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Jyoti Deshpande appointed as CEO of Viacom18

Deshpande is already serving on the boards of Network18 and investee companies Balaji Telefilms and Saavn Media

Jyoti Deshpande

Viacom18 has appointed Jyoti Deshpande as CEO of Viacom18. Deshpande is already serving on the boards of Network18 and investee companies Balaji Telefilms and Saavn Media. In her new assignment, Deshpande will help bring synergies across all of Reliance’s media interests and investments and further equip the company to drive significant growth opportunities as the industry embraces digital transformation.

Deshpande brings 27-plus years of experience in the media and entertainment business. She joined Reliance Industries in 2018 as President - Media Platform & Content, after having successfully built a leading media company and pioneered its early disruptive entry into the OTT space. As a business leader in Reliance, Deshpande has in the last three years leveraged her industry relationships to establish Jio Studios as a key player in the media value chain.

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Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, Network18, said, “Viacom18 is poised to grow as a truly integrated media company across broadcast, OTT and content studio business spanning general entertainment, movies and sports across languages. Given Jyoti’s rich experience in the media sector around content, distribution and monetisation across traditional and emerging platforms, we believe she is best placed to lead the company and its operations.” 

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