one of the top 20 'toontitans' in Asia by the Animation Magazine (2008) and was a jury member of the elite Emmy Award panel (2009).

He is a member of the prestigious International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and member of the entertainment Committee of FICCI, a leading confederation of business organizations in India. Has served on various advisory profiles and consultant assignments for national and international organisations. Vastly experienced in project financial management and project funding with an exceptional track record in building partnership with considerable gravitas. Served as financial consultant to various national and international organizations like the Aga Khan Foundation and also to various missions connected with UNICEF, UNDP/World Bank etc.
Pranab Punj

Chief Marketing Officer
Kinsane Entertainment

Pranab Punj is the Chief Marketing Officer for Kinsane Entertainment Inc. As a seasoned marketing professional with 16 years of global experience in building brands for the media, entertainment, and digital industry, Pranab leads the efforts to take Kinsane’s fun characters to kids across the world.

Before Kinsane, Pranab was Vice President - Global Marketing at Vserv, managing its brand and driving communications, research, events and digital marketing. Earlier, as Director of Digital Media at Viacom 18, he led marketing and the web business for regional language channels and brands, such as Nickelodeon, VH1, and Comedy Central. Pranab was instrumental in building the digital media business of Turner Broadcasting Systems from scratch. He also spearheaded the launch of India’s top online gaming portal and award-winning brand Zapak across platforms.

Pranab’s contribution in this area has been recognized through several awards, such as Top 100 Marketing Leaders, ‘Best Digital Marketing Professional’ at Mobbys, and ‘Digital Media Campaign of the Year’ at CMO Asia. He is on the jury of several noteworthy industry awards and events, such as E4M Ink Awards, DMA Content Marketer of the Year, and Government of Karnataka and IAMAI Mobile 10X Hackathons. Pranab is also a regular speaker at industry events such as DMAi, IAMAI, and IIT Kharagpur.

Pranab has a postgraduate degree in management from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies. He is a die-hard Batman fan, and he loves immersing himself in comics. If he were to look back at his 11-year-old self, his advice to himself would be to make the most of those carefree years – be curious, explore, have lots of fun, and read lots and lots of comics.
Prasad Vanga

Founder & CEO
Anthill Ventures

Rahul Bakshi

Owner
Phoebus Creations

Rahul has a bachelor's degree in Electrical-Electronics Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. After completing his engineering he pursued career in Sales and Marketing with Reckitt and Colman and Noetic Solutions however soon he realized that this was not his calling. So after working in Sales and Marketing for about 4 years, he came back to Pune in 2002 and founded Phoebus Creations. He started the operations from his own house with a handful of team members and under his leadership and guidance, over a period of past 15 years, Phoebus has created a plethora of content across various channels like theatrical, broadcast features, epsiodics, TV commercials and so on. It was his vision which has earned Phoebus the reputation of being a world class content creator with 'scriptto-screen' ability. Due to his strategic thinking Phoebus has emerged as a content producer to not only all the major production houses at home but also internationally. Today Phoebus has become a preferred content producer for leading production houses in South East Asia, Europe, Canada and the USA.

Rahul firmly believes that yesterday's achievements are a thing of past hence he is always looking to conquer new horizons. Last 15 years have made him even more motivated to set new goals and chase them with absolute passion so for him the journey has just begun and he is more than happy not to stop!
Rajiv Chilaka

Founder & CEO
Green Gold Animation Pvt Ltd

Rajiv is the Founder & CEO of Green Gold Animation. He has created and built India’s largest animation brand, “Chhota Bheem”, which currently has a viewership of over 60 million children, and is the first ever Indian animation character to have its own line of branded merchandise.

Over the past Fourteen years, Rajiv’s leadership and creative abilities took Green Gold to become India’s largest producer of domestic content having produced over 580+ episodes of animation content, 80+ television movies and 4 theatrical movies. He also ensured that the company would setup its own Licensing & Merchandising Division, exclusive stores, and distribution network across India.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Rajiv also holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Missouri Kansas City, USA. Rajiv, also studied animation at Academy of Art, San Franscisco. Rajiv can boast of multiple awards and recognitions such as SCE Alumni Award from UMKC, ABAI Leadership Excellence Award, CII Regional Emerging Entrepreneur Award and recently he has been awarded with an honorary doctorate by Academy of Arts University, San Francisco
Ram Veerapaneni

Managing Director
Whacked Out Media Pvt Ltd

Rama Krishna Veerapaneni (Ram) is known for his leadership style and innovative media intellect. He is the Managing Director of Mango Group which includes Mango Mass Media Pvt Ltd, Whacked Out Media Pvt Ltd (India, Singapore, and the US), Fourth Dimension Film Studio Pvt Ltd and Mango Mobile TV Pvt Ltd and has more than 2 decades of experience in Media & Entertainment, where he specializes in content acquisition and distribution & focused on non-theatrical rights.

Identifying the future opportunity in the new media domain and Ram’s vision on digital content distribution, Mango Mass Media (A studio which owns a massive library of Film copyrights, which is one of its kind where the company owns various rights for 2000+ movies) acquired Whacked Out in 2011 to establish its supremacy in the Digital space.

Through his venture into digital distribution, which not only ensures digital content exploitation but also edifice space for MCN, presently servicing 250+ Celebrities, Production Houses, Brands, Politicians and Political parties.

Whacked Out Media, is currently one of the biggest MCNs in the APAC region, drawing 1.5+ Billion monthly views with 40+ Million Subscribers and 300+ Million Social Media followers for its digital network.

The Family and Learning (Kids Content) vertical of the company aggregates and distributes top-notch and engaging content for the young viewers, which has drawn 4.4+ Billion Life-time Views and 173+ Million Hours of Watch Time and still counting. One of its channels has been accredited as the fastest growing Kids Channel on YouTube. Whacked Out Media also creates and aggregates Kids Original IPs’ across multiple platforms.
RK Chand

Head of Business
Golden Robot

R.K. Chand is the Co-Founder and Director of Business Development for Mumbai based Golden Robot Animation, A Greengold Animation Company which is focused on high end CGI Animation Production for TV and Feature Films.

As a known industry professional and entrepreneur with over 15+ years of experience in various leadership roles in major Indian Animation Studios, Chand is responsible for the Business Development, Executive Production of new shows as well as exploring new Growth opportunities for Golden Robot Animation as part of the 16 year old Animation IP Group Company - Green Gold Animation, the creators of India's most successful Kids Character Intellectual Property, Chhota Bheem.

He is a regular speaker and traveller attending technical and Creative business conferences globally and has been in positions of Technical Director as well as Business Development in previous Studio Roles. His involvement in Animation Community building for India translated in CGTantra.com, the largest Animation Online Platform for artists which served as a window for Indian talent to showcase their work and interact with the Global Community.

Prior to Co-Founding Golden Robot Animation, Chand has worked in leadership roles at Digitales Studios, Ettamina Studios, UTV Toons ( Later acquired by Disney) and Maya Entertainment Limited where he was responsible for working with leading International Production Houses like Brown Bag Films, Splash Entertainment, Lionsgate Entertainment, Cinegroupe and Hasbro Studios to deliver Emmy as well as Telly Awards winning shows for major Kids broadcasters worldwide.
Romil Ramgarhia

COO
BARC India

Romil Ramgarhia, COO, BARC India has been associated with BARC India since 2013, the only registered television viewership measurement company in a country with 183 million television owning households.

Romil came to BARC India with over multi-year experience spread across media, telecom and manufacturing sector. In his last role, he was Chief Commercial Officer for Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. Before ZEEL, Romil had a 6+ year stint with Viacom18 as part of the Colors launch team, Bharti Airtel, Asian Paints and ACC in various capacities.

Romil has a unique experience of being part of the historic launch of “Colors” a B2C brand and “BARC India” a B2B brand; both of which have created benchmarks in their respective space.

At BARC India, Romil leads the overall Business & Operations, and has overseen the rollout of its services beginning April 2015, with an innovative pricing and funding structure. Romil is closely involved in driving all the current and future initiatives at BARC India on both TV and digital front.
Ronojoy Chakraborty

Vice President, Programming
Sony Pictures Networks India

Ronojoy Chakraborty heads the programming for Sony Pictures Networks India’s Kids’ Entertainment channel - Sony YAY!

He is responsible for curating the overall content mix and programming for Sony YAY! He leads the unique in-house creative team that has conceptualized and created all programs of this 100% locally produced animation channel.

A seasoned professional in the broadcast industry, Ronojoy brings with him a diverse experience of over 19 years. Prior to joining SPN, he was the Director, Programming at Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd (Viacom18) for almost a decade. In his role at Viacom18, Ronojoy was responsible for developing and creating content for the Viacom18 kid’s Channels-Nick and Sonic.

Having worked in various creative capacities across many networks, Ronojoy has played an integral role in some of India’s leading organizations like Eenadu network(ETV) as a producer for their regional channels and Zee Network as a promo producer since 1998.

Ronojoy is a graduate in Economics from the University of Delhi. An ardent movie buff, Ronojoy spends his weekends reading books, watching movies and spending time with his dogs!
Saugato Bhowmik

Senior VP, Head of Marketing, Partnerships,
Sales Strategy , Growth & Licensing
VOOT Kids (Viacom18)

Saugato Bhowmik leads the VOOT Kids, Consumer Products and Live Entertainment businesses for Viacom18. Having led brands and businesses across CPG and now media, Saugato is very passionate about the intersection of media and technology and the consequent shift in brands and consumer behaviour. In his latest assignment, Saugato is excited to work on creating a differentiated and leading service for Kids in India and beyond.

Being a father to a 4-year old daughter makes it even more compelling and important work for him. A super consumer of OTT content, he is an endless foodie, an enthusiastic traveller and a reader too.
Soumini Sridhara Paul

Vice President
Hungama Digital Media

Soumini Sridhara Paul is Vice President in Hungama Digital Media. She currently holds multiple portfolios in the company including Hungama’s YouTube channels, Hungama Kids and India’s premium platform for Talent and Independent content, Artist Aloud.

Hungama Kids is a channel she is building along with a wonderful team creating content which is age appropriate, entertaining and educational. She has over 20 years experience as a Pop Artist, Artist Manager as well as assignments with Channel [V] including Bollywood, Independent and International talent and Universal Music including album launches and promotions and artist relations.

As a hobby, Soumini has been dabbling into writing for the last 5 years and “Disha the Challenge” is her first ever-published work through Partridge. She started her artistic stint as a singer almost 20 years back but chose to work in other aspects of the industry to build something that would change the face of Talent and Independent Content Space along with creating a destination for kids that is unique amongst all the players that currently exist.
Takahiro Kishimoto

Head of Animation
International Business Dept
TV Asahi Corporation

Tapaas Chakravarti

Founder & Chairman
DQ Entertainment Group

Tapaas Chakravarti has founded DQ Entertainment Group in India and Ireland and has promoted it as one of the largest animation creation and production as well as distribution group with global outreach. With over 25 years of International production and sales experience, he has played a vital role in founding DQ Entertainment Animation group in India and spreading its reach in Europe and the US, through its creative production and sales centers in Paris, Ireland, Montreal and Manila.

He has Executive Produced from creativity to final delivery marquee brands, such as The Jungle Book franchise, The New adventures of Peter Pan franchise, 5 Children & IT franchise, Robin Hood – Mischief in Sherwood, Lassie and Friends, Pinky and Perky, Twisted Whiskers, Iron Man, animated Charlie Chaplin, Little Prince and many more titles. He was able to develop strong working relationship with Disney group USA and most of the Disney channels world-wide which resulted into production of many of Disney’s popular shows.

He has received numerous awards to the group – Red Herring Asia top 500 and Asia top 100 companies, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009, Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 from Hyderabad Chapter of Indian Management Association, his productions have 16 EMMY nominations and then finally he lifted EMMY award in 2007 for Tutenstein. Recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement – Hall of Fame award, Los Angeles, for his contribution to the growth of the animation industry in India and his global outreach efforts in animation.

He is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization), Hyderabad chapter. He is also an active member of Figli Del Mondo, Italy, a known charitable organization for a global initiative towards rehabilitation of orphans. Tapaas is also a member of AGAPE to house, educate and treat AIDS-affected small children for last 10 years.
Tejonidhi Bhandare

COO
Reliance Animation

As an exponent in Business & Financial Planning, Tejonidhi Bhandare is a true achiever having proved his mettle in managing the overall Business operations including Finance and Legal processes across the tenures.

With his extensive experience in conceptualizing and implementing the strategic plans, he has successfully turned around the business into profits with his strategic planning and futuristic approach. The business operations experience has been complimented with Financial and Legal competencies. He also brings in his expertise on all finance functions including legal, admin and HR. Having played crucial roles in companies like IBM and Amdocs, he has played vital role in Reliance Animation towards achievement of its goals and building new projects. Currently heading the Reliance Animation business as COO for the company.

A result oriented professional with over 21 years of experience in managing the overall business including finance and accounts. With his analytical approach he has proved his mettle in successfully handling the business operations and setting a long term vision for the company which is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time bound.

Awards and Recognitions:
Amdocs Development Center India Pvt. Ltd
      Two Recognition Awards for saving a sizeable amount of money for the Company.
      Special award towards performance from Vice -President Global Operations – Amdocs Group.
IBM Global Services India Pvt. Ltd.
      Bravo Award from IBM for Crisis Management.
      Received Special Recognition Award from IGA Team of IBM for providing extremely prompt and responsive support to IGA Pune for all new equipment bonding and also shifting of equipment between buildings.
      Bravo Award from IS Exports Team of IBM for excellent support to BCP for Amex and Labs.
Uday Sodhi

Head of Digital Business
Sony Pictures Networks India,
Sony LIV

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 22 years of rich content from the network channels of Sony Pictures Networks’ Pvt. Ltd.

SonyLIV refreshed its brand identity in December 2017. 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. With the 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 England along with other adrenaline sports like WWE, Moto GP, SonyLIV is all set to continue to enthrall its audience.

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.
Uttam Pal Singh

Head
Discovery Kids

Uttam Pal Singh has been in the Animation Industry for about 18 years and has contributed to it in a 360-degree manner. From animating, directing and producing several award-winning television commercials, promo campaigns, corporate films, short and long form content to heading a Kids’ Entertainment channel – Discovery Kids.

On his journey, he has worked with leading Broadcasters, Advertising Agencies and Brands, such as Cartoon Network, POGO, The Walt Disney Company, Channel [v], MTV, Star TV, Hungama TV, O&M, Leo Burnette, McDonalds, Future Group and currently Discovery Channel.

He has been instrumental in setting the vision of the channel and the force behind popular Indian IPs like ‘Roll no 21’ on Cartoon Network and the latest star, India’s youngest Super Cop “Little Singham” on Discovery Kids.
Viju Thomas Varghese

Senior Manager, Distribution
(APAC & MENA)
Imira Entertainment
(Toonz Media Group)

Viju Thomas Varghese is a Sales & Marketing professional with over eight years of experience in Entertainment Content Sales, Business Development in the technology and entertainment industries, and with ample experience in Digital Media Strategy and Operations.

Initially employed in the entertainment industry managing marketing and distribution of general entertainment content across Television Networks, Theatrical distributors, DTH Platforms, Digital Content Aggregators and Home Video Distributors focused on the South East Asian market; Viju then moved into digital media technology solutions and services ranging from mobile app development to customized enterprise management solutions.

He currently manages the Content Syndication and Distribution business of IMIRA Entertainment (the distribution division of Toonz Media Group Company) for the Asia Pacific and Middle East North Africa regions, being responsible for commercial exploitation of the company’s extensive premium kids and family programming catalog to broadcasters, digital platforms and partners across these regions.

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