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    YRF Entertainment Forays Into Television
with Comic Book Series
  Big Names Line Up for Busan
Project Market
      California Sees Increase in Film Production    

Leading Asian auteurs including Hana Makhmalbaf, Yu Likwai and India's Kanu Behl will this mtttyear take up places at the Asian Project Market, part of the Busan film festival.

The market this year gives a platform for 30 film projects from 15 territories to find finance, co-production partners or sales and distribution support.

Makhmalbaf's project "London Stories" is presented as originating from the U.K. where Hana's brother Maysam is credited as producing. READ MORE


YRF Entertainment has ventured into television.
The company will be turning the 2008 comic book miniseries The Nye Incidents into an episodic drama.

      Southeast Asia Content & Tech Sector
Specialists Learn Quality Content Still
Rules at Kuala Lumpur Conference
    YouTube Collaborates with Subhash
Ghai's WWI to Create YouTube
Space in Mumbai


India is seeing an emergence of a new generation of YouTube creators who are capturing the color, music, humour, and drama of India more creatively than ever before. In fact, Indian creators are now amongst the top contributors in Asia when it comes to driving time spent on YouTube watching videos. READ MORE


California Sees Increase in Film Production

(L-R): Isa Seow, Managing Director - Centre for Content Promotion, Utkarsh Sanghvi, Partner - EY, Uday Singh, Managing Director - Motion Picture Dist. Association India Pvt. Ltd., Frank Rittman, Senior Vice President, Deputy Managing Director & Regional Policy Officer - Motion Picture Association, Asia-Pacific.

On August 11 and 12, 2015, more than 100 content and technology industry executives from across the region gathered at the Fast Track Southeast Asia 2015 conference (FTSEA Malaysia) to deliberate on the latest trends in digital content production and distribution, as well as assess the opportunities and challenges of developing and distributing creative content in the digital age. Organized by the Centre for Content Promotion (CCP), the event was held at the GSC Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. READ MORE

Indian Smartphone Market to Overtake
US by 2017: IDC

After a sluggish first quarter, smartphone shipment in India grew 44% to 26.5 million units in the June quarter as vendors took to online retail to push sales, research firm IDC today said.

Also, the market is expected to continue to grow in double-digits over the next few years as people switch to smartphones and gradually upgrade to 4G-enabled phones.

"By 2017, we expect India to overtake USA to be the second largest smartphone market globally," it said in a statement. READ MORE

      Digital Media Growth Report

Disney to Bring Broadway Shows to India
Disney Article
      Global Digital Media Adaptor Market 2015-2019 - Growing Adoption of Online Video Content is a Key Market Driver            

Many homes in developed nations such as the US and the UK are being revamped into smart homes. In a smart home, consumer electronic devices, media and entertainment gadgets, and other smart electronics are connected to the home network and can interact with each other. Digital media adaptors play a major role in the functioning of smart homes as they help to stream media content via the Internet direct to a TV or home entertainment system. READ MORE


Broadway lovers in India need not travel anymore as Disney India gears up to bring Broadway shows to the country now.

    Film Tourism    
      Government to Launch New Film Policy to Boost Tourism, Economy   binder
Dehradun: In a bid to promote the state's resplendent scenic beauty and its rich cultural and social heritage, the information department has come up with a detailed film policy to encourage filmmakers to shoot in the picturesque hill state. The plan that will be implemented in a month and it is expected to augment the state's revenue that is chiefly dependent on tourism and other related activities. READ MORE
      Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Intends to Make Delhi Into a Filmmaking Hub
      Kejriwal   Looking to make Delhi the "most-favoured" destination for film-makers, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed a desire to open a film city and a film institute here even as he offered help to the film industry in doing business in the state.
Meeting a delegation of film producers and promoters today, the chief minister also asked them to come up with a draft proposal on a film and tourism policy with a good business model.
      Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Signs MoU with Viacom 18  

To boost tourism sector in Arunachal Pradesh, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Wednesday between Department of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Viacom 18.

The MoU was signed in the Board room of the Directorate of Tourism between the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, represented by Joram Beda, Secretary Tourism, Department of Tourism and Jaideep Singh, Senior Vice President of Viacom along with Vikas Khanna, Vice President Viacom in the presence of other senior tourism officers and Viacom representatives in a modest board room discussion. READ MORE

      Collaborative TV Film – A Chance to Promote and Stimulate Tourism  
      Collaborative Article


With a series of TV film projects - including 'Lang Hoa Tinh Yeu' (Love Flower Basket) by Ho Chi Minh City Television Film Studios (TFS) and Republic of Korea (RoK)'s FNC, 'Mui Ngo Gai' (Scent of Coriander) by Viet Family (VIFA) Film Studio and RoK's CJ Media - collaborative TV films are considered a good opportunity to showcase Vietnam's culture and stimulate tourism.

    Production & Tax Incentives    
      Film Tax Credits Attract Productions to Hawaii     Lights, Camera, Tax Credit! Kentucky
Attracts Moviemakers by Raising Incentives
The filming is almost finished for a new movie being shot entirely Hawaii. The state's film tax credits are bringing in big productions like "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates," but not everyone is a fan of the incentives.
    Kentucky Article binder02
  Film-Production Spending on Rise on Island, Thanks to Tax Credit  
  While crews were shooting a Christmas movie in downtown Victoria on Monday, the provincial government used the backdrop to declare July 27 Screen in B.C. Day. "It's a great day in B.C.," said MLA Greg Kyllo, parliamentary secretary to Shirley Bond, minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, after visiting the Just in Time for Christmas set and touring post-production studio Foley 1010. READ MORE  

Fifteen crewmembers piled into a cramped library at Meadowland Farm, a luxury estate in La Grange, at mid-morning Tuesday.

    Paramount to Get $7 Million in Michigan Film Incentives for 'Looking for Alaska' Project   Pennsylvania Senators Back
Multiyear Film Tax Incentive

Filming in Michigan is expected to start this fall for Paramount Pictures' "Looking for Alaska."
The state's Film Office says Thursday that the project is eligible to receive an incentive of more than $7 million based on projected spending of over $21 million. "Looking for Alaska," is based on the best-selling novel by author John Green, who also wrote "The Fault in our Stars" and "Paper Towns."


Three state senators on Thursday threw their support behind making Pennsylvania's film tax incentive program a multiyear commitment.

'CHiPs' Movie, 'Conjuring 2' Among 11 Films Picked for California Tax Incentives  

Dax Shepard's untitled movie based on the TV series CHiPs, Conjuring 2 and films from major studios including Paramount, Fox and Warner Bros are getting help from the Golden State. More than two weeks after the first application period for feature films ended, the California Film Commission revealed today that 11 movies — seven studio pics and three indies — will be getting a piece of the expanded $330 million-a-year program that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last year. READ MORE

    Cinespace Studios Could be Chicago's Next
Big Tourism Draw

As Chicago continues to get more film and television work, the city's largest studio is planning to open up several sound stages to attract tourists and their dollars. According to DNAinfo, Cinespace Chicago is working on building a large Hollywood-style backlot space that will feature stretches of stages that will look and feel like a few major cities, including New York City and London and hopes to lure tourists to its North Lawndale campus. 

      UK Film Tax Credit Increase Approved,
Will Backdate to April

UK Film Tax

  Utah Film Commission OKs Tax Credits for
2 HBO Projects

Utah's film office says the state has awarded tax credits to two HBO projects expected to spend more than $11 million while filming in the state. The Utah Film Commission announced Thursday that the cable series "Westworld" has been approved for a $460,000 tax credit. The series was created by Jonathan Nolan, a screenwriter on "The Dark Knight" and "Interstellar."


With the UK's studios already packed to the rafters, it's a good thing that more soundstages are being built as the already lucrative film tax break is being increased.


Lohita Sujith
Director - Corporate Communications
Motion Picture Dist. Association (India)

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