The Anchor: 13 Faces to watch out for in Twenty-thirteen

02 Jan,2013

We are just getting into the new year and here’s the Mediaah! forecast for people to look out for in the new year… from among the biggies.

 

1. Agarwals of Dainik Bhaskar

Father and three sons may be concentrating on consolidating their publishing empire and concentrate on forays like power and real estate, but don’t be surprised if you find some big bang announcement and launches once the ad scene starts looking up.

 

2. Anil Ambani

His interests in the media are known – Reliance Broadcast, Reliance Entertainment, Reliance Digital Entertainment (gaming, movies-on-demand etc), but it’s also in the delivery – via Reliance DTH, Reliance BIG Cinemas and Reliance Communications of course that make it a player who can influence tectonic change.

 

3. Mukesh Ambani

He was the biggest newsmaker of the media business last year given his acquisition of a substantial stake in the Network 18 group, albeit via a trust. There are rumours of some stakes in other media companies, but we don’t know as these stay unconfirmed. However with 4G on the anvil, expect Ambani Sr to be quite a force to reckon with.

 

4. Subhash Chandra

The last few quarter of the year for the supreme commander of the 20-year-old Zee group may have been his worstest, but you can expect Subhash Chandra to spring back. The flagship channel and the rest of the network are doing reasonably well, there is some activity with the newspaper DNA and digitization has given a fillip to the distribution business.

 

Agnello Dias5. Agnello Dias

2012 was a memorable year for Aggie as his Taproot ad agency got to be part of the global giant Dentsu. Creativity-wise it was good, but no great shakes we think, but then of course a lot of time would’ve been spent on Excel sheets than storyboards. It would be interesting to see the kind of work that comes out of Taproot this year.

 

6. Guptas of Jagran

The publishers of the largest newspaper in India have been steadily adding on regional biggies onto their war-chest. The acquisition process may have slowed a bit, but our sources tell us that we can expect more action on this front in 2013.

 

7. Samir and Vineet Jain

Last year saw the Jain empire step into Bengal with a Bengali newspaper. As the news media becomes important in the run-up to the 2014 elections, expect more action from BCCL. A Hindi news channel?

 

8. L V Krishnan

We’ve seen TAM Media Research in much news in the latter part of 2012, with the research agency coming out of it, albeit bruised. The future of the measurement company depends on how CEO L V Krishnan steers it through this year – given digitization and rehauling its processes keeping stakeholders in confidence.

 

9. Sudhanshu Vats and Raj Nayak

Viacom18 has been steadily growing and 2013 will see the regional entertainment channels from ETV becoming a part of the offerings and leapfrogging the group into the big league with Colors as the flagship. The work’s cut out for group CEO Sudhanshu Vats and Colors CEO Raj Nayak.

 

10. Uday Shankar

Over the last three years, the Star India CEO has assumed a senior industry leader status given his being at the helm of various trade associations. Flagship channel Star Plus and the rest of the network have been growing rather well and the year ahead should see more action – on the sports, the Life/Movie OK and Asianet suite of channels, distribution jvs and moviees. Meanwhile, a second season of Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate is on the anvil and one hears murmurs of some high decibel announcements.

 

Shashi Sinha11. Shashi Sinha

He wears many hats: IPG Mediabrands and Lodestar UM boss, Advertising Club president, BARC Technical Committee head… Mediabrands was set up last year but will take shape starting now, Advertising Club dropped the Bombay to turn all-India and is set to get active with a big event in the capital soon. Heading the BARC Technical Committee is going to be a 24×7 job until the appointment of the measurement agencies.

 

12. CVL Srinivas

He steps into the large shoes of Vikram Sakhuja and hence makes a natural entrant to this list. Srini’s got things set for him, except he needs to take Group M to greater heights.

 

13. Manish Tewari

An ex-officio entry to this list. Save issues with the execution of the digitization plans, his predecessor Amibika Soni did much for warding off threats to the private media players. Minister Tewari has been flexing his muscles and is known to be more aggressive though the real test for the man will be in the execution of Phase 2 of digitization in 38 cities.

 

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