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Industry Moves: UTV Group, Samsung India, Sony Entertainment TV, Star India

Zarina Mehta, the Chief Creative Officer at the UTV Group, and co-founder of UTV, has put in her papers, according to a report by afaqs. The report mentions that Mehta in an internal e-mail to company employees informed that she was moving full time to the foundation SHARE (Society to Heal, Aid, Restore And Educate) as a  managing trustee.

Mehta has been with UTV for about 27 years and had played a major role in UTV’s television software ventures including Hungama, UTV Bindass and UTV Stars. She’s also a minority shareholder in Walt Disney India, with Ronnie Screwvala, Unilazer Exports and Management Consultants, Unilazer (Hong Kong), following UTV’s acquisition by Walt Disney.

Ranjit Yadav, Samsung India’s Mobile and IT Country Head, has resigned according to a report by LightReading India. The publication cites industry sources aware of the development and adds that Yadav is rumoured to join Apple. However, according to another report by BGR India, Samsung has issued a statement denying Yadav’s move, although BGR also mentions that multiple sources have confirmed that Yadav has indeed put in his papers but his resignation has still not been accepted.

Yadav had joined Samsung in 2008, prior to which he was with Hewlett Packard, serving as Director for Regional Channel/Distribution Sales and Partner Management – Asia Pacific.

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Sony Entertainment Televison has appointed Vivek Bahl as Chief Creative Director. Bahl will be responsible for the over all programming of the channel, and will report to Sneha Rajani Senior ExecutiveVice President and Business head, for the channel. Bahl was previously with Turner International where he was the Chief Content Officer, overlooking the content strategy and development for Turner’s entertainment brands in India, including Imagine TV, Cartoon Network, Pogo and Warner Brothers. He’s also had stints with Star India and Zee.

Nitin Vaidya, business head, STAR India (Hindi channels) has quit. Vaidya joined STAR in May 2011 and as per an Afaqs report, was to put in his papers on Friday. At the network, Vaidya headed the Hindi channels – Star Plus, STAR Utsav, STAR Gold and STAR One (now known as Life OK).

Prior to STAR, Vaidya had a stint with Zee for 10-years as chief operating officer, where he handled the national channels at Zee Entertainment including Zee TV, Smile, Next, Zee Cinema, Jagran, Zee Muzic and Cafe Trendz. Vaidya had started his career in media as a reporter with the Sakal Group.

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