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    Viacom18 Announces Online
Content Service VOOT
  India Our Second-Biggest Market:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
California Sees Increase in Film Production

Viacom18 Digital Ventures, the digital arm of Viacom18, on Monday announced its latest digital intiative VOOT! to tap the rising demand for online content. VOOT!, will have access to Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd's content library, including shows aired on their flagship entertainment channel Colors. It will also focus on original content in a big way, said the company.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said India has the second biggest Facebook community. The CEO of the social networking giant was addressing a townhall gathering at IIT Delhi.

Taking questions from a gathering of over 900 students and others, Zuckerberg revealed that the social networking giant has over 130 million users in the country and India is its most important market in the world.

Upon being asked about the company's controversial, now rechristened Free Basics, Zuckerberg said that its mission is to connect everyone in the world.

      CASBAA Convention Bring
Together The Biggest Wave Makers
in The Broadcast Industry
    USIBC Lauds India's Rise in World Bank's
Ease of Doing Business Index

The annual CASBAA Convention kicked off today in its new home at the Intercontinental Hotel, Hong Kong. The two-day convention, with the theme 'Making Waves' brought together key industry players in the broadcast, cable and satellite industry to discuss and debate the hottest topics and latest developments in the industry today. With the introduction of OTT and digital broadcast services now an established fact, key themes of the day focused on creating quality and relevant content, as well as localization, agile distribution and protection of content.


The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) has applauded the Government of India's efforts for undertaking significant efforts, resulting in improvements in India's ranking on the World Bank's "Ease of Doing Business" index.

The President of USIBC Mukesh Aghi said that improvement in India's position in the index sends a crystal clear signal that India is open for business.

      Film Viewers Must Get Tax Waiver
Benefit, Says HC
    Internet Freedom Across The
World Visualized

The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the State government to ensure that the benefits of Entertainment Tax (ET) waiver given to Tamil films are passed on to viewers.

Justice R. Mahadevan issued a direction on a petition moved by advocate K.J. Saravanan seeking to quash a circular of May 6, 2014, issued by the Principal Secretary, Commercial Tax and Registration Department, regarding collection of maximum admission rate to Tamil films when there was tax exemption.

According to senior advocate P. Wilson, counsel for the petitioner, the government granted exemption from the entertainment tax to the films that promoted Tamil language and culture. The G.O had specifically stated that special tickets indicating the reduced price after the exemption of ET should be printed and sealed by officers concerned.


Global internet freedom has declined for the fifth year in succession, according to independent watchdog organization Freedom House. Out of 65 countries analyzed by Freedom House, 42 required internet users or private companies to restrict or delete online content, up from 37 last year.
    Modi Promises IPR Policy, Transparent
Tax Regime
    China Film & TV Industry Surges 53%
Since 2011, Generating A Massive
Total Economic Contribution of USD
64.4 Billion (396 billion Yuan)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Saturday that India would have a comprehensive national intellectual property rights (IPR) policy by the year-end, and a national investment and infrastructure fund for leveraging public investments.

Speaking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Business and Investment Summit here, he said India was committed to protecting the IPRs of all innovators. It was also moving fast to ensure a transparent and predictable tax regime.

The latest 2014 top-line findings of the Economic Contribution of the Film and Television Industries in China Report were presented by the Motion Picture Association at the U.S. China Film Summit at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, November 5, 2015.

          India's Internet User Base to Touch
400 Million by Dec: IAMAI

Number of internet users in India is expected to touch 402 million by December, making it the second largest internet base in the world after China, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International said on Tuesday. India currently has 375 million internet users.

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      Film Tax Credits, New Media Outlets Help Revive L.A.'s Entertainment Economy     HBO's Boardwalk Empire, The Knick
Led in N.Y. Tax BreaksAI

Hollywood is not just having a banner year at the box office - the backlot is booming too.

California's decision last year to offer more generous tax incentives for film and TV production is being credited for a sharp uptick in location shoots across Los Angeles.

The local industry is also getting a push from Hollywood newcomers including Amazon, Netflix and Hulu as they muscle their way into show business with a flood of original programming.


New Yorkers hopefully enjoyed the last season of HBO's Boardwalk Empire: State taxpayers this year reimbursed the company $19 million for its production.

Another HBO-owned show, The Knick, got nearly $16 million in tax credits for filming in the Empire State, newly released state records showed.
      Marvel's Daredevil and Jessica Jones Combined to Make A Huge Economic
Impact in NY
    MPAA and SAPPRFT Host The 5TH
Annual China International Co-
Production Screenings

All episodes of Marvel's Jessica Jones will launch exclusively on Netflix tonight, as many TV fans continue to eagerly await season two of the critically acclaimed Marvel's Daredevil. But besides making for entertaining and popular television, both productions have also already made a huge impact in New York by combining to provide over 3,000 jobs to New Yorkers and business for more than 900 local vendors.

The economic activity from this pair of productions comes from a landmark pact between Marvel and Netflix that adds up to be the largest film or television production commitment in New York's history, adding fuel to the state's flourishing filmed entertainment sector. In fact, a recent state economic profile of New York shows that more than 94,950 people are directly employed by the motion picture and television industry throughout the state, including nearly 54,000 production-related employees.


This week, for the fifth year in a row, the Motion Picture Association joined with China's Film Bureau of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) to highlight and celebrate the incredible success of Sino-Foreign film co-productions during the annual China International Co-Production Film Screenings. These events were also supported by Warner Bros. Entertainment, AMC Cinemas, Variety, THX, IMAX, UCFTI, MTime, CJ Entertainment, Asia Society and a whole host of other organizations.
      Lights, Camera and Tourism in Gulf

        The Gulf region is fast becoming the location of choice for film-makers around the world, and there's no better tourism brand ambassador than a movie seen by millions.

"The impact of a film's location on an audience is a very special connection," said Mamoun Hmedan, managing director of Wego, Middle East's leading travel search site. "When you watch a movie, you are transported to the world it's created in.
      Thailand Partners With Cinema Tourism Summit to Attract Bollywood Film-Makers  

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Mumbai Office has partnered with Cinema Tourism Summit (CTS) in its 2015 edition in order to showcase the destination to Bollywood film producers, stated a release. TAT Mumbai also roped in Thai attraction Siam Niramit to invest in impressing local film-makers through a 10-member delegation of performers to the CTS Awards evening, which was hosted by TAT Mumbai, and therefore themed Thai Night.

      Film Tourism Workshop Readies India for its 'Hobbit' Moment  

As part of Film Bazaar's initiative to promote India as a filming destination, a film tourism workshop was conducted for the first time with local and international experts sharing their insight on various aspects of film tourism.

The three-day crash course, which wrapped on Friday, was presented to Incredible India delegates from the Ministry of Tourism as well as high level tourism government officials from four states, including Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Gujarat.

While India's dynamic film industry offers great potential for tourism, it is a market that has not been tapped on. The workshop addressed some of the recurring issues facing the country, from incentives, marketing strategies to production infrastructure and manpower.


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

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