Balaji Telefilms appoints Zulfiqar Khan as Group COO

In his new role, Khan will report to Balaji Telefilms MD Shobha Kapoor

e4m by Javed Farooqui
Updated: May 20, 2021 8:25 PM
Zulfiqar Khan

TV production house Balaji Telefilms, which also owns SVOD platform ALTBalaji, has roped in Zulfiqar Khan as Group COO. Reporting in to Balaji Telefilms MD Shobha Kapoor, Khan will be responsible for the overall success of the company's profit and loss of operations, content, marketing, and distribution deals.

He replaces Nachiket Pantvaidya who has joined Asianet News Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (AMEL) as the Managing Director. It is pertinent to note that Pantvaidya was also the CEO of ALTBalaji. That position remains vacant.

Commenting on the development, Ekta Kapoor said, "We are ecstatic to welcome Zulfiqar aboard. His rich experience is sure to take Balaji Telefilms Ltd. to newer heights. Zulfiqar will be a driving factor for Balaji’s vision of shaping and defining its leadership in the ever-evolving entertainment sector."

Balaji Telefilms MD Shobha Kapoor further stated, "We have great expectations from Zulfiqar. I am sure his robust experience coupled with Balaji Telefilms Ltd.'s proven business excellence across production and distribution capabilities will create significant value for us."

"I am excited to be working with Ekta and to take on this challenging journey at Balaji Telefilms Ltd. That is a pioneer in content creation across platforms as well as one of the top digital entertainment platforms in the country. I am looking forward to a remarkable journey with the organization as we chart a successful growth story for the brand across verticals, in the coming years," said Khan.

Zulfiqar comes with over 19 years of rich experience in broadcast & digital media companies like HOOQ India, EROS Now, Star TV, to name a few. He brings with him extensive operational experience and an excellent understanding of the entertainment ecosystem.

He began his career in 1999 with Star India and spent over sixteen years serving in distinct roles. In 2015, he moved to Eros Now as Business Head and CRO for Eros Now. His last stint with HOOQ as Managing Director saw him leading strategy for the premium video-on-demand service.

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