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Namit Sharma moves on from Zee TV

MUMBAI: After a 14-month stint at Zee TV, programming head Namit Sharma has decided to move on.

Confirming the news to TelevisionPost.com, Sharma said that he has had a wonderful stint at Zee TV and will now explore ‘what more I can do in the TV and broadcast space’.

Namit Sharma - Zee TV Programming Head at the launch of Neeli Chhatri WaaleSharma’s last day at the organisation will be 8 May. Until a new programming head is appointed, Zee TV business head Pradeep Hejmadi will be handling the portfolio.

As per an official statement, Sharma said, “I’ve decided to move on from Zee TV and explore other opportunities. I am happy that during my stint at Zee TV, we have seen significant success with distinctive programming concepts in an extremely competitive genre. The last 14 months have been an incredible experience working with some of the best talent in the television business. I am happy that our audience has reacted well to innovative content like ‘Kumkum Bhagya’, ‘Jamai Raja’, ‘Neeli Chatri Waale’, and the recent ‘DID Super Moms Season 2’. I have worked with a great team here and am confident that they‘ll continue to lead the channel to even greater heights. As I complete 20 years in the entertainment business, it’s time to look forward to newer challenges.”

Although Sharma’s next move is not yet known, he said he plans to remain in the entertainment space.

“I am taking what I call a mid-career break and am handing over my duties presently to Pradeep Hejmadi,” Sharma said.

Sharma joined Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) in February 2014, from Wizcraft Television and Films where he was the business head and chief creative officer.

He had replaced Ajay Bhalwankar at Zee, who had left for Sony Entertainment Television (SET) as chief creative officer.

With total experience of over 20 years in the field, Sharma also worked with Yash Raj Films as executive producer, Cinevistaas Ltd as creative director, and Sony Entertainment Television as senior executive producer.