MUMBAI: It was in early January of this year, that a major announcement emerged from MultiScreen Media (MSM - Sony Entertainment) wherein NP Singh was announced as CEO of the network, replacing Man Jit Singh.
The industry hadn't digested the news when another one broke which stated that Man Jit Singh was being moved into a global position as president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, replacing David Bishop who will depart in March when his contract expires.
What this elevation means is that Man Jit Singh will now be located in Los Angeles (LA).
So what does it mean for Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) of which he is the president?
Last year in September, the IBF re-elected Singh as its president at its 14th annual general meeting. But with him spending more time in LA, will IBF look for someone else to take his place?
No, comes the unanimous response from highly placed industry sources. An IBF representative states that: “Man Jit Singh will continue to preside over the body as the president. For us, things are working smoothly and we don’t expect to see any changes.”
Another source from the industry who is in agreement adds, “There is a board meeting to discuss the issue on 16 of this month but we see status quo being maintained.”
When we called up Man Jit Singh to get his view on the same, he was unreachable. However, sources reveal he will be jetting to and fro between India and the US even now like he used to earlier. “He is used to the travel and has been doing it for ages now, so we don’t think distance is going to change anything.”