ANU SIKKA – Innovator in Kids’ Entertainment
Anu Sikka, Head of Creative, Content, and Research at Viacom18, is a seasoned professional with over 22 years of experience. Specializing in curating content for children, Anu has been instrumental in the success of shows like Motu Patlu and Rudra. Her avant-garde programming strategy has led Nickelodeon to the top spot. Anu’s expertise extends from being the Creative Director at Hungama to executive producer at Sab TV, showcasing her commitment to delivering quality content.
CHETAN SHARMA – 2D Animation Maestro
Chetan Sharma, co-founder & director of Animagic, is a self-taught artist and award-winning animator. With over 30 years of dedication to 2D animation, he is a driving force in the Indian animation scene. Notable for Cannes Silver-winning commercials and Bollywood hits like “Mission Kashmir” and “Eklavya,” Chetan’s passion extends to illustrating children’s books and creating diverse award-winning films. As an industry luminary, he continues to shape the future, currently focusing on in-house theatrical features and graphic novels at Animagic.
DHIMANT VYAS – Versatile Animation Artistry
Dhimant Vyas, an acclaimed Animation Film Designer, crafts visual marvels with an extensive portfolio. From Oscar-winning projects with Aardman Animation to the title animation sequence for ‘Taare Zameen Par,’ his impact is profound. As a Professor of Practice at IDC IIT Bombay and Senior Art Director at Zynga Games India, Dhimant’s versatile skills span stop-motion, experimental animation, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and more. Honored with the ‘Ram Mohan Award,’ Dhimant’s dedication to conservation messages and storytelling makes him a true maestro.
SURESH ERIYAT – Animation Pioneer & Visionary
Suresh Eriyat, a director, producer, animator, and mentor, has been a pivotal figure in Indian animation for nearly two decades. Founder of Studio Eeksaurus, his legacy includes over 400 films, earning 100+ national and international awards. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Suresh’s exceptional contributions, including the Annecy festival Cristal for ‘Fateline,’ showcase his prowess. A leading force in transforming perceptions of animation in India, his studio consistently delivers impactful work, earning accolades such as Cannes Lions, D&AD, and Clio.
LEENA LELE DUTTA – M&E Visionary & Strategic Leader
Leena Lele Dutta, a stalwart in media and entertainment for over 20 years, stands as a business leader with P&L responsibility. Currently, as EVP & Business Head at Sony Pictures Networks India, she spearheads the Kids portfolio, contributing to fiscal growth and strategic innovation. Leena’s career highlights include launching the Content Licensing division for SPT in South Asia and establishing a comprehensive Kids business for Sony. A pragmatic and result-oriented executive, she thrives on creating startup-like environments, emphasizing team leadership, productivity, and balanced risk-taking.
MANOJ MISHRA – Kids’ Entertainment Wizard
Manoj Mishra, CEO of Powerkids Entertainment, brings 25+ years of expertise in kids’ entertainment. From co-producing with Sony Pictures Network Kids India to launching “PowerKidsKartoon” on JioTV, Manoj’s visionary leadership elevates the industry. Awarded “Animation Personality of the Year,” he drives success in IP development, coproduction deals, and emerging as an influential figure. Under Manoj, Powerkids Entertainment’s YouTube channel thrives, solidifying its position as a major player in the ever-evolving landscape of children’s content.
MEGHA TATA – Media & Entertainment Maven
Megha Tata, CEO of Cosmos Maya, brings over 30 years of expertise to the Media and Entertainment industry. With a distinguished career at Star, Turner, HBO, BTVI, and Discovery, she excels in sales, negotiations, P&L analysis, and strategic business operations. Recognized as one of India’s influential women in media, Megha has received numerous awards, including the ‘Women of the Decade in Media’ by the Women Economic Forum. Her leadership roles in industry associations, including IAA, highlight her commitment to shaping the future of media and entertainment.
MILIND SHINDE – Animation Studio Pioneer
Milind Shinde, Founder & CEO of 88 Pictures, stands as a doyen in the animation industry with nearly two decades of expertise. His illustrious career includes pivotal roles in Project Management, Production, and setting up new studios. Notably, he played a key role in establishing DreamWorks Animation Studios’ production unit in India, contributing to successful franchises like Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon. With astute management and a commitment to quality, Milind has positioned 88 Pictures as a leader, serving top-notch clients like DreamWorks, Warner Bros, Netflix, and more.
NILOY KANTI BISWAS – Animation Maestro & CEO
Niloy Kanti Biswas, CEO of Wackytoon Studio Pvt Ltd, brings 20 years of extensive experience in the Animation & Media & Entertainment Industry. His journey encompasses leadership roles in renowned companies, including Toonz Animation, Tata Interactive System, and Animatzione Animation. Proficient in handling diverse projects for major networks like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney India, Niloy is a creative visionary passionate about visualizing concepts for 2D, 3D, and VFX ad films. With a proven track record, he leads Wackytoon Studio, contributing to the vibrant animation landscape.
P. JAYAKUMAR – Media Mogul & Visionary Leader
P. Jayakumar, CEO of Toonz Media Group, is a distinguished figure and thought leader in the media and entertainment industry. His visionary leadership has steered Toonz into a global force in kids and family entertainment. A co-executive producer for award-winning animated shows and films, Jayakumar’s strategic acumen has expanded Toonz’s global footprint through strategic acquisitions. His contributions to industry associations and government bodies showcase his commitment to shaping the media and entertainment landscape.
PRASAD AJGAONKAR – Innovator & Animation Visionary
Prasad Ajgaonkar, a libertarian entrepreneur, is an award-winning technology and entertainment visionary. With a career spanning over 29 years, he pioneered digital innovations, crafted the first multimedia CD-ROM, and developed revolutionary platforms in collaboration with global giants. As CEO of iRealities Technology Private Limited, Prasad blends technology and creativity, producing groundbreaking animated features like “Chaar SaahibZaade” and the Disney series “Super V.” Beyond professional success, his transformative journey embraces a deeper understanding of life and purpose, creating a narrative of continuous evolution.
RAJIV CHILAKA – Animation Trailblazer
Rajiv Chilaka, Founder and Managing Director of Green Gold Animation Pvt. Ltd, stands as a creator, director, and producer of India’s top children’s shows. With an illustrious career, he has delivered award-winning animated films and series, including the renowned “Chhota Bheem.” Rajiv’s creative vision and leadership have positioned Green Gold Animation as a highly acclaimed enterprise. His dedication to storytelling in animation reflects in the success of iconic characters like Krishna and Chhota Bheem. As a pioneer in the animation industry, Rajiv continues to shape India’s animation landscape with his innovative and captivating creations.
ROHIT KATARIA – AVGC Visionary & Founder
Rohit Kataria, a proud veteran with over three decades of experience, serves as the Founder & CEO at Script to Screen Films Pvt Ltd, Tavrohi Animations Pvt Ltd, and Metanimate. His expertise spans management and leadership, contributing significantly to the animation industry. As Founder & CEO of Metanimate, he leverages XR, Web 3.0, and Metaverse platforms for innovative content creation. At Script to Screen Films, his vision combines masterful artistry and storytelling, creating world-class IPs and concepts. Tavrohi Animations, under his leadership, pioneers full-stack animation production, venturing into 3D animation, AR/VR, and captivating storytelling.
SHAMBHOO PHALKE – Animation Maestro & Strategist
Shambhoo Phalke, a name synonymous with creativity and commercials in the Indian animation realm, is a seasoned professional with a career spanning 30+ years. Renowned for striking the right balance between creativity and commercial success, Shambhoo has excelled in traditional and digital production methods. His roles as GM of an animation studio in Manila, Sr. Vice President Operations at Maya Entertainment, and COO at Colorchips India showcase his diverse expertise. A taskmaster, he focuses on unique deals, building clientele, and restructuring animation studios, consistently enhancing their bottom and top-line revenue
SOUMITRA RANADE – Animation Maverick and IP Visionary
Soumitra Ranade, the Chairman and Creative Director at Paperboat Studios, is a pioneering force shaping the animation, design, and films domain. With a remarkable journey spanning over 13 years at Paperboat and earlier roles as Set Designer/Art Director for Theatre Productions and Art Director at J. Walter Thompson, Mumbai, Ranade has played a pivotal role in transforming India’s animation landscape. His leadership at Paperboat has elevated the studio’s status as an IP lab, creating cutting-edge IPs that showcase India’s rich heritage globally. With a focus on quality over quantity, Paperboat, under Ranade’s guidance, continues to break new ground in animation.
SRIRAM CHANDRASEKHAR – Strategic HR and Branding Expert
Sriram Chandrasekhar, the Director at Broadvision Perspectives India, stands at the forefront of strategic HR, employer branding, and young talent recruitment. With over 15 years in the Professional Services industry, Chandrasekhar has played a pivotal role in establishing Broadvision as a leading management consultancy firm in Bengaluru. His expertise lies in crafting HR branding initiatives and fostering young talent programs, ensuring Broadvision remains a preferred choice in the industry. As a leader in employer branding, Chandrasekhar’s dedication reflects in the company’s sustained growth and commitment to delivering excellence in the realm of professional services.
SUBRATA ROY – Animation Industry Pioneer
Subrato Roy, Founder and Managing Director of Hi-Tech Animation and Moople, brings 25 years of invaluable experience to the animation industry. With a vision to transform India into the animation hub of the world, Mr. Roy guides Hi-Tech Animation in producing top-notch content for national and international clients. The studio, known for its premier training institutes, has a stellar reputation with clients like Sony Yay, Cartoon Network, and Zee News. Subrato Roy’s leadership emphasizes creativity, integrity, and excellence, positioning Hi-Tech Animation as a prominent player in animation, VFX, and filmmaking.
TEJONIDHI BHANDARE – Strategic Animation Leader
Tejonidhi Bhandare, CEO of Reliance Animation Studios, boasts 16 years at the helm, contributing to iconic shows like Little Krishna and Golmaal Jr. With a strategic approach, he turned the business profitable and introduced Bollywood to Animation. From Company Secretary to CEO, Tejonidhi’s expertise lies in financial planning, fund management, and driving innovative projects. His vision for the sector’s evolution emphasizes the 3 P’s – Patience, Passion, and Perseverance, guiding the industry from service work to diverse content for global audiences.
UTTAM PAL SINGH – Kids Content & Animation Head
Uttam Pal Singh, Head of Kids Cluster at Warner Bros. Discovery, brings nearly two decades of comprehensive experience in the kids content and animation industry. With a 360-degree approach, he has contributed to animation, design, direction, and production, working with leading broadcasters, advertising agencies, and brands. As the creative force behind Discovery Kids, Uttam successfully launched popular series like “Little Singham” and “Fukrey Boyzzz,” elevating the channel’s ranks, ratings, and popularity. His journey reflects a deep commitment to the creative vision and growth of kids’ entertainment.
VAIBHAV KUMARESH – Emmy-Nominated Animation Filmmaker
Vaibhav Kumaresh, Founder and Creative Director of Vaibhav Studios, is an International Emmy-nominated animation filmmaker. In his illustrious career, he founded Vaibhav Studios, creating beloved animated content for TV commercials, episodic series, and channel promos. His directorial venture, “Return of the Jungle,” premiered at IFFI 2023, earning recognition and recommendation. A Fine Arts graduate and animation film-making alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Vaibhav is an active committee member and Honorary Secretary of The Animation Society of India (TASI). His leadership and teaching roles contribute to India’s animation landscape.
VIRENDRA CHAUHAN – A Feature Film Production Maestro
Virendra Chauhan, Executive Producer at MPC Films, Technicolor India, is a seasoned professional with a remarkable 33-year track record. His diverse roles, from CG Generalist to Head of Studio, showcase his expertise in production management, client servicing, and team development. As a key member in establishing DreamWorks’ dedicated unit in Bangalore, Virendra contributed to notable feature film projects like Boss Baby, Trolls, and Kung Fu Panda 3. With a rich background spanning AD Film Director to Creative Producer, he continues to make significant strides in animation, VFX, and filmmaking.