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The State of the Media and Entertainment Sector in India


Korea’s CJ Entertainment Targets Global Production

The Indian media and entertainment sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. The sector grew 11% to $20 billion in total revenue in financial year 2016, according to a report by ...

CJ Entertainment, long South Korea and Asia’s leading movie conglomerate, has now set its sights on becoming a fully-fledged global film producer. “The domestic [Korean] market has been highly ...

MGM, Annapurna Form U.S.
Distribution Partnership


How India Is Shaping Hollywood

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Annapurna Pictures have formed a new joint venture for theatrical distribution in the U.S. The companies said the partnership, announced Tuesday, marks MGM's ...

In India, a film can often face pre-release hurdles. The censors board may take umbrage with scenes in the film; certain social groups may unite to protest the on-screen depiction of their ilk; or a ...

Bollywood Goes Digital as More Mainstream Actors Opt for the Web Format


The Future of Global Media is in Domestic and Niche Markets

The buzz in the West is that web series are poised to be the chosen entertainment medium of the digital generation. India is catching up fast, too. And Bollywood A-listers are entering the game ...

The notion that the U.S. dominates the global media market may be a thing of the past. For audiences abroad - such as in Asia and Africa - viewers have been consuming more local ...

Bollywood’s Growing International Market Expands India’s Cultural Influence


Netflix Top Video Streaming App in India by Revenue: Data

Last week an independent audit into over 125 screens (owned by 27 different chains) in China has revealed several instances of fraud. The audit was commissioned by the Motion Pictures ...

Popular American streaming platform Netflix Inc. has topped the list of video streaming apps by revenue in India for the last 18 months, according to data shared by App Annie, a mobile app data ...

As Mobile Screens Top TV, Indians Power Hotstar to No. 1, But Netflix, Amazon Prime Close Behind


Global OTT Rev to Touch $83 bn by ’22, India Could Improve Ranking: Study

With mobile phones overtaking traditional platforms such as TV to become the preferred screen for a majority of Indians, the proliferation of data plans and availability of sub-$100 smartphones, ...

A global study projects that OTT TV episode and movie revenues would touch $ 83 billion by 2022, more than double the $ 37 billion recorded in 2016 with India expected to clock $ 1.5 billion by then, ...

Multiplex Industry Has Got the Wrong End of the Stick in GST: Ajay Bijli


Em'BARC'ing on a Great Voyage

According to the PVR Chairman, while smaller movies can get released on new digital platforms, the big banner productions will continue to need big screens. Ajay Bijli, Chairman and managing ...

In 2005, India had about 65 million TV homes of which about 40 million were already C&S connected. Responding to the rapid growth of television viewers, broadcast businesses of ...

100 mn hrs of YouTube Viewed on TV: Google CEO Sundar Pichai


Netflix to Boost International Kids Content as Viewership Spikes

In the era where consumption is increasing on mobile devices, YouTube is all set to create a new record. In the third quarter earnings call, Google’s parent company Alphabet announced that ...

Netflix is rapidly growing its investment in children’s shows with international appeal as the company’s kidvid viewership is growing at a faster clip outside the U.S., said Andy Yeatman, Netflix’s director ...

Hooq’s Game Plan for Growth in India


Chatbots, AI, AR and VR are Changing the Face of Consumer Engagement in India

Two years after launching in the country video on demand service, Hooq has fine-tuned its strategy. For one it is only focusing on Hollywood content through movies including the latest ones like ...

The Modern Marketing Summit or the MMS brought technocrats, pioneer business heads, marketers and top-notch sales executives from some of the most successful brands on a single platform.

Gimmick or Game-Changer: Will Virtual Reality Alter the Future of Cinema?


Pixar Makes Its Virtual Reality Debut With ‘Coco VR’

Virtual Reality will change the face of cinema in the next decade - but only if content keeps up with the advances in technology, industry experts at the Busan International Film Festival predict.

The Pixar of virtual reality (VR) may just be Pixar, after all: The iconic studio announced its first-ever VR experience at Facebook’s fourth Oculus Connect virtual reality (VR) developer ...

Blockchain is Disrupting the Filmmaking Industry, Balancing Efforts and Rewards Effectively


Statement from MPAA CEO Charles Rivkin on the MPAA’s Comments to USTR on the World’s Most Notorious Markets

Blockchain technology is out to change how digital content in the entertainment industry are distributed. This will enable effective management of resources that are invested and also ensure ...

The MPAA formally submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on the world’s most notorious markets for content theft. The following is a statement on the filing ...

John Doe Orders Bring Light in Dark Age of Digital Piracy


Fox Asia President Zubin Gandevia on Staying Relevant, Streaming and Why Advertising on TV Promotes Brand Safety


Among various technological developments in the past two decades, the internet and other digital means of communication and publication have taken the highest leap. However, parallel to the escalation in the use of the internet and other digital media, piracy has mushroomed, which ...


Netflix, Amazon and Hulu Are Paying a Steep Price to Battle Piracy


As Netflix and HBO continue to draw eyeballs with their original programming series like Narcos and Game of Thrones in Asia Pacific, Fox Networks Group is confident that it can continue to stay relevant with audiences through innovation and a deep understanding of the region, as well as attract brands to continue advertising on its channels.

Speaking to The Drum, Zubin Gandevia, president of Fox Networks Group Asia asserts that even though the streaming space in APAC has become more competitive, Fox brands and products gives it an advantage that no other player can match.

He points to the fact that Fox has over two decades of experience in Asia and decades of experience in making original productions, which ...

Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are winning the battle against pirates who aim to steal their content, according to a recent research report. Meanwhile, new features on social media such as YouTube Live are attracting ...


CASBAA Takes on Content Piracy in Asia With the Formation of CAP


Hollywood's New Piracy Problem: Rogue Streaming Boxes

CASBAA, the Asian trade body serving the pay-tv industry, has created a coalition against piracy targeting Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs) with the formation of Coalition Against Piracy (CAP).

Search on Craigslist for something called “Kodi,” and you’re likely to find a flood of offers for Amazon and Android devices that promise unlimited access to “free” and “unlimited” movies ...
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China's Film Industry Booms,
Co-Productions Grow


What’s Netflix Worth to B.C.’S Film and TV Sector?

China's film industry has made much progress in the past five years. Xu Fan reports. China, the world's second-largest film market after the United States, has seen both a rise in collaboration ...

Just as Netflix (Nasdaq:NFLX) has pervaded the homes of Canadian film and TV viewers, new federal policy has the streaming service poised to pervade the country’s film and TV industry.

Rajiv Dalal Named President of Association of Film Commissioners International


Lights, Camera, Action!
Tax Exemption for Films

The Association of Film Commissioners International has selected industry veteran Rajiv Dalal to the newly created post of president. Jess Conoplia has been named to the new position ...

The 2017 economic impact modelling report prepared by Urban-Econ Development Economists for the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) revealed that the film industry has had a ...

€2m Fund for Film, TV and Games Launches in West of Ireland


Game of Thrones Writer Calls for New Mexico boost


A €2m ($2.3m) fund aimed at the film, TV and game industries has been launched in the West of Ireland. The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund (WRAP) is being instigated ...

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has called for a boost to New Mexico’s filming incentive support. New Mexico’s tax credit has helped turn the south-west state into one of the most ...

Assam’s New Tourism Policy Offers Lots of Incentives to the Film Producers


Hungary’s Tax Incentives, Skilled Workers and Low Costs Lure World Filmmakers


To move the Assam tourism sector into a major economic sector and an aim to increase tourist inflow by 2-3 times more within next five years, Assam government on Thursday declared an ...

In September, leading figures of Hungary’s movie biz gathered to celebrate the centenary of Mafilm Studios, the state-owned production company just a short distance from Budapest.


Movie Helps Boost Tourism in Columbus


Portal for Film Shooting Permission Launched


You never know who you’ll run into walking through downtown Columbus these days. “People who were headed to Chicago from Texas decided to drive so they could stop in Columbus," said Beth Stroh, ...

In a step that will make film shooting in Telangana a smooth affair, cinematography minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav on Saturday inaugurated an online facility for producers...

Film Tourism: Indian Filmmakers Want Regulations to Be Minimised


Jharkhand Govt Gives Approval for Production of 20 Films

Filmmaker Boney Kapoor on Saturday said the need is to create a single window clearance system across India to get shooting permissions, while Mukesh Bhatt who has filmed widely in ...

The Jharkhand government has given its approval for production of 20 films in the picturesque state which was blessed with abundance of natural beauty. The approval was given on the ...
Lohita Sujith
Director - Corporate Communications
Motion Picture Dist. Association (India)


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