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Management restructure of core portfolios at UTV

MUMBAI:There has been a major management restructuring of core sectors - content creation and allied content services at United Television.

While three top management officers have left UTV in the near past, five top corporate people are stepping in, the Bombay Times has reported.

The three who have moved out include - UTV's movies section COO Sanjay Bhattacharjee (first reported by indiantelevision.com on 28 April), chief financial officer of operations Sanjay Dosi, and head of USL (United Studios Limited) Parab Sundar.

While UTV states that the parting with outgoing officers is "mutual and amicable" the fact is that have had to make way for the business house's restructuring policy.

Citing reasons for the changes, Screwvala is quoted in the report as saying, "Sanjay Bhattacharjee is a good guy but he was not the right person to go upward for what we wanted to do in the movies section. Parting with Sanjay Dosi too, was amicable. However Sundar was asked to go primarily 'on integrity grounds'."

The four new entrants will join from 10 June 2003 - one will join later as he is busy finishing an international assignment in his present company. Sandeep Bhargava , a senior advertising professional will head the Allied Content Services.

Sanjay Bhattcharjee will be replaced by two corporate heads - Ram Mirchandani who was with Modi Entertainment Group for six years will join as general manager of the Motion Pictures Division and another COO who will soon join in the movies section. 

Therefore instead of Bhattacharjee, it will now be Mirchandani who will lead the release of UTV's three Indian co-production in movies - Chalte Chalte ( with Dreamz Unlimited) , Lakshya ( with Farhan Akhtar) and Swadesh with Ashutosh Gowariker.

Interestingly, UTV is also taking back Ronald D'mello who had left the company to join Star Television about 18 months back. He returns as director of operations and finance.

Also Read:

UTV confirms departure of motion pictures head

UTV Motion Pictures COO Bhattacharjee resigns

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