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Female Filmmakers From India Shine on Global Stage

Female filmmakers of Indian origin are making history by standing out as award winning directors including Mira Nair (2016’s Queen of Katwe) and Deepa Mehta (2012’s Midnight’s Children)

In 2015, Ruchika Oberoi won the FEDORA prize for best new director at the Venice Film Festival with her first feature, Island City. Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut, A Death in the Gunj, won her a best female filmmaker award at the 2016 Mumbai festival.

At Cannes this year, the only Indian entry was from a female director, Payal Kapadia, a student at the Film and Television Institute of India. Her 13-minute short, Afternoon Clouds, is the first Indian film to be selected for the Cinefondation section, which chooses entries from film schools worldwide, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Historically, female representation behind the camera remains low, but this is now beginning to change in India with Amazon Prime Video and Netflix signing deals to acquire titles and produce originals across genres in indie and mainstream categories. Amazon has signed contracts for no less than 30 Indian originals. “Digital platforms have given a new lease on life to indie cinema,” says Shefali Bhushan, who made her feature debut with 2016’s Jugni.

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May 26, 2017   No Comments

Print Media in India Booms

Even as the sales of newspapers and magazines decline globally, in India their circulation increased by more than 23 million copies a day between 2006 and 2016, according to a new report from India’s Mumbai-based Audit Bureau of Circulationan average growth of nearly 5% per year.

Newspapers

The bureau said, “India is one of the brightest spots [for] print media,” and cited growing literacy and education, India’s overachieving economy and more local content as reasons for the print boom, reports CNN.  India is also likely helped by the fact that it has more paid publications (7,871) than other countries and dozens of regional languages.

Indian print publications are forecast to bring in advertising revenue worth $4.5 billion by 2021, up from an estimated $3.1 billion in 2016. By then, India’s print media industry will be worth  $6.7 billion adds the bureau.

May 14, 2017   No Comments

Amazon Launches Fire TV in India

Amazon launched its Fire TV stick in India  with Amazon’s Prime Video India director and country head Nitesh Kripalani and Amazon Fire TV vice president Marc Whitten at the launch. India is the fifth country where the device becomes available after the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan.

Priced at $62, the Fire Stick stick comes pre-loaded with  Amazon Prime Video and rival platforms, such as Netflix, Fox India’s Star network-owned Hotstar, Viacom18’s Voot and Indian film major Eros International’s ErosNow, among others. Additionally, the device offers access to YouTube, various gaming apps and more, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote

Whitten said, “Fire TV Stick also offers data monitoring and other features to help customers in India get the most from their data plan and stream more content using less bandwidth.”

 

 

April 26, 2017   No Comments

Sony Yay! Launches Kids’ Channel in India

Sony Pictures Networks India has launched a children’s channel Sony Yay! taking on Disney India, Viacom18 (which runs Nick and Sonic), Turner India (Cartoon Network, Pogo and Toonami), Discovery Kids and Indian company SunTV’s kids channels.

According to a recent entertainment-industry report by consulting firm KPMG India, local content makes up 50 percent of programming for leading juvenile channels, and initially, Sony Yay! will feature locally produced content including animated shows, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Logo of Sony Yay!

The channel is targeted for children aged 2 to 14. Company CEO N.P.Singh said: “It goes without saying that the Indian television industry is at an interesting crossroads, with the kids genre being a front-runner in demanding innovation and freshness.”

April 17, 2017   No Comments

Amazon, Netflix Buy Indian Content

Netflix and Amazon have each set aside about $300 million for acquiring content to attract subscribers in India.

A comparison between the two companies shows that in India, Amazon Prime Video has an early lead over Netflix, with 9.5 million active subscribers since its launch in December, while Netflix has less than half the number at 4.2 million a little over a year after its launch in India. Besides, the subscription amount of about $7.7 is the same at both companies with one difference: Amazon Prime Video’s subscribers get unlimited ad-free, on-demand service for year, while Netflix offers a subscription for a single month.

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However, both companies are equally focused on original content and quality to attract new members. The Hindustan Times says: It’s easy to see why India has become the next battle front for Amazon and Netflix for according to venture capitalist Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report, the number of Internet users in India grew 40% in 2015 to 277 million.

 

April 15, 2017   No Comments