Imagine TV, formerly NDTV Imagine, which is now owned by Turner General Entertainment Networks (TGEN), has announced a restructuring and streamlining of its different businesses. Turner bought NDTV Imagine in December 2009.
Details of the restructuring were announced today by Sameer Nair (pictured above), CEO, Imagine TV. Nair stated that the changes would "help improve operational efficiencies and extract group synergies".
Nair said that Shailja Kejriwal, head of both fiction and non-fiction programming, is taking a break. "After all the hard work and stress, she desperately needs a much deserved sabbatical for some rest and recuperation. However, she has been kind enough to agree to complete Desi Girl post production and then proceed on a break." Kejriwal is also overseeing Marcom and strategy planning for Imagine TV.
Meanwhile, Nikhil Madhok has been promoted to head of marketing and communications of Imagine TV. With this appointment, all functions of Mar-Com: brand and trade marketing, PR, on-air Promotions and presentation will report into Madhok with immediate effect.
Harsh Rohatgi, who is responsible for revenue management and new ventures, takes over content and communication with immediate effect.
Tharun Rai will continue as head of TGEN Distribution and become increasingly integrated with the Turner Distribution Team to create a common distribution resource for the Turner Group in India. He will report to Siddharth Jain.
Dhruvank Vaidya will oversee JVs (Lumiere, Showbiz), subsidiaries (Film-Co) and new ventures.
Nair commented, "With this re-structuring, I believe we are directing our best resources and focusing all our efforts to the key task at hand – that of making Imagine a success in the Hindi GE space. (We will) also be able to devote our attention to resolving JV issues, pursue new business opportunities as well as successfully integrate TGEN into the Turner system and become part of the larger Turner - Time Warner family.
Nair further stated, "Over the next few months, we will be completing appraisals and increments, align our designations in sync with Turner and adopt standard company policies where applicable."