Sunil Lulla likely to join Balaji Telefilms as Group CEO?

According to industry sources Lulla will take over the position which has been lying vacant since Sameer Nair stepped down in July 2017

by Madhuwanti Saha
Published - Apr 12, 2018 8:57 AM Updated: Apr 12, 2018 8:57 AM

Sunil Lulla is speculated to join Balaji Telefilms as the Group CEO, a position which has been lying vacant since July 2017. When contacted he declined to comment.

Highly-placed sources in the industry confirmed the latest development. Sameer Nair was the former Group CEO who served the company for three years. In July 2017 Reliance Industries acquired 24.92 per cent (worth Rs 413.28 crore) stake in the Ekta Kapoor-owned production company that is known for creating some of the country’s most popular television shows. This was followed by the appointment of Alt Balaji’s Nachiket Pantvaidya as its Group COO.

Lulla was recently in news on April 9 for stepping down from the position of Chairman and Managing Director in advertising agency Grey Group India. Having joined Grey in 2014 he was instrumental in making it into a powerhouse, from restructuring to bringing in new capabilities, and landing in big clients.

Before Grey Group India he was with Bennett, Coleman & Co as President – Corporate Development. He had spent around nine years with the group in various leadership positions. Prior this, he worked with Sony Entertainment Television as Executive VP.

Lulla brings with himself nearly three decades of experience in media, entertainment, technology and broadcast industry. In the early stages of his career, he was with JWT in various positions. In the 1990s, he was General Manager, MTV India. He had also worked with HMV India in the early 1990s. In 1999-2000, he was CEO of indya.com, a global internet venture of Microland.

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