UTV’s executive suite

The moves and shakers behind UTV's multiple media initiatives

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Here are the moves and shakers behind UTV’s multiple media initiatives, which encompasses film, TV content, games and broadcasting:

Ronnie Screwvala
CEO and founder, UTV Group

Ronnie (Rohinton) Screwvala, 54, is one of the pioneers of Indian cable television. He began small, providing a few hours of movies via cable to an apartment block in Mumbai in 1981. In 1990, he founded UTV and produced one of India’s first reality television shows, “Saanp Seedi” (1992), and the long-running soap “Shanti” (1994). Twenty years later, UTV is a global media conglomerate, with a significant presence across broadcasting, television content, gaming, motion pictures and new media, aiming to reach $500 million in revenue by 2011 under Screwvala’s stewardship. In 2008, he was ranked 35th in Esquire’s list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century and in 2009’s Time 100, the magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, he was ranked 78th.

Vishal Gondal
Founder & CEO, UTV Indiagames

Vishal Gondal decided to get into the world of gaming early and started his first company, FACT, soon after finishing high school at 16. In 1999, he founded Indiagames in Mumbai with a five-member team. Today, as part of the UTV group, the company is a global operation with more than 300 employees and offices in Mumbai, Beijing, London and Los Angeles. He was part of the Nokia Advisory Council for Games and actively advises Nokia on wireless and gaming technologies. Indiagames under Vishal’s leadership was featured among Red Herring Asia’s Top 100 companies in 2005. Other industry recognitions include being featured among the top 40 Indian entrepreneurs by Business Today magazine in 2001, an Ernst & Young Indian Entrepreneur of the Year award nomination in 2004 and most recently being listed among the top 50 executives in the mobile content space by the U.K’s Mobile Entertainment Magazine.

M.K. Anand

After stints at pharmaceutical company Cynamide and agrochemicals company Rallis India, Anand joined the Times of India newspaper group and worked in the classifieds department. He then joined Citibank as an assistant manager in the phone-banking department. The lure of the media proved too much, and he soon rejoined the Times group, where he spent more than a decade and a half. Prior to joining UTV, Anand was the business head of the Times Group’s Bollywood channel Zoom TV. At the UTV Group, Anand is the CEO of UTV Global Broadcasting, overseeing the UTV Bindass, UTV Movies, UTV Action, UTV World Movies and BloombergUTV channels.

Siddharth Roy Kapur
CEO, UTV Motion Pictures
Siddharth Roy Kapur began his career with Procter & Gamble and soon moved to Newscorp’s Star TV, working in the strategic marketing division. His marketing efforts on “Kaun Banega Crorepati,” India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” saw him nominated for the Team Newscorp Global Excellence Awards. Kapur rose to veep at Star and joined UTV in 2005, where he headed the group’s marketing and communications division and led the efforts responsible for taking Hungama TV to a leadership position in the competitive kids broadcasting space and the success of the BAFTA-nominated film “Rang de basanti.” He then led the revenue, distribution and syndication functions at UTV before being appointed in 2008 as CEO of UTV Motion Pictures. He has shepherded the company through hits like “Jodhaa Akbar,” “Race” and “Wake Up Sid” amongst others.