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      Toronto Touts Record Spending From Hollywood Productions in 2016     33 Per Cent Rise in Nod for Foreign
Film Shoots in India

Total film and TV production hit $2 billion, thanks to tax credits and TV series like CBS' 'Star Trek: Discovery' and Syfy's 'Dark Matter' shooting citywide. Hollywood helped Toronto to its best-ever year for film and TV ...

India has registered the highest-ever number of clearances given for shooting of foreign films, seeing an increase of over 33 per cent, after the Narendra Modi government ...
      'Lucifer' Moving Production to Los Angeles
in Season 3
    China Should Persist With Co-Productions,
Say Experts

In Fox's drama series Lucifer, the Devil is roaming the streets of the City of Angels. And starting next season, he actually will be doing it. I have learned that the Warner Bros. Television-produced DC series, which ...

China should not give up on co-producing films with the U.S. or other foreign countries despite the disappointing box office results of "The Great Wall," said filmmakers and ...
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      Show Business Enhances Culture,
Strengthens Economy
    Tax Credit and Funding Programs for
Filmmakers Operating In Canada
A culture without the arts is no culture at all. A civilization or society that doesn't support the arts is doomed to disappear. Dramatic? Maybe … but read a bit of history and you will find it to be quite true. But the arts aren't ...
If you're in the film industry, securing funding - and staying on budget - may be the biggest hurdle your project faces. But what if you could ease the financial burden by taking ...
      Film Industry Launches Information Campaign,
Wants Film Credit Cap Tweaked
    Lawmakers Push for Music, Video Tax Credit
a La Film Credit
The movie-making industry in Louisiana said its worth to job creation in the state is proven and it has launched a video campaign to make sure state lawmakers and the public know it. The "Fight for Film" campaign was ...

A similar measure was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year with the governor saying it should be part of budget negotiations, so now a bi-partisan coalition of lawmakers is ...
      Cultural, Environmental Knowledge May Be
Required to Get Film Tax Credit
    S. Korea to Give Tax Credits to Film
Television Industries
A tax credit that's offered to producers to film motion pictures and television shows in Hawaii may come with new requirements, including one to show respect and compliance with Hawaii's cultural beliefs and the ...

      Germany to Court Hollywood With New
$80M Film Fund
Germany is looking to up the ante on its already generous film subsidies with a new fund worth up to €75M ($80.4M) a year and geared specifically toward bigger-budget productions. Here's why this is ...

The South Korean government will offer tax credits for the production of film and television content starting this year to help grow the industries and aid companies suffering due ...

Indian Films' New Fixation With Unusual Foreign Locations

        You can pretend you are in India," says Feisal Malik, line producer with Visual Africa, a film production company in Kenya. "A lot of Indian weddings take place in Kenya, so you have many Indian background dancers and props available. There are Indian-origin actors as well, ones who know what they are doing in front of the camera." Kenya has a white-sand ...

Greece Forays into the Indian Market

      The Greek National Tourism Organisation, as a part of its 3-year strategic plan, forays into the Indian market, starting 2017, to tap the increasing Indian outbound travel segment. Greece is a country packed with myths, traditions, history and living culture. Travellers from around the world choose it as a destination, not only for its incomparable natural beauty, but because it is a ....

How the Hindi Film Industry has Found Both Fans and Revenues In Foreign Shores

        It's a sunny morning in Istanbul as you step on to a bus outside the Hagia Sophia in the older part of the city. The young Turkish bus conductor asks if you're Indian. You nod in reply. "Ah," he suddenly beams. "I love Aamir Khan, I saw Lagaan eleven times. I am a big fan of his." The scene is repeated in Copenhagen ("You are Kapoor? Kareena Kapoor?"), Cairo ("Amitabh ...

Destination Branding and Bollywood's Love Affair With European Countries

      A tourist always seeks out newer experiences in stranger lands not only to escape from the routine of their everyday lives but also to seek out something which would add meaning to their lives. The projection of the peaceful scenery to the target audience is meant to stimulate their desire to visit the same places psychologically by creating an ideal image of ...

Off the Grid: 5 Famous Film Destinations

        In life you are bound to encounter a number of people who don't watch TV, avoid books or ignore performance art altogether (including sports). But rarely will you encounter someone who says they don't watch movies—they're just that universal. Because of this, film tourism (or "location vacations") are a big deal. Indeed, scores of scenic or otherwise ...

Sri Lanka to Become Ideal Location for Indian Films

      Sri Lanka Tourism says plans are ongoing to promote the island country among top Indian film producers in order to become the next film location for Indian movies. "As a compact destination with various natural and large diversities, Sri Lanka can be shown as a destination which can be an ideal location for the perfect film shoot,'' a statement said on Monday. Sri Lanka, with natural ...

Sikkim Tourism Comes on Board for Priyanka Chopra's 'Pahuna'

        Actress Priyanka Chopra's mother Madhu on Thursday launched their home banner Purple Pebble Pictures's first Sikkimese film "Pahuna" here in association with the Ministry of Tourism Sikkim. The news was announced through a statement, which read that the "association of PPP and Ministry of Tourism Sikkim was possible due to the unwavering support of the local ...

Vietnam Moves to Tap Film-Induced Tourism

      Vietnam, with its gorgeous and otherworldly natural and cultural heritage sites, which film producers crave, is willing to host foreign film productions after the fresh success of "Kong: Skull Island" shot in northern Ninh Binh, Quang Ninh and central Quang Binh provinces. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts spent six months searching the globe for places to film "Kong: Skull Island".
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      Media and Entertainment Industry to Grow at
14% CAGR Over the Next Five Years
    Veri-site's Report: Badvertising -
When Ads Go Rogue
Veri-Site has produced a report on the issue of advertisements being present on Indian pirate sites, allowing the content theft industry to generate large amounts of revenue and ...
MPAA 2016 Annual Report: Global Sales
Flattened as Chinese Economy Cooled

Despite demonetisation wiping off 150 to 250 basis points in terms of growth across sub-segments, the Indian media and entertainment industry posted a growth of 9.1 percent, with advertising revenues growing by ...

Global box office sales stalled in 2016 as a 2.4% increase in North America barely offset a 0.4% decline overseas, according to the MPAA's latest annual Theatrical Market Statistics report ...
    CBFC Goes Online; Certification to Become
Paperless & Transparent
  HC Okays AP's Dual Tax on Entertainment  

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, headed by minister Venkaiah Naidu, launched E-Cinepramaan or Online Film Certification System yesterday. This, it is being hoped, would not only make the controversy ...

Holding that a state is within its rights to promote trade, commerce and employment on its soil, the Hyderabad High Court upheld a notification issued by the erstwhile AP government levying ...
    Bollywood Film Distributor Eros International
All Set to Debut in US Dollar Bond Market
  Amazon Launches Indian Entertainment
Channel for U.S. Prime Members
Bollywood film industry is set to premiere in the US dollar bond market as one of the country's biggest distributors prepares its debut high-yield offering. Eros International, a film producer and distributor listed in New York, ...

    Netflix Tries to Outdo Theatres with Films
a Studio Can Envy
Will Smith's next movie - part cop flick, part sci-fi - has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster except one. When "Bright" is released later this year it'll be playing on Netflix Inc.'s streaming service, not thousands of ...

Amazon is going after fans of Indian movies and TV shows with Heera, a new curated on-demand subscription service from Amazon Channels, featuring movies, serials and children's content ...
    Reliance Entertainment's WWO Bags Digital
Mandate Of Over 25 Films
  ALT Balaji Launches Global OTT Platform With
Tech Partners Diagnal and Xstream
After a year of business in movie marketing, Reliance Entertainment's digital marketing and advertising agency, World Wide Open (WWO), has bagged the digital mandate of several production houses. The agency ...

ALT Balaji, the digital platform from Balalji Telefilms Ltd, marks its entry into the world of global OTT entertainment space. Launched with the aim to reach out to individual audiences ...
    Apple Met With Sony and Paramount About
Potential "Transformative Acquisition"
  'Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality Will Shape
the Way People Collaborate in Future'

We've known for a while that Apple wants to get into the video content business and has dipped its toe in with a couple projects - Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps - but it looks like Apple may have an even ...

Emerging technologies like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and real-time language translation are going to play a significant role in shaping the way people collaborate in future, ...
    Creating Quality Localised Content on
OTT Platforms
  Facebook, Apple and the Coming Augmented
Reality Land Grab
At the thematic seminar 'New Opportunities in the Explosive Growth of Online Entertainment' at the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMMART), representatives of four online entertainment ...

    Fox Launches Video Streaming Service in Asia
After Hooq, iflix, and Netflix, Fox Networks Group Asia has entered the digital space with the launch of its video streaming service Fox+. The streaming service app features TV series, first-run Hollywood blockbusters, ...

Two new reports suggest that two of Silicon Valley's biggest companies are secretly working on augmented reality (AR) technology. It may take some time before Apple is going to reveal ...
    How to Monetise the Digital Video
Content Platforms
  YouTube Watch Time Grew 400% Y-O-Y,
80% On Mobile

While the appetite for digital content consumption sees an uptick in India, monetising the medium continues to remain a challenge. Industry experts opine that a mix of subscription and ad models would be the way forward ...

With a growing appetite among Indian consumers to watch videos online, YouTube, as per App Annie, has shared that over 180 million Indians are watching YouTube every month on mobile.

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

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