Uday Shankar
Courtesy Uday Shankar
India

21st Century Fox

Uday
Shankar

President, 21st Century Fox, Asia / Chairman & CEO, Star India

Star India Group, a brand of 21st Century Fox, is the country’s dominant player, with a market valuation of some $14 billion. While its portfolio of channels is enormously successful in its own right, the sports channels are the real growth drivers. Knowing better than anyone that cricket is not just a sport in India but a religion, Shankar paid $2.55 billion for rights to the Indian Premier League cricket tournament through 2022 and $944 million for rights to all cricket played in India until 2023. He invested $3.2 billion in Indian soccer, hockey and badminton. His other big bet: OTT platform Hotstar, which soared to 100 million active users a month. Shankar took over as head of 21st Century Fox Asia in December 2017.

 

Career

  • Star India
  • Hotstar
  • Star News Channel

Education

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

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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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