SushilKumar Agrawal has been re-elected as the President of “Entertainment Content Owners Association” (ECOA) at its 57th Annual General Meeting
On the 57th Annual General Meeting of “Entertainment Content Owners Association” (ECOA), Mr Sushilkumar Agrawal, (Ultra Media & Entertainment Group) was re-elected as the President. The following council members were also relected : Hiren Gada (Shemaroo) as Vice President, Ashok Jain (Venus) as Secretary & RK Duggal (R.K.Duggal Studios) as Treasurer of the Association
Indian Film Exporters Association was formed in 1963 by Lim Billimoria & few other Indian Film Exporters to promote & facilitate the commerce of Indian Films abroad. It has recently been renamed as Entertainment Content Owners Association of India & now has a new contemporary logo to reflect its new identity. In its new avatar, ECOA embraces & extends its membership to all the entertainment content owners of all languages, genres & formats across all audio visual platforms. ECOA is also a prominent member of various important associations and apex bodies like FICCI & FFI.
ECOA is symbolic of the changing times & acknowledges the meteoric growth of TV, OTT & Digital - hence the body also wanted to bring them in their purview & expand their membership to these platforms too. The other office bearers of the Association are Hirachand Dand, Gordhan Tanwani, Suraj Chandna, Narendra Hirawat, Sajjan Kumar Damani, Mihir Mehta & Sundari Ramamurthy
Since its inception, ECOA has been representing, safeguarding & promoting the overall wellbeing of their members, who have been the Entertainment Content Owners of India. It has been playing a major role in securing various legitimate content rights of the holder. The body also resolves disputes concerning encroachments, Double Sale of Rights by the Producers & Copyright Holders.
ECOA will issue Notices to TV Channels, OTT, Digital & other existing and upcoming Platforms for Infringement & Violation of their Member’s Rights. ECOA has also has been coordinating with State & Central Governments, legislative authorities & other related departments for making representations for the reduction & revision in tariffs, taxation, levies, GST & other Policy matters etc.
The body is also planning to soon approach the Information & Broadcasting Ministry for appointing itself as an enlisted association for content registration & other related activities. ECOA will regularly also Publish Public Notice Ads on its website conveying trade acquisition of various contents & other rights disputes in the industry. It will also constantly disseminate Trade Centric Updated Information & Developments to the Members on a regular basis.
Mr SushilKumar Agrawal quoted : “I am humbled to be re- elected as the President of this esteemed association. I am obliged to take on this responsibility & will make sure to live up to it again. I also take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues in the Association, whose continued patronage & confidence in ECOA inspires us to extend the best of our services to the existing members as well as the new members that will join us soon”