Ronnie Screwvala – The man who made it happen
“Failure never stopped anybody who didn’t want to be stopped.” – Ronnie Screwvala
Ronnie Screwala is a popular Indian filmmaker, philanthropist and businessman. He is the founder of UTV Group for which he even remained the CEO for few years’ way back in 1990. He now heads a couple of other companies and groups dealing with filmmaking and charitable trusts. In the current year, he embarked with his new company called Exited Media dealing with entertainment sector. He is named as the most influential people list by Time Magazine in 2009 apart from being the 25th most powerful man in Asia by Fortune Magazine in New York. He was even named as the best Entrepreneur of the Year by the group called Ernst & Young.
Ronnie Screwvala started his career with local cable TV operator in Bombay under the company called Network in 1981. This was the time of Doordarshan, while with his company Network, he catered three hours entertainment programs in one of the most posh most areas of Bombay called Cuffe Parade. He later started making ads for Doordarshan along with giving content for serials like Shanti and Lifeline. In 1990, he founded UTV group, which offered TV content to different broadcasters. In just 20 years, he expanded UTV into different domains including broadcasting, gaming, filmmaking and other similar businesses.
He later also launched a channel called Hungama in 2004, which is a popular TV channel for kids in India.In February 2012, UTV was procured by The Walt Disney Co, for which he stayed as MD for the Indian market. In October, he left the company giving the charge to Siddharth Roy Kapur. He then headed to a private equity business along with his philanthropy. He manages a number of online business portals like zivame.com,
Here are some of the facts related to his journey in life.