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    PRODUCTION & TAX INCENTIVES    
      Showbiz in Colombia: Growing Industry Welcomes Tighter International Embrace     France's New 30% Tax Rate Expected
to Lure More U.S. Productions
 
     

Shakira, Sofia Vergara, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ugly Betty and even the well-mined exploits of Pablo Escobar are among the most famous cultural exports Colombia has given the world in the flag of colombiapast few decades. Now, 101 years since it first produced a feature, the Latin American country is poised to add greatly to that list.
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Since Jan. 1, France's tax rebate programs for international and domestic productions have been hiked from 20% to 30%, with a new ceiling of €30 million ($33 million).
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      Movies Can Mean Big Money for
Virginia's Economy
    Films Shoots Rise in Thailand  
     
RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) -- Turning Virginia into movie land could be big for our economy. "In 2014, it meant $413 million to Virginia's economy," said Andy Edmunds, the Director of the Virginia Film Office.
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Thailand earned a record THB3,141.15 million from on-location film shoots, January to December last year, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports' Thailand Film Office Department update released late last week.
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      British Film Commission Partners With
Screen on Launch of UK in Focus
    Transformers 5: To Receive $21
Million State Incentive to Film in
Detroit, Producers Currently on
the Lookout for Extras!

 
     


The publication showcases the UK's talent, facilities and the locations available to film and television productions.
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Transformers 5 has been the talk of the town for quite some time now. It was just recently reported that the filming of the movie will take place in Detroit. Apparently, Michigan is offering $21 million in incentives to Paramount to film the movie in the state.
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      Ontario's Film and TV Industry Had
Record Year in 2015: Gov't
   
     


The provincial government says Ontario's film and television industry had its best year ever in 2015. The ministry of tourism, culture and sport says the industry poured $1.5 billion into the province's economy and supported almost 32,500 direct and associated jobs last year.
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  Panel Recommends Nod for Film
Shoots in 48 Hours
 
 
In a move sure to cheer up the film industry, the State Government ministerial sub-committee has recommended a single window scheme to clear shooting permissions within 48 hours and if there was no response, it is deemed to have been given.
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    FILM TOURISM    
      Kingdom Eyeing Film Tourism After Success of 'Theeb', 'The Martian'

     

Film tourism is emerging globally as an industry in itself, and Jordan has great potential in this regard, with a history dating back to the 1962 film "Lawrence of Arabia", according to Royal Film Commission (RFC) General Manager George David.

In a recent interview with The Jordan Times, David said there are many examples of countries benefiting from serving as a filming location, as shown by the tourism success of New Zealand from the "Lord of the Rings" movies and the UK from the "James Bond" and "Harry Potter" franchises.
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      Tapping Virgin Territories in Film-making  
     

The three-minute promotional video from Telangana Tourism, 'Make Movies and Celebrate' managed to grab eyeballs of people-who-matter; here is what the director of the project, Dulam Satyanarayana has to say.

The Telangana Tourism's 'Make Movies and Celebrate' promo film has gone viral. The video draws us into a world of breath-taking and spectacular locales across the State, which the film claims, are unexplored.
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Boom Time for Film Tourism
 
     

Sometimes a film's locations make viewers say "wow," and on occasion audiences remember a movie's setting better than they do the actors.Action-packed shots racing over majestic mountain peaks, for example, can trigger wanderlust in viewers.
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      Creative England to Publish Film Tourism Toolkit  
     

A toolkit, to help regions benefit from film tourism is set to be published by Creative England's Production Services team.

The so-called "set-jetters" bring in more than £100m to the country's economy, with the most popular locations attracting up to £1.6m every year from international tourists.

The Film Tourism Toolkit, will provide advice and information about what brings tourists to a filming location and how to make the most of it.
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      New Film Act Could Bring More Tourists to The Area  
      The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that would add to tourism efforts from the television and movie projects being filled across the state. The Georgia Film and Television Trail Act, if approved by the state House, would place "trail" signs in specified locations as a way for tourists to identify areas such as those around Senoia and Coweta County where "The Walking Dead" is filmed.
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BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
    China Box Office Bests North America With
$1B+ February; 'mermaid' Nears $500M
  Balaji Selects Xstream & Diagnal
to Power Ott Service Alt Digital
 
     
California Sees Increase in Film Production

With Stephen Chow's The Mermaid taking a staggering $485M alone in just three weeks of play in February, the Middle Kingdom box office hit a record 6.87B yuan ($1.05B) for the month.
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India's TV and film production studio Balaji Telefilms has partnered with OTT solutions providers Xstream and Diagnal to power its new OTT entertainment service ALT, which is slated to launch in Q2-2016.
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      With Facebook Shafted, India
Now Belongs to Google
  Netflix Caused 50% of U.S. TV
Viewing Drop in 2015 (Study)
 
     


The path's clear for Loon, the stratospheric data slurper. With Facebook's Free Basics out of the way, Google has a free hand at capturing personal data from Indians who aren't on the internet.
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Netflix is leaving an indelible mark on the TV biz - and while the streaming giant isn't dealing a fatal blow to the industry, it is seriously cutting into traditional television ratings.
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      2015: The Year China's Film Industry
Doubled Down on Content
   

Viacom18's Content Strategy for VOOT

     




China's economy grew at the slowest rate in a quarter-century last year by official measure, but that economic gloom couldn't dampen an unqualified box-office boom: Annual ticket sales revenue rose 48.7% at mainland theaters in 2015 to a record total of US$6.78 billion (RMB44 billion).
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The network, which is a joint venture between Network 18 and America's Viacom Inc, will launch its OTT platform with close to 17,000 hours of content. It may be the last broadcast network to launch an over-the-top (OTT)/ video on demand service, but Viacom18 is going all out as it prepares to present viewers with VOOT later this month.

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Union Budget 2016: What It Means for
The Media & Entertainment Industry
 


29 February marked an important date in the year's calendar as Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2016, amidst expectations from all sections.
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  Two Fox Units Combine to Co-produce Chinese-language Content for
Global Distribution
   
 
Fox International Productions (FIP), 20th Century Fox's international production arm, and Fox Networks Group Asia (FNG Asia) today announced their collaboration to develop and co-produce Chinese-language content, including films, mini-series, and TV series for distribution globally.
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  Bollywood Stars Go OTT
      China to Introduce Film Law This Year    
   
When a big Bollywood star like Amitabh Bachchan descended on the small screen to host a quiz show featuring the common man, it raised a few eyebrows as well as caught the nation’s fancy! The until then inaccessible and elusive star soon became a fixture in every home with a television set as he won fans and admirers with his trademark baritone voice.

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The Chinese government Wednesday confirmed plans to this year pass a package of laws governing its fast-growing film industry. The law comes at a time when the film regulators have once again raised doubts about the accuracy of box office reporting. Confirmation of progress for the legislation came at the National People’s Congress, the top legislative body which meets this week to approve China's 13th five-year plan, which runs 2016-2020.
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IMF Knowledge Sharing Centre to
Come Up in India




In a first for Asia, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will set up a knowledge-sharing centre in India, to provide technical support and assistance here and to five other South Asian nations. Their team will extend expertise in core macroeconomic and financial management areas, said an unnamed government source. An agreement is likely to be signed here on Saturday by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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      Government Hopes to Pass GST By
May This Year
   
     


The BJP-led NDA government hopes to get the crucial Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill passed in the second half of the Parliament session, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Sunday. GST could replace a host of taxes through a single unified tax, thereby simplifying India's indirect tax regime.
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PVR Becomes First Exhibitor in India
to Achieve The 500-Screen Mark
 
PVR has become the largest cinema exhibition company in the country, reaching the mark of 500 screens across the country and become the first exhibitor to do so.
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