India's MPDA Names Uday Singh as New MD

Singh replaces Rajiv Dalal, who first established the MPDA in 2008.

NEW DELHI -- The Motion Picture Distributors Association India –- the local arm of the Motion Picture Association – announced the appointment of Uday Singh as its new managing director.

Singh, the former MD at Sony Pictures Entertainment India after which he moved to leading Indian banner PVR Pictures, replaces Rajiv Dalal, who established the MPDA in 2008.

Dalal, who earlier worked at the MPA headquarters in Los Angeles, returns to the United States “to pursue a political career,” according to the statement.

Last year, Singh was on the board of a newly established $44 million film fund, Cause Entertainment, focusing on producing films to raise awareness about social issues, and following a business plan modeled on Participant Media (Oceans, An Inconvenient Truth). During his stint at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Singh was involved with the production of 2007's Saawariya (Beloved), the first Bollywood film produced by a Hollywood studio.

“Each of our studios have significantly invested in India through local productions and other joint ventures,” said Singh. “As they continue to do so, new market access and content theft challenges will arise, and I look forward to working with the Indian film and entertainment industry to address such issues.”

“Singh brings an unparalleled experience to the role. He is properly situated to enhance cooperation between Hollywood and Bollywood and drive further industry growth. There are few with his knowledge and expertise of the film industry. We could not have asked for a better person to lead MPDA (India)," MPA Asia Pacific president and MD Mike Ellis added.