Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has appointed Indranil Chakravorty as the head of StudioNEXT, its independent production venture. Chakravorty will report to Danish Khan, business head at Sony Entertainment Television (SET). Chakravorty along with Khan will set up the studio business. StudioNEXT has been mandated to create original content and IPs for TV and Digital media. An independent business unit of SPN, StudioNEXT will function as a content creator for SPN media business as well as for other channels, networks, and OTT players within India and globally. This newly formed venture began its journey with co-producing Season 10 of KBC in partnership with Big Synergy. Going forward, StudioNEXT will produce new IPs whilst leveraging the existing ones under SPN media. Indranil Chakravorty has rich and wide experience of around 30 years, working with organizations across sectors, handling varied job functions across business verticals such as marketing and sales. His most recent stint was as the CEO of Big Synergy.
Hotstar has appointed Sameer Kapoor as the vice president of agency ad sales. He will be responsible for driving the relationship with media agencies to deliver measurable and impactful media strategy for clients through Hotstar and will be operating from Mumbai. Prior to joining Hotstar, Kapoor, who has over 17 years of media and marketing experience, was associated with Google as the head of brand measurement for the India and Southeast Asia markets.