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      French Animators Lure U.S. Studios With
Tax Rebates, Diverse Talent
    Utah Commission Approves
Incentives for 6 Films

Hollywood once outsourced animation mostly to Asia. Now it has an alternative destination: France. Major U.S. studios are following a trail blazed by Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment, whose "Despicable Me" movies and "Minions" spinoff for Universal - both worked up across the Atlantic - were huge successes; the latter took in $1.16 billion in global box office. Illumination's latest, "The Secret Life of Pets," premieres this week at France's Annecy Festival.


The Utah Film Commission says the state has approved six new projects for film incentives. KUTV-TV reports that the projects are expected to spend an estimated $10 million or more in Utah. They will also employ 113 cast, 365 crew and 1,111 extras, with many jobs going to state residents.
    New Production Incentives are Paying Off for Local TV Projects as Program Ends First Year   Now, Bihar Courts B-Town Filmmakers  

Conditionally approved to share $65 million of the $330 million in tax credits that will be allocated over the 2016/17 fiscal year starting July 1 are one series relocating from Texas, "American Crime"; four shows already in the program from the previous year ("Code Black," "Crazy Ex Girlfriend," "Rosewood" and "Veep"); and six new series – "Citizen," "Famous in Love," "Pitch," "Pure Genius," "Rebel" and "This Is Us." The 11 shows are expected to generate $464 million in California spending, with $171 million of that going to wages for below-the-line (i.e. not actors, directors, producers and the like) workers in the state.


The Bihar government has announced a Rs 3-crore subsidy to filmmakers in a bid to promote the state as a potential destination for film shoots and to give regional cinema and local talent a boost.

      Ireland Awarded €51m Tax Relief in 2015  

New figures from the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland have shown that the country gave out film tax credits totalling €51m last year, which in turn supported more than 1,200 jobs. According to the Irish Examiner, the statistics illustrate that the estimated expenditure on employment from the various projects was €97m, with the Pierce Brosnan-starrer I.T. scooping €2.4m when it filmed in Dublin. 

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      Connecticut Focuses on Developing
TV and Digital Industry
    Which Way to The Set? Film Shoots
by the Numbers, from California to
Canada and the U.K.


Once hoping to be known as Hollywood East, Connecticut is now actively courting the television and digital media industry, working to attract and grow companies that can meet the burgeoning demand for the content used across multiple platforms, from cable TV's TLC to the Internet's YouTube. The push comes about a decade after the state had high hopes of luring major movies, considering so many actors, directors and crew already lived in the state. Connecticut created a new tax incentive program and built up a trained crew base that attracted big-name movie directors like Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Sam Mendes and others to the state. But in recent years, the state has focused more on productions that appear on much smaller screens. "We still have films that are shooting here, but really the lion's share of the production activity in the state is split between television and digital media. It's sort of our niche..."


This week, the nonprofit film-permit office Film L.A. released its annual feature-film production study, tracking locations used for production and post of 109 U.S. theatrical releases by the six major Hollywood studios (Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, Sony and 20th Century Fox) and six of the "mini-majors" - Dreamworks, Lionsgate/Summit, The Weinstein Co., CBS, and Blumhouse.
      Filmmaker Luthria and Other Welcome New Amendments; Wish Additional Subsidy for Films Shot Extensively in Rajasthan     Imax China and China Media Capital
Take Next Steps for $50 Million China
Film Fund


Film director Milan Luthria who is fascinated by the archaeological beauty and picture perfect locals of Rajasthan since 1999 while directing the film Kachche Dhagey on Wednesday welcomed the amendments in the Rajasthan Film Shooting Regulation Act, 2012. He termed it a positive step to promote and revive shootings in the state. However, he advised that Rajasthan government should study and replicate the Uttar Pradesh Model which will yield good results in promoting Rajasthan through films.

Department of tourism on Wednesday announced that the film makers have no longer to pay the security deposit of a Rs. 50 lakhs restricted to one week schedule and Rs. 10 lakh per day beyond the one week. As per the amended regulations, the processing charges of Rs 15000 per day for the first week and Rs 10,000 per day beyond the first week have also been waived off.


Imax Corporation and Imax China (HK.1970) today announced the completion of the formative agreements to establish the IMAX China Film Fund with partner China Media Capital ("CMC").
      Star Wars Has Galvanized Tourism in the West of Ireland

Tourists are competing with film crew for hotel rooms in the film locations chosen for Star Wars. The golfer focused hard and prepared to sink his putt from ten yards. "May the force be with you," a voice said in the background. The golfer missed. On Dingle Golf Links in Ballyferriter, Co Kerry, the locals were regaling visitors with the latest Star Wars related stories, gossip and jokes. This south-western corner of Ireland was the latest location chosen by Lucasfilm for the filming of the eighth episode of Star Wars, a production that has gripped Irish public interest wherever it has landed.

KTB Promoting Kenya as a Filming Destination

Kenya Tourism Board is promoting Kenya as a filming destination. From June 17 to 22, 2016, KTB hosted eight Bollywood producers who were in the country to scout for shooting locations for Indian movies. India is the third largest tourist source market having overtaken Germany at the close of 2015. This is one of the strategies by KTB to grow its market by leveraging the country's vast potential through filming induced tourism.

      Will Peter Jackson's Films Spur Tourism to New Zealand for Decades to Come?  

Half a century after the Sound of Music's release, tourists still flock to the film's Austrian locations. Will Peter Jackson's Middle-earth exert the same pull? The hills truly are alive with the Sound of Music in the Austrian city of Salzburg. One of many trips based on the 1965 movie is the Original Sound of Music Tour, during which tourists warble "do-re-mi" and other notes to the soundtrack while visiting ­locations where the musical was filmed.

VisitBritain's Collaborates with Disney for Film Tourism

VisitBritain is today launching an international 'Where Giant Dreams come to Life' film tourism campaign in its first-ever collaboration with Disney, producer of The BFG. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the book by Cardiff born author Roald Dahl, was filmed at locations across Britain including Blenheim Palace, London, the Isle of Skye and Bamburgh beach in Northumberland. The BFG film launches in the US on 1 July and in the UK on 22 July.

      Spain to Lure Indians Through Film Tourism  

Spain is encouraging Indian film-makers to use its fiestas, cities and historic monuments as settings for their movies, in an effort to increase share of India's outbound tourism market. The Guardian reports that Madrid will host the annual International Indian Film Academy awards, known as the "Bollywood Oscars", this year. Among the stars who will attend the awards ceremony will be Hrithik Roshan, star of the 2011 movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which was produced in collaboration with the Spanish tourism promotion agency, Turespana.

    Could India Be the M&E Destination by 2020?   China's Alibaba Pictures Unveils
Development and Production Strategy;
Intends to Use Online Dominance to
Help Creative Partners

It's a good time to be in India for someone in the media and entertainment industry, be it in print, digital or television, especially for the next five years. As per PwC's Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2016-20 report, India will be one of only seven countries to achieve double-digit growth. Could India be a major M&E destination by 2020 because of that?


Alibaba Pictures has unveiled the development and production pipeline it hopes will establish it as a major player in the Chinese film biz and beyond. Announced at the Born to be Different strategic conference in Shanghai, Alibaba Pictures' production slate includes 17 features.
      Helming Entertainment     Zee's Essel Vision Plans to Ramp Up
Movie Production Biz


Viacom18 has appointed Saugato Bhowmik as head of its Integrated Network Solutions (INS) business unit, which develops brand solutions for consumers and live properties across music and entertainment genres.

Essel Vision, Zee Entertainment Enterprises' content production arm, is ramping up its movie production business. The plan is to go beyond Hindi, Marathi and Bengali movies to other regional languages in the next couple of years. Essel Vision has already firmed up releases of two Hindi movies and four Marathi films while deciding to double its investments to Rs 150 crore (Rs 1.5 billion) in the current fiscal.
      Shanghai Disney Opens With a Distinctly Chinese Focus Amid Stiff Competition  

From a visit to Disneyland by Shanghai's mayor in 1990 to Tuesday's opening of the $5.5 billion joint venture, Shanghai Disney Resort has been more than 25 years in the making.
      Viacom18 Scripts a Super Success
Story in Movies

The joint-venture media company has built a profitable films business in the last five years, and plans to step up its presence in regional cinema. On the other hand, those in the film industry are more likely to say: there is no business as risky as show business. The reason for this is the number of variables that govern the profitability of a movie. If that is the yardstick, Viacom18's film arm - Viacom18 Motion Pictures (VMP) -has done well for itself having turned profitable in five years.
      Sony LIV Partners With Mukta Arts
to Showcase Whistling Woods
International's Short Films
Viacom18 has appointed Saugato Bhowmik as head of its Integrated Network Solutions (INS) business unit, which develops brand solutions for consumers and live properties across music and entertainment genres.
      Benegal's Proposal for 'Adult With Caution' Category Awaits Govt's Nod   Netflix Partners Anurag Kashyap to
Produce its First India Original Series

If the Centre accepts Shyam Benegal Committee's suggestion to introduce the category of 'adult with caution' (A/C) for film certification then movies with excessive adult content including nudity, could pass the censor's table and be screened in select halls.

Netflix is partnering with Anurag Kashyap's company to produce its first India original series. Based on the critically-acclaimed best-selling novel 'Sacred Games' by Indian author Vikram Chandra, the Hindi-English series will be produced in partnership with Kashyap-helmed Phantom Films.

          Lionsgate, Anil Kapoor Plot 'Red'
Remake for India

The studio announced on Friday morning it is moving ahead with a Hindi-language version of the hit action comedy. Kapoor will collaborate through his production vehicle AKFC Network and said the property contained key elements that appealed to the Indian market. Red will mark Lionsgate's second remake in India after Brothers.
      India Set to Retain Fastest Growing
Economy Tag
India probably gathered momentum to hold its ranking as the world's fastest growing large economy in the quarter through March, giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi more to celebrate after completing two years in office last week. Modi swept to power promising to revitalize Asia's third-largest economy and despite a dearth of private investment and shrinking exports, his policies are having some success as cooling inflation and lower interest rates have boosted consumer demand.

      1 in 10 Indian Mobile Searches Are
About Cinema: Google
    Eros to Acquire 50% Stake in Vashu
Bhagnani's Pooja Entertainment

Google offers a similar search experience for cricket in India. India is a nation of movie buffs with 1 out of 10 mobile searches in the country being related to cinema, technology giant Google said on Thursday. The US-based company has now developed a "rich, immersive experience" for its 'search' product to cater to user's queries related to Bollywood and Tollywood, including links to videos and movie screening timings.


Eros International Media is acquiring 50% stake in Vashu Bhagnani-owned Pooja Entertainment & Films for an undisclosed amount. As part of the deal, the joint venture will remake some of Bhagnani's movies. The remakes of the blockbuster 'No. 1' series will debut first.

          RCom Gets Nod to Launch 4G Services  

The first 12 circles are Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Punjab, east and west Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

    Local Players Race for Dominance of
Asian OTT Markets
      Netflix's Analysis of Consumer Viewing
and the Local Push

With eyes so often focused on the China's huge streaming video market, it is easy to overlook the ongoing battles for dominance of the OTT sector across the rest of Asia.
The most-devoured genre in India is sci-fi, Netflix's analysis of consumer viewing showed. The shows Indians love are very similar to those in other markets and the top ones are Netflix Originals like 'Master of None', 'Narcos', 'Marvel's Daredevil' and 'Marvel's Jessica Jones'. "Great stories transcend borders—we may be different culturally but we all seem to love a great story. This is seen with 'Narcos', a big production largely in Spanish about Pablo Escobar, and 'Making a Murderer', a legal docu series about a murder in a small Wisconsin town no one has heard of.


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

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