2 Indian Americans Among Hollywood’s Top Production Executives Who Make Movies and TV Shows Happen
- Ravi Mehta of 20th Century and Momita SenGupta of Lucasfilm are included in a list culled by The Hollywood Reporter for the ongoing Association of Film Commissioners International’s AFCI Week in Los Angeles.
Two Indian Americans are among Hollywood’s top physical production executives who make the movies and TV shows happen. The list is culled by The Hollywood Reporter for the ongoing Association of Film Commissioners International’s AFCI Week in Los Angeles. Selected heads of production, including Ravi Mehta of 20th Century and Momita SenGupta of Lucasfilm, share insights and stories about their top projects with The Hollywood Reporter.
Ravi Mehta was named head of physical production, post-production, and VFX in March last year. He oversees all aspects of physical production for the Disney-owned 20th Century studios film division. He hit the ground running with “The Boston Strangler,” and “The Princess and Predator” prequel “Prey.” He told The Hollywood Reporter that from his experience shooting “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” in Alberta, Canada, he knew “we could find the majestic scenic wilderness needed” by filming “Prey” in Calgary.
Before joining 20th Century, Mehta spent 24 years at Warner Bros where he became EVP Physical Production for the studio in the spring of 2015, according to a March 2021 Deadline report. He served as the executive on a slate of movies including “American Sniper” and “The Accountant.” “With the announcement of the Warner Max film label, Mehta went on to oversee all features for the new streaming platform including Stephen Soderbergh’s forthcoming ‘No Sudden Move,’” the report said.
Earlier, Mehta oversaw physical production at Warner Independent Productions, and was later promoted to production executive, In 2007, he was given an opportunity to produce WB films for the studio including the Bradley Cooper-directed “A Star is Born.” He most recently served as an executive producer on the Oscar-nominated “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
Momita SenGupta is the executive vice president of physical production at Lucasfilm where she oversees all physical production, including feature films, live-action series, and animated series. She inherits a robust slate of productions currently underway or in pre-production, including “The Mandalorian,” “The Book of Boba Fett,” “Andor,” “Willow, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron,” “Children of Blood and Bone,” “Indiana Jones V,” and several others.
Just before joining Lucasfilm, SenGupta oversaw a large team that managed multiple projects as production vice president of Original Series at Netflix.
She began her career at MTV Films where she managed the production of their feature films including “Aeon Flux,” “Tupac: Resurrection,” “Election, “ and “Varsity Blues.” Moving to the Viacom networks in 2006, she became executive vice president in 2014, where she managed all aspects of physical production across seven channels — Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, TV Land, CMT and BET – overseeing productions including the MTV Movie Awards, “South Park,” “Key and Peele,” and the CMT Music Awards.