Gaurav Is the Chief Operating Officer of Viacom18 Digital Ventures - a division set-up to drive the consumer facing digital initiatives for the company. He has recently launched VOOT - Vaicom18’s Over-the-top (OTT) Video platform. He is also responsible for the overall digital strategy for the company including licensing and partnerships in this space.
Prior to this role, Gaurav was the Group Chief Operating officer of IndiaCast Media Distribution - a strategic joint venture between TV18 and Viacom18 created to monetize all channel & content assets across media, platforms and geographies. At IndiaCast, his mandate was to maximize both revenues and reach for content and services from the group - across both the domestic and overseas markets. He used to oversee the entire domestic distribution of Viacom18 and TV18 channels. In addition he was responsible for building out the entire International business for the group (including Ad-sales, Distribution & Licensing) and expanding the footprint of the channels/content to 135 countries around the globe.
Gaurav joined the group in March 2010 as Viacom 18’s Chief Commercial Officer & Head of International Business. In Jan, 2011 he took over as the COO of Sun18 and in May, 2012 he moved to IndiaCast. In August this year he moved into his current role at Viacom18. An alumnus of NMIMS, Gaurav started his career in advertising with Madison Media handling the Coca-Cola India business. In his next role at Turner International, he handled the research and planning portfolio for all Turner India brands. He then moved to STAR India, where he handled & lead various portfolios – the last being Head of Commercial & Business Planning for the network. He then moved on to set up NDTV Imagine - as a founder member & shareholder - where he was responsible for various business & corporate functions as the Executive Vice President - Business Operations.
Gaurav has a unique distinction of having operationally managed virtually every aspect of the media & entertainment business over his 18-year career and has an in-depth understanding of both traditional & digital media.