K Madhavan is Elevated as the President of The Walt Disney India & Star India
Media and entertainment conglomerate, The Walt Disney Company India and Star India appoints K Madhavan as its President. In his new role, Madhavan is expected to accelerate the strategy and growth of the company in India, with responsibility for the Disney, Star and Hotstar businesses and operations spanning across entertainment, regional channels, sports and direct-to-consumer, states the company.
However, Rebecca Campbell, Chairman, International Operations and Direct-to-Consumer, The Walt Disney Company revealed the news of Madhavan’s appointment.
The company states, “This includes oversight of channel distribution and advertising sales, as well as a thriving local content production business which currently is responsible for the creation of 18,000 hours of original content across fiction, non-fiction, sports, and movies in eight languages.”
Madhavan has been serving as country manager of Star & Disney India, overseeing the company’s television and studios business in India, since 2019.
Rebecca stated that India business continues to be critical for global and regional strategy, she says, “A skilled leader with an extensive background in media, Madhavan has taken our vast Star networks and local content production businesses to new heights despite continued industry evolution and significant challenges due to the pandemic.”
Excited about his new role, Madhavan says, “I am very proud to have the opportunity to lead the incredibly talented and passionate team we have in India, and to further build upon our strong portfolio of channels and high-quality programming that is a favourite with viewers across the region.”
Madhavan joined Star India in 2009 as its South Head. Under his leadership, the company developed a thriving regional entertainment portfolio.
Before joining Star India, he was serving as the MD and CEO of Asianet. Prior taking up career in media, he was in the banking and corporate finance sector.
Presently, he serves as the President of the industry body, Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and also serves as the Chairman of the National Committee of Media & Entertainment CII (Confederation of Indian Industry).