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Vishal Gondal to move on from Indiagames and DisneyUTV

Sameer Ganapathy named to take charge of the digital arm of Disney UTV

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | April 23, 2013

Vishal Gondal

Vishal Gondal, Founder & CEO of Indiagames and Managing Director, Digital of Disney UTV, is moving on from the company. His last working day is June 30, 2013. Sameer Ganapathy who was earlier handling distribution for the media business of Disney UTV, will now take on the business function for the digital arm of Disney UTV.

The digital team of Disney UTV combines all mobile, video, audio, broadband, ITV, games and virtual world’s initiatives and has a combined audience reach of over 300 million in India. All digital content across all brands, namely, Disney, Marvel, UTV, Indiagames, Bindassincluding original content for web and mobile and games will be developed and managed by this team.

“Vishal has been a great founder and CEO for Indiagames. As we consolidate the digital, mobile and web play for Disney UTV in India, we plan to build on our creative prowess and transform the digital business to be a direct to consumer, yet working closely with all our partners, telecom operators, OEMs and others. This is similar to our approach in our other verticals of movies, broadcasting and consumer products. Sameer Ganapathy brings an astute business sense and high resourcefulness to this position, which is key to meet the ever growing trajectory of the digital business in India,” said Ronnie Screwvala, MD, Disney UTV.

“Indiagames had small beginnings but a big dream. I cannot help but look back with a tremendous sense of fulfilment and pride upon the long, eventful and exciting journey. I am really proud of what the team has accomplished. Excellent support from our early investors Infinity, IL&FS, TOM Online, Adobe, Cisco & UTV and the subsequent acquisition by Walt Disney provided us the opportunity to work towards our vision of making gaming big in India. Over the last 18 months, we have spent time integrating the teams and set a platform for continued growth. Consequently, I’ve decided to move on to pursue my dreams and passion of being an entrepreneur,” said Gondal.

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