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    Global Box Office Hits Record $38B+
in 2015: Rentrak
  Digital Video Platforms Get Ready
for Netflix's India Foray
California Sees Increase in Film Production

For the first time ever, the worldwide box office crossed the $38B mark in 2015. The record-setting year globally comes at the same time as the domestic box office hit a new high of $11.01B. And, as China ended 2015 with a 48.7% year-on-year increase to $6.77B.


While whispers about Netflix foraying into India have been growing louder over the past few months, media reports suggest the on-demand streaming video content provider is expected to announce its India plans this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas.

    Virtual Reality's Future Kings: Major
Studios or Indie Upstarts?

The first totally new entertainment format in decades is on the cusp of going mainstream, so TheWrap examines who will play biggest role in shaping it.
      China Box Office Ends Year with $6.77b;
On Way to Overtaking U.S. in 2017?
The Chinese government released official box office figures for the year late Thursday night, showing a 48.7% hike from 2014 to over 44B yuan ($6.77B). This is the highest percentage increase since 2011, media authority SAPPRFT said.
      Only Police Chief Can Give Licences to
Cinema Halls, Delhi High Court Told

Internet Users Count in India May Reach 50
Crore in 5-8 Months: Ravi Shankar Prasad


Only the Commissioner of Police can accord licences to run cinema halls in the national capital, city police on Wednesday told the Delhi High Court as it contested a notification by the AAP government.

The number of Internet users in the country is expected to go up to 50 crore, from the present over 40 crore, in next 5-8 months, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.

India's Box Office Growth Runs
Into a Screen Problem

Single-screen theatres are closing down at a higher rate than at which multiplexes are adding screens. Could this year end up being the worst for box office growth in India?

      Hello GST: How The Tax Will Impact
Media Companies
Under GST, any local body tax or state tax will be available as a credit which will reduce overall costs and eliminate any dual levies of service tax and VAT on transactions. However, media companies will have to pay additional local body tax over and above the one proposed in GST. 
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      2016 Set to Be Another Incredible Year for
Film Production in BC
    Govt Announces National Award for
The Most 'Film-Friendly' State in India

2015 was a banner year for the local film industry. Hollywood blockbusters like Deadpool and the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise were shot here. The Golden Globes honoured The Revenant with the award for best drama of the year at last night's ceremony. Parts of the movie were filmed in British Columbia.

Creative BC CEO Prem Gill says The Revenant's Golden Globes award proves BC has the talent and infrastructure to create blockbusters.

In a move to encourage states to promote and embrace films from various genres, the information and broadcasting ministry has decided to introduce a new category at the National Awards and it will be for the 'Most Film-Friendly State/UT'.

Filming Production Boom in Argyll
and Bute

Film crews coming to Argyll and Bute have invested more than £500,000 in 2015 alone, according to a new report from the council. A report to go before councillors on Thursday highlights some of the productions which have been filmed in the region, and they will be asked to note the economic benefit brought to Argyll and Bute.
      Malta Launches First Film Industry Policy    
Malta's National Film Policy 2016-2020, first of its kind focusing on the film industry, was launched by the archipelago's Minister for Tourism Edward Zammit Lewis over the weekend.

"We implement a long-term strategy to ensure Malta's competitiveness in the industry is maintained," the minister said.
      L.A. On-location Production Grew in
2015 as Tax Credits Kicked In
    Best Places to Live and Work as a
Moviemaker 2016: Top 10 Big Cities

On-location filming in Los Angeles grew 1.3% in 2015 compared with the year before thanks to a surge in TV production. The gains, reported today by FilmLA, the city's film office, comes in a year that saw the implementation of a new $330 million tax-incentives program aimed at luring production back to the state. Despite the overall gains, on-location feature film production was actually down 4.2%, and on-location filming of TV pilots was down 13.9%. On-location television production grew by 9.5%, even though reality TV, which isn’t covered by the tax incentives, fell by 8%.


Think global but shoot local. Here's where you'll love doing that. Used to be if you wanted to work in the movies there were only a couple of places to be, kid. No longer: In 2016 you can audition actors in Tokyo via Skype, then upload your projects to Dropbox and send them to New York for instant review while still in your jammies.
      Film Industry Returns to NC in 2016     Update: Serbian Film Tax Incentives  
When it comes to television and film, North Carolina has made a name for itself. More than 400 productions have been shot all over the state, from commercials to short television series and even box office blowouts. It was a shaky year for the local industry in 2015, but 2016 is looking up.
Introduced last year, and effective from 1 January 2016, the new incentive offered by the Serbian government is essentially a refund of 20% of the qualifying spend incurred by an investor – either an individual or a company – in relation to the production of an audiovisual work in Serbia.
      Watch: Tourism Ireland Launches New Star Wars Short Film


Tourism Ireland has unveiled phase two of its Star Wars campaign, targeting fans of the movie franchise around the world.

The campaign, which involves a specially-commissioned behind-the-scenes short film, created during filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2014 on Skellig Michael, features Star Wars director JJ Abrams and other crew members discussing why they chose the location in Co. Kerry for filming.

      Scripting a New Take to Attract Tourists to State  

When Bahubali, the multilingual flick, made big collection in the box office across the country and overseas, it also created a buzz around the Athirapilly Falls, where a significant portion of the movie was shot. To cash in on the opportunity, Kerala's Tourism Department has decided to launch 'Cinema Tourism.' Under the project, film producers will be welcomed with open arms to shoot in the 'God's Own Country.'

      New Horizons  
      Bollywood is on a quest for new and unspoiled vistas, and filmmakers are showcasing the beauty of hitherto unconventional destinations like Bulgaria, Iceland, Corsica and Poland on the big screen — much to viewers' delight.

There once this time when Switzerland was the de facto location whenever a Bollywood film required a foreign shoot. Filmmakers presented the same pristine vistas repeatedly; and even when budgets expanded, as did themes, filmmakers were not so experimental in their choices of locations.
      Tollywood Tours to Enchant Fans, Fill Telangana Coffers  

Wanna meet your favourite silver screen stars? Gone are the days when you jostled with fans to catch a glimpse of your favourite actors and actresses in Tollywood. For the Telangana Tourism department is planning to introduce Tollywood-Tourism, offering movie buffs an opportunity to visit studios and shooting locations.

      When Movie Locations Turn Tourist Hotspots  
      More often than not, it takes a movie to make you pack your bags, and venture out to the unexplored. Last year the success of Imitiaz Ali's Tamasha pinned Corsica, Spain, to the tourism map of Indians while the magnificent Athirappilly waterfalls, showcased in Baahubali, attracted visitors from all over the South after its release.
      Ten Bollywood Films to Be Shot in Bulgaria  
      Ten Bollywood films are set to be shot in Bulgaria in 2016, as Bulgarian officials are heavily promoting Bulgarian tourism in India.

According to Nikolina Angelkova, the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism who visited India in December 2015, the ten Indian films set to be shot in Bulgaria in 2016 are a consequence of Rohit Shetty's Dilwale with Shah Rukh Khan, shot at Nu Boyana in 2015, which successfully promoted Bulgaria.

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

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