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Sonup is one of the best known entertainment journalists in Mumbai with a solid nine years of on field experience in Hindi film journalism. A qualified lawyer by profession, Sonup switched fields when Mr. Nari Hira, the owner of Stardust offered him a job in a men's magazine six years ago. His first interview was with Virat Kohli and he took off from there. Post Stardust, Sonup joined Indiantelevision.com where he took charge of developing 'Bollywood content' for their sister website Tellychakkar.com. With his nose of news and ability to ask the toughest questions to celebs, Sonup soon emerged as one of the most well-known and respected journalists in town. His next stop was Indian Express where he looked after entertainment single handedly in Mumbai. His powerful opinion pieces written for Indian Express made people in the industry sit up and take note. One of his opinion pieces on Anurag Kashyap was shared and tweeted by Mr. Vineet Jain of the Times Group. Sonup is currently busy running his own startup venture called Bollywoodwallah.com, an entertainment website co-founded by him.He is uber popular for his movie review show on Youtube- Three Wise Men which is by far one of the most loved and popularly watched movie reviews not just by Bollywood personalities but masses all across India. Sonup's show is extremely popular with the Indian diaspora in USA, Canada and UK. He often receives fan mails from America and NRIs make it a point to meet Sonup and his three Wise Men whenever they fly down to Mumbai. His show and channel has often found love from various Bollywood celebs like Ranveer Singh, Ayushmann Khurrana, Kunnal Khemmu among others. He will be speaking at Review panel at Filmy Labs happening on the 5th of July 📍 Fun republic Social. 3pm to 1am, Tickets link in bio. #FilmyLabs @socialoffline @jameson_india

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Kenneth Hopkins has been working in the New Media & Experiential Industry since he joined the workforce as a young creative in 2004, building websites for Bollywood movies & Celebrities and managing multi-venue cultural activations for retail giants. He has blazed the trail by founding and running one of the first New Media Firms on the scene that serviced Bollywood Celebrities, politicians & experiential marketing companies, he currently is focused on running his rapidly growing Event IP called BollyCon - The Desi Pop Culture Convention that is a community-oriented, content discovery, new media & experiential marketing venture. As part of his curatorial process, Kenneth has been mapping the desi pop culture ecosystem since July 2017, and gradually scaling this IP accordingly. He has been particularly exploring it's potential not only as a content longevity & monetization enhancer but also as viable desi pop cultural export format & a potent soft power development mechanism. Always keen to keep the mutual learning on, he is excited about participating in strategic consultation, particularly in the area of Brand and IP development. He takes out a couple of hours every week to indulge in 'coffee for consultation sessions' for promising projects. He will be moderating the VFX panel at Filmy Labs happening on the 5th of July 📍 Fun republic Social. 3pm to 1am, Tickets link in bio. #FilmyLabs @socialoffline @jameson_india

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Abhijeet V Sawant Managing Director - Founder Mr. Abhijeet Sawant saw a potential growth in the large-scale projects for national and international industry clients and made a move into business of Animation and visual effects. A VES Member with having spent Eighteen years in the animation and VFX industry providing resource management, planning and execution support for 2d/3d Animation and films visual effects production. The man behind the setting up of Artistic Eye Entertainment, Mr. Abhijeet has conceptualized and setup the studio teaming up with unmatched creative and technical expertise. Under his guidance and vision, Artistic Eye Entertainment put its foot in the worldwide arena. He is exceptionally open to new and innovative ideas and always on the lookout for new opportunities. Mr. Abhijeet continues to be the companies driving force, always looking to the future and the opportunities ahead in the world of national and international production. He has been working hard to make Artistic Eye a strong company that covers complete visual effects and animation services. Apart from being the head of the company he is an expert in aligning technology and artist resources with production and business requirements. He will be speaking at vfx panel at Filmy Labs happening on the 5th of July 📍 Fun republic Social. 3pm to 1am, Tickets link in bio. #FilmyLabs @socialoffline @jameson_india

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