UTV has restructured UTV Motion Pictures, its film production and distribution division, and promoted Siddharth Roy Kapur to CEO, UTV Motion Pictures.
Previously Kapur was EVP Marketing, Distribution & Syndication, UTV Motion Pictures. He will continue to report to Ronnie Screwvala, CEO, UTV Software Communications and be responsible for spearheading the motion pictures business at UTV.
Kapur's mandate also includes marketing, distribution, syndication and international.
Alpana Mishra has now been elevated to the rank of COO Production, UTV Motion Pictures (overlooking film production and development); Vikas Bahl has been promoted as COO, UTV Spotboy Motion Pictures (the film development and production arm launched last year). Both will report to Kapur.
A separate film development and production arm, funded by UTV Motion Pictures, that will exclusively produce films for UMP, will be led by Ram Mirchandani.
Speaking about the changes, Screwvala said, ' The core team at UTV Motion Pictures has been instrumental in driving the growth of the company over the last few years. As we move to the next level in our operations, we are happy to streamline the structure to ensure the same pace in decision-making and creative judgment that has served us well in the past. '
So far this year, UTV Motion Pictures has released Jodhaa Akbar and Race. The 18-film slate for 2008 includes comedy, action, thriller and romance, in Hindi and English, with dubbed versions in Tamil, Telugu, French, German etc.
The company isalsoworking on four animation films.