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Indian Americans Sapna Vyas and Arjun Mehta Among ‘Hollywood’s New Leaders of 2021’

Indian Americans Sapna Vyas and Arjun Mehta Among ‘Hollywood’s New Leaders of 2021’

  • They have been chosen for Variety’s list of a fresh generation of leaders who are “poised to embrace innovation as the industry moves cautiously into a post-pandemic new normal.”

Two Indian Americans — Sapna Vyas and Arjun Mehta — are among Variety’s “Hollywood’s New Leaders of 2021” in media, entertainment, telecom and IT. 

The magazine notes that “the fresh generation of leaders” named to the list are “poised to embrace innovation as the industry moves cautiously into a post-pandemic new normal.” It adds that “these individuals — whose careers have been forged in some of Hollywood’s darkest days — are prepared to take on the challenges wrought by the lockdown, including the assertion of streaming, the re-calibration of the theatrical experience, and economic uncertainty.”


Sapna Vyas, 38, vice president of Scripted Content at Lifetime is responsible for overseeing content at the network, including its It’s a Wonderful Lifetime slate, which has 30 original movies. She also helped with the development of Lifetime’s fastest-growing series, “Devious Maids,” which was executive produced by Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria. She helped the scripted team on the show “UnREAL,” which went on to win a Peabody Award. She told Variety that she likes working at Lifetime’s content department because she knows that her team “will definitely make 45 to 50 films a year. So the fact that everything I’m touching gets made is fantastic.”

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Arjun Mehta, 25, is the co-founder of Moment House, a platform for high-concept live-stream music performances and other online “elevated ticketed performances.” He established it in 2019, right out of USC, where he’d proven himself a prodigy in the Jimmy Iovine/ Dr. Dre music business program. He was backed by investors including Scooter Braun, he built a company with more than 50 employees that hosted Clive Davis’ private virtual Grammy gala this year as well as presented web concerts by Tame Impala, St. Vincent and Kygo. As Moment House has taken off, Mehta says the pandemic was “absolutely an accelerant” of people being willing to pay for quality web shows, but it would have happened anyway: “Concerts and livestream exist hand-in-hand.”

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