Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has appointed Ajay Bhalwankar as the business head for its upcoming Marathi general entertainment channel (GEC). He has been associated with SPN since 2014. Prior to taking charge of the Marathi GEC, he was the chief creative director at Sony Entertainment Television (SET) where his role was to provide creative leadership and direction to propel the channel amongst the top players across genres. Ajay has also served as content head for Hindi GECs at ZEE.
Amit Dhanuka has been appointed as executive vice president of Lionsgate in India, to drive the growth of Lionsgate and Starz brands in the country. Previously responsible for Star India’s direct-to-home (DTH) affiliate sales division, Dhanuka has also held positions at Sony Pictures Television International in LA, and at Indian production companies E-City Films and Zee Motion Pictures.