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Roma Khanna lands at MGM

The former president of Universal Networks International & digital initiatives at NBCUniversal is now going to run MGM's TV and digital arm.
June 8, 2011

Roma Khanna has landed at MGM to run its TV and digital arm after recently leaving her post as president of global networks and digital initiatives at NBC Universal International in London.

Khanna will join a restructured MGM as president of its TV and digital group, reporting to Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, co-chairmen and CEOs of the studio.

Khanna will oversee all TV sales, production, acquisitions, licensing, content creation and digital initiatives for MGM worldwide.

“In Roma we have found an executive that we know will be able to fully realize the vision we have for our television and digital business,” Barber and Birnbaum said in a joint statement.

Khanna fills the top MGM TV post after Jim Packer last January left to join Vancouver-based Lionsgate Entertainment.

“MGM has a long history of creating and distributing world-class content and I am very excited to have the opportunity to help grow the global business across both digital and traditional platforms,” she said in her own statement.

Prior to NBCU International, Khanna was senior vice president of content and co-head of CHUM Television, where she helped run the Citytv network and around 20 Canadian specialty channels.

Khanna began her career at Sony Music Canada as a manager of legal and business affairs.

Khanna is also chairman of the Canadian Film Centre, a post she has held through her NBCU tenure to leverage her international contacts for the benefit of the advanced training center.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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