The Board of Directors
Siddhartha Basu (Managing Director)
Siddhartha Basu, was born in Calcutta on December 28, 1954. He grew up in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai and graduated in English Literature from St Stephen's College, Delhi, earning his Masters degree in the same subject from the Arts Faculty of Delhi University, as a boarder at Hindu College. It was during his early years in college that he became one of the founding members of Theatre Action Group (TAG) in Delhi, under the artistic direction of Barry John, which became highly regarded for innovative and experimental theatre productions.
He began his career in television in 1977 by directing documentaries for television. Starting with Quiz Time in 1985, he has conducted and hosted a number of quiz shows on television and otherwise, including Mastermind India and University Challenge for BBC, becoming pre-eminently recognised as a quizmaster. His biggest quiz show success came in 2000 with Kaun Banega Crorepati, produced by his production company, Synergy.
Synergy was established in 1989, and since 2007, it has been in a business alliance with Reliance Mediaworks (formerly Adlabs), and is now a part of the BIG Reliance Entertainment group. Over the decades, Synergy has established a leadership in the field of factual entertainment in a variety of genres, noted for rich content, innovation, and world class production values. Among Synergy productions, in recent years, are multiple award winning shows such as Jhalak Dikhla Ja - Dancing with the Stars, India's Got Talent, Aap ki Kachehri, and Sach ka Saamna.
Most recently Siddhartha Basu received CNN-IBN’s prestigious Indian of the Year award in the field of entertainment for Team KBC, and in February 2012, he was honoured with the Bharat Asmita award for the Best Use of Mass Media for Public Awakening.
Siddhartha Basu is Chairman and Managing Director of BIG Synergy Media Ltd.
Anita Kaul Basu (Chairperson & Director)
Anita Kaul Basu, the Chairperson & Director of Big Synergy schooled at Tiffins’ Girls School in England and returned to India to do her BA (Hons) in English Literature from Miranda House, Delhi University, graduating in 1978. She followed it with a post graduation course at the Indian Institute of Mass Communications, Delhi and joined the news magazine, India Today, where she worked for 5 years on the editorial board.
In 1989, Anita and her husband Siddhartha set up Synergy Communications, now Big Synergy, one of the country’s top television production houses.
Anita oversees several aspects of company functioning including Finance, Legal, Administration and Human Resources. Her people and process management skills have been instrumental in organizing various big-scale television shows, which have been showcases of excellent production values and cutting edge technology and content.
She has been producer, project manager and co-producer for Big Synergy’s shows including the landmark Kaun Banega Crorepati in Hindi as well as in the regional spaces. Some of the path breaking shows that she has co-produced include, The Mastermind India series for BBC, Jhalak Dikhlaja (Dancing With The Stars), India’s Got Talent, Aap Ki Kachheri, Sach Ka Saamna (Moment of Truth), Simi Selects India’s Most Desirable, 10 Ka Dum hosted by Salman Khan and Foodistan , an Indo-Pak food show.
Anita has been a regular jury member for the International Emmy Awards as well as the Indian Telly Awards. She has also been a stylist for various film and television stars who have hosted the Big Synergy shows, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan ,Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan among others.
Anita continues to be involved in print publications. She Project managed the Mastermind India book series, and quiz columns for various Indian newspapers. She has also project managed several multimedia live quiz shows across the country.
RELIANCE DIRECTORS ON THE BOARD
Mr. Mohan Umrotkar
Prior to joining Reliance MediaWorks Limited, he was working with C.C Choksi & Company, a member firm of Deloitte. He has approximately 18 years of experience.
Mr. Anil Sekhri
He soon began to specialise in issues relating to the Media and Entertainment Industry focusing on accounting, taxation and legal matters and has gradually built a reputation as leading advisor to a wide cross-section of film industry professionals and businesses. His key clients include film producers such as Vinod Chopra Films, Prakash Jha Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment Private Limited and Raj Kumar Santoshi Cinema Company as well as artistes such as the Deol family, Priyanka Chopra, David Dhawan, Raj Kumar Hirani and many more. He has also been advisor to major Hindi films such as Heyy Babyy, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Munnabhai MBBS, Parineeta, Mujhse Shaadi Karoge, Mission Kashmir, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Ghatak and several others.
Mr. Venkatesh Roddam
Prior to joining Reliance MediaWorks Limited, he held the position of Executive Director, with VenSat Technology Services Private Limited, and has also worked with companies like Annapurna Studios, Mahindra Satyam BPO & Deutsche Bank. He has approximately 25 years of experience in managing large scale operations, sales, marketing & business management.