Vikram Malhotra today announced his resignation as COO of Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Having spent a little over 2 years at Viacom18 Motion Pictures,Vikram will leave to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations. He will continue in his current capacity till July 2013,to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Vikram also headed the strategic distribution alliance with Paramount Pictures International.
Commenting on his decision,Vikram said,”I have had a personally fulfilling and proud time at Viacom18 Motion Pictures and am privileged to have lead a talented team that redefined many a things in both production and distribution of Hindi as well as Hollywood films (marketing and distribution of Paramount movies).” He added further,”I am excited to now pursue my own dream and aspiration in the same space.”
Announcing Vikram’s departure,Sudhanshu Vats,Group CEO – Viacom18 Media Networks,said,”Vikram has admirably led the reboot of this business to put Viacom18 Motion Pictures amongst the top players in the industry. Over the last two years,we have had tremendous success,stretched the envelope and redefined the rules of Hindi Cinema,making critically acclaimed films that were commercially successful as well. We have an impressive line up ahead with movies like Chashme Baddoor,Bhaag Milkha Bhaag,Madras Cafe and Boss.” He further added,”As he now ventures out to pursue his entrepreneurial dream,I wish him all the success in his new venture.”
Over the last two years,Viacom18 Motion Pictures has had many successful films like Tanu Weds Manu,Pyaar Ka Punchnama,Shaitan,Kahaani,Gangs of Wasseypur,OMG – Oh My God!,Son of Sardaar,Special 26 and Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns. Through its strategic alliance with Paramount Pictures,Viacom18 Motion Pictures also released some of the biggest Hollywood grossers in India,like Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.