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Star’s Uday Shankar to head FICCI’s Media & Entertainment Committee

The position was held for a long time by the late Yash Chopra. Man Jit Singh of Multi Screen Media will replace Shankar as head of FICCI Broadcast Forum

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | December 18, 2012

(File photo): Uday Shankar at CII Big Picture Summit

Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India, is the new Chairman of FICCI’s Media & Entertainment Committee. The position was earlier held by the legendary filmmaker and thought leader, Yash Chopra, who passed away in October this year. Shankar will be supported by Ramesh Sippy and Karan Johar as Co-Chair of the committee.

Shankar was the Chairman of FICCI Broadcast Forum and led the Forum on some seminal work towards broadcast digitisation along with TRAI and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. Man Jit Singh, CEO, Multi Screen Media, will now be the new Chairman of the forum.

The FICCI Entertainment Committee has been working closely with the government on behalf of industry stakeholders for the past decade and has been responsible for achieving major milestones for the industry such as the accordance of ‘industry’ status to the Indian film sector; income tax rebate to the extent of 50 per cent on book profits to the multiplexes; tax holiday for five years by some state governments to give concessions or exemptions from payment of entertainment tax; spearheading the second phase of privatisation FM Radio Broadcast Policy; submitting a definitive TRP report to review and recommend robust system of measurement of TRP; working with MIB to define a roadmap and solve policy issues relating to animation, gaming, VFX and comic industry (AVGC); forming a sector skills council with NSDC to focus on skill development in the media sector, among others.

On taking over as the chairmanship, Shankar said that he would work with all industry stakeholders closely to formulate an agenda for sustained growth of the burgeoning entertainment sector and keep up a regular and meaningful dialogue with policymakers.

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