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Imagine Entertainment taps former Netflix exec for int’l content role

Former Netflix executive Swati Shetty has boarded New York-based Imagine Entertainment as EVP of international content. In her new role, Shetty (pictured) will work to expand the company’s worldwide reach by ...
May 6, 2019

Former Netflix executive Swati Shetty has boarded New York-based Imagine Entertainment as EVP of international content.

In her new role, Shetty (pictured) will work to expand the company’s worldwide reach by overseeing international opportunities for global content and collaboration with Imagine’s various divisions, including documentary, film and television.

Shetty joins Imagine Entertainment from Netflix where she held the position of director of international originals and acquisitions. During her near-three-year tenure at the digital streaming giant, Shetty’s responsibilities included building Netflix’s catalog and originals’ slate, and was also responsible for securing a global, exclusive deal with Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies for a slate of original fiction films that included Love Per Square Foot and Lust Stories.

Before joining Netflix, Shetty produced India’s first-ever Sundance winning film, taking home the 2015 Audience Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition for Umrika.

Prior to this, the veteran executive has also held posts at Film Studios in India, headed local production at Disney, and served as president of Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures.

“When we met Swati we immediately connected to her passion and storytelling instincts,” said Imagine Entertainment Cchairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard in a joint statement. “Her track record has proven her to be an executive who balances both the creative and business aspects of the industry.”

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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