Sony Pictures Networks India announces CEO transition; Gaurav Banerjee to take over from NP Singh

Gaurav Banerjee will be the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective on or before August 26, 2024, pending regulatory approvals.

By  Storyboard18Jun 24, 2024 11:20 AM
Sony Pictures Networks India announces CEO transition; Gaurav Banerjee to take over from NP Singh
Banerjee holds a master's degree in filmmaking and T.V. production from Jamia Milia Islamia University and an undergraduate in history from St. Stephens, Delhi.

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has announced the appointment of Gaurav Banerjee as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective on or before August 26, 2024, pending regulatory approvals. Banerjee will succeed N.P. Singh.

With a career spanning over two decades, Banerjee brings a wealth of experience in content creation and strategic leadership. He previously held the positions of Head of Content for Hindi Entertainment & Disney+ Hotstar and Business Head for Star Bharat, Hindi & English Movies, Kids & Infotainment, and Regional (East). In these roles, Banerjee not only oversaw content curation across multiple languages but also spearheaded original series and films that resonated deeply with diverse audiences.

Banerjee’s strategic vision and innovative approach consistently positioned top shows like Anupama, Ghum Hai Kisi Ke Pyaar Mein, and Imlie at the forefront of viewership ratings. He was vital in producing award-winning streaming originals such as the Emmy-nominated Aarya, Special Ops, The Freelancer, and The Night Manager for Disney+ Hotstar.

Banerjee’s media journey started as an assistant producer and anchor at Aaj Tak. From there he moved to Star News, where he started producing and anchoring Prime Time News shows. He holds a master's degree in filmmaking and T.V. production from Jamia Milia Islamia University and an undergraduate in history from St. Stephens, Delhi.

Gaurav Banerjee stated, "I am deeply honoured to take on the role of MD & CEO at SPNI. Under N.P. Singh's remarkable leadership, SPNI has achieved tremendous success and innovation in the entertainment industry. I am excited to lead talented teams as we explore new frontiers in original programming, enhance our viewers' experiences, drive our distribution footprint across India, and significantly boost our revenues. Together, we will set new benchmarks in entertainment and deliver exceptional value to our audiences and stakeholders."

N.P. Singh remarked, "I am immensely proud of the success and innovation SPNI has achieved. I am confident that Gaurav will elevate SPNI's impressive portfolio to new heights. His visionary approach will undoubtedly continue our legacy of excellence and creativity. I look forward to supporting him and our talented team as we further our impact in content creation, audience engagement, and digital media initiatives. And most importantly, I would like to thank the entire SPNI team for being the fulcrum of our growth and success."

Ravi Ahuja, Chairman of Global Television Studios and President & COO of Sony Pictures Entertainment said, "N.P. Singh's leadership has been instrumental in shaping SPNI into the powerhouse it is today. I am confident that Gaurav Banerjee, with his proven track record and visionary approach, will continue to drive SPNI's success. Gaurav's expertise in content creation and strategic leadership will undoubtedly lead SPNI into an exciting new chapter of growth and achievement. We are thrilled to have him at the helm and look forward to the continued success of SPNI under his leadership."

First Published on Jun 24, 2024 11:20 AM

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