The great name in media, Take up a whole new challenge.

The great name in media, Take up a whole new challenge.

In a surprising turn of events,  Sudhanshu Vats, CEO and MD of Viacom18, the parent company of OTT platform, Voot Select, has resigned from his position, after serving at the top job for eight long years. The resignation comes into effect from today, that is 15th April. 

Sudhanshu Vats had taken over as MD and CEO of Viacom18 in 2012. Viacom18 is the India-based joint venture between international production company ViacomCBS and Indian company TV18. In his eventful stint, he took Viacom18 from strength to strength, making it a formidable force in the world of Hindi entertainment. He helped Viacom18 Studios, the content creation arm of the company, to spread its wings and make memorable homegrown cinematic and digital content. 

It was under him that the company launched Voot, its VOD service. He also oversaw the recent resurrection of Voot, which underwent a major makeover, metamorphosing into Voot Select, the premium, paid-subscription avatar of Voot. 

Voot Select launched in March 2020, and has been aggressively pursuing the battle for digital eyeballs in the competitive Indian OTT space. All three of its releases, Marzi, Asura and The Raikar Case, have been extremely well-received by viewers. 

Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman of the Board, Network18 said, “Sudhanshu is a dynamic and admired leader in corporate India today. Not only has he led from the front in shaping up Viacom18’s growth story, he has also championed the cause of the sector at the various industry bodies that he has captained. While we are sad to lose him, it is equally reassuring to know that we have a strong second line that’s raring to go.”

Vats shared his two bits with the media, “It has been an extremely challenging and satisfying eight years at the helm of Viacom18. I have had the privilege of working with some of the best minds in M&E industry to chart the growth story of Viacom18. We have together built one of the most admired media company of brilliant storytellers with diversified presence across screens and platforms. As I look forward to taking up newer challenges, I shall always cherish the learnings in leading India’s youngest and fastest-growing media and entertainment company.”

Vats leaves behind a strong leadership team which has grown the different verticals of the company into large businesses and they will continue to manage their respective verticals under the leadership of Rahul Joshi, Managing Director of the Network18 Group.

Starting April 16, 2020, Sudhanshu Vats will be the Additional Director at Essel Propack. Besides this, the board at Essel Propack has also appointed him as the CEO and Managing Director of the Company. Based out of Mumbai, Essel Propack is one of the key players in the packaging segment, and the company manufactures laminated plastic tubes for Pharmaceutical and the FMCG sectors.

LetsOTT wishes him all the very best in his new undertaking.


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