Category — Media & Entertainment

HuffPost Launches HuffPost India Edition

Huffington Post will soon end its partnership with the Times of India, and Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of HuffPost, was in India to lead HuffPost India on its independent journey.

In an interview with Mint, Polgreen said, “This [India] was a place where we felt like we wanted to invest and to go in a different direction. We very much plan to remain in India as a publisher and continue to do journalism here. We plan to expand our team here.”

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NiemanLab reports that India offers a massive potential audience for mobile-friendly publishers such as HuffPost, BuzzFeed, Quartz, and Vice: Indian smartphone users’ monthly data consumption is on track to nearly quintuple by 2023, and the country’s media and entertainment industry is expected to add between 140,000 and 160,000 jobs each year for the next five years, according to reports.

December 6, 2017   No Comments

Digital Domain Expands to India

Los Angeles-based provider of visual effects and immersive experiences, Digital Domain, launched a 42,000 sq. ft. facility, in Hyderabad, India, its tenth global location. Digital Domain India is located in Hyderabad’s IT/ITES Special Economic Zone campus, where it joins Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google already have offices.

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India is, and will continue to be, an integral part of Digital Domain’s global expansion plans, as we foresee the region to be a leading consumer of premium content,” said Amit Chopra, COO, Digital Domain, reports Prnewswire. “The escalating demand for premium film and digital experiences in India combined with a highly skilled local talent pool and Digital Domain’s prowess in the visual effects and the interactive content space will prove unstoppable.”

India is the world’s largest producer of movies, an industry that Germany-based online research firm Statista has forecast to be worth $3.2 billion by 2021.

“The world class infrastructure and start-up ecosystem in Hyderabad make it an extremely desirable location for innovative companies like Digital Domain,” said Daniel Seah, Global CEO, Digital Domain. “Combined with the recent projections for smartphone growth and mobile bandwidth expansion in the region, the people of India are primed to demand and expect premium content, and we are ready to deliver on that need.”

 

 

December 2, 2017   No Comments

India’s Manushi Chhillar Is Miss World 2017

Miss India, Manushi Chhillar, won the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in Sanya, China. The 20-year-old medical student from India’s northern state of Haryana, stood first among 126 women from all around the globe that took part in the pageant. Stephanie Hill, Miss England, was the first runner up, and Miss Mexico Alma Andrea Meza Carmona was second runner up in the 67th Miss World contest.

Manushi Chhillar, Miss World 2017

The big win for India comes after a 17 year hiatus when in 2000, Priyanka Chopra won the crown. Chopra currently stars in the ABC Television series Quantico
According to the Miss World website, Chhillar aims to be a cardiac surgeon and set up a chain of not-for-profit hospitals in the rural areas of India. A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkeling and scuba diving. She also sketches and paints, reports the Economic Times.

Her personal mottos: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living.”

November 18, 2017   No Comments

Legend 3D Establishes an India Facility

Los Angeles-based Legend 3D is the latest U.S. film services company to mark its presence in the Asia Pacific region by launching a 40,000-square-foot facility in the western Indian city of Pune, about 73 miles from film capital Mumbai. Legend India is located in the 10-acre Suzlon One Earth campus and will be connected via a secure digital pipeline with Legend’s L.A. and Toronto facilities.

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Legend offers stereoscopic 3D conversion, VFX, Virtual Reality and animation services. “This strategic decision was enacted to provide Legend’s clients with an experienced expanded global team to provide the quality, economic benefit and skill set required to execute digital imaging at the highest possible level,” Legend CEO Aidan Foley said.

The move to India follows Legend 3D’s recent legal victory against VFX major Prime Focus based in India. In September, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated a number of Prime Focus’ patent claims to 3D conversion technology in a case brought by Legend 3D.

October 28, 2017   No Comments

Global Entrepreneurship Summit Will Showcase U.S.-India Partnership

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be held in Hyderabad, India, will be another demonstration on how India and the U.S. can work together to advance the digital economy and entrepreneurial skills of their citizens.

To be hosted jointly by India and the U.S. from November 28-30 this year, the theme of this Summit is “Women First, Prosperity for all” and it will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally. Ivanka Trump will lead the United States delegation to the Summit, reports India Today.

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India’s ambassador to the U.S., Navtej Sarna said, “The focus of the summit will be on four key areas: energy and infrastructure, health care and life sciences, financial technology and the digital economy and media and entertainment. This is the first time GES will be hosted in South Asia.”

GES will help participating U.S. companies better understand how to play a role in India’s new business start-up culture, said Alice Wells, Acting Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.

September 22, 2017   No Comments