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Vishal Gondal quits Disney India to pursue entrepreneurship


The Managing Director of the Digital arm of Disney UTV Vishal
Gondal has put in his papers to pursue entrepreneurship. Gondal who is the
founder and CEO of Indiagames (acquired by Disney last year) will be with the company till June 30th,
2013.

“IndiaGames had small beginnings but a big dream. I cannot
help but look back with a tremendous sense of fulfillment and pride, upon the
long, eventful and exciting journey. I am really proud of what the team has
accomplished. Excellent support from our early investors Infinity, IL&FS,
TOM Online, Adobe, Cisco & UTV & the subsequent acquisition by Walt
Disney provided us the opportunity to work towards our vision of making gaming
big in India. Over last 18 months, we have spent time integrating the teams and
set a platform for continued growth. Consequently, I’ve decided to move on to pursue
my dreams and passion of being an entrepreneur”, said Vishal.

Sameer Ganapathy who was earlier handling the distribution
for the media networks business of Disney UTV will now take on the business
function for the digital arm of Disney UTV.

“Vishal has been a great founder and CEO for Indiagames. As
we consolidate the digital, mobile and web play for Disney UTV in India, we
plan to build on our creative prowess and transform the digital business to be
a direct to consumer, yet working closely with all our partners, telecom operators,
OEM’s and others. This is similar to our approach in our other verticals of
movies, broadcasting and consumer products. Sameer Ganapathy brings an astute
business sense and high resourcefulness to this position, which is key to meet
the ever growing trajectory of the digital business in India”, said Ronnie
Screwvala, MD – Disney UTV.

The Digital team of Disney UTV combines all mobile, video,
audio, broadband, ITV, games and virtual world’s initiatives and has a combined
audience reach of over 300 million in India. All digital content across all
brands namely Disney, Marvel, UTV, Indiagames, bindass including original
content for web and mobile and games will be developed and managed by this
team. 

 

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