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Copyright Owners Call for Competitive Pricing over Regulation by TRAI

Mumbai 12th January 2017: TRAI was given jurisdiction over carriage issues in the television sector at the start of 2004. Since then it has issued a number of price controls, which included:

  • A price freeze across the entire industry in 2004 with a price cap of Rs. 5 per channel per subscriber in areas where addressable systems were not introduced; and

  • More notably through the recent Draft Telecommunication (Broadcasting And Cable Services) (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2016, which is likely to take effect from April 1, 2017. The current draft order prescribes maximum retail price caps for pay channels, by genre, [INR 10 (USD 0.15) for movie channels (a-la-carte), excluding taxes] and further caps channels into seven genres.

  • “As India continues to develop its thriving creative industry, a transparent, market-based environment free from mandated tariffs, is essential to build investor confidence and to foster the creation of quality content benefiting India’s consumers and its economy,” said Siddharth Roy Kapur, President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India.

    “We believe that price controls should only be considered when the market lacks competition which harms consumers or where there is clear systemic market failure. It would be advantageous to abolish any restrictions on price and thereby encourage FDI investments in India-- as is the case in countries such as Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and South Korea, where the retail and wholesale rates are not subject to restrictions. A more economically efficient model would be to allow the market to determine prices while encouraging investment in quality content,” said Kulmeet Makkar, Chief Executive Officer of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India.

    Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios said, “Since the availability of content is not an issue in the context of the Indian market, restricting numbers/genres/mix tantamount to predetermination and therefore, pre-empts creativity. There can never be an exhaustive list of genres for governments to determine any mix and TRAI's intervention will have cataclysmic effect on the creative community as a whole as TRAI effectively has price capped creativity.”

    “Under the Copyright Act, 1957, a content owner has the freedom to monetize copyright works and enter into contracts to monetize content in a manner he deems fit. However the price restrictions imposed by TRAI interferes with this basic freedom. It risks stifling creativity and may force smaller companies out of the market – resulting in less choice for consumers,” said Uday Singh, Managing Director, Motion Picture Dist. Association (India) Pvt. Ltd.

    Sectoral regulations have seriously impeded the growth of the film sector. Despite active participation by global studios and broadcasters, investments in the sector have trickled down in the past few years. Indian studios and independent producers are also facing similar challenges. An open market environment can best guarantee that the film sector will not be distorted to the detriment of consumers, creators and providers.

    SIDDHARTH ROY KAPUR TAKES OVER AS GUILD PRESIDENT

    Mumbai: 3rd January, 2017: As decided unanimously at the 62nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Guild on 24th September, 2016, President Elect Siddharth Roy Kapur has officially assumed charge as President of The Film and Television Producers Guild of India with effect from 1st January, 2017.

    After taking charge as Guild President, Siddharth Roy Kapur said “It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to serve as President of The Film and Television Producers Guild of India, the leading body of active film and television producers in the country. During my term, I intend to build on the strong foundation laid by my predecessors, to further drive the growth and progress of our industry."

    The office bearers of the Guild will be decided by the President in the forthcoming meeting of the Guild Council. The members of the Council of Management of Guild elected at the 62nd AGM are as under:

    1. Siddharth Roy Kapur (President)
    2. Mukesh Bhatt
    3. Dheeraj Kumar
    4. Manish Goswami
    5. Vijay Singh
    6. Ashim Samanta
    7. Srishti Arya
    8. Ramesh Sippy
    9. Manmohan Shetty
    10. Ashutosh Gowariker
    11. Rakesh Roshan
    12. Karan Johar
    13. Farhan Akhtar
    14. Ekta Kapoor
    15. Vishal Bhardwaj
    16. Sushilkumar Agrawal
    17. Madhu Mantena
    18. Hiren Gada
    19. Sabbas Joseph
    20. Subhash Ghai
    21. Sunil Lulla
    22. Rajkumar Hirani
    23. Kiran Shantaram (Permanent Member)
    24. Randhir Kapoor (Permanent Member)
    25. Amit Khanna (Permanent Member)
    26. Kamalkumar Barjatya (Member Emeritus)
    27. Rajkumar Kohli (Co-opted Member)
    Kulmeet Makkar will continue as the Chief Executive Officer.

    ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ to have a smooth release this Diwali: Mukesh Bhatt, President, Producers Guild post meeting with Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and MNS Chief Raj Thackeray

    Mumbai : October 22, 2016: In what comes as a complete resolution to the ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ release speculation, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis presided over a meeting with the MNS Chief Raj Thackeray, the Producers Guild of India, Dharma Productions and Fox Star Studios and all parties agreed to ensure the safe and smooth release of the Diwali entertainer ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ across single screens and multiplexes.

    "We had a constructive meeting with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra and the good news is that 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' will release across all single screens and multiplexes as per schedule on 28 October 2016," says Mukesh Bhatt.

    "I have confirmed to the Hon’ble Chief Minister that the Producer's Guild has decided that going forward, we will not work with Pakistani artistes in the future. Karan Johar said that he will put a special slate saluting our soldiers before the start of the movie. It's a tribute from us to our soldiers," he further added.

    Bhatt also revealed, "In addition, some of the producers volunteered to contribute to the Army Welfare Fund. We owe this to the Army."

    He further says, "The meeting was called by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra and all the parties agreed that all films which are already in production with Pakistani artistes will be allowed to release smoothly. All parties agreed that the nation should celebrate a Happy Diwali and now ' Ae Dil Hai Mushkil ' will release on October 28 in a mood of Diwali celebration."

    Produced by Dharma Productions and Fox Star Studios, the film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in lead roles.

    GUILD EXTENDS SUPPORT TO KARAN JOHAR’S FORTHCOMING FILM ‘AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL’

    Mumbai: 14th October 2016: The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. (“Guild”) expresses its unflinching support to the Central Government and its solidarity with the Armed Forces on their supreme sacrifice at URI and courage and valor displayed during the recent counter terrorism operations.

    The Guild which represents most of the active Hindi film producers affirms its unequivocal backing to the Government on this important issue, and also draws the attention of the Government to the genuine concerns of all those film producers who have invested heavily in films featuring artistes from across the border, since there has been some discourse in the media recently with regard to certain threats to disrupt the release of these movies. There are many film producers who have either already shot their films or are in the process of completing their unfinished films prior to the escalation of hostilities with our neighbors, including Karan Johar’s soon to be released film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ which has also been certified by the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC). Similarly, there are many other films which are scheduled to be released in months ahead including ‘Dear Zindagi’ and ‘Raees’, which also feature artistes from across the border.

    Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India stated that “The Guild in no uncertain terms confirms that the film industry stands in unison with the Government’s recent steps to counter terrorism and will naturally abide by any decision taken by the central government with regard to government’s future policy on issuance of work visa to foreign artistes; however, we would urge the government at the Centre as well as all the states to appreciate that the film producers who have already shot their films or are in the process of completing their unfinished films should not end up paying heavy price for no fault of theirs due to engaging the services of talent from across the border as these artistes were employed through proper legal channels prior to the recent escalation of hostilities”.. He further adds that “The Central Government has taken several steps in the past to foster cultural exchanges by inviting industry representatives to participate in the Government’s efforts to improve our relationship with Pakistan”.

    Whilst reassuring the commitment of the Guild and Film industry to abide by the decisions of the Government and pledging its absolute support to the sacrosanct national interests, the Guild urges the Central and State Governments to not only ensure smooth release of such films including ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, as well as to guide the industry on the way forward with respect to the mechanism to be adopted in hiring or utilization of talent associated with our neighbors.

    SIDDHARTH ROY KAPUR UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED AS GUILD PRESIDENT AT 62nd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    Mumbai: 26th September 2016: Siddharth Roy Kapur was unanimously elected as President of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. (“Guild”) at the first meeting of its newly constituted Guild Council of Management which was held immediately after the 62nd Annual General Meeting on 24th September 2016. He will assume responsibility as the President of the Guild with effect from 1st January 2017.

    The current President Mukesh Bhatt and the management team will be holding charge until 31st December 2016. Subsequently, the new Management team will be constituted effective 1st January, 2017 at the time of new President Siddharth Roy Kapur assuming office. Kulmeet Makkar will continue to manage the affairs of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. as its Chief Executive Officer.

    The incumbent President Mukesh Bhatt said “Throughout the past 4 years of my tenure as Guild President, the Management Team has embarked on the path of my illustrious predecessors and worked with devotion and passion on reinvigorating the image and goodwill of Guild and now it is time to move on and hand over the baton to the younger generation.”

    The President-Elect Siddharth Roy Kapur said “In his four years as Guild President, Mukeshji has served the industry tirelessly, with tremendous passion and commitment. I look forward to building on what he has accomplished, and working alongside my colleagues to help address the challenges and build on the opportunities we have before us as an industry”.

    Subhash Ghai, Sunil Lulla and Rajkumar Hirani have been inducted into the Guild Council of Management. The members of the newly elected Council of Management of Guild are as under:-

    1. Siddharth Roy Kapur (President-Elect)
    2. Mukesh Bhatt
    3. Dheeraj Kumar
    4. Manish Goswami
    5. Vijay Singh
    6. Ashim Samanta
    7. Srishti Arya
    8. Ramesh Sippy
    9. Manmohan Shetty
    10. Ashutosh Gowariker
    11. Rakesh Roshan
    12. Karan Johar
    13. Farhan Akhtar
    14. Ekta Kapoor
    15. Vishal Bhardwaj
    16. Sushilkumar Agrawal
    17. Madhu Mantena
    18. Hiren Gada
    19. Sabbas Joseph
    20. Subhash Ghai
    21. Sunil Lulla
    22. Rajkumar Hirani
    23. Kiran Shantaram (Permanent Member)
    24. Randhir Kapoor (Permanent Member)
    25. Amit Khanna (Permanent Member)
    26. Kamalkumar Barjatya (Member Emeritus)
    27. Rajkumar Kohli (Co-opted Member)

    MUKESH BHATT RE-ELECTED AS GUILD PRESIDENT AT 61st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    Mumbai, 16th September 2015--Mukesh Bhatt was unanimously re-elected as President of The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. (“Guild”) at the first meeting of its newly constituted Guild Council of Management which was held immediately after the 61st Annual General Meeting on 11th September,2015 at Hotel Sun-n-Sand, Juhu, Mumbai.

    The other office bearers re-elected as part of the Guild Management Team are Dheeraj Kumar, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Manish Goswami and Vijay Singh as Vice Presidents, Ashim Samanta and Srishti Arya as Treasurers.

    Kulmeet Makkar will continue to manage the affairs of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. as its Chief Executive Officer.

    In his opening speech at the Guild Annual General Meeting - President Shri Mukesh Bhatt, in the course of apprising the members about various initiatives of Guild during last year, also said …… “Throughout the past 3 years, our Management Team has embarked on the path of my illustrious predecessors and worked with dedication, determination and intensity on embellishing & brightening the image and reputation of Guild and to this end I would like to emphasize on the contribution of Kulmeet Makkar, Guild CEO, who has devoted his energies to reinvigorate and revitalize the approach and modus operandi of Guild. We continue to engage with State & Central Governments over several issues concerning the film & television industry. There have been many fresh initiatives undertaken by Guild such as waiver of all the charges pertaining to Publicity clearance and Titles registration to make the system more transparent and provide enhanced value to the members, release of first edition of the Film incentive Guide which provides processes and incentives in detail to benefit Indian producers for shooting in 12 countries apart from other reports such as Make in Maharashtra, Film tourism, GST way forward…… ”

    Vishal Bhardwaj has been once again inducted into the Guild Council of Management. The other members of the newly elected Council of Management of Guild:-

     1. Mukesh Bhatt (President)
     2. Dheeraj Kumar (Vice President)
     3. Siddharth Roy Kapur (Vice President)
     4. Manish Goswami (Vice President)
     5. Vijay Singh (Vice President)
     6. Ashim Samanta (Treasurer)
     7. Srishti Arya (Treasurer)
     8. Ramesh Sippy
     9. Manmohan Shetty
    10. Ashutosh Gowariker
    11. Rakesh Roshan
    12. Karan Johar
    13. Farhan Akhtar
    14. Ekta Kapoor
    15. Vishal Bhardwaj
    16. Sushilkumar Agrawal
    17. Ratan Jain
    18. N P Singh
    19. Madhu Mantena
    20. Hiren Gada
    21. Sabbas Joseph
    22. Kiran Shantaram (Permanent Member)
    23. Randhir Kapoor (Permanent Member)
    24. Amit Khanna (Permanent Member)
    25. Kamalkumar Barjatya (Member Emeritus)
    26. Rajkumar Kohli (Co-opted Member)

    In addition to the existing three Special Invitees Subhash Ghai, Ritesh Sidhwani, Guneet Monga, eight more Guild members/representatives - Prem Sagar, Asitkumarr Modi, Sneha Rajani, Ajit Andhare, Sameer Nair, Apoorva Mehta, Aashish Singh and Vipul D. Shah were nominated as Special Invitees.

    GUILD DECIDES TO WAIVE OFF FEES FOR TITLE REGISTRATION

    Mumbai, 14th August 2015--The Guild Council of Management has decided to waive off fees for registration of titles with immediate effect from Guild members. This decision has been made in order to provide services such as Publicity Clearance as well as Title registration to the members at no cost.The Guild has always endeavored to create a congenial and transparent working with our members. This decision has therefore been made to become more members friendly and accessible. Initiatives like title registration waiver can go a long way in ensuring a simpler, transparent and seamless working environment.

    Mukesh Bhatt, President of The Film and Television Producers Guild of India stated that Guild members are the pillars on which the strong foundations of Guild have been laid –Assets of Guild which need to be recognized and rewarded, hence we feel that it is our responsibility to payback our members in a reasonable manner and consequently we have arrived at this decision to withdraw title registration fees which constitute a decent source of our revenue stream as a token of appreciation to our members’ support at all times.

    SIMPLIFIED TAX REGIME CRITICAL FOR GROWTH OF THE FILM INDUSTRY IN INDIA

    Film and Television Producers Guild of India urges the Government to subsume local bodies’
    entertainment tax fully under GST

    Mumbai, 12th May 2015--Lok Sabha on 6 May 2015 passed The Constitution (One Hundred Amendment) Bill, 2014 that gives effect to change in taxing powers of the State and Central Governments and making suitable changes to introduce Goods and Services Tax in India. The Bill seeks to subsume almost all indirect taxes charged by Central and State Governments. Exclusive power of the Central government to tax all services and manufacture of goods (except for excise duty on tobacco products, petroleum and alcohol for human consumption) has been deleted. Similarly, exclusive power to tax on sale and purchase of goods, all types of entry of goods, luxury, betting and gambling and entertainment tax (unless levied and collected by local bodies) except for tax on purchase and sale of alcohol for human consumption.

    It is evident that most of the taxes will be subsumed in GST with one notable exception of the entertainment tax levied and collected by local bodies. The Bill allows the entertainment tax to be levied and collected by local bodies (i.e., panchayats and municipalities). The tax would be over and above the State and Centre GST on entertainment.

    The local body entry tax (such as Octroi) estimated at Rs 14,000 crore per annum for the State of Maharashtra alone have been fully subsumed in GST. However, local body entertainment tax estimated at Rs 25 – 30 crores across India is kept out of GST allowing such local bodies to charge an incremental entertainment tax over and above GST.

    President of the Film Guild, Mukesh Bhatt stated that “Internationally, films are considered as arts and cultural ambassadors and offered many incentives and financial support governments around the world. Indian films have contributed significantly in uniting the nation and taken Indian culture to international audience. Films should be treated at par with other services and not be singled out for the additional entertainment tax. In fact, the Government implies to treat entertainment at par with sin goods such as Alcohol and tobacco which are also kept out of GST”

    The EY report titled “Subsume entertainment tax in GST” states that Supplementary levies in addition to GST are warranted only for products that are harmful to health such as tobacco and alcohol or those that are detrimental for the environment (petroleum). There are no negative externalities associated with entertainment. It must be considered at par with other goods and services and should be given a fair tax treatment.

    Ritesh Sidhwani, Producer and Co-founder of Excel Entertainment Pvt Ltd further added that “Besides, levy of this tax at the local body level will neither be simple nor yield much revenue. India has a total of 640 districts. Even if a small percentage of the local bodies seek to impose the tax, compliance and enforcement will be a nightmare.”

    The EY report states that for local governments, the most suitable tax base is considered to be real property, which is immobile and can readily be identified within the boundaries of a given jurisdiction. Entertainment, being mobile and available in diverse forms, is not a suitable base for municipal/local taxation. The situs of entertainment is important for municipal/local bodies that collect tax if the source of entertainment is within the boundaries of their jurisdiction. With the advent of modern technology, movies and films can be watched not just in cinema halls or through cable or DTH connections, but also on computers, laptops and media players. Entertainment signals could be beamed from a satellite and received/consumed anywhere within the footprint of the signals, which could be the whole of the country or the continent. At any given time, it would be difficult to determine whether the film is being watched within the limits of the municipal/local body.

    Karan Johar, film producer at Dharma Productions Pvt Ltd stated that “It will be almost impossible for the film producers to estimate the tax revenues with any precision. This appears to be against the government policy of facilitating ‘ease of doing business’ and ‘tax certainty’ in India.”

    It is believed that even though the tax would be charged and collected from the theaters, film producers are impacted by it since the producers generally enter into revenue sharing arrangements with the theaters, which are based on revenues net of any taxes applied on the admissions. They would need to know the taxes applied by each of the local bodies to determine their share in the revenue pool.

    Kulmeet Makkar, Chief Executive Officer - Film Guild mentioned that “The Film Guild has on numerous occasions reached out to the Central Government, Empowered committee of State Finance Minister, Parliamentary Standing Committee. However, this has not been addressed in the bill.”

    The Constitutional amendment bill shall now be tabled in Rajya Sabha. The Film Guild urges the Government all entertainment taxes, whether levied by the States or local bodies, be subsumed in the GST.

    The Government can implement this proposal by making amendment to The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Second Amendment) Bill, 2014 by deleting entry 62 to the List II (State List) to the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India.


    FILM GUILD URGES FILM INDUSTRY MEMBERS TO ARTICULATE ‘SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN’

    Mumbai, 18th December 2014. The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. (“Guild”), a premier entertainment trade association, comprising the who’s who of the Indian film & television industry, intends to promote and encourage the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ initiative launched on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti - 2nd October, 2014 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi all over the country with a remarkable endeavor to make India clean within the next 5 years.

    Though the task is herculean and requires unflinching endorsement from all quarters, the Council of Management of “Guild” believes that the Film industry has always essayed an important role in contributing to such noble causes and as industry representative, the “Guild” should take the forefront in pioneering this wonderful enterprise of nation building through cleanliness ushered by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.

    In due accordance, the council of management of “Guild” has unanimously passed a resolution to urge it’s members to discontinue the ages old practice to display or affix all kind of film posters including 6 sheeters in the public places, walls and government structures across the country. The “Guild” believes that for the cleanliness drive to achieve genuine success from an industry perspective, its members should avoid putting up film posters anywhere in public domain across Indian cities.

    The “Guild” has urged its member to henceforth refrain from displaying all kind of film posters of their forthcoming films on the public walls and government structures all over the country in our objective to lend a helping hand for this endeavor from the film industry’s point of view.

    Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India states “ I would like to set an example myself by ensuring that the posters of my forthcoming film “Khamoshiyan – Silences have secrets” due for release on 23rd January 2015 are not displayed on the public walls and Government structures. I truly believe that this practice will not only act as a strong deterrent against showcasing film posters in public places but also set an ideal example for the society and general public to emulate the film industry’s path and thereby play an important role in joining hands with the Prime Minister and Central Government to make India clean and thus pay a fitting tribute to the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary - 2nd October, 2019 – who always advocated the principle ‘Cleanliness is Godliness’ throughout the great journey of his life”

    The “Guild” as always will work towards in ensuring the film industry’s unflinching support to the Union Government in this laudable initiative & we are hopeful that this is just a stepping stone for exemplary success in the times to come.


    WILL THE NEW GOVERNMENT IN MAHARASHTRA DO JUSTICE TO THE HINDI FILM INDUSTRY??

    Mumbai, 31st October: As Maharashtra is witnessing a drastic change in its political scenario with a new government forming today, the Film and Television Producers Guild of India Ltd, which is a leading body that aims to promote the development of the Indian Film and Television Industry in India, would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the key issues and challenges faced by the industry, which are not only detrimental to the growth of the industry but will result in an inevitable breakdown of the entire film industry.

    The entertainment capital of India - Mumbai has been the centre of the Indian entertainment industry since its inception and this industry provides employment directly or indirectly to almost 5 million people in the country. However, serious implications caused by the various archaic laws and heavy burden of taxation on the Hindi film sector has stunted the growth of this industry and made several stalwarts displeased with the system.

    The high taxes imposed on the Hindi Film Industry in the state, like the Entertainment Tax on films, applicability of VAT on Television production business, Stamp Duty and the to keep local bodies taxes out of the proposed GST, have cast a dark spell for the ‘Film Guild’. The absence of single window mechanism has resulted in systematic harassment and malpractices over the years, and has increased costs for the producers thereby significantly discouraging producers from shooting in the state. In addition to this, the lack of adequate cinema halls in the state (much lower than southern states) has hampered the growth of the film industry and directly resulted in increase in piracy and loss of revenues to the government, as well as the industry.

    Speaking about the various concerns weighing down the industry, Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India said, “Maharashtra has always been the home for the Hindi film industry. Sadly, we have been made to feel like an orphan in our own home state. Leave aside any support; we are penalized for making films in a language which does not belong to any other state in the country including Maharashtra. The impartial treatment given to Hindi film industry in our own state in the past is obvious when it comes to the high tax structure, archaic laws and multiple complications restricting growth of the film industry in the state”

    However, showcasing hope in the new chapter in the history of the politics in Maharashtra, he added, “We are confident that the new BJP government in Maharashtra will address these pending issues and help the film industry achieve newer heights”.

    Mumbai has been the dream city for a lot of Bollywood actors, who have carved their space in the history of cinema and in the hearts of their fans over the years. It’s time that the entertainment industry is rewarded for all these years of service to the people and required changes be made in the system, as they hinge their hope on the newly elected BJP government.


    MUKESH BHATT RE-ELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF GUILD AT 60TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    Shri Mukesh Bhatt was unanimously re-elected as President of The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. (“Guild”) at the first meeting of its newly constituted Guild Council of Management which was held immediately after the 60th Annual General Meeting on 27th August, 2014 at Hotel Sun-n-Sand, Juhu, Mumbai.

    The other office bearers re-elected as part of Shri Bhatt’s Management Team are Shri Dheeraj Kumar & Shri Siddharth Roy Kapur as Vice Presidents & Shri Ashim Samanta as Treasurer. Additionally, Shri Manish Goswami & Shri Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios were elected as Vice Presidents and Ms. Shrishti Arya was elected as Treasurer.

    Veteran Guild member Shri Kamalkumar Barjatya was honored by the Council on being accorded the privilege as a Member Emeritus of the Council of Management. Shri Madhu Mantena, Shri Sabbas Joseph & Shri Hiren Gada were elected as new members in the Guild Council of Management for the year 2014-15 whilst Ms. Guneet Monga was nominated by the Council as a Special Invitee.

    Kulmeet Makkar will continue to manage the affairs of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. as its Chief Executive Officer.

    In his opening speech at the Guild Annual General Meeting - President Shri Mukesh Bhatt, in the course of apprising the members about various initiatives of Guild during last 12 months, also said …… “Since my anointment as President 2 years back, we have continued to tread on the holy grail of strengthening ‘Brand Guild’ and in all modesty, the process towards achieving this end has yielded providential results for the Guild. In this endeavor, I would like to mention the name of Kulmeet Makkar, Guild CEO, who has undertaken concerted efforts to give a professional and refined outlook to the Guild in the eyes of all stakeholders. By and large, the Guild has grown in stature over the last 2 years, with the kind of recognition it has been getting from all quarters such as Central & State Governments, foreign delegates & emissaries and friendly trade bodies. This year, with the new Government in place, we hope to establish channels of communication with the new order in our endeavor to further boost the healthy relationship we enjoyed with the previous regime which will positively lead to exponential growth of the film industry in the next 5 years.”

    The following are the members of the newly elected Council of Management of Guild:-

      1. Shri Mukesh Bhatt (President)
      2. Shri Dheeraj Kumar (Vice President)
      3. Shri Siddharth Roy Kapur (Vice President)
      4. Shri Manish Goswami (Vice President)
      5. Shri Vijay Singh (Vice President)
      6. Shri Ashim Samanta (Treasurer)
      7. Ms. Shrishti Arya (Treasurer)
      8. Shri Ramesh Sippy
      9. Shri Manmohan Shetty
    10. Shri Ashutosh Gowariker
    11. Shri Vipul Shah
    12. Shri Rakesh Roshan
    13. Shri Bobby Bedi
    14. Shri Sushilkumar Agrawal
    15. Shri Karan Johar
    16. Shri Farhan Akhtar
    17. Ms. Ekta Kapoor
    18. Shri Ratan Jain
    19. Shri N P Singh
    20. Shri Madhu Mantena
    21. Shri Hiren Gada
    22. Shri Sabbas Joseph
    23. Shri Kiran Shantaram (Permanent Member)
    24. Shri Randhir Kapoor (Permanent Member)
    25. Shri Amit Khanna (Permanent Member)
    26. Shri Kamalkumar Barjatya (Member Emeritus)
    27. Shri Rajkumar Kohli (Co-opted Member)