Sony Pictures Television-backed Multi Screen Media Pvt Ltd (MSM), formerly known as SET India Pvt Ltd, on Friday said that its chief operating officer NP Singh will take over as chief executive officer of the company with immediate effect.
Singh will replace the current CEO Man Jit Singh, who would become the non-executive chairman of the company but would relocate to Los Angeles to assume other responsibilities.
NP Singh will report to Andy Kaplan, who is the Sony Pictures Television's president, worldwide networks, MSM said in the statement.
MSM comprises Hindi general entertainment television channel Sony Entertainment Television (SET); Hindi movies and special events channel MAX; family comedy entertainment channel SAB; English movie channel PIX; music channel MIX; sports entertainment channel SIX and Sony LIV.
NP Singh served as COO since December 2004 and oversaw the operations of Sony Entertainment Television and MAX. Prior to his appointment as COO, NP Singh served as chief financial officer of Sony Entertainment Television.
Commenting on the appointment of Singh, Man Jit Singh said, "NP and I have worked closely together as equal partners these last five years and the success of the company is largely due to his efforts. The time has come for him to lead the company to the next level and I fully expect the innovations he brings as CEO will ensure we have years of success ahead. As the non-executive chairman of MSM, I look forward to supporting NP and will continue to remain involved with the Indian television industry."
Kaplan congratulated NP Singh, while expressing strong support to the change. "I wish him all success in his new role as CEO of MSM. I would also like to thank Man Jit for the huge contribution he has made in growing our business in India and setting it on the path of sustainable future growth," Kaplan said.
Sony Pictures Television operates as a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc, which is the US-based television and film production and distribution unit of Japanese multinational technology and media conglomerate Sony.
(Edited by Joby Puthuparampil Johnson)