The Human Touch

Building human capital in a disruptive world

Increasingly, digitisation and exploding data consumption on the mobile are leaving their impact on the world. Almost every aspect of business is being converted to digital - distribution, payments, e-commerce, and even video and audio.

The media and entertainment industry hasn't been immune to this turbulence with legacy television broadcasters being bludgeoned by the deep-pocketed streamers. The TV networks are facing their own distribution challenges courtesy new pricing rules set it in place by the sector regulator.

This transformation is a double-edged sword and has brought with it opportunities and challenges in equal measure. Mergers, acquisitions, layoffs, and shutdowns are hitting the sector as organisations adapt to cope with the new paradigm. Executives, managers, and employees are now living in times of sustained and relentless pressure. Corporate life in a sense is being lived in a fishbowl.

The nature of employment is undergoing a fundamental change, be it in advertising, broadcasting or OTT or content creation, as companies, big and small, cope with the pangs of aggressive growth.

With organisations and employees redefining their priorities, the need of the hour is to strike a fine balance with an eye on the future.

The Media HR summit is an initiative to provide a platform for the industry to go into pause mode and reflect on the past, the present situation and the way forward.

Great Speakers

Leaders from the leading Media & Entertainment companies take the discussion forward on the managing people right.


Great sessions to display the key problems, solutions & knowledge filled case studies.


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Key Themes


Culture and chemistry


Emerging trends in HR


Employee engagement models


Building equity in workplace


Empowering a network of leaders


Future-focused people strategies


Changing nature of employment


Tech: Challenges and opportunities




Session 1: Responding to megatrends

India’s media and entertainment landscape is undergoing a radical change with rapid advancements in technology and alterations in distribution and monetization models. The emergence of these trends has resulted in added pressure on M&E companies. The fierce competition in the marketplace needs organizations to recalibrate not just their business strategies but people strategies as well.

Session 2: Building the dream team

The very nature of M&E companies and the terrains they operate in leads to rather precise people strategy requirement. Recruiting the right talent and retaining it requires organizations to understand and adapt to current industry trends. How are companies enhancing their management models to improve employee experiences thereby giving them an edge? Additionally, how are corporations planning for succession in such a turbulent environment?

Session 3: Tackling the tech leap

Augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are disrupting the status quo in more ways than one. These new technologies possess the power to deliver new consumer experiences and dimensions to revenue generation. While incorporating game changing tech is a temptation no company can and should resist, it could lead to a fundamental change in the nature of employment in the county. What does the future hold? And how are corporations gearing up to face this uncertain future?

Session 4: Data in decision making

The M&E industry has now well and truly set foot into the age of big data. Companies are now applying advanced analytics to verticals beyond sales and marketing.HR analytics has the potential to add value by not just streamlining existing processes but also handing companies a competitive edge by forming the core of business strategies. With focus growing around HR data to improve decision making, is the M&E industry moving in line to use this tool effectively?

Fireside Chat with Jai Maroo, Shemaroo

Session 5: Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Culture and management practices at work need constant and composite evolution. In fact, policies at organisations must serve as an exemplar for societies, which are often resistant to change. Creating and celebrating a diverse and inclusive workforce should be business imperatives for companies. Are organisations doing enough to understand unconscious bias and its intersection at the workplace? Do differently abled professionals find adequate representation in companies? And how is this changing Media Inc?



Dr. Ashish Pinto

Group Head - HR

Balaji Telefilms Ltd

Dr. Rajesh Save

Consultant-People Analytics

Faculty – NMIMS University

Dr. Vivek Belhekar

Associate professor

Department of Applied Psychology, University of Mumbai.

Deepa Shankar

Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Author - Voices of Inclusion

Heather Saville Gupta

Group HR Director

MullenLowe Lintas Group

Jai Maroo


Shemaroo Entertainment Limited.

Megha Tata

Discovery Communications India

Managing Director - South Asia

Monika Navandar

Global HR Expert

NeoSeven Solutions

Nikhil Natekar

Head Human Resource


Nirav Jagad

Chief People Officer


Priyadarshini Gupta

Diversity and Inclusion - Lead


Rajiv Bakshi

Chief Executive Officer

Reliance Entertainment's Big Synergy

Ratnaprabha Sable

Diversity & Inclusion Evangelist

Founder & MD | Vividhataa

Sagorika Kantharia

Head HR

Jagran Group

Sandeep Batra

Head HR

Vodafone Idea Limited

Shubham Tripathi

Director HR (Reinova Biz)

Ex DM HR - Bajaj Allianz

Sunil Seth

Head HR Business Partner – South Asia

Dentsu Aegis Network

Vikas Vats

President HR Association India

HRAI- Human Resource Association of India


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