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    Apple Eyes Move Into
Original Programming (EXCLUSIVE)
  36% of RCOM's Data Traffic is Video;
Telco Launches Video Platform
 
     
California Sees Increase in Film Production
   

Video represents 36% of telecom operator Reliance Communications' data traffic, chief executive officer Vinod Sawhny revealed during an analyst call. Sawhny also predicts that video will account for more than 66% of the telco's data traffic and has launched a new platform called Reliance Pokorn.
"Reliance Communications is positioning itself as a service provider of choice for mobile video content users with its video specific platform "Reliance Popkorn" being executed in content partnerships with BigFlix and Eros.
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The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting for years may finally be arriving: Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business.
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      India's Internet User Base 354 Million,
Registers 17% Growth in First 6 months
of 2015: IAMAI Report
    Prime Focus Technologies Launches
Secure Screener Application for
Movie Studios
     

India's internet user base grew over 17% in the first six months of this year to 354 million, according to the Internet and Mobile Association of India.

The base had grown to 302 million by the end of 2014 after clocking its fastest rise of 32% in a year, as per IAMAI, which includes members such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, eBay, IBM, Flipkart, Ola and LinkedIn.

The figures reflect the rapid acceleration in the number of internet users in the country.
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With awards season around the corner and multiple screeners currently in circulation, Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) will be offering SecureScreener as the industry's first digital, contemporary and safe screener application.
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  Disney Widens The Canvas    
 


California Sees Increase in Film Production

   
             
  Viacom18 Broadens Reach With
Rishtey Asia Launch; Rebrands
Channel in UK, US
 

Viacom 18 has launched the Asian version of its Hindi variety entertainment channel Rishtey, which will be beamed across 20 countries in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region.

Additionally, the network has also rebranded Rishtey in the UK and US to Rishtey Europe and Rishtey Americas.

The content on the channels is specially curated with shows catering to the specific needs of the viewers in the respective regions.
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After asserting its leadership position at the box office over the past couple of years, Disney India is now widening the scope of its entertainment properties with its first musical theatre production - Beauty and the Beast. Produced in collaboration with the Disney Theatrical Group, the shows will be held in Mumbai (NSCI Dome) and Delhi (Thyagaraj Stadium) in October and December respectively.
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    Cisco Launches Cloud Video Solutions for Broadcasters, Media Cos.     Entertainment CEOs Call on India
to Accelerate Digital Transformation
  Cisco has unveiled its new 'Infinite’ suite of cloud- powered video solutions, which will help broadcasters, media companies and service providers deliver outstanding TV experiences to multiple screens, utilising one cloud, on any access network, within the home and on the go.
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  Walt Disney Bets Big on Virtual Reality;
Invests in Jaunt
   
 

The Walt Disney Company is betting big on virtual reality and has invested in Jaunt - a cinematic virtual reality (VR) company.

Jaunt has raised $65 million series C round of funding led by The Walt Disney Company; Evolution Media Partners – a partnership of CAA-backed Evolution Media Capital, TPG Growth and Participant Media; and Chinabased China Media Capital (CMC).

The new investors will greatly expand Jaunt’s global reach, providing significant resources and relationships to help make VR the next mainstream content medium.

Jaunt leads the industry in innovation through its unrivalled end-to-end solution for creating and distributing premium live-action VR. This latest round of funding will enable Jaunt to significantly scale up VR production, and advance their professional-grade camera hardware and software production tools, delivering content to the widest array of mobile devices and VR hardware in the industry.
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      CEOs and top executives of U.S. media and entertainment companies held a roundtable discussion with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York Thursday, hosted by 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch.
As reported, the Murdoch-hosted event was part of Modi's ongoing visit to the U.S., which will include interactions in San Francisco with Silicon Valley giants Facebook, Google and Apple.
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Is Dolby Atmos The Future
of Cinema Sound?
  The revolutionary new audio system, which had its public debut in the US in June 2012, introduces a ceiling array to the traditional surround speaker configuration and allows object-based sound design for the first time. Dolby describes the end result as the "illusion of an infinite number of speakers."
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    FILM TOURISM    
    State Drafts Film Policy to Boost Tourism  
Jharkhand government is drafting a film policy to develop and promote the state as a popular filming destination. With its rich forest cover and popular getaways, the state has been trying to develop itself as a tourism hotspot and now, the government plans to make Jharkhand a filming hotspot by creating infrastructure and attracting filmmakers with tax exemptions.
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  Puducherry Moots Plan to Promote Film Tourism
  Kejriwal   Puducherry is set to promote cinema tourism as part of tourism promotion and make Puducherry a preferred destination for shooting films.

As part of this, ‘Kameleon’, the three-day international film festival is being organised during December 4-6 in Puducherry after three years.
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  Kenya Hollywood Incentives For Movie Crews Offered To Increase Tourism,
Foreign Film Productions
 
 

Kenya is seeking to get back on the big screen and win over Hollywood with more than just its sprawling savanna and exotic wildlife by offering tax incentives. The Kenyan government gave initial approval Tuesday for a 30 percent tax rebate on film productions and agreed to remove import duties on film equipment in the East African country in an effort to entice foreign filmmakers.
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  Film Tourism: A Route To Funding?  
  From Taiwan to Forks, Washington, and from New Zealand to Northern Ireland, audiences are increasingly motivated to travel to the places they have seen in their favourite films or shows. Last year’s global benchmarking survey, the TRAVELSAT Competitive Index, noted that around 40m international tourists chose their destination mainly because they saw a film shot in a particular location, and up to 10 visitors in every 100 choose a destination thanks mostly to movies. The survey also noted that this channel is particularly useful for attracting first-time visitors, young travellers and short-stay and city-breakers, and that the lucrative BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) markets tend to be especially sensitive to this medium.
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  Collaborative TV Film – A Chance to Promote and Stimulate Tourism  
  The latest film, ‘Tuoi Thanh Xuan’(Forever young), produced by Vietnam Television Film Centre (VFC) and CJ E&M, one of the Republic of Korea’s leading entertainment and media corporations, premiered on Vietnam Television in December, 2014.
The 36-episode TV series promptly became a phenomenon of the small screen with high ratings. The series was also nominated for a 2015 VTV Impression Award in three categories: Impression New Film, Impression Actor and Impression Actress. At the end of June, 2015, the series was also screened in RoK and in ten other Asian countries. The series tells stories about the lives, friendships and loves of Vietnamese and Korean young people. Experiencing every taste of love, happiness, failure and sorrow in their youth, they still nurture dreams to fly high in life.
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    PRODUCTION & TAX INCENTIVES    
      Maharashtra Looks at Entertainment Tax Sops     Russia and India Move Toward
Resuming Co-Production
 
      Mumbai losing sheen as a venue for live performance of international music and entertainment groups has led the state tourism department to explore concessions in entertainment tax to reverse the trend. The levy being currently among the country’s highest, is being seen as a major reason for international artistes preferring venues outside the state.
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  CM: Capital to be Hub of Entertainment, Events  
  Reaching out to entertainment industry, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that the Delhi government wants to ensure that the national capital becomes the hub of entertainment and events. To facilitate this process, the chief minister said that he will ensure that tax structure is streamlined, unnecessary licences are removed and a single window clearance system is ensured for each and every sector.
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Russian and Indian producers are preparing to resume co-production between the two countries, which stopped with the collapse of the Soviet Union 25 years ago and hope that the signing of a co-production agreement will bring the two film industries closer together.
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Memorandum of Understanding Signed to Facilitate Indo-Canadian Co-productions   Korea Incentive for Tolly Shoots  
 

   

Tollywood filmmakers are upbeat about cash incentives for shooting announced by South Korea on Friday. The Indian International Film Tourism Conclave had brought together South Korea and Thailand for its 13th round-table event, where both nations offered incentives to Bengali filmmakers. Korea offered, among others, 30% cash grants for shooting in the country with a minimum investment of $100,000.
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The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Toronto have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to engage in mutual co-operation in the fields of film, television, visual effects and gaming.
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  Lights! Camera! Action! - N.C. Film Industry
to Get $60M Boost
 
 
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Big-budget Film Crews Will Receive Tax
Rebate Exposure
 

The government's new tax incentive for foreign big-budget films shot in Thailand is expected to boost revenue from these shoots substantially.

The Tourism Department estimates the incentive will drive revenue from Thailand being used as a location for feature films, documentaries and reality shows to 5 billion baht in 2018, up from an average of 2 billion a year now. The cabinet last month approved a Tourism and Sports Ministry proposal to offer a cash rebate for foreign big-budget film shoots in Thailand.

A tax rebate equal to 15% of every 30 million baht spent on the shoot locally will be offered on top of another 5% cash rebate for film-makers using local post-production services.

The Budget Bureau agreed the total cash rebate should not exceed 200 million baht a year per film-maker, said Wanasiri Morakul, deputy director-general and acting director-general of the Tourism Department.
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It's official: Budget writers in Raleigh have drafted legislation that would pour millions in additional funding into North Carolina's film industry. The budget earmarks $60 million in grant funds over two years for qualifying productions, $30 million per fiscal year. Adding in the $4 million left over from the previous fiscal year that has yet to be officially allocated, and it would give the state $64 million to offer up in efforts to attract future projects to the state.
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