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Motion Picture Distributors Association (India) appoints Uday Singh as MD

Uday Singh has been appointed the new Managing Director of the Motion Picture Distributors Association (India) Pvt. Ltd (MPDA). After previously heading both Sony Pictures India and PVR Pictures, Singh will now represent the collective interests of the major six Hollywood studios in India, as well as work closely with the Indian film community.

Singh replaces outgoing Managing Director Rajiv Dalal who arrived in 2008 from Motion Picture Association of America headquarters in Los Angeles to establish and head MPDA (India). Dalal now returns to the United States to pursue a political career and join one of the 2012 presidential campaigns.

Since opening the office two and a half years ago, it has worked closely with the Indian film community on advocacy and content protection matters ' successfully removing market access restrictions, promoting economic cooperation between the American and Indian motion picture industries, and establishing a content protection alliance. During that time, there have been an unprecedented number of co-productions and joint broadcasting ventures between the two industries.

"It is an exciting time in the Indian film and entertainment industry," says Uday Singh. "Each of our studios have significantly invested in India through local productions and other joint ventures. As they continue to do so, new market access and content theft challenges will arise, and I look forward to working with the Indian film and entertainment industry to address such issues."

"Uday brings an unparalleled experience to the role. He is properly situated to enhance cooperation between Hollywood and Bollywood and drive further industry growth, " said Mike Ellis, Asia Pacific President and Managing Director of the Motion Picture Association, "There are few with his knowledge and expertise of the film industry. We could not have asked for a better person to lead MPDA (India)."

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