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Sony Pictures Network builds team for kids channel, appoints two execs

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MUMBAI: Celebration at Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI) seems to be continuing. The network recently launched its factual entertainment channel Sony BBC Earth with BBC Earth. Now, the network is gearing up to launch another channel, Sony kids channel. The channel is slated for an April launch.

This upcoming channel will be the second kids channel from the SPNI stable. At present, Sony runs Animax, which was launched on 5 July 2004. “The kids channel will be organic, local and everything will be produced in India," SPNI CEO N P Singh said in an interview.

The channel will be headed by Leena Lele Dutta, Singh confirmed to Indiantelevision.com. Dutta is already associated with Sony Pictures Television. She was hired to establish and set up content distribution & licensing division of Sony Pictures Television in India in 2007, and expand its footprint thereafter into the South Asian markets.

Dutta’s career spans over 20 years in the M&E industry. From an advertising sales executive to her current role of executive director - distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment content licensing & syndication arm SPT, Dutta’s forte is working in startup companies / functions.

Apart from Dutta, the network has appointed Sujoy RoyBardhan as the AVP and marketing head for the channel. Prior to joining SPNI, RoyBardhan was working with Viacom18 as the director - marketing.

The channel has been working to expand its portfolio by adding 10 channels this year. The channels include five sports channels, and the rest will be divided between kids, music, infotainment and others. SPNI already launched two channels in the beginning of the year, and announced sports channels as well.

A new kids channel is on its way. Now, it will be interesting to see what more SPNI has in its magic box for India.

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