Sony India appoints Disney Star’s Gaurav Banerjee as its new Chief Executive Officer

Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI) has appointed Disney Star’s Gaurav Banerjee as its new chief executive officer, replacing NP Singh, as per reports by Reuters, citing sources familiar with the development. Last week, Mr. Singh had announced his decision to step down after 25 years of his career at Sony.

At Disney Star, Banerjee oversaw content for Hindi entertainment and Disney+ Hotstar, and served as business head for Star Bharat, as well as Hindi and English movies, kids & infotainment, and regional (east) channels.

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Banerjee is a former journalist, who began his career at Aaj Tak before joining Star News in 2004 as prime time anchor and senior producer. In 2005, he was instrumental in launching the Bengali news channel Star Ananda.

He was appointed as head of content strategy for Star Plus in 2009, and played an important role in revitalising the channel with hit shows such as Diya Aur Baati Hum and Sasural Genda Phool, which helped the channel regain its leadership position in 2010. He was promoted to General Manager of Star Plus in 2013 and took on leadership of Content Studio in 2015.