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      L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Seeks to Raise
State Production Tax Incentives to
at Least $500 Million

Big Rise in Tax Relief to UK Film and TV Sector


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising to push for an increase in California’s production tax incentives to at least $500 million annually - up more than 50% from the current $330 million figure.

The British film sector received £415m in tax relief last year, up from £339m in 2015, the government has revealed. 175 films claimed film tax credits, including Wonder Woman, ...
      What Happens to the Fate of Indo-Bangladesh
Co-Productions Now?
    Portugal Steps Into the Film Incentives Fray
With 25% Refundable Tax Credit
The Bangladesh government has decided to keep on hold the work of preview committee that approves scripts of joint production of Bangladesh-India ventures and previews movies before their release.

Studios and producers shopping around for incentives often consider obvious territories such as British Columbia, Georgia and the U.K, but there several smaller jurisdictions that ...
      Chicago Hopes Hollywood Touch Can
Help Local Artists
    'The Tonight Show’ Just got
Big NY Tax Breaks
Here’s your tax money…The "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" raked in nearly $21 million from New York taxpayers for its first season in New York, new records show.

50% Relaxation in Tariff for Film Units at
Uttarakhand’s Govt Resthouses
From the hit show “Empire,” to the most recent “Transformer” movies, the city of Chicago is seeing a steady stream of Hollywood traffic these days. Television and movie crews are landing to shoot with the city as ...

With an eye on promoting film shoots in the hill state, the Uttarakhand government has decided to give 50% relaxation to film units in room tariffs of tourism department-run resthouses.
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Game of Thrones Season 7 Boosting Tourism in Croatia,
Spain and Ireland Demonstrates Power of TV & Film Tours

      Game of Thrones Season 7 is the talk of the town right now. One of the biggest global phenomena of our generation, the HBO series Game of Thrones took the world by storm ever since it first released in 2011. Seven years later, it is still ruling the hearts of millions of fans who have waited with bated breath for season 7 to come out. The first episode of GoT Season 7 released on ...

Film Tourism Policy on Cards

      The state government is contemplating introducing film tourism policy with an intention to attract producers from outside the state and the country to tourist destinations across Karnataka for shooting. A meeting, chaired by Tourism Minister Priyank M Kharge, decided to prepare a draft in this regard. The draft is likely to be prepared by July 15.

Department of Tourism Launches Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2017,
Aiming to Push Thailand as World's Best Film Location

      Department of Tourism announces the launch of the 5th Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2017 (TIFDF 2017), with an aim to push Thailand as World's Best Film Location. This year's concept is "FASCINATING DESTINATION", focusing on promoting the eight tourism clusters in Thailand among international filmmakers through a series of activities, such as a short film ...

Entertainment: Kashmir World Film Festival Starts in Srinagar

      The main aim of Kashmir World Film Festival is to promote the film industry and provide a platform to the youth of Valley in film-making and acting. The Kashmir world Film Festival began at Tagore Hall in Srinagar for the first time in the history of the Valley on 1st of July. The festival is organised by Actors Creative Theatre (ACT) with an aim to promote the film industry and provide ...

Tourism New Zealand Launches New Mobile-Led Campaign

      Tourism New Zealand is renewing its tourism push under the 100% Pure New Zealand brand, by showing would-be travellers how one journey leads to another in a mobile-led campaign. Created by TBWA Sydney the campaign includes a two-minute short film and a one-minute short film which are shot specifically for vertical screens such as mobiles and iPads.

Tollywood Urged to Explore Filming Opportunities in Mauritius

      The significance for Telugu film industry to explore the various filming opportunities and rebate schemes that the Mauritius government offered for Indian film industry was highlighted at a meeting organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The Mauritius government has a scheme under which 30-40% rebate was available for shooting in the country.
      Asia’s Online Video Market to Hit $46 Billion
by 2022, Dwarfing Theatrical
    Movie Producers Have Right To Choose
Digital Cinema Provider: CCI

The online video market in Asia is set to grow nearly threefold over the next five years, reaching more than $46 billion by 2022, according to a new report. China will account for more than half of the total.

Ruling in favour of the producers of movie Kahaani 2, the Competition Commission of India has said there was no contravention of Sections 3 & 4 of the Competition Act, 2002, on part of the ...
    Indian M&E Sector to Grow at 11.8% CAGR
to $34.8 bn by 2021: EY
  Blockchain may Drive the Next Wave of
Digitization in India
The Indian media and entertainment industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.8% over 2016–21 to touch $34.8 billion, according to a report titled ‘Digital inflection point: Indian media and entertainment’, released at the ...

A strategic imperative for any major organization is to understand the fast-changing pace of business and the uncertainty that results out of such flux. This is key to understanding a ...
    Why China's Moviegoers Have
Gone Wild For India
  Universal Hits $4B In Global Box Office
For Second Time In Its History
Jackie Chan, China’s biggest movie star, has been extremely shrewd in choosing films with broad commercial appeal to his core audience, the moviegoers in the People’s Republic of China.

Charged by the successes of The Fate Of The Furious and Illumination powerhouse Despicable Me 3, Universal Pictures has just crossed the $4 billion mark at the worldwide box office for the ...
    Sony’s Focus on Progressive Content That
Makes for Family Viewing
  I&B Ministry Pushes for Broadcast Content in Regional Languages, Dialects
Hindi GEC Sony Entertainment Television (SET) has been experimenting with its programming for the past few months. The channel has employed several tricks to attract eyeballs and increase its viewership - from ...

The Union ministry of Information and Broadcasting has directed state governments and union territories to restrict the airing of objectionable content and unauthorised ...
    STARring Uday Shankar: Failures are Huge
Assets But Success can be a Big Liability
  How Do Viewers Engage With OTT Videos  

Walking into the 37th floor office of Uday Shankar, Chairman and CEO at Star India, one is struck by the clear 360-degree panoramic view of the business district of Lower Parel and beyond.

Akamai Technologies, a cloud delivery platform, has released new research demonstrating how quality of video resolution and playback affects viewers' engagement with and loyalty to ...
    Sony to Power Sports Biz With 11 Channels,
New Branding and Sachin Tendulkar
  Mukesh Ambani’s RIL to Acquire 24.9% Stake
in Balaji Telefilms for Rs 413 crore
After completing the first phase of acquisition of Ten Sports Network from ZEEL in March, Sony Pictures Networks India ( SPNI) has re-branded the Ten Sports channels as Sony Ten to unify the sports network ...

Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has agreed to acquire a 24.92% stake in Balaji Telefilms Ltd (BTL) for Rs 413.28 crore. The deal will give RIL a television content company, ...
      How Marketing Sets the Indian
OTT Players Apart
    Your Complete Guide to Everything
Owned by Viacom

A few days back, a friend of mine recommended me to watch a Netflix Original, '13 Reasons Why'. She briefly told me the plot of the story and instantly got my interest and made me convert into a viewer of the show.

Viacom Inc. VIA is one of the largest multinational media conglomerates in the world. The company owns various mass media enterprises such as movie studios, television channels, music ...
    Hotstar & CBS Agree to Bring Showtime
Content & Brand to India
  Tata Group in Talks With 21st Century Fox to
Sell Tata Sky Stake
Hotstar, India’s largest premium streaming platform, and CBS Corporation today announced an SVOD content licensing and trademark agreement for SHOWTIME in India. The agreement will introduce the SHOWTIME ...

Tata group has begun discussions to sell an additional stake in Tata Sky, its direct-to-home (DTH) television arm, to joint venture partner Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., said two people ...
    India Now Has Highest Number of
Facebook Users, Beats US: Report
  Competing With Google & FB on Free Side and
With Netflix and Amazon on Subscription --
Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan
Facebook users in India have crossed 240-million mark, becoming the largest audience country for the social media giant, according to a media report. As of 13 July, Facebook is reporting a total “potential audience” of ...

One of the early movers in the Indian over the top (OTT) space, Hotstar -- part of the Twenty First Century Fox-owned Star India – has been setting a scorching pace for itself. In a nation where ...
    Chinese Apps, Like UC Browser, SHAREit,
Tap India’s Small Town Demand
  Govt Aiming to Reduce 'Copyright Process'
Time, Star Favours Reforms to Leverage
Animation & Game Tech
Chinese utility and content apps such as UC Browser, Xender, SHAREit, Cleanmaster and UC News have become among the most popular apps in India, overtaking many of their Indian and American rivals ...

The Indian Government's priority is to streamline the copyright process and decrease the turnaround time for applications on IPR to less than three months.
    Govt. to Spend ₹29.7 cr. to Raise IPR Awareness   Ekta Kapoor on Owning IP Rights,
TV Content and ALTBalaji
Television content producers owning intellectual property (IP) rights to the shows they create is a difficult proposition, says Balaji Telefilms joint managing director and creative director ...
China Takes IPTV to New Levels in Asia  

To make India a global leader in innovation and Intellectual Property (IP), the Centre is estimated to spend ₹29.7 crore ($4.6 million) on a three-year scheme to create awareness on the issue.

China is continuing to drive the lion’s share of customers and revenues to the online video industry in Asia Pacific. In new research, the forecast is that China will account for 85% of ...

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

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