Endemol Shine India head Deepak Dhar steps down; Abhishek Rege named new CEO
Endemol Shine India’s managing director and CEO Deepak Dhar (pictured) has stepped down.
Dhar, who has been with the global producer/distributor for 11 years, is leaving the company to pursue a new opportunity.
Endemol Shine India’s chief operating officer Abhishek Rege has been named CEO and will work alongside Dhar during the transition period.
Dhar was appointed creative director of Endemol India in 2006, before being elevated to managing director in 2008, then managing director and CEO of the company in 2015.
With his leadership, the company has produced over 40 shows a year, totalling over 1500 hours of programming. Teaming with Abhishek, Dhar shepherded the expansion of Endemol Shine India from non-scripted television into drama, film and online content, as well as the move into regional markets, including the launch of versions of Big Boss in Bengali, Kannada, Tamil and Telegu.
Before joining the company, he held senior industry positions at MTV, Channel V and Star TV, as head of programming.
Rege joined the company in 2008 as head of commercial and legal. He went on to be promoted to COO in 2012 and has since led the company’s business strategy and operations across television, film and online.
Prior to Endemol Shine India, Rege held a number of senior positions in the industry, including director of business operations at Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd., and roles in scheduling, acquisitions, commercial affairs and compliance at Star India.
Edge invests with former BBCWW leader John Smith
Specialist investment house Edge Investments has teamed with former BBC Worldwide CEO John Smith on a venture partnership.
Edge chief executive David Glick and Smith will explore and jointly back investment opportunities in the creative industries. Smith will support Edge on investment approaches, using his experience and network to identify and work with Edge’s team of investment managers.
Smith joined the BBC in 1989 and spent 23 years at the organization in various senior level roles. He was chief executive of the broadcaster’s commercial arm from 2004 to 2012. Prior to that role, he held number positions including COO and director of finance, property and business affairs.
The executive and his team sold program rights to other broadcasters overseas for such series as Top Gear, Dancing with the Stars and for BBC Earth. BBC Worldwide now airs in more than 100 countries.
After leaving the BBC, Smith joined British luxury fashion group Burberry as COO in 2013. He had already been a non-executive director of Burberry since 2009.
C4 commissions Scousers in a Manger
UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned the one-off Christmas special Scousers in a Manger (w/t) from Daisybeck Studios.
The special follows a group of Liverpudlians, The Christmas Decorators, as they journey to the Holy Land to decorate Manager Square, the birthplace of Jesus, in time for Christmas. Leading the UK team is operations director Ged Comerford who takes pride in his work but understands with an increasingly volatile world, this year’s trip to the West Bank could be his riskiest yet.
The program will follow Comerford and his team of Santa’s helpers as they design and plan the festive concept on a tight budget. He will also be sharing decision making and decorating with his Palestinian counterpart and a local team.
Scousers in a Manger (w/t) was commissioned for C4 by Lizi Wootton, commissioning editor for features. The executive producer for Daisybeck Studios is Paul Stead.
BAFTA Scotland Awards winners
Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions and The Marvelous World Of Roald Dahl are among the factual titles to score hardware from the British Academy Scotland Awards this year.
The awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, honor the best in film, television and games produced over the last year in Scotland.
In the factual categories, the IMG Productions Scotland- and BBC Scotland-made Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions picked up the award for best single documentary, while BBC Scotland’s The Marvelous World of Roald Dahl took home the specialist factual award.
Elsewhere, IWC and BBC1′s The Council was feted with best features and factual series, while the current affairs nod went to the BBC Gàidhlig/BBC Alba report Guantamo Detainees.
Louise Lockwood took home best director – factual honors for Fair Isle: Living on the Edge. The entertainment category award, meanwhile, went to Hungry Bear Media Limited, BocPix Limited and BBC1 for All Round To Mrs. Brown’s.