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      MPAA Unveils Latest State-by-State
Figures on Economic Impact of Film
and Television Industry
    After Decades of Obsession With the
Swiss Alps, Bollywood is Now Heading
to France in Droves

In advance of Labor Day, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) today released new statistics on the film and television industry's economic impact in all 50 states, featuring an interactive map that includes state-by-state data on jobs and wages, as well as ...

This whole summer, actors Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor were shooting in the French capital for Befikre, the new Aditya Chopra film. Slated for a December release, Befikre soaks up all the elegance and magic of Paris, as ...
      Assam to Offer Single Window Clearance
for Film Shoots
    Iceland Wooing Indian Film Industry  

Assam Tourism Minister Himnta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that the state government will introduce a single window clearance system for film shoots, to help promote the tourism potential of the state.

Iceland, the Nordic island nation famous for Europe's largest glacier and some of the world's most active volcanoes, is keen on for more people to see its picturesque ... 

      More Foreign Film Shoots May Be in
Norway’s Production Plans
    Incentives Watch: A Closer Look at
Florida’s Film Credit

The last two years saw a lot of shakeup in the film credit landscape, with major movie-producing states like California, New York and Louisiana revamping their credits.

Chicago TV and Film Productions Have
Raked in $1 Billion in 5 Years

For 40 years, the oil and gas industry has been a driving force in Norway’s economy - the country has 860 billion in its oil fund - but the drop of oil prices in the international market have drastically reduced the earnings: some 100,000 jobs have been lost, and ...

Chicago has gradually been turning itself into a sort of satellite Hollywood over the past few years and according to the mayor's office, it's paying off: the city has generated more than $1.3 billion from film and commercial ...
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      Serbia Officially Launches Cash
Rebate Programme
    Finland’s 25% Rebate Could Be Active
By Early 2017


Serbia has successfully implemented a tax incentives programme for feature films, TV series and commercials. Film Center Serbia opened the first call for projects eligible for the 20% cash rebate on 15 April 2016 and the call will last until 30 September 2016.

The country's government has said that it will push forward with the proposed incentive. Finland could finally have a film incentive in place by early 2017, as the proposed 25% cash rebate incentive is now one step ...

      NSW Government Sinks $2m Into Local
Film and TV to Boost Economy
    How Ontario Became Hollywood's
Indie Backlot

Recent indie successes Room and Spotlight have more in common than critical acclaim and Oscar wins: Both made use of the versatile locations, valuable shooting ...
When Analyzing Data on Film Incentives,
You Have to Start With the Right Data

New South Wales' State Government is set to invest $2 million in the production of 16 new local film and TV productions, which will inject $35 million into the State's economy.

Summary: A recent study analyzing the impact of state film production incentive programs has a number of serious flaws including poor data selection and failure to account for ...
      Film in Georgia Had $7B Impact in 2016     Stan Lee’s ‘Monkey Master’ Set as
China-india Co-production
The Georgia film industry grew by $1 billion for fiscal 2016, generating $7 billion in revenue. During that time, the Peach State produced 245 feature films and television shows, which led to $2.02 billion in direct ...


      Prague Launches Film Fund to Support Foreign Productions  
Prague's city council approved a new film fund called Prague in Film. The annual budget allocated to the fund amounts to 370,096 EUR/10 m CZK. The Fund will provide financial support to both feature films for ...

Comic book legend, Stan Lee has reteamed with regular collaborator Sharad Devarajan to launch Monkey Master as a new superhero. A "Monkey Master" film project brings ...


Gujarat Aims to Lure Film Makers With Tourism Policy

      To make the state a hub for film making and strengthen the facilities like single window clearances for film makers, the Gujarat government is betting on Cinematic Tourism in the state. As a pre-event of the high profile investment congregation, Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in January 2017, the State Government has organised a day-long seminar on 'Cinematic Tourism - the way forward' on August 29 at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

Chitrakoot to Be Developed as Film Destination

      Uttar Pradesh Film Vikas Parishad is planning to develop Chitrakoot, known for its historical significance, as a film destination to attract Bollywood towards it. "If the proposal of Film Vikas Parishad gets shape, the day would not be far when Bollywood stars like Salman Khan, Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor would be seen shooting in the area," Film Vikas Parishad, member, Vishal Kapoor said after paying obeisance to principal deity of Daanghati temple Goverdhan today.

Films Give Locations Their Close-up With Tourists

      It may be the characters in films and TV series that tell the story and make millions at the box office but it's that silent and unspoken character that is the lasting legacy of a shoot. The location is the only character left behind after the film has packed up and decamped and it's the one that pulls in the punters and sets cash registers ringing well after the director has yelled "cut".
    Rajkumar Akella of Comscore to Receive
MPA Asia-Pacific Educator Award
  Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce and MPDA,
India Highlight the Negative Effect of Online
Film Piracy at Comic Con 2016

Rajkumar Akella, managing director, theatrical, India, at comScore will receive the MPA Asia-Pacific Copyright Educator Award at the CineAsia Awards Ceremony on Dec. 8 at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. "Rajkumar has made great strides with the MPA in promoting copyright education," stated Andrew Sunshine, VP of the Film ...

The Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce (TFCC), Indian Movie Cop and the Motion Picture Dist. Association, India Pvt. Ltd. (MPDA) launched a campaign through Comicorner to raise awareness on the negative impact of online film piracy and its risks to consumers who watch illegitimate ...
    What is Fueling Wanda's Hollywood
  Disney Set to Break Market-Share Record  
Wang Jianlin, the 64 year-old chairman of China's Dalian Wanda group, is in too much of a hurry to worry about having his corporate wrist slapped by regulators over a shelved plan to absorb Legendary Entertainment into Wanda Pictures.

A ragtag team consisting of the Avengers, a surgeonfish and the Rebel Alliance are teaming up to help Disney claim a bigger share of the annual box-office than any other studio in Hollywood's modern age.
      Digital Success Via Differentiated Content,
Good Story-telling, Partnerships
    LeEco Aiming to Create Content-driven
Ecosystem in India

Bollywood, Hollywood and sports content will certainly get you traction, but ultimately well thought out differentiated content, partnerships with platforms and targeted audience will not only get the eyeballs, but also return on investment for content creators on OTT ...

Chinese technology company LeEco is betting on its "comprehensive ecosystem" - including content like entertainment options, TV dramas, shows, among others - and not just devices, for a success story in India.
      Hooq Plans to Invest $2 Million on Original
Indian Content
    Reliance Jio’s Entry: Aircel, R-com,
Tata Docomo Endgame Feared
Hooq plans to invest $ 2 million in Indian original content in India. This is part of its APAC strategy to start sourcing local original content in Asian countries. A joint venture of SingTel, Sony Pictures TV and Warner Bros., Hooq entered the Indian market back in May this year with a ...

Reliance Jio's ambitious data tariffs announced at the company's 42nd annual general meeting on Thursday may not stir the market in the near term, but could well push incumbents Bharti Airtel and Idea to increase their capital expenditures ...
    India Seen Surpassing US as Country With
the Most Facebook Users
  Technicolor Targets Hollywood With
Social Multi-user VR

With Facebook Inc.'s user growth in developing countries soaring, mutual funds focused on emerging economies are increasing investments in the Menlo Park, California-based company. Six years ago, 60% of the social platform's 482 million monthly active users ...

Technicolor is using its relationships with major Hollywood players to develop multi-user virtual reality experiences for the home entertainment industry. The project is being spearheaded by Technicolor research and innovation director ...
    Idea Cellular to Offer Live TV, Music Services   Sony Pictures Beefs Up VR Slate  
It's the charge of the telco brigade. First Airtel and Reliance Jio hared into the content space by announcing their Wynk, Wynk Video and Wynk Games and JioGames, JioCinema, JioTV, JioPlay, JioOnDemand services offering an array of video, music, game chat ...

Sony Pictures Sept. 20 announced a bigger push in the virtual reality space, announcing a partnership with VR and augmented reality company Reality One to produce VR content based on Sony's films and franchises.
      Hotstar Targets Billion Minutes Watch
Time Daily
    Hulu to Stream Virtual Reality News and
Comedy Shows From RYOT Studios

The new mantra at the Twenty First Century Fox-owned Star India subsidiary Novi Digital's Hotstar is the figure of a billion. Yes, a billion. Not a billion subscribers, but a billion minutes. Speaking at a conference in China yesterday, its senior vice-president and head of ...

Hulu is getting two new exclusive series made for virtual reality (VR), courtesy of the Huffington Post's RYOT Studios: Come this fall, Hulu's VR app is going to feature a news program called "The Big Picture: News in Virtual Reality" as ...

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

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