Villeneuve to take top role at Dis TV India


Mumbai-based Walt Disney Television India on Thursday announced the appointment of Antoine Villeneuve to the newly created position of senior vp and managing director. He will assume his new role June 1.

The announcement was made by Disney Channel Worldwide president Rich Ross, to whom Villeneuve will report, along with the managing director of the Walt Disney Co. in India, Rajat Jain.

Jain announced previously that he plans to leave the company. A search is currently under way for a replacement.

Villeneuve comes from France, where, for the past three years, he has been vp and managing director for Jetix France, part of Disney-owned Jetix Europe. Villeneuve's position at Jetix France will be filled by current CFO Thierry Nicolas and Dominique Ducass, deputy managing director of Jetix operations in France.

Villeneuve will be responsible for overseeing Disney's television channel operations across all platforms in India, including Disney Channel, Toon Disney/ Jetix and Indian kids' channel Hungama TV.