Star India CEO Uday Shankar Named President of 21st Century Fox, Asia

Star India CEO Uday Shankar
Star India

The industry veteran will continue overseeing the Indian TV giant and take on the added role as part of the promotion.

On Tuesday, 21st Century Fox said it has elevated Star India chairman and CEO Uday Shankar to president, 21st Century Fox, Asia, effective immediately.

In his new role, Shankar will lead Fox’s video businesses across all of Asia, including Star India and Fox Networks Group, and work closely with management on key strategic initiatives in the region.

He will also continue to serve as chairman and CEO for Star India, one of India’s largest media companies, comprising 60-plus channels across entertainment and sports and eight languages.

Said Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch: "Uday’s new role will enhance our strategic focus across all of Asia and enable us to further capture opportunities, building on the transformation Star India has driven in our most important growth market."

They added: "Under Uday’s leadership, our India business has firmly established itself as a world-class asset with durable businesses across entertainment, sports, satellite distribution and OTT. His strategic vision has put 21 Century Fox at the forefront of content and distribution in one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and we are very fortunate to benefit from Uday’s expanded leadership at a global level.”

Zubin Gandevia, president of Fox Networks Group Asia, will continue to oversee video brands across 14 markets and now report to Shankar under the realigned regional structure. Fox's film business in Asia will continue to report directly to Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Film.