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Uday Shankar Named President of 21st Century Fox, Asia

UdayShankar21st Century Fox promoted Star India chairman and CEO Uday Shankar to president of 21st Century Fox, Asia, effective immediately.

In his new role, Shankar will lead 21st Century Fox’s (21CF) video businesses across all of Asia, including Star India and Fox Networks Group, and work closely with 21CF leadership on key strategic initiatives in the region. He will continue to serve as Chairman and CEO for Star Indiaand digital video platform Hotstar.

Zubin Gandevia, president of Fox Networks Group Asia, will continue to oversee video brands across 14 markets and now report to Shankar under this realigned regional structure. 21CF’s film business in Asia will continue to report directly to Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Film.

As Chairman and CEO of Star India, Shankar leads a company with market leadership in key geographies, demographics, and time slots, that reaches more than 700 million viewers in India and across the globe every week.

Shankar has guided the transformation of Star India into a diversified media company, leading initiatives in distribution through Media Pro, movies through Fox Studio, regional television through Asianet, and sports, following 21CF’s (then News Corp) acquisition of its joint venture with ESPN in 2012.

In addition, Shankar is a leading voice of the media and broadcasting industry in the country. As the former president of the Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF) and the current chairman of the FICCI Media & Entertainment Committee, Shankar has been at the forefront of landmark changes in self-regulation and digitized distribution access for consumers.

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