News Corp. taps Asian satcaster execs

HONG KONG — Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has filled a few leadership holes at its Asian satcaster Star with the confirmation of Todd Lituchy as Hong Kong-based prexy of entertainment and promotion of Uday Shankar to CEO in India.

Overseeing program planning, production, network creative services, research and scheduling functions, Lituchy will join at the end of the year. His team will include two other new hires, also based in Hong Kong: David Searl as senior VP of production and Donovan Castillo-Mohlman as VP, program strategy and acquisitions.

Moving from Hong Kong to Mumbai is Jagdish Kumar, who has been upped from senior VP of finance to chief operating officer, replacing veteran newsman Shankar.

Kumar will report to Shankar, who in turn will report to Star’s overall CEO, Paul Aiello.

Shankar was previously CEO of Star India’s news joint venture MCCS, and before that was editor and news director at India Today, launching channels Aaj Tak and Headlines Today. Kumar has been with Star since 1995.

Lituchy joins from European broadcaster Viasat, where he was most recently president of entertainment. He was previously with United Paramount Network and Walt Disney Television. Castillo-Mohlman was senior program planning manager at Viasat Broadcasting U.K.

Searl, who has been in Asia for over 20 years, has produced shows for nets including Shanghai Media Group, Star’s Mandarin-language channel Xing Kong and MediaCorp in Singapore.

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