Director (Samia Zaman)

Samia Zaman

Samia Zaman is the Editor and Chief Executive Officer of a leading 24 hour News Channel in Bangladesh – Ekattor Television. This is the first High Definition Television in Bangladesh and uses cutting edge technology to connect newsmakers to the audience. Ekattor news, news analysis and factual programs are highly regarded within Bangladesh and is available to watch worldwide via 24 hour live streaming on its website

Samia Zaman became a household name in Bangladesh in 2000 when ETV, the first private terrestrial channel of South Asia, came on air. She was the main news anchor and a news producer of ETV. Samia and her team changed the way news is produced and consumed in Bangladesh. Before joining ETV, Samia worked for BBC World Service Radio in London for over 8 years as a Broadcast Journalist.

Samia Zaman owns Versa Media, a Film and Television Production House. She has directed and produced numerous Television Dramas, Serials, Documentaries and Current affairs shows through Versa Media.

A Film Producer and Director – Samia studied film making and theory in London University and British Film Institute. Samia trained and worked as a Film Editor in BBC Television, London, UK. Samia’s second full length Feature Film Akash Koto Dure (The Distant Sky) was released earlier this year. Akash Koto Dure has already been shown in various Film Festivals in Switzerland, UK and India and awaiting other Festival screenings. Her first Feature Film ‘Rani Kuthir Baki Itihash’ (105 mins, colour, 2006) was well received shown in various film festivals too.

Samia Zaman is a founding member of BDAWL (Bangladesh Alliance For Women Leadership) and Board member of TiE ( The Indus Entrepreneurs) Bangladesh Chapter.

Samia Zaman did her Masters in South Asian Studies (Literature, Anthropology and Politics) from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of London University, UK. She has traveled extensively and lived in UK,US, Switzerland, Thailand, Hungary, Kenya and Azerbaijan.

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