Uday Sodhi

Update: Sodhi just called to inform us that he has joined job classifieds upstart HeadHonchos.com, and has moved to Delhi. HeadHonchos.com is a job portal from ABC Consultants, that is looking to target recruitment at the middle and senior management level. Interestingly, they appear to be turning the job listings business on its head, by asking senior candidates to apply for job listings, and has both basic and premium membership plans. The pitch: free-access job sites discourage companies from posting senior level jobs, because there is no barrier to application, and companies have a large number of resumes to go through. This ensures that only serious jobseekers participate. This should be interesting – Naukri.com and Monster dominate the online job portals business, and not many have surfaced as serious competition yet. HeadHoncho’s might just expand this new segment. It’s not that there’s no competition, though. Naukri launched a senior level recruitment site earlier this year, and Workosaur has been around for a few years. Sodhi had also confirmed is move to HeadHonchos.com to Alootechie. Pluggd.in had previously written about HeadHonchos.

Earlier today: Uday Sodhi, CEO of New Media for TV production house Balaji Telefilms has put in his papers, resigning effectively on September 18, 2010. Sodhi had been with Balaji Telefilms for a year and eight months, and had joined the company after almost five years years at Rediff.com, where he was Sr. VP (Interactive Services), heading Ecommerce, Subscriptions, Mobile VAS, among other businesses. Prior to joining Rediff, he was COO at ISP, domainer and hosting company Net4India. We’ve not been able to ascertain his next move: at the time of filing this report, Sodhi was not contactable. We’ll update when we have more information.

During his tenure at Balaji Telefilms, Sodhi had launched a talent sourcing site called Hoonur, which allows aspirants to create and host portfolios by uploading photographs and videos for TV production houses, and for production houses to list openings. The company also launched Kriminal Kaun, a made-for-mobile audio based detective series, with Aircel.

Interestingly, the most recent of Balaji’s initiatives – an online series called Bol Niti Bol – trying to emulate LonelyGirl15, was produced by a Balaji content brand called Alt Entertainment, apparently not Balaji’s New Media division.

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