Disney India puts more on Shahani's plate

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NEW DELHI -- Sunil Shahani, head of finance at Mumbai-based Walt Disney Television International India, has been given the additional title head of affiliate relations, the company said Friday.

In this capacity, Shahni will work closely with WDTVI-I distribution partner STAR India in managing cable and satellite distribution for the network's various channels including flagship Disney Channel, Jetix and Hungama TV, which Disney acquired last July from Mumbai-based media group UTV at an enterprise valuation of $30.5 million (HR 7/26).

Shahani will report to WDTVI-I senior vp and managing director Antoine Villeneuve, who said: "We are glad to announce Sunil's extended role in the company to further strengthen our TV business in India. We are confident that his expertise and acumen will propel our business efforts in this immensely exciting market."
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