Eros and Pluto Vet Shampa Banerjee Named Chief Product and Technology Officer at Hispanic-Focused Canela Media – Deadline

Shampa Banerjee, a seasoned streaming executive who has held senior roles at Eros International and Pluto, has been named chief product and technology officer at Canela Media.

Venture-backed Canela operates a portfolio of websites as well as free and ad-supported streaming services Canela TV and Canela Music.

Banerjee will report to Isabel Rafferty, Founder and CEO of Canela.

A physicist by training with an extensive background in technology, Banerjee will lead Canela’s innovation lab in addition to her executive roles. The lab was created to develop new revenue models for industrial sectors such as production and distribution.

“Consumers are demanding – they know what they want and they know where to find it,” Banerjee said. “I am energized by Canela’s deliberate commitment to redefining digital media experiences for the Hispanic community – our strategy, of challenging our team to create products and services that meet and ultimately exceed the needs of this sophisticated audience. rapidly growing, is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Rafferty said the company’s focus on innovation “remains our primary focus” and that the organization “will look to Shampa’s deep experience at the intersection of technology and media to transform our business. and our industry”.

In 2020, Banerjee joined ViacomCBS-owned Pluto as chief product officer, following his stint at Eros, which is best known in the US for its still-ongoing merger with STX.

Prior to working at Eros Digital, Banerjee helped prepare social enterprise collaboration platform Socialtext for a $1.4 billion sale and also served as CTO at Ziff Davis Media.

In addition to a master’s degree in physics from Case Western Reserve University and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Banerjee holds a doctorate in theoretical physics from Kent State University.

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