INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP AWARDS - THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 12PM
INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP AWARDS
6th Annual IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards
Bela Bajaria, Executive Vice President, Universal Television
Guneet Monga, CEO and Producer, Anurag Kashyap Films, and Sikhya Entertainment
Andy Bird, Chairman, Walt Disney International
The IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards were created to recognize the achievements of industry executives who have had a substantial and personal impact on the creation and distribution of Indian themed content globally and have led the expansion of the entertainment and media industry in India. This year we honor two individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership within and in relation to the Indian entertainment community.
Bela Bajaria, a veteran network and cable television executive, was named Executive Vice President, Universal Television in August 2011. She oversees creative programming for one of the country's largest and most successful television studios, which is responsible for such hit series as "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," “30 Rock,” "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Grimm," "Smash," “Bates Motel,” and "Parenthood." The studio also produces new series such as "The Mindy Project," "Go On," "Chicago Fire," “Deception,” and "Guys with Kids". Bajaria was previously the Senior Vice President of Cable Programming for CBS TV Studio and the Senior Vice President of Movies and Miniseries for the CBS Network. Upon creating the cable division at CBS TV Studios in 2007, she shepherded many cable dramas and comedies from prolific writer/directors, including a docu-comedy for Showtime that was produced by Glenn Gordon Caron, “Common Law," and "Panic Boys" for Showtime. While at CBS, Bajaria also worked on numerous cable projects by notable writers such as Carol Mendelsohn, Julian Fellowes, Augusten Burroughs, Anthony Zuiker and James Ellroy.
Guneet Monga, CEO and Producer AKFPL and Sikhya Entertainment, was named one of the top 12 women achievers in the Global Entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter and among the Top 50 Indians changing India by India Today. The Oscar nominated producer has paved the way for Indian cinema globally, with three of her films premiering at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival: PEDDLERS by Vasan Bala, and GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, Part 1 and 2 by Anurag Kashyap. Her credits include the Oscar nominated short film, KAVI, directed by Gregg Helvey, AIYYA, THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS, and SHAITAN by Bejoy Nambiar. She has also co-produced TRISHNA by Michael Winterbottom. Monga’s forthcoming projects include MONSOON SHOOTOUT by Amit Kumar, HARAAMKHOR by Shlok Sharma, TOBA TEK SINGH by Pan Nalin, and the Oscar winning director Danis Tanovic’s next venture starring Emraan Hashmi.
Paul Federbush (International Director, Feature Film Program at the Sundance Institute) will be presenting Bela Bajaria’s award, and Guneet Monga’s award. Rupak Ginn (THE NAMESAKE, JUST WRIGHT, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, “Royal Pains”) will serve as MC.