~The role will be in addition to his responsibility as CEO of IBN Network~
AETN18 board of directors have appointed Avinash Kaul as President of A+E Networks|TV18.Kaul will be responsible for the day-to-day operational, strategic and financial management of the joint-venture. The role will be in addition to his responsibility as CEO of IBN Network.
Speaking on the occasion A.P Parigi, Group CEO, Network18 said, “As A+E Networks | TV18 enters a new phase of growth, I’m confident that Avinash is the right person to lead the company forward. He has a proven ability to create strategic clarity, ensure disciplined execution, and deliver results. We believe that his passion for innovation will help ensure that the venture will continue its stellar growth trajectory"
Sean Cohan, Executive Vice President, International, A+E Networks added, “Avinash brings vast media expertise, foresight and knowledge of the Indian market to the venture. Under his leadership, we are well-positioned to realize our shared vision of strong and vibrant entertainment services in India.”
Avinash Kaul said, "I am honoured to take on this role, and excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. Our focus will be to continue to unleash the power of globally acclaimed content with a mix of innovative programming that resonates with Indian viewers. I’m looking forward to working with the business and content teams in our journey to create India’s leading factual entertainment group.”
With a career spanning over 16 years, Kaul has rich experience in a variety of roles in sales, marketing and general management across genres like News and Entertainment, Movie and Lifestyle in India. Prior to this, Kaul held the position of CEO - TV Division of BCCL, managing Times Now, ET Now and zoOm. He has also worked in leadership and various capacities in networks like Star, NDTV Media and Discovery Networks, among others.
HISTORY TV18 launched in India in October 2011. The channel currently reaches over 65 million households across India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. HISTORY TV18 is the leader in India ranking as the #1 cable/satellite channel with a 27% market share.* (*Source: TAM| All India market share 1min+ | Wk 01 to Wk 06'15 | CS 15+ AB | All days, 24 hours)
Globally, HISTORY is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hit series including Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars®, Kings of Restoration™ and Counting Cars™. In India, the channel has featured acclaimed local productions such as Bollywood@100, Vital Stats of India and Saving the Ganga. Worldwide, HISTORY is available in 200 territories, reaching over 330 million households in 39 languages.
The Network18 group is a media and entertainment company with interests in television, internet, films, e-commerce, magazines, mobile content and allied businesses. Through its subsidiary 'TV18 Broadcast Ltd.' [BSE: 532800, NSE: TV18BRDCST], the group operates news channels - CNBC-TV18, CNBC Awaaz, CNBC-TV18 Prime HD, CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat (a Marathi regional news channel in partnership with the Lokmat group). TV18 also operates a joint venture with Viacom, called Viacom18, which houses a portfolio of popular entertainment channels - Colors, Colors HD, Rishtey, MTV, MTV Indies, SONIC, Comedy Central, VH1, Nick. Nick Jr. and Nick Teen - and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the group's film entertainment business. TV18 has also forayed into the Indian factual entertainment space through A+E Networks | TV18 (a joint venture between A+E Networks and TV18 Broadcast) and operates HISTORY TV18. TV18 and Viacom18 have also formed a strategic joint venture called IndiaCast, a multi-platform 'content asset monetization' entity which drives domestic and international channels distribution, placement services and content syndication for the bouquet of channels from TV18, Viacom18 and other broadcasters. Through 'Network18 Media & Investments Ltd.' [BSE: 532798, NSE: Network18], the group operates its digital, publishing and e-commerce assets including moneycontrol.com, ibnlive.com, in.com andfirstpost.com. TV18 also owns and operates a slew of regional channels under the ETV brand. 'Network18' also operates e-commerce properties like HomeShop18 and bookmyshow.com and publishes Forbes India in collaboration with Forbes Media. In addition, through 'Network18', the group operates Network18 Publishing, a player in the special interest publishing space as well. For more information, log on towww.network18online.com