NP is an industry veteran who rose from the post of CFO of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) in 1999 to CEO in 2014. He brings with him over 41 years of varied experience in the corporate world and in his current role, NP is focused on building leadership equity of Sony Pictures Networks India. During his long innings at SPNI, he has also served as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). Equipped with a deep understanding of the media and entertainment space, NP is insightful about the role SPNI could play by bringing rich diversity in content to broaden the television and digital viewership base, globally. NP’s leadership has led SPNI to successfully tap into the broad spectrum of audience preferences, in urban and rural areas, alike. Before joining SPNI in 1999, NP held several leadership positions across Finance and Operations in leading organizations including Modi Xerox and Spice Telecom. Presently, besides being the MD and CEO of Sony Pictures Networks India, NP is on the Board of Directors of the Indian Broadcasting and Digital Foundation (IBDF) and Director on multiple company boards. An alumnus of the Delhi School of Economics, where he completed his Master’s Program, NP holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi. A rank holder of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India, he was honoured with a Certificate of Merit by the Institute for his meritorious performance. NP is an earnest indophile with a special interest in Indian cuisine, music and movies.
Aditya has been with SPNI since 2013 and is spearheading the corporate strategy, business monetisation and data analytics CoE. He has been instrumental in the network’s growth, expansion and streamlining businesses and is responsible for leveraging the power of data and acting as a bridge between Digital & Linear revenue opportunities.
Aditya comes with over 17 years of experience operating across continents and brings in a rich experience across Media & Entertainment, Investment Banking and Venture Capital. Some notable strategic initiatives and partnerships include the acquisition of Ten Sports from ZEEL, joint venture with BBC, re-entry of ESPN in India and Kids channel foray. Besides network expansion, Aditya has worked on key sports content acquisition deals such as media rights for England & Wales Cricket Board, Euro, Olympics and other critical non-sports rights.
Having been with Sony Pictures Networks since 2014, Ajay Bhalwankar is heading SPN’s Marathi channel. Ajay has also served as chief creative director for SPN’s flagship GEC, Sony Entertainment Television (SET). Prior to joining SPN, Ajay worked in various capacities across broadcasters and channels like Zee TV, Music Asia amongst others where he launched Marathi & Hindi channels besides producing Marathi films and setting up a film production studio. At Zee Network he was content head – Hindi GECs and had been instrumental in delivering quality content with exceptionally popular shows and remarkable characters across a bouquet of genres. He has also worked as a journalist with Mumbai’s leading Marathi newspaper ‘Aapla Mahanagar’ and fortnightly sports magazine ‘Ekach Shatkar’. Ajay has an M.A.in French Literature from the University of Mumbai and a management degree from MICA, Ahmedabad. An ardent movie buff, he loves watching films in different genres, besides reading books on history, poetry and philosophy. During the weekends he loves to spend quality time with his family and go on road trips with them.
Ashok is responsible for overseeing the Corporate Relations, Legal & Regulatory Affairs and the Standards & Practices functions supporting SPN’s businesses in India and abroad. He also serves as the Company’s Ombudsperson. Ashok is a member of the Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF)’s Legal Affairs Sub-Committee and the Broadcast Content Complaints Council. He also serves on the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Disciplinary Committee. His areas of expertise include corporate restructuring, Board & investor matters, copyright, property, labour, civil and criminal litigation, regulatory affairs as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Danish Khan heads SPN’s flagship channel, Sony Entertainment Television (SET) along with its digital business – SonyLIV, in addition to SPN’s independent production venture - StudioNEXT. Danish drives the overall business of the three verticals with key focus on driving growth, viewership and developing innovative revenue opportunities. He has been instrumental in reinventing marquee properties like Kaun Banega Crorepati, Indian Idol and The Kapil Sharma Show that have received widespread recognition across the industry. He has also created IPs with talent-led reality shows like Super Dancer and Superstar Singer, which have been well received by the audience and industry alike. He is in the forefront of launching and nurturing the StudioNEXT business At SonyLIV, he successfully spearheaded the launch of the revamped SonyLIV in May 2020. He has been instrumental in bringing together its robust content catalogue including titles like Avrodh, Your Honor, Undekhi and the mega-successful Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story. He has also served as the programming head of Star Plus where he is credited with building shows like ‘Mahabharat’ and ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’. Prior to Star India, Danish was the Marketing head of SET, his first stint at SPN. A sociology graduate with a postgraduate degree in management, he has more than 15 years of experience in advertising and the broadcasting industry. An avid reader, he enjoys listening to music, watching movies and soccer during his leisure time. He also loves to travel and is a foodie.
Leena heads SPN’s kids’ entertainment channel – Sony YAY! She is responsible for building this genre for SPN through strategic content development and marketing initiatives. A seasoned professional in the broadcast industry, Leena joined SPN in 2016. Before that, she was the Executive Director, Distribution at Sony Pictures Television (SPT). In her role at SPT, Leena’s mandate was to spearhead, structure and develop the content distribution and licensing division for the company in India and South Asia.
A human resource management specialist, Manu joined Sony Pictures Networks India in 2019 to drive the people strategy for the network. In her current role, she is responsible to create a compelling employee experience while establishing leadership and promoting best talent practices. With a career spanning over two decades, across various industries and countries, she has piloted the workplace and people agenda for dynamic global organizations like American Express & General Electric, in roles as Head HR, Talent & Development, M&A, HR Transformation, Change & Digital Innovation. Prior to joining SPN in 2019, Manu was associated with Coca-Cola, as the Head of Human Resources - India and South West Asia. She is a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – National Leadership & HR Committee, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) – Asia Pacific Advisory Board, Chandigarh University Corporate Advisory Board and Jombay Advisory Board. Manu holds a PGDBA in Human Resources from Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Rajasthan. An epicurean globetrotter, Manu likes to travel and experience culinary delights from across the world.
Neeraj heads several of our businesses - Sony SAB, Sony PAL and the Hindi movies cluster - all of which he has been steadily growing.
Neeraj has been with SPN for over 2 decades. He began his journey in Sales for Sony Entertainment Television (SET) and rose to the position of national sales head for the channel in 2005. Within a span of five years, he was appointed as the Executive Vice President and was given responsibility for Sony MAX in 2011 and of Sony SAB and Sony PAL in 2017. He has successfully repositioned Sony SAB as an entertainment brand with a new programming line-up and content strategy.
Nitin Nadkarni has been working with Sony Pictures Networks India as its Chief Financial Officer since 2005 and is an integral member of SPN’s core leadership team. For the past 12 years, Nitin has been spearheading the financial mandate for SPN and is responsible for leading strategic financial initiatives like M&A’s and other financial operations for SPN globally. With sharp business acumen and an analytical mind-set he has been responsible and recognised for his contribution to the company’s financial growth and business development. He brings with him a rich experience of over 30 years in the financial sector across diverse industries like engineering, specialty chemicals and media & entertainment.
Rajesh leads the Sports and Distribution verticals for SPN. He is responsible for invigorating the sports business at SPN and the acquisition of marquee sports properties for the network. Under his leadership, the SPN distribution business has been expanding rapidly. Rajesh joined SPN in 2008. He began his career with ICI Paints and thereon moved on to Modi Entertainment Network. He joined ESPN Star Sports in 1997 and sharpened his leadership skills at the organization for over 11 years. Rajesh played a vital role in creating the success story of ESPN Star Sports, heading their distribution and marketing nationally, and was credited with the successful launch of Star Cricket. An alumnus of LIT Nagpur University, Rajesh has a degree in Chemical Engineering. He enjoys travelling and diving into the historical perspectives of global cultures in his free time.
Raj Mohan is a member of the leadership team and is responsible for strategizing and executing the Digital and Information Technology initiatives for the network. With over three decades of rich and varied global experience across organizations such as IBM, Oracle and an entrepreneurial venture, his expertise lies in technology and IT Strategy, leading business transformation, strategic execution with a deep market focus and financial acumen. Raj Mohan has advised clients across industries in their business strategies, market & product positioning, whilst defining the roadmap for their digital businesses, multi-media and IT platforms. He has hands-on experience in providing solutions on cognitive, Big Data and Analytics on Enterprise Tech Platforms. Raj Mohan holds a Post Graduate degree in Operations Research & Computer Applications from NIT Trichy and is certified as a Global Transformation consultant by Booz Allen and Boston Consulting Group. He is also a certified Corporate Director, from the Institute of Directors, India.
In his illustrious career spanning two and a half decades, Sandeep has a proven record in driving revenues and delivering efficiencies to clients & businesses. Within SPN, he has moved through multiple channels, regions and ranks. In his current role as Head of Ad Sales - Network Channels, he is responsible for strategizing, planning and driving revenues for the Ad sales function.
With a unifocal thought of creating business solutions, he has invested his time in curating long-term client relationships. Sandeep strongly believes and works towards reinforcing the culture of innovation & pragmatism to the function of Advertising Sales and lives by his philosophy, “I am into the business of repeat purchases”. He has been instrumental in turning around operations that thrive on the rapidly changing market challenges. Sandeep’s rich experience and ability to comprehensively interpret priorities, align strategies and innovate, have led to impactful enterprise-wide sales solution plans and strategic initiatives for sales process reengineering.
Tushar is responsible for driving the business of SPN’s English, Bengali and Infotainment business comprising SD & HD channels like Sony PIX, Sony AATH and Sony BBC Earth. He is also the network’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), where his role entails taking the corporate brand to the consumer and furthering its reach besides planning, developing, implementing and managing the overall business, programming and marketing strategy of the channel portfolio he looks after. Tushar has been with SPN for over 12 years.
Under Tushar’s vision and leadership, the channels have flourished owing to the successful strategies he has implemented to drive growth, viewership and develop innovative revenue opportunities for the English and Infotainment Channels. He has also played a pivotal role in the acquisition and growth of SPN’s Bengali Channel – Sony AATH.