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Tarun Katial

At the helm of one of India’s youngest media houses Reliance Broadcast Network, and with impressive stints at Star TV and Sony Entertainment Television, Tarun Katial, is considered to be one of the most successful executives in the Indian media industry.

Tarun has an established record of accomplishment through successful shows and has always been in perfect tune with what captivates the Indian consumer. Prior to Big FM, Katial has had stints at STAR as executive vice president - content and at Sony as business head. He has conceived, produced and marketed television brands such as Kaun Banega Crorepati, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Khullja Sim Sim, Indian Idol and Fame Gurukul.

In early 2006, Tarun set out to launch 92.7 BIG FM, now India’s largest FM network with 45 Stations. He has been responsible for taking the radio business to a position of leadership and reaching the medium to the farthest corners of India. Synergizing well with its reputed radio business, he has led the Company’s foray into television broadcast with its flagship Hindi channel – BIG MAGIC and regional Entertainment Channel BIG MAGIC Bihar and Jharkhand. A well-crafted portfolio of synergetic businesses also includes BIG LIVE, which creates and markets intellectual properties, and BIG Productions, a division that functions as a content production house catering for the diverse creative needs of the Indian television landscape.

Other significant achievements in Tarun’s cap include being voted the NewsCorp Achiever for Asia and being included among the best in the ‘India Today 30 on 30’ list. He was also part of the team that won the first Media Gold at Cannes.

Tarun earned an MBA in marketing, and his self-confessed urge to do something ‘different and exciting’ saw him jump into the world of advertising where he spent three rewarding years with agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, Enterprise Nexus and Ogilvy & Mather.

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