Sameer is a media veteran with over 30 years of experience in the industry and has extensive knowledge in advertising, television and filmmaking.
A graduate from the prestigious Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Sameer has worked with several media companies, including Star Television Network as Technical Director, Fox Television Studios (India) as Vice President for Creative & Production, and Reliance Mediaworks as Business Head of their newly built shooting studio complex.
Prior to his corporate stint, Sameer was a cinematographer and has worked on a large number of television commercials for several reputed brands and agencies. He has also produced and directed Documentaries and Sporting events for reputed television channels like ESPN and Star Sports. Sameer is a filmmaking expert with an in-depth understanding of the technical and operational requirements of any shoot.
Keshav has almost 15 years of experience in the media industry. An MBA by qualification, he has worked in business roles and been associated with leading media companies including Hindustan Times, STAR Television Network (A NewsCorp subsidiary) and the Zodiak Media Group.
At STAR, he served as Asst. VP in the Strategic Planning & Commercial function and was involved in business planning, content acquisition, budgeting and commissioning of productions for the Hindi and Regional Language channels of the Network. He subsequently moved to Zodiak Media Group's Indian subsidiary, SOL Productions, as their CEO/Business Head to expand Zodiak's business and presence in the Indian market.
Keshav has significant experience in negotiations and strategic planning.
Rick has held senior level positions in the entertainment industry as an executive, producer and COO, as well as consultant, specializing in a variety of fields from content development and production, international co-production and distribution, film financing and fund management to business development and strategy.
Rick has a deep background in international film and television production across Asia, Europe and North America. For the past few years he has focused his attention on the rapidly growing media and entertainment industries in India and China. He served as COO of Justin Lin's Perfect Storm Entertainment and Chinese media company Seven Stars, producers of the Chinese language feature Hollywood Adventures and U.S. TV series Scorpion. In India Rick was a Consultant for Sony and Constantin Entertainment and was instrumental in launching Fox Television Studios India Pvt. Ltd., working closely with Star TV.
He has been actively engaged in film financing at the studios, including Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros., where he advised German investors providing production financing for film and television. Films included The Hangover, Sherlock Holmes, Sex and the City, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Mission Impossible 3 among others.
Rick has teamed with independent production companies and has been instrumental in launching several start-ups in the U.S. and Germany, as well as Asia. He started his career in the entertainment industry as Director of Development and Co- Production at German media group ProSieben.Sat1 and as an international marketing and distribution executive at Disney.
He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Rick is engaged in developing Benchmark's International business.