Uday Shankar
Courtesy Uday Shankar
India
2019

The Walt Disney Company

Uday
Shankar

President, Asia-Pacific

That Walt Disney appointed a 21st Century Fox executive to head its Asia operations three months before the takeover was complete is testament to the enormous standing in which Shankar is held. A trained newsman, he began as a reporter with the Times of India, before his obsession with current affairs led him to shift to broadcast news, starting with Indian pay channel Zee TV. Offered the top job at the Murdoch-owned Star in 2007 after the departure of much better known figures, Shankar approached the task of reinvigorating the channels cluster by asking questions and listening to the answers. Now facing a mixed Fox and Disney team, he will see to preserving Fox TV’s dominance in Asia while streamlining the two studios’ theatrical businesses. 

Career

  • Star India
  • Hotstar
  • Star News Channel

Education

  • University of Delhi (India)
  • Times of India Media School (India)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Uday Shankar to Head 21st Century Fox in Asia

Uday Shankar to Head 21st Century Fox in Asia

Uday Shankar, currently head of Star India, has been promoted to become president of 21st Century Fox in Asia.As well as continuing at Star, he will lead 21st Century Fox’s video businesses across all of Asia, including Star India and Fox Networks Group.“Uday’s new role will enhance our strategic focus across all of Asia and enable us to further capture opportunities, building on the transformation Star India has driven in our most important growth market,” 21st Century Fox executive chairman...

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