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Ronald D'Mello appointed COO of UTV; Zarina Mehta is COO Hungama TV

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Mumbai: UTV Software Communications, India?s leading and most respected integrated media and entertainment companies announced that Mr. Ronald D'Mello, Director - Operations & Finance, will now take on the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer of UTV Software Communications Ltd.

In his new role, Mr. D'Mello will be fully responsible for the day to day operational management of the Company, including running of each of the profit centres as also all aspects of implementation, Finance, HR, Legal, cost management and business servicing. Mr. Ronnie Screwvala, CEO of UTV, will now focus on providing strategic direction in the areas of content development, revenue generation and new opportunities through organic and inorganic growth across all lines of businesses. Mr. Screwvala and Mr. D'Mello will work jointly on corporate strategic initiatives, investor management and business development.

A professional Chartered Accountant, Mr. D'Mello has more than 15 years of post qualification experience in the manufacturing, hospitality and media industry and enjoys the distinction of being one of the longest serving finance professionals in the media industry. Associated with the industry since 1991, he has played a key role in its evolution and been an active participant in industry initiatives at various levels including State and Central Government. Mr. D'Mello joined UTV in 1992 and has played a crucial role in the Company's evolution.

In another development, Ms. Zarina Mehta, Founder Director of UTV and Head of Programming, Hungama TV, will now take on the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer, Hungama TV. In her new role, Ms. Mehta will oversee all aspects of Channel operations and management.

A graduate in Economics (Honours) from the Mumbai University, Ms. Mehta is one of the three founding members of the company. Over the last 15 years, she has been responsible for the start-up and creation of some of UTV's major divisions and has produced over 3500 hours of high TRP, award-winning television programming in multiple languages. A multi-award-winning director of corporate documentaries with a passion for children's television, her initial training was as a theatre actor, where she performed in several leading productions.

Commenting on these developments, Mr. Ronnie Screwvala, CEO of UTV, says, "UTV is one of the largest fully integrated media companies in the region, and it is our relentless endeavour to ensure constant focus on our key business areas, with an eye to future opportunities. These new responsibilities for Ronald and Zarina will ensure that our current businesses continue to have a single-minded focus, while I can drive creative development, revenue maximization and new business opportunities."

About UTV:-

Incorporated in 1990, UTV has today emerged as one of India?s leading and most respected integrated media and entertainment companies. From a Television Production house, it has grown into an integrated media house with interests in Television Content and Air-time Sales, Movie Production and Distribution, and Broadcasting through their group company United Home Entertainment, which recently launched Hungama TV. In fact, in the last 15 years UTV has established its presence across Asia for its creativity and professional approach to the business. Website: www.utvnet.com

For further information please contact:-

Purnima Subbiah / Pooja Nikam

Good Relations (India) Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai

Tel No: 022-23535971 / 77

Mob: 9833100866

Fax: (022) 3535980

Email: purnimas@gri.co.in

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