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    India Low on Screen Density,
Rues Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
  YouTube Red to Premiere Original
Content on 10 February
California Sees Increase in Film Production

Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra says there's serious theatre crunch in the country and that is why a large percentage of audience doesn't go to cinemas.


In the wake of Netflix spreading its wings across the globe, streaming giant YouTube has also stepped up on its original content game with the first batch by YouTube Red Originals all set to premiere on 10 February.

      SS Rajamouli to Expand 'Baahubali' Film Franchise Across Multiple Platforms   Netflix Eyes Content Production in India  

Filmmaker SS Rajamouli along with Arka Mediaworks has inked a partnership with Graphic India to takeBaahubali: The Beginning beyond movies to other platforms like comic books, novels, animation and video games.

The firm will also try to acquire streaming rights to movies across Indian languages American internet TV company Netflix, which entered India last month, is eager to produce content from this country, both for here and for audiences abroad.
      'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Nears $2 Billion in Worldwide Box Office    

Zeel Launches 'Zeal For Unity'
Platform for Indo-Pak Filmmakers


Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" could break the $2 billion mark in worldwide box office by the end of the week.

After bridging the cultural gap between India and Pakistan with the launch of the Indian Urdu entertainment channel Zindagi showcasing Pakistani serials, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) has taken yet another step towards promoting Indo-Pak unity with the launch of an initiative called Zeal For Unity (ZFU).


All That Was Announced in
Arun Jaitley's Union Budget 2015

The 2015 Union Budget last year was the first full-fledged budget presented by the Narendra Modi administration after it was sworn to power in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also the leader of the NDA in Rajya Sabha, presented the budget on February 28.

      Creation of Good Content Vital With
Advent of New Media: Rathore
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore said today that the challenge as well as the opportunity would be to develop content and services for different platforms and consumers in view of the rapid changes in the information and communication technology and increasing number of smartphone users in India.

      High 4K TV partners Splendid
Media for India launch

The New York headquartered multi-genre linear Ultra High Definition (UHD) entertainment channel - High 4K TV, which features a mix of travel, entertainment, lifestyle, sports and original content in 4K, is slated to launch in India via Splendid Media.

Bollywood to Take Est Route to
Check Piracy: Report

To check piracy, Bollywood is looking to use the Electronic Sell Through (EST) mechanism for the digital sale of films, according to a study by global advisory firm Deloitte. Through EST, consumers can buy digital copies of films for unlimited viewing on demand via the Internet, mobile and cable in exchange of a transactional fee. "The country's film industry continues to lose around Rs 50 billion in revenues and over 50,000 jobs every year due to piracy.

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      Illinois Estimates $330 Million Spent by TV
and Films in 2015
    B.C. Film Industry Invests Big in New
Studio Infrastructure

The Illinois Film Office on Tuesday released its estimate of TV and film money spent on goods and services in 2015, which includes wages paid to Illinois residents: $330 million. (2013 retains the record, with $350 million spent in Illinois.) The City of Chicago also released its own tally, citing 543 projects (including commercials) filmed over a total of 1,902 filming days.


Sony, DHX Media and Ironwood are launching new studios in Vancouver as provincial tax credits, low Canadian dollar send L.A. productions north.
      Lawmakers Want to Revamp Film Incentives, Get Florida Back on The Silver Screen     South Africa's Economic Woes Spur Spate of Filming of Foreign Films, TV Shows  

State lawmakers want to put Florida back on the silver screen by rebooting the state's film incentives program. Some lawmakers are tired of watching films about Florida being shot in other states. Coming soon to a theatre near you is Ben Affleck's newest project Live By Night. Set in Prohibition era Ybor City, the film features South Florida's vibrant history of rum-running and organized crime.



With a global slump in commodities prices and a raft of poor government policies pushing the economy into a tailspin, South Africa's locations industry nevertheless has been able to find a silver lining in the growing demand from foreign producers to shoot in the country.

Int'l Tv Movies Tap Colombian Funds  

A record number of foreign pics have been tapping Colombia's new film incentives, but TV movies have also been actively plumbing the perks. While the incentives are not applicable to TV series, TV movies and pilots can avail of the incentives, which consist of a 40% cash rebate on production.
      Gujarat Govt Announces New Policy for Incentives to Gujarati Films    
Gujarat government today announced a new policy to give incentives to Gujarati film industry. As per the new policy announced by state government spokesperson and minister Shri Nitin Patel, films will be divided into A,B,C and D four categories and incentives will be given as per the category of film. 81-100 points will secure 'A' category, 61-80 will secure 'B' grade, 51-60 'C', 41-50 'D' while films that are given below 41 points will not find place in any category.

      Canadian TV Crew Film Show at Game of Thrones Locations Across Northern Ireland


The programme will be broadcast in April and will be seen by more than one million viewers across Canada. A Canadian TV crew has been filming a show at Game of Thrones locations across Northern Ireland.

The crew are filming for popular entertainment show InnerSpace will be seen by more than one million viewers across Canada.

Tourism Ireland in Toronto invited the crew to film at various locations associated with Game of Thrones in Co Down and along the Causeway Coastal Route.

      Game of Thrones: Spanish Town Osuna Sees Tourism Soar by 75% After Season 5  

Its already worked its magic in Croatia, Belfast and Iceland, but now the Game of Thrones effect is doing wonders for Spain - and particularly one small town feeling the pinch of the recession.

The town of Osuna has benefitted immensely from the fantasy drama after scenes from season five were shot on location there.

Formerly a town of farmers, Osuna lies nearly 100km from Seville and has a population of around 20,000.

      Dreamy Destinations Straight Outta Silver Screen  

The impact of films on tourism is contributing significantly to travel trends. Domestic and foreign tourists are hopping over to locations that have the face of some of our superstars and are making mere glimpses captured through the eye of the camera, into a dream-like reality.

      Norway Hopes to Attract Four Indian Film Projects Every Year  

Country has announced up to 25% subsidy for global production houses; its currency has shed 20%, making filming in Norway much cheaper.

Starting 2016, Norway, known as the land of midnight sun, is expecting to attract at least four Indian film projects every year, thereby increasing inbound tourist arrivals from India, according to Norwegian ambassador to India, Nils Ragnar Kamsvag.

      Commitment to the Film Industry  
      Malta hosted a number of international film productions in past years such as Troy, Munich, World War Z, Captain Phillips, Midnight Express, Gladiator and many more. In view of this huge potential the Tourism Ministry, toget­her with film industry stakeholders and following a wide public consultation, drafted a policy focused solely on the film industry. The 32-page policy, released recently, sets a vision up until 2020, with the aim of maximising the potential of both Malta’s film servicing industry as well as the burgeoning local film sector.

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

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