OML launches talent management division for writers and directors

The company has signed up six talents, Debbie Rao, Dibya Chatterjee, Sidin Vadukut, Shantanu Anam, Janice Sequeria and Girish Narayandass as a part of the venture

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jul 26, 2019 6:08 PM

OML has launched a new talent management division to manage writers and directors and has signed up six talents (Debbie Rao, Dibya Chatterjee, Sidin Vadukut, Shantanu Anam, Janice Sequeria, Girish Narayandass ) as a part of this venture. OML will not only manage these talents but will also collaborate with them by continuing to develop new series (scripted and unscripted).

Dhruv Sheth, Managing Partner and Business Head, Content and Talent Management, OML, said “OML as a company has always nurtured and empowered talent. After creating over 200 hours of original content in the last 24 months with more than 50 creators, including some amazing writers and directors, the logical next step for us was to start managing the remarkable talent behind these shows. Today more than ever before, content is king and these amazing content creators are in great demand. With our talent management strengths built over the last 15 years, we will not only help them leverage this demand by providing high quality management services to them but also partner with them to create cutting edge content for consumers in India and across the globe.”

The 6 new talents signed by OML are: -

Debbie Rao - Debbie Rao is a director based out of Mumbai with over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She is the director of ‘Pushpavalli’ on Amazon Prime Video, a comedy drama and ‘Better life Foundation’, a workplace comedy show, on Hotstar. She previously has worked with MTV and Trouble Maker Studio under directors David Polycarp and Vasant Valsan. 

Dibya Chatterjee- A writer and director, Dibya is a holistic film maker who has a penchant to tell stories that are slightly unusual in nature. Apart from directing several ad films, documentaries and digital films, Dibya also served as the Executive Producer for the Bengali Feature Film – ‘Aamar Aami’ (2014). He is the writer and co-creator of the Indian Dark comedy show ‘Afsos’ to be available soon on a streaming platform.

Sidin Vadukut - Sidin Vadukut is a columnist, an author, a blogger and an academic.  He has an engineering degree from NIT Trichy and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and is currently pursuing a PhD in the discipline of History in London. In a career spanning over a decade he has made automotive parts, developed online trading platforms, been an editor with the business newspaper Mint and written a number of books - The Dork Trilogy, Sceptical Patriot and Bombay Fever.

Shantanu Anam - Shantanu learnt fairly early on that it is imperative to hyphenate one’s career. Hence, he considers himself an actor-writer -director. Having worked as an actor-writer on stage in about 25 productions, it was a natural step to move towards another medium. Apart from acting in it, he also wrote on and associate-directed the web series ‘Baked’, that was one of the first web shows to go viral in India. Following that, he spent a year studying Method acting at Lee Strassberg in Los Angeles, followed by a two-year Masters in Screenwriting at Syracuse University. After moving back from the US, Shantanu is now the head writer on this year’s biggest Hotstar Special ' The Plot' that releases this October and also on another Arre Studio Show titled ' Chaos'. Shantanu also will direct the show Chaos. Apart from writing long format shows, he worked as a writer with All India Bakchod and has written & directed sketches for leading digital platforms like LBB and Arre. 

Janice Sequeria - Janice Sequeira is a creator and host with 9 years of Broadcast Television experience and has been the country’s youngest Entertainment Editor at 26 (Times Now). She has been a part of multiple red carpets in the last decade such as Filmfare, IIFA, TOIFA, HT Style Awards to name a few. Her show Social Media Star with Janice celebrates 2 seasons of interviews with a sterling line-up of celebrities and social media personalities.

Girish Narayandass - Girish Narayandas is a writer/director based out of Mumbai with over 10 years of experience. His last full-time role was that of 'Head Writer at AIB'. As a writer and director, he's been behind some of the most popular AIB videos like Honest Campus Placements, The Demonetisation Circus, Harassment Through the Ages and Creep Qawwali. Before joining AIB, he worked as a copywriter and Creative Director in leading ad agencies where he headed major ad campaigns for brands such as Godrej Cinthol, Parle Agro, MTS, Cafe Coffee Day and Filmfare Magazine. When he's not writing sketches and branded content, he loves avoiding emails and writing bios in third person.

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