Sunil Punjabi is India Business Head for SPT Networks

21 Aug,2012

By A Correspondent


Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia has appointed Sunil Punjabi to lead its Indian operations in the newly created role of Business Head, India. Mr Punjabi is based in the company’s Mumbai office to lead its local team in all business functions, with the responsibility for the profitability for SPT’s networks in India, said a release from the company.


Overseeing the day-to-day management of the channels, Mr Punjabi will develop business opportunities and channel equity. He will lead the team in developing the go-to market strategy for new channels as well as oversee the development, acquisition and production of a content mix for SPT’s networks in India. Mr Punjabi is also charged with driving marketing strategies to grow the channel brands and to pursue further distribution opportunities. He reports to Ricky Ow, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Networks, Asia, Sony Pictures Television, who is based in the company’s regional head office in Singapore.


Mr Punjabi brings 12 years of well-rounded experience in the Indian media and entertainment industry across key business functions including advertising sales, marketing, theatrical exhibition, business development, production, distribution, and operations.


“We are pleased to welcome Sunil to drive our business in India. His acumen and experience across all functions will be key assets to lead our channels to greater heights in one of Asia’s largest and most competitive TV markets,” said Mr Ow.


Mr Punjabi joins the company from one of India’s top three film exhibition chains, Cinemax India Ltd., where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 2010. Prior to that, he worked at Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd. where he was Senior Vice President for Business Development, leading the new media, mobile telephony and syndication divisions’ integration with the company’s sports and music TV channels.


Mr Punjabi was instrumental in the formation in Fox Star Studios, the joint venture between Twentieth Century Fox and Star TV, and was also involved in major films including Slumdog Millionaire and My Name is Khan.


Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, based in Singapore, was established in 1997 as the Asia headquarters for Sony Pictures Television Networks. It operates five ad-supported 24/7 channel brands in the region which are wholly owned by Sony Pictures.



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