Webinar on Recalibration of the Film Business-The Way Forward

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Webinar on Recalibration of the Film Business-The Way Forward - May 27, 2020

The Indian Film Industry, the most prolific and largest in the world, like other industries is calibrating to cope with the new normal in a post-Covid world. While there are a lot of films awaiting release, there are some, still stuck in various stages of production and with theatres under an unprecedented lockdown the question of the right time and platform to release films has never been more pertinent than it is today. Big-ticket films like Rohit Shetty's Sooryavanshi and Kabir Khan's 83 await a theatrical release while others like Gulabo Sitabo are looking to OTT platforms to reach their audience. 

In these unprecedented times, when film shoots have been stalled, theatres shut and no clear mandate on the road ahead, the BCCI presents a high profile panel representing different stakeholders - studios, exhibitors and creators to present their insightful perspectives about the film industry and its roadmap for the future.

To answer some of these questions & give their perspective on the Way Forward, the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry presents a high-profile panel covering all aspects of the Business of the Indian Film industry.

4.30 pm - 4.32 pm
Welcome Address & Introductions
Mr. Sandeep Khosla, Director General, Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry
4.32 pm - 5.15 pm
Panel Discussion
Moderator :
Ms. Priyanka Sinha Jha, Leading Entertainment Content Strategy & Partnership Consultant, Event Curator, Anchor-Moderator, Columnist and Author
Panelists :
Mr. Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO – Content, Digital & Gaming, Reliance Entertainment
Mr. Kamal Gianchandani, CEO – PVR Pictures and Chief of Strategy, PVR Ltd.
Mr. Dinesh Vijan, Producer & Director, Founder – Maddock FIlms
5.15 pm - 5.28 pm
Q&A session
5.28 pm - 5.30 pm
Vote of Thanks by Mr. Vijay Srirangan, Mentor BCCI


Priyanka Sinha Jha

Priyanka Sinha Jha is a leading Entertainment Content Strategy & Partnership Consultant, Event Curator, Anchor-Moderator, Columnist and Author. 

With experience across digital, tv and print, she has helmed print, text, video and audio entertainment content for various media brands such as Network18, Hotstar, Screen (Indian Express), HT Style, HT Saturday and Society Magazine. For over a decade, she's been the Curator for the Star Screen Awards. She has conceived, produced and hosted celebrity-based digital-video shows on Firstpost.com, News18.com, Voot, Indianexpress.com, and Hotstar. Priyanka is also the author of a popular self-help book, Supertraits of Superstars.

Shibasish Sarkar

Group CEO – Content, Digital & Gaming, Reliance Entertainment

Shibasish is Media & Entertainment Industry professional with over 25 years of corporate experience in handling multiple verticals across gaming, films, television, animation, digital content & new media platforms. He has been a part of the leadership team with the Reliance ADA group and has demonstrated organizational capabilities in establishing and scaling business operations, driving sustainable growth by forming key alliances, managing stakeholders, talent partners & cross functional teams. He is adept at liaising with industry bodies & government authorities and if often called upon to speak at industry related forums. 

Shibasish is a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant, Company Secretary and MBA with specialization in marketing. His past employment includes managerial positions at Viacom 18,  UTV Disney & Godrej Sara Lee. 

Besides serving in the capacity of Director & Member of the Board within various Reliance ADA group companies, Shibasish leads the M & E businesses as it’s Group CEO – Content, New Media & Gaming. 

He has ever growing following on twitter where he posts his views on the entertainment business @Shibasishsarkar ‏

Kamal Gianchandani 

CEO – PVR Pictures and Chief of Strategy, PVR Ltd. 

Kamal Gianchandani has held a number of senior management positions across the media and entertainment arena and has been the principal architect of company’s strategy and drives external relations, film supply, digital & IT operations, filmed entertainment initiatives for the company. 

He joined the PVR Group in 1995 and since then has many laurels to his name. Various media publications have acknowledged him as one of the most influential filmed entertainment professional in the country, on multiple occasions. He is the recipient of the prestigious ‘Best Distributor Stardust Award’ in 2010 & 2015. 

Under his leadership, PVR Pictures Limited has piloted some of the biggest independent films, making it the largest and the most successful distributor of independent foreign language films in India, while continuing to have a strong foot hold in distribution of locally produced films. He spearheaded the acquisition of Cinemax Chain and SPI Cinemas. 

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Hons) from Delhi University, an MBA from Institute of Management Education (IME) Pune, and is an alumnus of Indian School of Business (PGPMAX). Mr Gianchandani comes with a diverse experience of more than 24 years in film financing, co-production, distribution, syndication, licensing, cinema exhibition, on-line streaming, film rental services and general management, his skill set has been instrumental in driving the strategy and business planning at PVR Cinemas.

Dinesh Vijan

Producer & Director

Founder – Maddock Films

Dinesh Vijan, 37 years, is a highly successful Indian film producer and the founder of Maddock Films, based out of Mumbai, India. Vijan topped his MBA in 2003, dived deep into a lucrative banking job and was positioned to helm his family’s transport, logistic and finance business. However, he gave it all up 17 years ago, to pursue his love for films and carve out a niche of his own. 

Never looking back, Vijan learned that the only way to make a film is to make it honestly. The stable of Maddock Films is undeniably distinctive. Some of the gems in Vijan’s mixed bag of films include, Being Cyrus, Love AajKal, Cocktail, Go Goa Gone, Finding Fanny, Badlapur, Hindi Medium, Stree and Baala. 

What makes Vijan stand apart from most other producers is that he makes films purely on instinct. He believes that every project has a specific budget and discovering this is his strength. If a story resonates with Vijan emotionally, he will make it. He believes every film can find it’s audience, if made within a sensible budget, with the intention to tell the story you initially set out to tell, in the best way possible. 

With the advent of new technologies and the rapidly changing sensibilities of the audience, Vijan has taken his operation up a notch. His staunch belief in finding and honing original scripts has lead to a talented team of professionals exploring the length and breath of the country in search of stories. He has spent the past two years meticulously putting together a prolific slate of popular projects that undeniably have the unique Maddock Films stamp on them.

Webinar details will be provided to the participants, after registration.

Ms. Jayashree Arunshrikeshav

T: 022-61200202, 9819852008

E-mail : dgoffice@bombaychamber.com


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