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Sameer Nair

Sameer Nair
Group CEO,
Balaji Telefilms Ltd.

A media & entertainment industry veteran, Sameer Nair’s illustrious career spans over two decades with him holding key positions at leading media houses. Sameer’s achievements demonstrate an innate ability to merge creativity and commerce. Among varied highlights in his career span was the network revamp at Star TV and introduction of KBC & Balaji soaps on Star Plus which catapulted the channel to the Number 1 slot, making it the undisputed leader for a span of 9 years. Later, it was under his guidance that NDTV Imagine saw the advent of mythology and historical programming into daily primetime schedules, another industry first. Sameer entered the then nascent media industry in early 90s with Star Network taking charge of Star Movies, the only English movie channel in India. Over a 12 year career at Star, he went on to handle a variety of portfolios, including Movie Acquisitions, Head - On Air Promotions, Programming Head - Star Plus, Executive Vice President, Network - Programming, Chief Operating Officer(overseeing Content, Communication, Advertising Sales and Distribution) in 2002, and Chief Executive Officer in 2006. In 2007, Sameer turned entrepreneurial with NDTV Imagine Ltd. The venture had a strategic partner in NBC Universal at 26%. In 2010, he successfully concluded the sale of NDTV Imagine to the Turner Group, and went on to become the CEO of Turner General Entertainment Networks – TGEN (a Time Warner Company). In the past, Sameer has been the Chairman of PROMAX India from 2005-2011 and holds the distinction of being the sole representative from India to be invited on the board of PROMAX Worldwide. Today, Sameer overlooks the strategy, operations and expansion at Balaji Telefilms Ltd. as its Group CEO, driving growth in Television production, building the movie studio, and soon launching a new OTT-SVOD platform ALT Balaji. He also dons an entrepreneurial hat via his company Constellation Media Group, exploring opportunities in Online Video, E-Commerce, Film & Television Production, Gaming and Hospitality.

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