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      Screen Australia Announces More Than
$3 Million in Development and
Production Funding
    I&B Ministry Sets up Film Facilitation Office
to Make Bollywood Filming Across Exotic
Indian Locations Easy

The latest Screen Australia funding covers a diverse slate of projects including a true post-War story from the Oscar-winning team behind The King’s Speech, a Dreamtime virtual reality experience, to an online ...

Several Bollywood films bank on foreign locations, be it for the sake of the plot or just to add up the appeal. But there are hundreds of locations across India that can be equally ...
      California’s $330m Film Incentives Are
Working as Expected – and Then Some
    Keep New York's Film and TV Production
Boom Going
During the industrial revolution, New York was an outstanding role model. Today, more than a century later, the state is leading another revolution—in digital television and motion picture production. New York City in particular illustrates the explosive growth of digital entertainment. Over 10% of the 450 U.S. productions under way in all distribution venues, from traditional network television to internet application services, are in the city. Fueled by a progressive and innovative incentive program developed with the state Legislature, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has attracted more than 50 scripted digital production projects and scores of full-length feature film productions to New York.

California's expanded $330 million film incentives program hasn't fully kicked in yet, but in its first full year has generated an estimated $1.5 billion in direct in-state spending, including $600 million in below-the-line wages, according to the California Film Commission's latest ...

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      MPAA’s Chris Dodd on Mexican Cinema’s
Role in the World
    Hollywood Comes to the High Desert
of Albuquerque


MPAA chairman Chris Dodd swung by the Morelia Int'l Film Fest Saturday Oct. 22 to deliver both good news and bad. Paying tribute to the fest and the burgeoning role of Mexican filmmaking in the global marketplace, ...

Albuquerque has made its mark as one of Hollywood's favorite filming destinations. The city's spectacular climate, gorgeous scenery and excellent film studios are just some of ...

      "The Accountant" Adds $21 Million to
Georgia Economy
    Pennsylvania Increases Their Tax
Credits to 30%

Georgia's film industry is booming thanks in part to the film tax credits. But, other states are looking to compete in the film industry by boosting the amount of filming incentives. One of the latest states to compete in the film industry is Pennsylvania. According to Variety, Pennsylvania will increase the film tax credits up to 30%. Producers who come to Pennsylvania have a lot of financial lures to chase, including a 25% transferable tax credit on both above-the-line and below-the-line workers. The credit can be further boosted by 5% if a production uses qualified production facilities and meets minimum staging ...


New numbers from the Georgia Department of Economic Development show Warner Brothers Pictures spent more than $21 million while filming "The Accountant" in and around Atlanta., ...


China's Wanda Opens $5.1 bn. Tourism Park

      Dalian Wanda Group, the Chinese entertainment giant owned by the country's richest man, opened the first phase of a sprawling 34 billion yuan ($5.1 billion) tourism park in the eastern city of Hefei.

Haryana to Release Its Film Policy by Year-end

      The Haryana government will release its Film Policy by this year end, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Tuesday. "The State Information, Public Relation and Languages department has been instructed to prepare the state's Film Policy at the earliest," Khattar said in the first meeting on Haryana's 'Swarna Jayanti' Celebrations at Panchkula.

New Online Film Shows How to Explore Game of Thrones Locations
in Northern Ireland in Three Days

      Tourism Ireland has unveiled a new film called "Game of Thrones: 3 Day Itinerary", specially created to highlight Game of Thrones locations across Northern Ireland to fans and prospective visitors worldwide. The film shows visitors how to travel around the real-world Westeros in Northern Ireland in three days and features key filming locations like Winterfell, The Iron Islands, Dragonstone and many more.

Eat, Pray, Watch Movies: How Film Tourism Gets People Hooked On a Country

        After the box office success of "Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2," many local tourists, and also a considerable number of the film's diehard fans from Malaysia, have flocked to Yogyakarta and Magelang — where most of the film was shot — to check out all the supposedly romantic places legendary on-screen couple Rangga (Nicholas Saputra) and Cinta (Dian Sastrowardoyo) visited in the movie.
      Wanda Group Establishes Film Fund to Lure Productions to China: “Opportunity for
Hollywood, Not Competition”
    Siddharth Roy Kapur Elected Film and
TV Guild President

Wanda Group Chairman and CEO Wang Jianlin and chief executive of international investments and business developments for the Wanda Cultural Industry Group Jack Gao — flanked by filmmakers, executives, the ...

MD and CEO of Disney India Siddharth Roy Kapur has been unanimously elected as the president of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. at the first meeting of its ...
    Google Launches Offline Viewing and Video
Sharing App Youtube Go for India
  After Dharma Productions, Amazon Inks Deal
with T-Series for Prime Video
Google has launched an offline viewing and video sharing app called YouTube Go in India as it looks to add more users in one of its fastest-growing markets. The app was launched at the second edition of its signature ...

Amazon is mopping up Bollywood content from the big producers ahead of the India launch of its streaming service Prime Video. After inking a long-term content licensing deal with Karan ...
      Voot Is the Third Biggest VoD Platform in India,
Says Viacom18’s Gaurav Gandhi
    Viacom 18 Launches New Free Bollywood
Film Channel in UK

Viacom18 Digital Ventures COO Gaurav Gandhi believes that Voot, the company's video-on-demand (VoD) service, is the third-biggest player in the competitive video streaming player after Hotstar and ...

Indian broadcasting major Viacom18 today launched a new free-to-air Hindi movie channel for the UK market. 'Rishtey Cineplex' is aimed at showcasing offerings from Viacom18's wide ...
      Facebook-FICCI to Promote Social
Sector Innovations
    Studios Push Into VR Immersion  
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Facebook have joined to augment the Millennium Alliance (MA) initiative. Facebook has joined hands with FICCI as an Outreach and ...

Sony Pictures is joining forces with immersive media outfit Reality One to develop, produce, and finance virtual reality content based on the film studio's output, writes Steve Mullins.
    Bihar Govt Trebles Cable TV Entertainment
Tax to Rs 50
  Artificial Intelligence Powers Movie
Streaming Aggregator Flickstree

Even as the government is working on subsuming entertainment and other incidental taxes into a goods and service tax (GST) which would be around 18 per cent, cable TV subscribers in Bihar are about to be ...

People decide to watch a movie online and are happy to spend some valuable time. Happy time with your friends, your partner or may be alone. For sure, it sounds fun! After all, who doesn't ...
    Whistling Woods Partners Sony Media
Technology to Upgrade Broadcast Facilities
  Netflix and Amazon ‘Outspending
Traditional TV’
Mukta Arts' education division Whistling Woods International (WWI) has tied up with Sony Media Technology Centre (SMTC) to upgrade its broadcast facilities. The upgrades to the facilities include new 4K ...

Online entertainment platforms Netflix and Amazon are now spending more on programmes than traditional television networks, said a new study published on Monday.
      MPAA Awarded for Advancing
Free Expression
    Film Bazaar Unveils Co-production
Market Projects

The Georgia First Amendment Foundation (FAF) hosted the 15th annual Charles L. Weltner Freedom of Information Banquet Oct. 13 honoring Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for its role in ...

India's National Film Development Corp (NFDC) has unveiled the 18 projects selected for the Co-production Market at this year's Film Bazaar, including new works from Geetu Mohandas, ...
      Cinépolis to Bring 4DX to 12 Additional Sites
in United States, India, Spain and Across
Latin America, Reaching a Total of 61
Sites by End of 2017
    Eros, UAE’s Phars Films to Co-produce
Malayalam Movies
CJ 4DPLEX and Cinépolis today announced an agreement to bring 4DX, the immersive cinema experience, to at least 12 additional screens in the United States, India, Spain and across Latin America ...

Eros International Media, India's leading global company in the Indian film industry, has tied up with Phars Film, UAE's largest film distribution and exhibition network (Hollywood & Bollywood).
      Befikre, the First Bollywood Film Shot Entirely in France. From Cinema Tax Rebate to
Tourism Boost
    Tourists Flock to Newton’s
Filming Locations

Befikre, an Indian comedy directed by Aditya Chopra, is scheduled to be released on December 9. It now holds the distinction of becoming the first Bollywood film shot entirely in France, thanks notably to the international ...

Television fans will descend on Covington this weekend as a showing of the premier of the final season for The Vampire Diaries on Friday, Oct. 21 and the Heat Gathering 2016 for In the Heat...

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

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