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Wattpad hires India country manager

ATF: Multiplatform entertainment firm Wattpad has appointed its first country manager for India to expand the Canada-headquartered company’s operations in Asia.

Devashish Sharma

Based in Mumbai, Devashish Sharma will work with local partners to create television, film, print and digital projects based on the four million-plus Indian stories uploaded to Wattpad’s web storytelling platform.

Prior to joining the company, he was one of the founders of accommodation tech start-up CoHo, where he led the product and growth team.

Sharma’s appointment follows a year of expansion for Wattpad, including the arrival of key hires Lindsey Ramey as director of content development and production and Dexter Ong as head of Asia for its television and film arm Wattpad Studios.

“India is home to some of the most creative storytellers on the planet, with the most exciting literary and entertainment sectors anywhere,” said Allen Lau, CEO and co-founder of Wattpad. “With millions of Indian users and stories already on Wattpad, we have a tremendous opportunity to help Indian writers build a global audience and work with local studios and publishers to find new voices.”

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