Turner India rejigs top management

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Media Publishing | May 30, 2008
Turner plans to launch a Hindi GEC in partnership with Alva Brothers

Turner & #BANNER1 & # International India has promoted its key India personnel in a bid to fast track the media broadcaster's growth in the country.

Turner India has promoted Siddharth Jain as vice-president and deputy general manager, distribution and business operations, South Asia. Monica Tata has been elevated as vice-president and deputy general manager, entertainment networks, South Asia.

In an official communiqué, Anshuman Misra, managing director, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd (TIIPL), welcomed the promotions and said, "We believe that growth comes from within and leadership is paramount in achieving success. Jain and Tata, with their solid experience and proven track record, will drive Turner India's business to new heights in a market that is fast becoming our largest in the region."

Siddharth Jain

Monica Tata
Jain will now be responsible for guiding Turner's channels into the digital era. Leveraging his in-depth industry knowledge and great market relationships, he is expected to play a pivotal role in the launch of two new channels in 2008, the Hindi general entertainment channel in a joint venture with Alva Brothers, and the Hollywood movies and series channel in partnership with Warner Bros.

Similarly, Tata's new responsibilities include steering the network's new initiatives and activities across the Turner entertainment brands in South Asia. This includes supervision and development of Turner's kids business, which encompasses Cartoon Network, Pogo, Sesame India, original productions and animated theatrical features. She will also contribute to the growth of the English entertainment business (HBO and the Hollywood movies and series channel in partnership with Warner Bros).

In India, Turner offers a diverse bouquet of world class content across multiple genres. It dominates the kids' television space with channels such as Cartoon Network and Pogo. It has leading news channels, CNN and CNN-IBN, the English entertainment channel with Warner Bros and HBO. Turner also has plans to launch a Hindi GEC in partnership with Alva Brothers. Turner has a distribution partnership with Zee Entertainment and Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), called Zee Turner Ltd, under which it offers the country's largest bouquet of channels.

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