About Dakshin

Proving its resilience to the world, the Indian Media & Entertainment (M&E) Industry is on the cusp of a strong growth phase backed by rising consumer demand across demographics and the impact of avenues like Films, Television, OTT, Radio, Animation, Music, Gaming, Digital Advertising and Print. The sector is estimated to touch INR 4 Trillion by 2025, at a rate much faster than the global average.

India has the 5th largest M&E Market in the world, is the largest consumer of mobile data and has the second largest TV market. Around 800 satellite TV channels, 6000 multi-system operators, 60,000 local cable operators, 40 OTT Platforms and many IPTV service providers supplement the M&E industry in enhancing its reach.

With a contribution of close to 30% of India’s Media & Entertainment revenue, the southern region has a rich legacy of leadership and pioneering entrepreneurship in the M&E sector spanning over decades. Around 50% of the films produced every year in India are from the South.

Driven by popularity of vernacular content, rapid digitization & connectivity, evolving ecosystem, global viewership and personalization, South India has paved the way and continues to play a significant role in the evolution of M&E industry

The objective of this summit is to bring together relevant stakeholders to celebrate achievements, share & learn from best practices and to network with peers for progression. Through keynote talks, panel discussions, knowledge sessions and exclusive plenary’s, this summit will lay the roadmap for the resurgence of the M&E sector.

Special Guest

Thiru M K Stalin
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Mr Mani Ratnam
Film Director, Screenwriter & Producer
Mr S S Rajamouli
Film Director & Screenwriter
Dr Suchitra Ella
Chairperson, CII Southern Region & Co - Founder & Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech International Limited
Mr Jayam Ravi
Actor
Mr B Srinivasan
Managing Director, Vikatan Group Ltd
Mr Sivanthi Adityan Balasubramanian
Director, Malar Publications Limited
Mr Lakshmipathy Adimoolam
Director of Operations, Dinamalar
Ms Taapsee Pannu
Actress & Producer
Ms Rima Kallingal
Actress
Mr Sabu Cyril
Film Production Designer
Ms Thamarai
Lyricist and Poet
Ms Anu Haasan
Indian Actress and TV Anchor
Ms Sudha Sadhanand
President Editorial Affairs, India Ahead
Mr Senthil Nayagam
CEO, Oracles Movies
Mr Baradwaj Rangan
Editor, Film Companion (South)
Mr Sreedhar Pillai
Entertainment Industry Tracker, Columnist & Writer
Mr Srinivasa Mohan
Managing Director, Vikatan Group Ltd
Mr Gautam Jain
Partner, Ormax Media Pvt Ltd
Mr Shaamil Karim
Founder & CEO, Diginoor
Mr K K Senthil Kumar
Cinematographer
Mr R J Vigneshkanth
Indian Radio Personality
Mr Madan Gowri
YouTuber
Dr L Murugan
Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Information and Broadcasting Government of India
Dr A R Rahman
Mr Goutham Vasudev Menon
Ms Raadhika Sarathkumar
Mr Y Gee Mahendran
Dramatist, Actor & Singer
Mr Karthik Subbaraj
Film Director, Writer & Producer
Mr Lokesh Kanagaraj
Film Director
Mr Vetrimaran
Director, Film Producer & Writer
Mr Gaurav Banerjee
President & Head Content, Disney+Hotstar (Star Tv)
Ms Monika Shergill
Vice President - Content Netflix India
Mr Manish Menghani
Head - Content Licensing Amazon Prime Video India
Mr Sameer Nair
Chief Executive Officer, Applause Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Mr Pawan Kumar
Film Director, Actor, Producer & Screenwriter
Mr Preetham Daniel
VP - Theatre Development, IMAX – APAC, India, SE Asia, Australia & NZ
Mr Aashish Singh
CEO, Lyca Productions
Mr Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam
Film Director, Writer, Actor & Television Presenter
Mr Navaneeth L V
CEO, The Hindu
Mr Vijay Babu
Film Producer, Actor & Businessman
Mr Sanjay Wadhwa
Chairman PDL, Director, International Media Acquisition Corp & Owner AP International
Mr SR Prabhu
Partner, Dream Warrior Pictures
Mr Krishnan Kutty
EVP and Business Head, STAR India/ Disney for Tamil , Malayalam and Marathi ( TV+OTT)
Mr Siju Prabhakaran
Chief Cluster Officer, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited
Mr Vishal Sawhney
CEO, Carnival Multiplexes
Mr Nikilesh Surya
Director - Operations Rohini Groups
Mr Rakesh Gowthaman
Proprietor, Vettri Theatres

AGENDA

  • 09:30 AM – 10:30 AM Inaugural Session
    • 09:30 AM – 09:33 AM

      Ms Suhasini Maniratnam Member of the Steering Committee, Dakshin & Actress, Producer, Director & Writer

    • 09:33 AM – 09:35 AM Tamil Thai Vazhthu

      Ms Uthara Unnikrishnan

    • 09:35 AM – 09:40 AM Opening Remarks

      Dr Suchitra Ella Chairperson, CII Southern Region & Co- Founder & Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech International Limited

    • 09:40 AM – 09:43 AM Theme Address

      Mr T G Thyagarajan Chairman, Dakshin & Managing Partner, Sathya Jyothi Films

    • 09:43 AM – 09:48 AM Special Address

      Mr Jayam Ravi Actor

    • 09:48 AM – 09:53 AM Special Address

      Mr Ramesh Aravind Actor, Director & Screenwriter

    • 09:53 AM – 09:58 AM Special Address

      Mr S Jayaram Actor

    • 09:58 AM - 10:03 AM Special Address

      Mr S S Rajamouli Film Director & Screenwriter

    • 10:03 AM – 10:08 AM Special Address

      Mr Mani Ratnam Film Director, Screenwriter & Producer

    • 10:08 AM - 10:10 AM Release of the CII Southern Region Report: Regional the New National
      Way Forward for the South Indian Media & Entertainment Industry
    • 10:10 AM - 10:25 AM Inaugural Address

      Thiru M K Stalin Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

    • 10:25 AM - 10:28 AM Vote of Thanks

      Ms Suhasini Maniratnam Member of the Steering Committee, Dakshin & Actress, Producer, Director & Writer

    • 10:28 AM - 10:30 AM National Anthem
    • On Stage :

      1. Mr B Sukumar Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter

      2. President South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce

      3. Mr NMP Jeyesh Regional Director, CII Southern Region

  • 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM Networking Break
  • 10:50 AM – 12:10 AM South Indian Cinema - Setting an example for PAN-India Films
    (Panel Discussion)
    • 10:50 AM – 10:55 AM Opening Remarks & Context Setting

      Ms Anu Hasan Actress & TV Anchor

    • 10:55 AM – 11:55 PM Panel Discussion with

      Mr Mani Ratnam Film Director, Screenwriter & Producer

      Mr S S Rajamouli Film Director, Screenwriter

      Mr B Sukumar Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter

    • 11:55 PM – 12:05 PM Interaction
    • 12:05 PM – 12:10 PM Discussion Wrap-up

      Ms Anu Hasan Actress & TV Anchor

  • 12:15 PM – 01:30 PM The Future of Media & Entertainment through AVGC
    (Panel Discussion)
    • 12:15 PM – 12:20 PM Opening Remarks by Moderator

      Ms Sudha Sadhanand President, (Editorial Affairs) India Ahead

    • 12:20 PM – 12:35 PM Presentation

      Mr Biren Ghose Vice Chairman - CII National Media & Entertainment Committee; Chairman, CII National AVGC Committee & Country Head, Technicolor India

    • 12:35 PM – 01:15 PM Panel Discussion with

      Mr K K Senthil Kumar Cinematographer

      Mr Sabu Cyril Film Production Designer

      Mr V Srinivas Mohan Visual Effects Designer

      Mr Biren Ghose Country Head (India), Technicolor

    • 01:15 PM – 01:25 PM Interaction
    • 01:25 PM – 01:30 PM Discussion Wrap-up

      Ms Sudha Sadhanand President, (Editorial Affairs) India Ahead

  • 01:30 PM – 02:15 PM Networking Lunch
  • 02:15 PM – 03:15 PM Driving Inclusion and Gender Diversity in the M&E Industry
    (Panel Discussion)
    • 02:15 PM – 02:20 PM Opening Remarks & Context Setting

      Ms Sudha Sadhanand President, (Editorial Affairs) India Ahead

    • 02:20 PM – 03:00 PM Panel Discussion with

      Ms Thamarai Lyricist and Poet

      Ms Taapsee Pannu Actress

      Ms Rima Kallingal Actress

    • 03:00 PM – 03:10 PM Interaction
    • 03:10 PM – 03:15 PM Discussion Wrap-up

      Ms Sudha Sadhanand President, (Editorial Affairs) India Ahead

  • 03:15 PM – 04:15 PM The Role of Social Media and its impact on the industry
    ( Panel Discussion )
    • 03:15 PM – 03:20 PM Opening Remarks & Context Setting

      Mr Baradwaj Rangan Film Critic, Writer & Editor-in-Chief, Galatta Plus

    • 03:20 PM – 04:00 PM Panel Discussion with

      Mr R J Vigneshkanth YouTuber

      Mr Madan Gowri Digital Content Creator & Founder, Kokru

      Mr Sreedhar Pillai

      Entertainment Industry Tracker Analyst & Writer

    • 04:00 PM – 04:10 PM Interaction
    • 04:10 PM – 04:15 PM Discussion Wrap-up

      Mr Baradwaj Rangan Film Critic, Writer & Editor-in-Chief, Galatta Plus

  • 04:15 PM – 04:40 PM Networking Break
  • 04:40 PM – 05:40 PM Print Media – Reinventing for the 21st Century
    ( Panel Discussion )
    • 04:40 PM – 04:45 PM Opening Remarks & Context Setting

      Ms Latha Srinivasan Senior Journalist

    • 04:45 PM – 05:25 PM Panel Discussion with

      Mr Lakshmipathy Adimoolam Director - Operations Dinamalar

      Mr B Srinivasan Managing Director, Vikatan Group Ltd

      Mr Sivanthi Balasubramanian Adityan Director, Daily Thanthi Group

    • 05:25 PM – 05:35 PM Interaction
    • 05:35 PM – 05:40 PM Discussion Wrap-up

      Dr G Dhananjayan Member - Steering Committee, Dakshin, Founder & Dean, BOFTA Film Institute

  • 05:40 PM – 06:40 PM Showcasing Innovations & Start-up’s
    • 05:30 PM – 05:45 PM Opening Remarks & Context Setting

      Dr G Dhananjayan Member - Steering Committee, Dakshin, Founder & Dean, BOFTA Film Institute

    • 05:45 PM – 06:25 PM Presentation by

      Mr Sunny Pokala Co-Founder Hoote Audio Social Media

      Mr Senthil Nayagam Chief Executive Officer, OracleMovies

      Mr Gautam Jain Partner, Ormax Media Pvt Ltd

      Mr Shaamil Karim Founder & CEO, Diginoor

      Mr Anubha Sinha Founder, Rays 3D

    • 06:25 PM – 06:35 PM Interaction
    • 06:35 PM – 06:40 PM Discussion Wrap-up

      Dr G Dhananjayan Member - Steering Committee, Dakshin, Founder & Dean, BOFTA Film Institute

  • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Making a successful small budget film
    (Panel Discussion)
    • 10:00 AM – 10:05 AM Opening Remarks & Context Setting

      Dr G Dhananjayan Member - Steering Committee, Dakshin, Founder & Dean, BOFTA Film Institute

    • 10:05 AM – 11:00 AM Panel Discussion with

      Mr Vijay Babu Producer & Actor

      Mr Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam Director, Writer & Actor

      Mr Pavan Kumar Director, Actor, Producer & Screenwriter

    • 11:00 AM – 11:10 AM Interaction
    • 11:10 AM – 11:15 AM Discussion Wrap-up

      Dr G Dhananjayan Member - Steering Committee, Dakshin, Founder & Dean, BOFTA Film Institute

  • 11:15 AM – 11:35 AM Networking Break
  • 11:35 AM – 12:35 PM Contemporary Challenges faced by Television: Opportunities Ahead
    (Panel Discussion)
    • 11:35 AM – 11:40 AM Opening Remarks & Context Setting

      Mr Navaneeth L V Chief Executive Officer, THG Publishing Pvt Ltd

    • 11:40 AM – 12:20 PM Panel Discussion with

      Mr Krishnan Kutty EVP and Business Head, STAR India/ Disney for Tamil, Malayalam and Marathi (TV+OTT)

      Mr Y Gee Mahendra Dramatist, Actor & Singer

      Ms Radhika Sarathkumar Actress, Entrepreneur and Producer

    • 12:20 PM – 12:30 PM Interaction
    • 12:20 PM – 12:35 PM Discussion Wrap-up

      Mr Navaneeth L V Chief Executive Officer, THG Publishing Pvt Ltd

  • 12:40 PM – 01:40 PM Creating Stories for Millennials
    (Panel Discussion)
    • 12:40 PM – 12:45 PM Opening Remarks & Context Setting

      Mr Mohan Raman Member - Steering Committee, Dakshin, Actor and Writer

    • 12:45 PM – 01:30 PM Panel Discussion with

      Mr Vetrimaran Director, Screenwriter & Producer

      Mr Karthik Subburaj Film Director, Writer & Producer

      Mr Lokesh Kanagaraj Film Director

    • 01:25 PM – 01:35 PM Interaction
    • 01:35 PM – 01:40 PM Discussion Wrap-up

      Mr Mohan Raman Member - Steering Committee, Dakshin, Actor and Writer

  • 01:40 PM – 02:30 PM Lunch
  • 02:30 PM – 04:00 PM The OTT revolution: Impact on Subjects, Budget, Talent & Opportunities
    (Panel Discussion)
    • 02:30 PM – 02:35 PM Opening Remarks & Context Setting

      Mr Anup Chandrasekharan Member - Steering Committee, Dakshin, Media Maven

    • 02:35 PM – 03:45 PM Panel Discussion with

      Ms Monika Shergill Vice President - Content Netflix India

      Mr Manish Menghani Head - Content Licensing Amazon Prime Video India

      Mr Gaurav Banerjee Head - Content Disney+ Hotstar& HSM TV Network

      Mr Sameer Nair Chief Executive Officer, Applause Entertainment

      Mr Siju Prabhakaran Chief Cluster Officer, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited

    • 03:45 PM – 03:55 PM Interaction
    • 03:55 PM – 04:00 PM Discussion Wrap-up

      Mr Anup Chandrasekharan Member - Steering Committee, Dakshin, Media Maven

  • 03:45 PM – 05:00 PM How are Theatres retaining the edge – Post Pandemic Impact
    (Panel Discussion)
    • 03:45 PM – 03:55 PM Opening Remarks & Context Setting by the Moderator

      Mr Preetham Daniel Vice President-Theatre Development, (APAC), IMAX

    • 03:55 PM – 04:45 PM Panel Discussion with

      Mr Vishal Sawhney CEO, Carnival Multiplexes

      Mr Nikilesh Surya Director - Operations Rohini Groups

      Mr Rakesh Gowthaman Proprietor, Vettri Theatres

    • 04:45 PM – 04:55 PM Interaction
    • 04:55 PM – 05:00 PM Session Wrap-up

      Mr Preetham Daniel Vice President-Theatre Development, (APAC), IMAX

  • 05:00 PM – 05:20 PM Networking Break
  • 05:20 PM – 06:20 PM Content Monetization & Policy
    (Panel Discussion)
    • 05:15 PM – 05:20 PM Opening Remarks & Context Setting by the Moderator

      Mr Aashish Singh Chief Executive Officer, Lyca Productions

    • 05:25 PM – 05:55 PM Panel Discussion with

      Mr S R Prabhu Partner,Dream Warrior Pictures

      Mr Ramji Natarajan Member - Steering Committee, Dakshin, Chairman, Rribada Films / Travel Masters

      Mr Sanjay Wadhwa Chairman Phonographic Digital Ltd & Director, Int’l Media Acquisition Corp

    • 05:55 PM – 06:15 PM Interaction
    • 06:15 PM – 06:20 PM Session Wrap-up

      Mr Aashish Singh Chief Executive Officer, Lyca Productions

  • 06:30 PM – 07:20 PM Fireside Chat
    • 06:30 PM – 07:20 PM In Conversation with

      Mr Gautham Vasudev Menon Director, Screenwriter, Producer & Actor

      Mr Mani Ratnam Film Director, Screenwriter & Producer

  • 07:30 PM – 08:15 PM Valedictory Session
    • Emcee

      Ms Khushbu Sundar Member of the Steering Committee, Dakshin & Actress, Producer & Television Presenter

    • 07:30 PM – 07:40 PM Address

      Mr T G Thyagarajan Chairman, Dakshin & Managing Partner, Sathya Jyothi Films

    • 07:40 PM – 07:45 PM Video on AR Rahman
    • 07:45 PM – 07:50 PM Honouring the ‘The Icon’

      Dr A R Rahman Music Composer, Singer, Lyricist & Producer

    • 07:50 PM – 07:55 PM Acceptance Speech

      Dr A R Rahman Music Composer, Singer, Lyricist & Producer

    • 07:55 PM – 08:10 PM Keynote Address

      Dr L Murugan Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Information and Broadcasting Government of India

    • 07:45 PM – 07:50 PM Vote of Thanks

      Mr T G Thyagarajan Chairman, Dakshin & Managing Partner, Sathya Jyothi Films

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Meet Our

STEERING COMMITTEE

Mr T G Thyagarajan
Chairman, CII Dakshim Media & Entertainment Summit and Managing Partner Sathya Jyothi Films
Mrs Suhasini Maniratnam
Promoter and Partner Madras Talkies
Ms Sujatha Vijayakumar
President, Society of Television Producers of Southern India
Ms Khushboo Sundar
Partner, Avni Cinemax
Ms Lissy Lakshmi
Owner, Le Magic Lantern Preview Theatre and Lissy Lakshmi Studios
Mr Sunny Pokala
Chairman & CEO, The Amtex Group
Mr Senthil Kumar V
Co-Founder, Qube Cinema Technologies Pvt Ltd
Mr G Dhananjayan
Indian Film Producer & Founder - Dean BOFTA Film Institute
Mr Mohan Raman
Indian actor and writer
Mr Anup Chandrasekharan
Former - Business Head Colors Tamil
Mr Krishnan Kutty
EVP and Business Head, STAR India/ Disney for Tamil , Malayalam and Marathi ( TV+OTT)
Mr Ramji Natarajan
Chairman, Travel Masters India Corporation
Mr Mukesh Mehta
Proprietor, E4Entertainment
Mr G P Vijay Kumar
Managing Director, Seven Arts International Ltd
Mr Shanmugam K
Joint Managing Director, AVM Productions Pvt Ltd
Mr Siva Shankar N
General Manager, Nian Media Pvt Ltd (Behindwoods)

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