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    Louisiana Filmmakers Eyeing 'Lucrative' Changes to State's Film Tax Credit System    

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For all the bellyaching about the legislature's passage of a bill that caps Louisiana's film tax credits at$180 million, film producer Eric Winder Sella thinks he's found something filmmakers will end up liking about the bill.

    Indian Record Breaker 'Baahubali' to Get International Cut     Made in India        
      California Sees Increase in Film Production  

India's most expensive film "Baahubali: The Beginning" that cost $40 million to make together with its 2016 sequel "Baahubali: The Conclusion" will get a new international cut. READ MORE

      Expansion to the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) Will Boost the Motion Picture & TV Industry and Other High-Tech Sectors Around the Globe     STAR India Goes Premium with STAR Movies Select HD

An exclusively HD channel, STAR Movies Select, will showcase movies that are beyond the mass-appealing and action flicks.

STAR India, the broadcast network that runs sports and entertainment channels in India, will launch its third English movie channel on Thursday. An exclusively high-definition (HD) channel, STAR Movies Select, will showcase movies that are beyond the mass-appealing and action flicks that are aired on its existing offerings - STAR Movies and STAR Movies Action. READ MORE

On Friday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that negotiators from 54 WTO members reached an agreement on the list of products and the draft declaration in the negotiations to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). This major step towards expanding the ITA is great news for the motion picture and television industry, the millions of workers our industry supports, and the rest of the global creative and innovative marketplace. READ MORE
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      Legislators Retain Film Tax Credit   binder02
      Karan Johar   A controversial state tax credit for the film industry has proved once again to be invincible.

The Legislature rebuffed efforts by Governor Charlie Baker to kill the subsidy. The governor had wanted to use the savings to finance an expansion of a tax credit for low-income workers.

      Busan Festival to Launch Entertainment IP Market  

The inaugural Entertainment Intellectual Property Market will be held on the margins of this year's Busan International Film Festival (Oct. 1-10, 2015).

The Entertainment IP mart will run for four days (Saturday Oct. 3 to Tuesday Oct. 6) and overlap with the festival's conventional rights market and also its film project market.

It will involve five strands: pitching; book-to-film pitching; a forum; a legal seminar, a sales markets with exhibitors based in booths. READ MORE

      Promoting the Value of Creativity with Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, and Independent Theaters Around the Country     Netflix to Enter India, DTH Companies Edgy  

The e-commerce giant has reportedly earmarked $5 billion to make the country its second-biggest market outside the U.S., including by launching Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video services. is looking to expand in India, with the help of a $5 billion war chest, "to grow India into its biggest market outside the U.S.," India's Economic Times reported on Monday.

Quoting two unnamed people that it said were "directly familiar with the company's decision," the report added that Amazon is planning to launch its Amazon Instant Video and subscription-based Amazon Prime services later this year.

The company has started conversations with music labels and producers in an effort to source content, the report said, highlighting that in December the company hired former Sony Entertainment Networks India exec vp new media Nitesh Kripalani to lead its new initiatives.

When asked by The Hollywood Reporter for further comment, a spokesperson for Bangalore-headquartered Amazon India said, "We don’t comment on anything we may or may not do in the future." READ MORE

If you are heading to the movies this summer to meet a dinosaur or explore the feelings inside your head or maybe for a little magic, be sure to look out for short spots featuring some very talented individuals who are the backbone of the film and television economy. To further raise awareness about the value of creativity and the importance of watching movies in theaters and through legitimate online services, the MPAA created a short series of videos titled, "I Make Movies."
    Chinese Fond of Indian Films and Television,
Says Chinese Minister

Chinese Assistant Minister of Culture Liu Yuzhu has said he looks forward to laying a strong foundation of cultural partnership with India as "the Chinese are great lovers of Indian films and television, art and crafts, and cuisine."

He said Indian culture has had a very strong influence on China. "Given the fact that both countries have over a billion mobile phone users it is only natural that both cultures should connect through mutual synergies."

    FilmNZ to Merge with Film Commission
– a "One-Stop Shop" for Filmmakers

The role of the country's Wellington-based national film office and international screen business marketing agency, Film New Zealand, is to be be taken over by the New Zealand Film Commission.

The announcement was made yesterday by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry. READ MORE


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

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