Kapur named CEO of motion pictures unit

HONG KONG — Indian entertainment conglom UTV has promoted Siddharth Kapur to CEO of UTV Motion Pictures to head all its movie operations. Kapur was previously exec VP of marketing, distribution and syndication.

Alpana Mishra has been elevated to chief operating officer of production, UTV Motion Pictures and will oversee film production and development for UTV Motion Pictures. Vikas Bahl has been promoted to COO of the group’s second-string film development and production label UTV Spotboy Motion Pictures.

Ram Mirchandani will set up a separate film development and production arm, funded by UTV Motion Pictures, which will exclusively produce films for UMP.

“The core team at UTV Motion Pictures has been instrumental in driving the growth of the company over the last few years. As we move to the next level in our operations, we are happy to streamline the structure to ensure the same pace in decision-making and creative judgment that has served us well in the past,” said Ronnie Screwvala, CEO UTV Software Communications.

UTV’s film slate has had a blistering start to the year with both “Jodhaa Akbar” and “Race” pushing the $20 million receipts bar.

Upcoming pictures include M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Happening,” Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s “Delhi 6,” Shyam Benegal’s “Mahadev,” Aziz Mirza’s “Kismat Konnection,” Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Fashion” and Shoojit Sircar’s “Shoebite.”

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