MUMBAI: UTV chairman Ronnie Screwvala has been elected as the president of The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. He replaces Reliance Entertainment chairman Amit Khanna. The decision was taken at the first meeting of the Council of Management held immediately after the 52nd annual general meeting of the Guild on 20 September.
Among the other office bearers, Sony Entertainment Television India CEO Kunal Dasgupta was re-elected as the vice president. Adlabs chairman and managing director Manmohan Shetty and BR Chopra Filmsâ€™ Ravi Chopra were elected as vice presidents. On the other hand, Siddhanth Cinevision CEO Manish Goswami and Ultra Group managing director Sushilkumar Agrawal were elected treasurers of the Guild.
In his concluding speech, Khanna thanked the Guild members and his fellow office bearers for their support during his tenure. He described the changing contours of the entertainment spectrum as visualized by multiplicity of revenue streams and the rapid technological advances.
Further, Khanna also enumerated some of the issues tackled by Guild recently such as VAT, Self Regulation Code, Entertainment Export Promotion Council of India amongst others.
The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd vice president Raj Tilak concurred with Khannaâ€™s views and urged the Guild to play an important role in the challenges facing the Indian filmed entertainment space.
Further he also stated the far reaching impact of new concepts like IPTV, mobile TV, Video-on-Demand (VoD) etc on the Indian entertainment domain. Tilak also laid stress on the focal significance of content creation irrespective of infrastructural problems faced by the producer in the years to come.
The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd was established in 1954 by the stalwarts of the Indian film industry and is today the most progressive body in show business. Guild members comprises the likes of Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai and has also seen active participation from companies like UTV, Nimbus, Zee, Sahara and Adlabs. Television companies like Star TV, Sony, TV Today, NDTV, Television Eighteen and B.A.G. Films are also members of the Guild.
Foreign production houses like Sony Pictures Entertainment Films and Warner Bros and the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPA) are also members of the Guild.