Singh becomes PVR Pictures CEO

Joins cinema and production arm after decade at Sony

NEW DELHI -- Sony Pictures Entertainment Films India CEO Uday Singh is leaving the company, accepting the top executive post at PVR Pictures, the company said Thursday.

During a decade at Sony, Singh oversaw the production of 2007's "Saawariya," the first Bollywood movie produced by any Hollywood studio. The film was considered a boxoffice disappointment and critically panned, a fate that also met Sony's next release, last summer's cricket comedy "Meerabai Not Out." That film was a joint production between Mumbai-based Pritish Nandy Communications and Hyderabad-based DQ Entertainment.

However, during Singh's tenure, Sony set new box office records for Hollywood films in India given the success of "Spiderman 3" – the highest grossing Hollywood release, with $14.25 million. Similarly, “Casino Royale” took the highest opening for a Hollywood release here collecting $2.2 million in its first two days, as part of its total take of $7.3 million.

PVR operates 95 screens nationwide. Its recent productions include India's Oscar entry this year "Taare Zameen Par" (Stars on Earth), which starred Aamir Khan.

Sony has not yet named a replacement for Singh.