Cosmos Maya: Anish Mehta steps down as CEO of Cosmos-Maya

Anish Mehta, Chief Executive of one of India’s leading animation studios, Space Mayaplaced in his papers after 10 years in the company.

He will announce his new venture later this year.

Mehta, who was instrumental in the studio’s expansion from a team of 30 to over 1,200 strong animation centers, has been Cosmos-Maya’s CEO and minority shareholder since 2012.

During his tenure, the company has grown through four distinct lines of business worldwide and has recorded more than 25x revenue and EBITDA growth over the last 10 years. Globally, Mehta has spearheaded co-production efforts with European and other international players that have been able to be sold in over 100 countries.

He also spearheaded the studio’s foray into original Indian animation intellectual property with the launch of “Motu Patlu”. The studio claims to have created over 5,000 hours of children’s animated content across over 20 shows, maintaining over 50% market share of original Indian children’s and family content for ten years.

The studio’s key clients include Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, Sony, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Netflix, Discovery Kids, Facebook and YouTube.

Under his leadership, the studio attracted organized investment in the business. He was instrumental in attracting private investors to the Indian animation business, first with KKR-backed Emerald Media and later with TPG subsidiary NewQuest Capital Partners.

“I would like to thank Ketan and Deepa, promoters of Cosmos-Maya, for entrusting me with the opportunity to grow the company,” Mehta said. “I would also like to thank our previous investors who backed KKR Emerald Media, Rajesh Kamath and angel investor Tilak Sarkar for the right guidance and support on this journey. It has been a great pleasure to work with the current investor, a subsidiary of TPG NewQuest Capital Partners, and I wish them and the Cosmos-Maya team all the best for future growth and legacy development.”

He also spearheaded the initiative to build YouTube’s 35-channel WowKidz network, which has amassed over 80 million subscribers and over 41 billion views worldwide in over 10 languages ​​in a short span of 5 years.

“I am very passionate about content creators and I think that digital media has offered a pretty egalitarian and leveling platform for all creators. I believe the best way to show my appreciation is to be able to support and mentor the next generation of digital content creators as they set out to create groundbreaking content that will positively impact the lives of countless children and family audiences. The intention is to partner with global investors and pioneers to achieve this vision,” Mehta added.