GoQuest Media names Bhavishya Rao Head of International Licensing and Distribution

The executive will be responsible for global licensing and distribution activities for the company. The appointment was confirmed ahead of Mipcom, scheduled to take begin on 16 October.

26 SEP 2023

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GoQuest Media recently named Bhavishya Rao Head of International Licensing and Distribution of the company. Rakesh Vasani, who previously served at Zee Network also joined the company to run GoQuest’s international acquisitions. 

Reporting to company founders Vivek Lath and Jimmy George, Rao will be responsible for global licensing and distribution activities for the company. She will contribute 12 years of industry experience to her new role.  Before accepting the position, she worked for Pocket FM, an Audio OTT start-up, where she specialized in Script Licensing.  Prior to that, she was at Indiacast Media Distribution, a joint venture between Viacom 18 and TV 18, where she managed the distribution of Indian TV series and films.  Her tenure at Tata Play Ltd also saw her handling acquisitions for SVOD and TVOD services.

At Zee, Vasani was in charge of programming and acquisition for Zee’s English movie channels in India.  He has successfully negotiated deals with major studios such as Sony, Disney, Paramount, and Reliance. Based in Turkey, Mikaela Perez is responsible for sales in LATAM, Spain & US Hispanic. Previously she was in charge of all LATAM sales for Kanal D.  She has played a pivotal role in bringing international content to Latin American audiences.  Her achievements include bringing the first Ukrainian series Ruby Ring ever to be aired on a TV channel in Ecuador and the first Serbian series Civil Servant to air on TV in Puerto Rico.

Ofelya Tovmasyan handling sales for CEE, CIS and Western Europe and based in Armenia, previously led international sales for the Armenian network Shant TV.  She has successfully licensed deals with several television networks such as VOYO, Bulgaria and Gley, Macedonia for a range of content including Rats and Civil Servant.  Nikhita Mhatre responsible for sales in Asia has licensed content from Turkey and Ukraine to territories including Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia.  Nikhita also handles acquisitions, securing deals for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean content for distribution in India.

With Bhavishya Rao's appointment, GoQuest continues to consolidate its talented team of professionals, each contributing a unique set of skills and extensive experience helping the company expand its global footprint in media distribution. The company is keen to continue exploring great fiction content that has not travelled internationally and placing them before global audiences.