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Zee TV's fiction head Sukesh Motwani quits

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Media Publishing | January 14, 2013
But he isn't saying what his next move will be.

Sukesh Motwani, the fiction programming head at Zee TV, has put in his papers, ending his five and a half year stint with the broadcast company. He confirmed the development but added, "I have not yet decided on my next move; I intend to go on a sabbatical for a while."

Sukesh Motwani

Motwani joined Zee Next, the network's second GEC, in June 2007 as the content head. However, post the shutdown of Zee Next, Motwani moved to Zee TV as creative director in August the following year. Motwani was named the programming head, fiction for Zee TV in October, 2009. He was reporting to Ajay Bhalwankar, programming head, Zee TV.

It is pertinent to note here that it was in September 2012 when Zee lost its non-fiction programming head, Ashish Golwalkar, who also reported to Bhalwankar.

An electronic engineer, Motwani began his career as a writer, creating shows and formats for his uncle Kamal Nathani. There, he got exposed to direction making travel shows and musical game shows.

In 1999, he joined Nimbus to make fiction shows for Doordarshan and became a screenplay writer with shows like Kahani Saat Pheron Ki, Agni and Shakti, which all ran on DD National.

Later, he joined UTV as senior creative director for the entire afternoon band of Star Plus including Bhabhi and Shagun. He was also in charge of UTV's story department.

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