Making Home-Grown Animation Characters Go Global
Taj Lands End, Mumbai
Content Head – Kids Cluster – Viacom18
Entertaining and engaging the most demanding audience, children is no mean feat and Anu Sikka – Head – Content, Kids Cluster, Viacom18 has perfected it. Focused at creating content that is gripping, Anu’s objective is to set new stands of scale & animation in India. As content head for the kids’ cluster at Viacom18, Anu holds the responsibility of driving the channels programming strategy through curating a great content pipeline and creating a wide array of endearing characters for children. The characters that she has brought to life like Motu Patlu, Shiva and the recently launched Rudra have all emerged as category frontrunners. Her ahead of the curve programming strategy has been a game changer and contributed to Nickelodeon’s journey to numerous.
Anu has over 21 years of work experience in curating content across various media sectors. Prior to Viacom18, Anu was with Hungama where she was the Creative Director, responsible for the animation and non-fiction strategy of the channel. Preceding this, she was executive producer with Sab TV for over two years leading the Delhi bureau. At SAB TV she set up the in-house production team and was responsible for starting a daily current affairs band on the channel.
Vice Chairman India and South Asia – ICOM Global
Ronojoy Chakraborty, Head-Programming – Sony YAY!
Ronojoy Chakraborty heads the programming for Sony Pictures Networks India’s Kids’ Entertainment channel – Sony YAY!
He is responsible for curating the overall content mix and programming for Sony YAY! He leads the unique in-house creative team that has conceptualized and created all programs of this 100% locally produced animation channel.
A seasoned professional in the broadcast industry, Ronojoy brings with him a diverse experience of over 19 years. Prior to joining SPN, he was the Director, Programming at Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd (Viacom18) for almost a decade. In his role at Viacom18, Ronojoy was responsible for developing and creating content for the Viacom18 kid’s Channels-Nick and Sonic.
Having worked in various creative capacities across many networks, Ronojoy has played an integral role in some of India’s leading organizations like Eenadu network(ETV) as a producer for their regional channels and Zee Network as a promo producer since 1998.
Ronojoy is a graduate in Economics from the University of Delhi
An ardent movie buff, Ronojoy spends his weekends reading books, watching movies and spending time with his dogs!
Director – Centroid India
Parth Shah joined Centroid UK in 2016 as an apprentice. In January 2017, he was appointed as Technical Director for Markerless Motion Capture in Centroid India. Parth has been trained to provide services like Facial Capture, Markerless Motion Capture, Inertial Motion Capture and Optical Motion Capture. He has been participating as Speaker and panellist for various Conferences and Institutes in India, in discussions focusing on AVG(Animation, VFX and Games) industry. Parth Shah has also been interviewed by Indian Medias (Animation Xpress and YourStory) to speak about Motion Capture in India.
In May 2018, Parth Shah was promoted & appointed as Director of Centroid India. Parth had always pursued Motion Capture as his passion rather than a job. His vision is to help Centroid India become established in India and to work on exciting Indian Projects.
About Centroid Motion Capture:
For more than two decades Centroid has supplied the highest standard of motion capture and animation services to numerous blockbuster movies and AAA games. Located in the heart of the UK’s film industry at Pinewood Studios, our full performance stage offers one of Europe’s largest capture volumes and all expected amenities for digital character production. In recent years, as well as the standard capture services, we have further developed our pipelines to include; live on set capture, virtual production, film and cinematic scene layout, crowd simulation and facial animation services.
We are proud to be Pinewood Studios preferred motion capture supplier and regularly partner with their audio and photogrammetry teams to provide production companies with a wider, high-end digital performance pipeline. Further to this, we have increased our presence in the Asian market through a strategic partnership and collaboration in Mumbai, with the world-renowned Famous Studios.
Centroid also offers a popular mobile studio compatible with most locations and for smaller budgets, there is a remote capture service in the form of an ‘On-Line portal’ into our studio offering an all-around flexible service.
Centroid India (Collaboration with Famous Studios) will be inaugurated on 15th November 2018 at Famous Studios, Mumbai.
Head – Business Development & Marketing, Sesame Workshop India
Mona leads Sesame Workshop India’s marketing and business development efforts. She led Sesame Workshop’s venture in India, viz., the Sesame Street Preschool and Afterschool Programs, where she grew the preschool business in 22 cities. She has been with Sesame since 2009 and has been working to develop new initiatives to reach out to young children with innovative, engaging content. With a deep understanding of the preschool space, Mona has spoken at various early childhood conferences in India like the Early Childhood Association conference and Franchise India conference.
Prior to joining Sesame, Mona worked as a Brand Manager for various channels of the STAR Network in India, specifically STAR Plus where she launched multi-media campaigns for major television properties like ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati 3’ and ‘Panchvi Paas’. She has an extensive experience in large-scale project management, conceiving and implementing multi-media and pan-India media campaigns. Mona comes with over 15 years of experience of working as a marketing and communication professional.
Chief Strategy Officer – Green Gold Animation
Srinivas Chilakalapudi has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He was instrumental in setting up and building offshore R&D centres for companies such as Ericsson, ActivIdentity & Dell.
Srinivas’ association with Green Gold Animation has been since its inception in an advisory role and he joined the company full time in November 2011, leading the strategy as a part of the three-member management team. Srinivas is directly responsible for apps, gaming, technology, digital business and licensing verticals under the Green Gold’s umbrella. He is a part of the executive team and defines the roadmaps for each of the business verticals.
CEO – Nirvana Digital
Pinakin Thakkar is the Managing Director of Nirvana Digital, a digital distribution and rights management company that works with networks, broadcasters, studios, labels, and with independent creators to monetize audio and video content on the global Internet, and on Mobile and on OTT platforms. Content distributed by Nirvana Digital is available on Apple iTunes, YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, and Times Internet, among other platforms. Nirvana Digital also operates one of the largest YouTube Networks in Asia – monetizing and providing Content ID and Rights Management for over 1.2 million videos.
Pinakin has founded two other businesses including a Mobile Application and Development company (Mobile Media Pvt. Ltd), and an Online Media Planning and Mobile Messaging company (Digizen Communications Pvt Ltd).
Pinakin has an Advertising and Technology background and started his career at companies including Percept Holdings, and at Ogilvy and Mather. Pinakin has a Bachelors in Commerce degree, with a specialization in Advertising, from the University of Mumbai.
Head-Partnerships – BARC India
Regional Director – SE Asia & ANZ – Limelight Networks Inc.
Jaheer Abbas is the Regional Director for Limelight Networks Inc.
Based in Singapore, Jaheer is responsible for overall business strategic planning and execution in the South East Asia region. Jaheer joined Limelight in 2010 and has worked with various large and small OTT, Media and Broadcast service providers in South East Asia, China and India regions. He has experienced firsthand what worked and what didn’t. In the recent years, Limelight has seen a lot of e-Commerce activities in SE Asia region and Jaheer has played an integral role in helping companies especially those from the travel and retail segments to realize business ROI in their digital transformation journey.
Prior to Limelight, Jaheer career spans over 10 years in the information technology sector. Jaheer holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration degree from NUS Business School.
About Limelight Networks
Limelight Networks, a global leader in digital content delivery, empowers customers to better engage online audiences by enabling them to securely manage and globally deliver digital content, on any device. The company’s award-winning Limelight Orchestrate™ platform includes an integrated suite of content delivery technology and services that help organizations secure digital content, deliver exceptional multi-screen experiences, improve brand awareness, drive revenue, & enhance customer relationships – all while reducing costs. For more information, please visit www.limelight.com, read our blog, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and be sure to visit Limelight Connect.
Chief Marketing Officer – Kinsane Entertainment Inc.
Pranab Punj is the Chief Marketing Officer for Kinsane Entertainment Inc. As a seasoned marketing professional with 16 years of global experience in building brands for the media, entertainment, and digital industry, Pranab leads the efforts to take Kinsane’s fun characters to kids across the world.
Before Kinsane, Pranab was Vice President – Global Marketing at Vserv, managing its brand & driving communications, research, events and digital marketing. Earlier, as Director of Digital Media at Viacom 18, he led marketing and the web business for regional language channels and brands, such as Nickelodeon, VH1, and Comedy Central. Pranab was instrumental in building the digital media business of Turner Broadcasting Systems from scratch. He also spearheaded the launch of India’s top online gaming portal and award-winning brand Zapak across platforms.
Pranab’s contribution in this area has been recognized through several awards, such as Top 100 Marketing Leaders, ‘Best Digital Marketing Professional’ at Mobbys, and ‘Digital Media Campaign of the Year’ at CMO Asia. He is on the jury of several noteworthy industry awards and events, such as E4M Ink Awards, DMA Content Marketer of the Year, and Government of Karnataka and IAMAI Mobile 10X Hackathons. Pranab is also a regular speaker at industry events such as DMAi, IAMAI, and IIT Kharagpur.
Pranab has a postgraduate degree in management from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies. Pranab is a die-hard Batman fan, and he loves immersing himself in comics. If he were to look back at his 11-year-old self, his advice to himself would be to make the most of those carefree years – be curious, explore, have lots of fun, and read lots and lots of comics.
Chief Operating Officer – Hungama Digital Media
Siddhartha Roy is the Chief Operating Officer of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Private Limited, India’s leading digital entertainment company.
Siddhartha leads the company’s consumer and business initiatives across its multiple verticals including Hungama Music – one of the most popular music streaming services in India, Hungama Play – Hungama’s video streaming service, Artist Aloud – a platform for independent artists and Hungama Games – a publisher, distributor and marketer of mobile games.
Siddhartha has championed multiple innovations in the digital entertainment space. He spearheaded the launch of Hungama Music, Hungama Play and Artist Aloud. He has also been instrumental in crafting unique consumer experiences such as Hungama Drive – the first of its kind in-car music app available in Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, linear channels – ad-free and pre-programmed OTT channels and exceptional gaming experiences for Hungama Games with the launch of multiple movie and cricket IP games.
Siddhartha has also led the creation of multiple touchpoints with Hungama’s users through its associations with leading telecom operators like Vodafone and Airtel, DTH services like Tata Sky and smart devices like Amazon Echo. He has been the driving force behind the company’s international expansion and delivered Hungama’s services to users across the globe through associations with international telecom operators. Under his leadership, Hungama has further strengthened its distribution business and partnered with over 400 content creators, record labels, studios, broadcasters and game publishers globally for digital and mobile content. Today, the Hungama service has over 45 million monthly active users across its consumer destinations and is available in over 70 countries worldwide.
Siddhartha was the erstwhile COO & co-founder of BigAdda, India’s largest youth network, a part of the Reliance ADA Group. Prior to Bigadda.com, he has worked with MTV Networks and Star TV India.
Chief Marketing Officer – INOX Leisure Ltd
With 20 plus years of experience in the Filmed Entertainment space; SAURABH VARMA is perhaps the only professional in Bollywood who’s worked in both the Creative side as a Film Writer-Director, as well as the Content side, as a Marketer, Distributor & Film Programmer. Saurabh has worked in senior-most positions in top Corporates including RELIANCE Entertainment as Chief Marketing Officer, in PVR as Vice President Marcom and in INOX as VP Film Distribution and Programming. He then left the commerce side of the business and wrote/directed films including MICKEY VIRUS & 7 HOURS TO GO and also marketed films including Saheb Biwi aur Gangster and the recently released biopic Poorna. He is also the chairman Events for Indian Film and Television Directors Association (IFTDA)
Saurabh Varma has been a part of marketing & releasing more than 500 films in almost all languages of the country. He has recently delved into Content Creation for the OTT space where his last short web-flick LONELY GIRL starring Riya Sen received more than 2.5 million views. Saurabh not just develops, designs and creates content but he also designs its marketing strategy, posters, thumbnails etc. He presently has more than half a dozen Web Flick Concepts ready to be launched in the digital space.
Founder – INDIA GOES GLOBAL AND OCKYPOCKY
Former You Tube India Head
A hustler and founder of OckyPocky and India Goes Global, Amit is a proud alumnus of IIM Bangalore.
Currently, he is on a journey to change the way kids learn, starting at age 2. He has launched India’s 1st personalised learning app for preschool kids called OckyPocky. Within just 6 months of going live, it has attracted over 80k users and is growing by leaps and bounds!
OckyPocky’s mission is to provide rich content which is safe for kids in the early years of their brain development by covering cognitive, emotional, social areas while keeping parents in the loop at each stage of child’s very crucial years of growth.
With India Goes Global, Amit has driven an impact valuation of over $ 250M. Passionate about building profitable businesses, Amit Agrawal has helped significantly increase the numbers for 1400+ businesses across 3 continents & still counting.
Previously he was heading YouTube India and grew the business from scratch to $100 million p.a. Known as a thought leader in internet and online video space and has advised some of the biggest names in Indian industry.
Vivek, a qualified IT professional, gave up a promising career in computers and real estate to follow his life’s true calling, writing. After completing his BCA, he joined a theatre group – Yasham to understand the art of scriptwriting drama and films. He is one of the very few writers who specialize in the art of Animation Screen Writing and Lives action TV in India.
Vivek is currently working on a project called ‘कखग…’– an initiative to train anyone and everyone who aspires to be a storyteller. The unique techniques in his coaching ensure that person can go beyond his limits to thing out of the box and create incredible and memorable stories
A surreal artist who believes in weaving stories based on in-depth analysis of human emotions, he loves to experiment with creativity and stretches his capability to cross the LIMIT of imagination. For Vivek, creativity is a new dimension of life, which he tries to explore through his writing and filmmaking.
In a career span of over a decade, Vivek has written some well-known shows like ChhotaBheem for Green Gold Animation. (Pogo), New Adventures Of Bal Hanuman for Percept Pictures Co. (Pogo), ChimpooAurSimpoo for Zeeq, Akbar Birbal for Discovery Kids , BuntyAurBilli for Toonz Animations (Hungama TV – Disney), EenaMeenaDika For Maya Digital Studios (Hungama TV – Disney), King Vikram for Disney India, Biwi O Biwi And Kuch Kook HotaHai for 21vsadi Ent., Jollybaby Club for a German production, Little Kiddy Tales And Shankh for Envision Creation, Written And Directed Talk Shows And Fiction Shows for DD Regional.
Apart from this, Vivek loves storytelling, photography and watching world cinema. He has been invited to various forums as a speaker to share his journey.
Sr. VP – Animation, Kids Digital, Licensing & Merchandising –
CEO – Robosoft Technologies
Head – Content Alliance & Partnerships SAARC – Toonz Media Group
COO – Reliance Animation
Head of Content – Discovery Kids Network
Director & COO – Graphiti Multimedia
Munjal has over twenty years of rich and diverse experience in the media industry that goes beyond kids media. A computer engineer with specialization in Image Processing, Munjal is the co-founder of Graphiti. He has vast experience in the Media sector includes directing and producing TV Commercials, short films, animated feature films, visual effects for movies and TV shows, creating brand mascots, creating interactive apps and designing rich media audio-visual user experiences. He has also been an evangelist of Original Content in the Indian Animation Industry. In 2008 he was recognized as the Toon Titan of Asia by Animation Magazine, USA.
Set up in 1995, Graphiti has gone on to build a niche for itself as a world-class production house and animation studio. His Studio Graphiti’s vision is to Engage, Excite and Entertain audiences of all ages. It has a stellar track record in servicing clients across different segments – advertising commercials, co-produced serials for channels – domestic and international, works for international bodies like UNICEF, special effects for Bollywood, short films, feature-length films etc.
Munjal has produced and co-created the beautiful animated movies series, Krish, Trish and Baltiboy currently airing on Cartoon Network and Pogo and is watched by millions of kids in India. He is also the creator of the animated series YOM which is airing on Disney Channel.
He is the Co-Chair of Animation, VFX, Gaming and Comics Sector of FICCI. He has been on the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting’s Expert Committee on Animation, VFX, Gaming and Comics and continues to help mould policies to bring rapid growth in the Animation, VFX, Gaming and Comics sector. He is also a Governing Council member of the Media and Entertainment Skill Council National Skills Development Committee set up by FICCI and National Skills Development Council, Government of India.
VP Artist Aloud, Kids Original Content – Hungama
Soumini Sridhara Paul is Vice President of the Talent and Independent content platform, Artist Aloud (Hungama Digital Media Ent. Pvt. Ltd.).Launched in January 2010, Soumini has spearheaded the set up of Artist Aloud, South Asia’s premier digital platform for established and new talent with independent audio and video content along with a dedicated team. She also recently took on the role of Head of Operations and Content Programming for YouTube for Hungama and Special Content Creation and Event IP projects for Hungama. One of her pet projects is the channel she is building along with a wonderful team for Hungama Kids creating content which is age-appropriate, entertaining and educational. She has over 20 years experience as a Pop Artist, Artist Manager as well as assignments with Channel [V] including Bollywood, Independent and International talent and Universal Music including album launches and promotions and artist relations. As a hobby, Soumini has been dabbling into writing for the last 5 years and Disha The Challenge is her first ever-published work through Partridge. She started her artistic stint as a singer almost 20 years back but chose to work in other aspects of the industry to gain knowledge and experience of the content and talent industry in its whole.
Founder – Punnaryug Artvision
Ashish S.K. is known to be the most dedicated and colorful personality in the animation industry, this side of Hollywood. He has set up world-class animation studios in India, has created the finest original Indian animated contents and has successfully completed and marketed several animation films for studios in Hollywood over the last nine years.
Ashish S K is a founder of Punnaryug Artvision Pvt Ltd & Screenyug Creations Pvt Ltd. Ashish S K was heading Reliance Animation & Reliance AIMS as CEO. He has taken Reliance Animation to the global arena while carving a niche as the finest Indian animation studio for original IP creation. Ashish S K was recently awarded “The Creative Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Entrepreneur magazine.
Ashish Kulkarni embarked on his journey in the field of arts and media in 1995 and since has immersed himself in the pursuit of conceiving sustainable careers in film, animation, visual effects, gaming, visual arts, and graphic design in India. Ashish’s presence in the field of the arts commenced with the animation industry, the seed of which, had only been planted in the fertile grounds of the Indian economy at the turn of the century. At this early stage, Ashish jumpstarted the sprouting of the animation industry in India by facilitating outsourcing projects in the country with animation giants such as Disney, Warner Bros., Sony and Dreamworks. By introducing India as a new outsourcing platform for animation, Ashish had created the opportunity for Indian animation services to grow to international standards. During this stage, Ashish produced ad films for All Out, Flying Machine, Max Candy & Max Ice cream for HLL, Nestle, Veneta Cucine and Kelloggs.
As the sapling of the Indian animation industry grew, Ashish envisioned a future in which, India was not caged in the confines of outsourcing, but competed as a global player in the arena of original IP creation. What followed was the development of iconic character brands and shows such as Little Krishna, Krishna Aur Kans, Big Bees and Shaktimaan, by Ashish and his creative team while he served as CEO of Reliance Animation. Currently, Ashish is working on properties such as War Heroes of India, Mary Kom Jr., Amazing Kids, Monkey Creek and Map Jacket.
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Anu Sikka, SVP – Content Head – Kids Cluster, Viacom1810:15
Elbert Dsilva, Head-Partnerships – BARC India10:30
Srinivas Chilakalapudi, Chief Strategy Officer – Green Gold Animation
Ashish Kulkarni, Founder – Punnaryug Artvision
Munjal Shroff, Director & COO – Graphiti Multimedia
Ronojoy Chakraborty, Ronojoy Chakraborty, Head-Programming – Sony YAY!
Kishor Srivastav, Head – Content Alliance & Partnerships SAARC – Toonz Media Group10:45
Jaheer Abbas, Sr. Director, India and SE Asia, Limelight Networks11:25
Parth Shah, Director – Centroid India14:35
Vivek Shukla, Animation Screenwriter/Founder – Ka Kha Gaa
Munjal Shroff, Director & COO – Graphiti Animation
Saurabh Verma, Filmmaker / Chief Marketing Officer – INOX Leisure
Mona Singh, Head – Business Development & Marketing, Sesame Workshop India
Smita Maroo, Sr. VP – Animation, Kids Digital, Licensing & Merchandising – Shemaroo Entertainment15:45
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