Disney’s Gaurav Banerjee appointed as Sony’s new India CEO

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Disney's Gaurav Banerjee appointed as Sony's new India CEO
Disney's Gaurav Banerjee appointed as Sony's new India CEO

Two months from now, according to a second source, Banerjee will be joining Sony.

The Walt Disney executive Gaurav Banerjee has been named by Japan’s Sony as its new India chief executive to oversee its television and other media companies, two people familiar with the situation said.

Head of business for the company’s TV networks in Hindi-speaking areas and head of programming for Hotstar, the streaming service, Banerjee has left Disney’s India division, according to a source.

Two months from now, according to a second source, Banerjee will be joining Sony.

Sony and Banerjee did not immediately reply to repeated inquiries, while Disney declined to comment.

N.P. Singh, the company’s current chief executive in India, made the decision to step down last week, and Sony announced that it was searching for a replacement.

In India, Sony operates 26 channels ranging from sports and movies to general entertainment, along with a streaming service. This year, it decided against moving forward with the $10 billion merger with Zee Entertainment in India.

Banerje’s exit from Disney coincides with the American corporation’s request for permission from Indian authorities to combine its media holdings in India with those of Reliance, the billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s company, creating the largest entertainment conglomerate in India.

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