Banijay-owned Indian production companies Banijay Asia and Endemol Shine India have restructured their teams with the aim of “fuelling further growth” for the group in the Indian and Asian markets.
The team changes follow Banijay taking full control of Endemol Shine India in July, which saw the two businesses consolidated under the helm of Deepak Dhar.
In total, five staff have been placed in “pivotal group leadership roles”, which Banijay said would “unlock greater synergies between the two entities”, including Rishi Negi, who was appointed as CEO of Endemol Shine India last year and now becomes group chief operating officer for the combined entity.
Meanwhile, Banijay Asia’s EVP of business and content, Mrinalini Jain, has been named group chief development officer, while Shyam Rathi has been appointed as group chief financial officer, having previously served as EVP and head of finance, strategy, legal and HR at Banijay Asia.
Lalit Sharm, formerly EVP and head of legal at Endemol Shine India, will head up legal, while Fiona Machado becomes head of HR after previously serving assistant VP of HR and administration.
Deepak Dhar, founder & group CEO of Banijay Asia & Endemol Shine India, explained: “Our mission has always been to create exceptional content that captivates audiences across India and beyond.
“With this strategic restructuring, we are taking another step forward in our commitment to be the torch-bearers for first-class storytelling across screens. This core team brings an invaluable wealth of experience and expertise, and together, we will unlock the next phase of our growth.”
Banijay Asia’s slate includes scripted adaptations of shows including The Night Manager, Call My Agent Bollywood and Hostages, as well as originals such as Dahan, Matsya Kaand and Undekhi. It also has local remakes of shows such as The Good Wife, House and Suits on the slate, while on the unscripted front, programming includes Ranveer Vs Wild With Bear Grylls, The Kapil Sharma Show, MTV Roadies and The Voice.
Endemol Shine India is home to Bigg Boss, as well as the Indian adaptations of Fear Factor, MasterChef and Deal Or No Deal. Its scripted output includes Bombay Begums and a Hindi adaptation of The Bridge.