Amit Malhotra Exits Leadership of HBO Max in Southeast Asia

Amit Malhotra, who was named managing director of HBO Max Southeast Asia last June, has reportedly exited WarnerMedia after just seven months on the job. No reason for Malhotra’s departure was given, with WarnerMedia only confirming that the former Disney+ executive was no longer employed at the company.

As first reported by Content Asia, Malhotra’s position will be assumed by his former boss Johannes Larcher, who heads up HBO Max International operations.

Malhotra was hired to help launch Max into Southeast Asia, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The streamer has yet to bow service in the region.

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Max, which launched in spring 2020, aims to roll out in 61 countries, beginning last June in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Prior to WarnerMedia, Malhotra served as regional lead for Disney+ in Southeast Asia, where he was responsible for overseeing the launch and operations of the streaming service, including Disney+ Hotstar and Hotstar. He also led the content sales and distribution division as part of The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to Consumer & International (DTCI) business in South APAC and Middle East, pivoting Disney’s linear business in the region to streaming by working closely with local telcos and MVPDs, creating localized payment strategies and developing deep content studio relationships throughout Southeast Asia.

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