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    PRODUCTION & TAX INCENTIVES    
      Film Tax Incentive Proposed to Bring
More Productions to Cleveland
    Tracking Louisiana's Filmmaking
Tax Incentives
 
     

To entice more production companies to film movies like "Fast and Furious 8," the Greater Cleveland Film Commission says we need to offer more incentives, such as more tax breaks.
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While the Louisiana's production industry has seen a marked slowdown since legislators last year imposed a $180 milion annual cap on disbursements from the state's popular film and Film and TV tax incentive program, Cameras are still rolling.
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    6 Eastern European Countries With Tax Incentives, Talent and Films Screening
at Cannes
 
        

Global producers looking to save money and tap experienced crews, versatile locales and cutting-edge facilities are heading to Eastern Europe. Cannes can be a quixotic venue for showcasing Eastern European films.
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  Romania Launches Tax Incentives  
   

Romania has announced that it will offer tax incentives for films by the end of 2016. The system is being worked out by the Romanian Ministry of Culture and the Romanian National Film Centre. The Romanian Minister of Culture said in a statement: "The initiative will bring Romania in line with other countries in the region – including Hungary and the Czech Republic.
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      Cannes: Thailand Unveils Production
Incentives of Up To 20 Percent
    Puerto Rico Overcomes Economic Woes
With Generous Production Incentives

 
     
Thailand on Saturday during an event held in Cannes unveiled plans for film and TV production incentives. The Asian country will offer a 15 percent cash rebate on all in-country production spending beginning in 2017.
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Some would say Puerto Rico is an economic basket case. The territory is weighed down by a debt of more than $70 billion, and it's reeling from a decade-long recession. Unemployment remains sky-high. More recently, publicity over the mosquito-borne Zika virus has cast another shadow over the tropical island. Yet despite all obstacles, Puerto Rico's generous film incentives are as robust and popular as ever.
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      SA's 'Kick-ass' Film Industry Gets Massive Praise from Hollywood Producer    
     

Hollywood producer Bill Gerber praised South Africa's "versatile locales" and "movie production incentives" in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Cannes Film Festival. Gerber, whose latest project is the Sean Penn directed film The Last Face, only had good things to say about filming in South Africa.
In the interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gerber says the South African landscape offered a variety of options to the team. "We shot in Cape Town, Port Edward, Upington and Pella, Northern Cape (where cave dwellings were filmed). In Cape Town, we were able to double places as far as Zurich, whereas in Port Edward, that was all jungle exteriors," Gerber told The Hollywood Reporter. He added: "We did a gigantic amount of local casting. Our crew was spectacular. In the credits, Sean calls them his 'kick-ass South African crew'."
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          Eros International Inks Multiple
Film Deals in China

 
           

Eros International has inked as many as three deals with China’s state owned film and entertainment companies to promote, co-produce, distribute and unlock value in respective intellectual properties for Sino-Indian films across all platforms in both the countries.
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    FILM TOURISM    
      Dubai Set to Woo Tourists With Bollywood-themed Park
     

Dubai is all set to woo tourists with the world's first Bollywood-themed amusement park where visitors will be able to enjoy immersive 3-D and 4-D rides and stunts from movies such as 'Krrish' and 'RA.One' and savour a "Mughal-e-Azam" style banquet. Dubai Parks and Resorts complex, a Dh 10.5 billion (about USD 2.75 billion) venture, will have 16 cinematic rides, six themed restaurants and 30 live shows inspired by contemporary Hindi-language blockbusters such as superstar Salman Khan's 'Dabangg', Shah Rukh Khan's 'Don', Aamir Khan's 'Lagaan' and Hrithik Roshan's 'Krrish' as well as classics like 'Sholay' and 'Mughal-E-Azam' among others.
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Gujarat Conferred With 'Most Film Friendly State' Award
 
     

In a further encouragement to the film and entertainment industry in Gujarat, the State has emerged as the "Most Film Friendly State" in the country. At the 63rd National Film Awards function held in New Delhi, Gujarat tourism was conferred with the national award for "Most Film Friendly State". Notably, Gujarat has become the first state ever to have received such an award, which is specially conceived to promote film tourism in States. "The award becomes more special as it comes just days after the release of Film Policy for Promotion of Gujarati Cinema. Picturesque locations, friendly people, efficient administration & robust infrastructure make Gujarat the most encouraging state for film tourism & promotion," a State government communique informed.
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      Sri Lanka Tourism Promotes The Island as an Ideal Film Destination at Cannes Film Festival  
     

Sri Lanka Tourism in Collaboration with the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka embassy in France has arranged a pavilion at Cannes Film Festival in France which will be held from 11th to 22nd May 2016. This is the first time that Sri Lanka Tourism has initiated a promotional campaign at this world renowned film festival.
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Steven Spielberg's Giant Boost for Highland Tourism
 
     

It is a fantasy story about giants plucking children through the windows of a London orphanage for their late-night snack. But as The BFG's lead character Sophie is whisked off to Giant Country, Steven Spielberg's latest film showcases a mystical landscape - filmed in some of the most scenic spots around Scotland.
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      Tourism Ireland Continues its Bullish Run in India
 
     

Ireland as a destination has witnessed a positive upswing in tourist arrivals in 2015 from the global market including India. From visitor arrivals, to revenue spend the growth story has been rather bullish. India though an emerging market is a priority market in the Asian region. The growth story for Tourism Ireland receives further impetus due to the increase in flight connectivity through the Middle East carriers (28 flights per week from India) the British Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS) for the India market and the branding and focused promotions in the India market to reiterate Ireland's position as a niche tourism experience.
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      Applications Being Accepted for Tourism MicroGrant Program  
     

Tourism in Franklin County is becoming an increasingly important component of the county's overall economy and expansion of this industry is vital to the community's long-term economic well-being. The Franklin County Division of Tourism & Film continues to work hard to attract visitors to the area by marketing all the wonderful events and assets to be found in the community.
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      Bollywood Seen as Part of Russian Strategy to Woo Indian Tourists  
     

Bollywood could emerge as a colourful catalyst for promoting Russia as a tourism destination for travelling Indians, especially with the Indian outbound tourism market expected to grow to $40 billion by 2020, according tourism industry experts. With nearly a million Chinese tourists flocking annually to the country, Russia, which is grappling with an economic downturn, appears to be keen on bolstering tourism ties with India as a failsafe measure.
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BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
    Hungama Digital Sets Focus
on Web Originals
  YouTube Aims to Launch Live
TV Service by 2017
 
     



The first original content series from Hungama Digital will debut by the end of July and will be available on phone browsers, mobile apps, smart TVs and IoT platforms. After starting life as a music streaming service and expanding into movie streaming later, Hungama is now ready for the next big step: Original content, the holy grail of all web media.
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Google-owned YouTube wants to get in on the skinny bundle game: YouTube is in conversations with programmers to launch some kind of live TV subscription service by next year, Variety was able to confirm Wednesday after talking to a source familiar with these efforts.
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      Zee's Essel Vision Plans to Ramp Up
Movie Production Biz
    Asia Pacific Screen Awards Announces
First Winner for Tenth Edition
of Awards in 2016

      

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.
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The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the region's highest accolade in film, and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) today announced esteemed Iranian producer Manoochehr Mohammadi as the winner of the 10th FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film in the Asia Pacific region.
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      NexGTV Launches Kids Only App;
Plans to Produce Original Content
    Live Nation Will Stream Hundreds of
Concerts in Virtual Reality
           


The OTT space has been growing denser with the mushrooming of more and more players. Players are vying for eyeballs and advertisers are looking to differentiate their content, and shifting focus to unexplored areas. nexGTV has launched its new OTT app that targets kids between 2 to 10 years of age with specially tailored content, with an aim to expand business reach and grow subscriber base. Explaining the demand for kids' content in India, nexGTV COO Abhesh Verma says, "I have noticed that despite the fact that there is good kids' content in the country, it is not easily accessible for them. Moreover we realised that kids content can't be piled up with everything else. There is a need for a kids' friendly app that will give proper showcase to the content, and parents can let their kids on it without worrying about insensitive content." nexGTV is also playing on the fact that parents and guardians of kids these days are concerned about the 'freeness' of the internet and worried about the objectionable content that their child may be exposed to. 
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Live Nation has partnered with virtual reality (VR) streaming startup NextVR to stream hundreds of concerts and other events to users of VR headsets.
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Hotstar Set to Launch Sports
Subscription Service
 

Armed with a rich list of sports properties, Star India is planning to launch a sports subscription service on its over-the-top (OTT) platform Hotstar. Hotstar has already rolled out its maiden premium service for English content. A premium sports service is set for launch in the next few months. "In India, Star's groundbreaking Hotstar mobile video product recently crossed 60 million downloads and just launched a premium subscription tier, leveraging our exclusive rights to HBO originals, films and the Fox library.
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