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      Salman Khan and Karan Johar's First Joint
Production Stars Akshay Kumar
    New Financial Incentives Offered
to Film in Thailand

It cannot get bigger than this in Bollywood. Two of the industry's power centres - Salman Khan and Karan Johar - are all set to team up as producers. And, their first joint production will star none other than Akshay Kumar!

For the first time, the Thailand Film Office, under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, is offering financial incentives of up to a maximum of US$2.17m per project to foreign ...
      It's Show Time for Bollywood in UAE     Outlook 2017: Entertainment Industry
Growth to Continue

The UAE and Mumbai may be three hours by flight, but the country's long association with Bollywood, makes it shorter. A large Indian expat population, and even Emiratis are hooked to Hindi movies. Stars and ...

Call it a good problem to have. The success of B.C.'s film and TV sector pushed the B.C. government to announce in February cuts to tax credits when the provincial budget ...
      Priyanka Chopra Set to Produce A
Nepalese-Sikkimese Film Titled Paua
    New Incentives Could Double
Polish Film Industry Turnover


Priyanka Chopra has proved her mettle as a model, actor and singer. She is also going out of the box in terms of her film productions and making some really brave choices. The actor, who aims at supporting the ...

According to Polish Deputy Minister for Culture, Jarosław Sellin, new incentives for film producers could double turnover for the country's film industry. If approved by ...
      Small Businesses Urge Extension of N.Y.s
TV/Film Production Tax Credit Program
    Poland to Introduce 25 Percent
Cash Rebates for Film Production

The Polish government is planning to introduce a 25 percent cash rebate for film production worth a total of around $23 million annually. The fiscal incentive for producers, designed ...

Four International Projects Approved
for Slovak Incentives in 2016

Small businesses across New York State are calling on Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature to extend a tax credit program they say is critical to sustaining thousands of good paying jobs in New Yorks booming ...


Four international projects registered for the 20% cash rebate at the Slovak Audiovisual Fund in 2016. Among them are Lionsgate's Robin Hood: Origins directed by Otto ...

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Bollywood Emerging as a Tool to Promote Destinations Digitally

        As filmmakers around the world are always on the outlook for exotic locations to set their films in, tourism boards and state governments are now eyeing this as an opportunity to promote tourism in lesser known locales in their regions. And what better than social media platforms to reach out to the masses? There have been many instances where Bollywood solely ...

Himachal Being Promoted as Film Destination

      Himachal government is promoting the state as a filming destination and encouraging film tourism, both for revenue generation and also for creation of employment especially in less developed and less travelled areas. A state government official said the state has been blessed with immense natural beauty, serene environment and the state has always remained a big attraction to the film ...

Hollywood Movies Still the Best Travel Agents in the World

        It could just be Hollywood's CGI and post-processing that makes certain locations in the world amazing and whether it is the latter, the storyline or the actors, Hollywood sells the country, the culture and its location heavily with each movie. The travel industry had long noticed this fact and so has governments who had created sponsored tourism campaigns around ...

Portugal Woos Indian Film Industry to Boost Tourism

      Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa has invited Indian filmmakers to shoot their upcoming ventures in his country. The Portuguese government will also hold talks with film industry representatives in Goa on January 12 to promote the country as a shooting destination. Sources stated that many Indian producers have been invited for the scheduled meeting with the Portugal Prime Minister ...

Dan Fogler on 'Fantastic Beasts' and Where to Find Them on the Warner Bros Studio Tour

        The Harry Potter movie franchise has, unadjusted for inflation, raked in $7.7 billion at the worldwide the box office worldwide. In 2011, Daniel Radcliffe waved goodbye to the boy wizard with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 but in 2016 we saw Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander lead a big screen return to the Wizarding World with the Potter prequel, ...
      More Heroines on the Horizon     Amazon Wants to Change How You
Communicate With Your Technology

MPAA proudly sponsors the 3rd Annual Horizon Award. Various studies have concluded that women do not having equal representation as filmmakers. According to one study, in 2016, women comprised just 17% of all ...

Amazon has been serious about developing the future of interactive, speech-activated artificial intelligence (AI); their chatbot Alexa, which resides within the sleek cylindrical exterior of ...
    China's Alibaba to Invest $7.2B in
Entertainment Over Three Years
  Guest Column: Digital Video to Rule the Roost
in India in 2017: Gaurav Gandhi, Viacom18

"I didn't come to play," said the Chinese internet giant's new head of entertainment in a memo. Alibaba Group's top entertainment executive is cementing his reputation as a bold leader at the Chinese e-commerce giant.

Gaurav Gandhi, COO, Viacom18 Digital Ventures, looks back at the highlights of 2016 in the digital video spectrum and what to expect in 2017. 2016 was an explosive year for online ...
    Paramount Pictures in $1 Billion Deal With
China Film Companies
  Mumbai: India's First Gaming and Visual
Effects Institute at Film City
Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures has reached a deal for a $1 billion cash investment from two Chinese film companies, Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media, the companies said on Thursday. As part of the ...

India's first training institution for visual effects, animation, gaming and comics will be set up in Mumbai. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government on Tuesday decided ...
    Guest Column: English Content Consumption
Showed Upward Trend in 2016
  HOOQ Raises US$ 25 Million From Sony
Pictures, Others; Open to Outside Investors

Consumption of English content continued to show growing trends during the year 2016 and the momentum is expected to be sustained this year as well. An interesting and encouraging trend was the continual ...

Southeast Asian streaming platform HOOQ, a Netflix challenger, has raised US$25 million (Rs 1.7 billion) in capital from existing investors - Sony Pictures, Singtel and Warner Brothers, it ...
    Guest Column: As Digital Spreads Wings,
Bolstering Security is Paramount
  Lights, Camera, Action and BPM  

The dream of moving towards a cashless society has never been closer than it is today in India. With the recent decision of demonetization, the public is being actively urged to move online for their transactions, ...

Stellar Indian superstars, heart-touching storylines, foot-tapping music and larger-than-life characters topped with extravagant locations. Yes, we are talking about our very own Bollywood ...
    Sony Pictures Would Make an
Interesting Buy for A Tech Giant
  Warburg Pincus Picks Up 14 Per Cent in
PVR for Rs 820 Crore

The big contest between tech giants Amazon, Alphabet, Apple and Facebook is getting you to use only use their product; really a fool's ambition. So short of having the better, cooler tech, the best way to keep people ...

Warburg Pincus, the global private equity firm that is focused on growth investing, has acquired 14 per cent in India's largest multiplex company, PVR, for Rs 820 crore. PVR promoter Ajay Bijli ...
    Twitter Hits Red Carpet in Exclusive Live-
Streaming Pact With Dick Clark Productions
  PVR Launches India's First
'Theatre-on-Demand' Service
PVR Cinemas, in association with VKAAO, has announced the launch of the country's first 'theatre-on-demand' service. VKAAO is a collective action web platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theatres. Starting Friday, PVR Cinemas are providing all their theatrical venues for individually curated events, showcasing VKA ...


Twitter is adding more live video programming: The social company has renewed its partnership with Dick Clark Productions to exclusively present coverage from the red-carpet arrivals of upcoming award shows. The new deal will kick off with a two-hour red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2, produced by the Academy of Country Music and DCP. Subsequent red-carpet coverage on Twitter will be ...

BBC Worldwide Signs Licensing Deal With
Amazon Prime Video
BBC Worldwide announced a licensing deal with Amazon that will give Amazon Prime members in India access to over 600 hours of factual and pre-school content from BBC. Amazon Prime launched in India in July 2016 and launched its ...


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

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