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Soaring internet penetration and data consumption to help increase digital advertisement spends in India: KPMG report

Soaring internet penetration and data consumption to help increase digital advertisement spends in India: KPMG report

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Recently, KPMG launched a new report titled 'The Digital First Journey' that goes on to explain how on-demand content has reached a tipping point with consumption shifting to the mobile and going mass particularly on the back of a successful 4G roll out. The report gives an insight into the key themes of the Indian OTT market, the important pillars of success for an OTT platform and also provides a roadmap to a digital transformation journey that has been divided into four significant phases like digital vision and strategy, customer proposition, business design and execution planning. The report also talks about operationalisation of the actual pivot of a traditional technology organisation into a digital avatar, highlighting two nodal frameworks for digital enablement, strategy and a...
Legend 3D opens base in Pune

Legend 3D opens base in Pune

Headlines, VFX
With the opening of a studio in Pune, Legend 3D, the U.S.-based 3D conversion and visual effects studio has taken a major leap into Asia. The facility is a 40,000-square-foot building based in a 10-acre Suzlon “One Earth” campus. It will be connected to Legend 3D facilities in Los Angeles and Toronto by secure digital pipeline to provide protected interconnected workflow. The building has LEED Platinum and GRIHA 5 star certification while the campus has energy controls and building management systems for minimal environmental impact. The studio which has recently worked on films like Passengers, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Spider-Man: Homecoming expects to employ 500 workmen at its India plant by the end of this year, This would represent 25% of its projecte
Disney announces completion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Disney announces completion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is officially complete. So said Rian Johnson, the film’s writer-director on Instagram saying that the eighth chapter in the Star Wars Saga has been officially wrapped up along with the post-production stint. Now  the publicity campaign will start and s also a tour for everyone involved with the next big step being the film’s second trailer which is said to launch on October 9th. In a related news, though not unsurprising, actor and filmmaker Andy Serkis spoke about his time working on the film as the villain Supreme Leader Snoke and confirmed he doesn’t share any scenes with the late Carrie Fisher in the movie. “I had no scenes with Carrie but I did get to know her a little bit. She was an incredible human being with a wonderful personality and she’
DVD and VOD of Monster Island released

DVD and VOD of Monster Island released

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Thanks to Vision Films, Anima Estudio’s CG animated horror comedy feature, Monster Island has been released on DVD and VOD. The Monster Island focuses on a young boy named Lucas who accidentally finds out that he’s not exactly human, and hence he journeys to the mysterious Monster Island in order to find out who he really is and what his destiny points to. At Monster Island, Lucas meets his grandmother and another young monster that eventually becomes his friend. On the way, he finds the need to protect his newfound family from their evil uncle Norcutt. He ultimately realises that being a freak isn’t freaky after all. Produced by Jose C. Garcia de Letona and written by Billy Frolick, Monster Island was directed by award-winning animator Leopoldo Aguilar. The voice cast features Fi
India’s largest toon producer Green Gold Animation backs ATF Animation Pitch

India’s largest toon producer Green Gold Animation backs ATF Animation Pitch

Animation, Headlines
Reed Exhibitions, producer of Asia TV Forum & Market, has started taking calls for entries for the first-ever ATF Animation Pitch: a premier Asian pitching competition for creators and producers of innovative kids’ animation concepts. The new initiative is backed by India’s largest toon producer Green Gold Animation (Chhota Bheem). “Being surrounded by passionate and ambitious people, who share a similar love for animation, is a great way to feel inspired and expand intellectual horizons. It’s also important to give back to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the animation industry, foster creativity and innovation. After all, animation is the craft of the soul,” said Rajiv Chilaka, Founder & CEO, Green Gold Animation Launching under the competition tagline “Think. Believe. Dream
Home video of Batman vs Two-Face to release on October 17

Home video of Batman vs Two-Face to release on October 17

Animation, Headlines
Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment will jointly release the home video of  Batman and Captain Kirk on October 17.  The all-new movie will be made available on Digital on October 10 and on Blu-ray™ on October 17. For this, they are bringing together two of pop culture’s all-time heroes – TV’s original Batman and Captain Kirk, Adam West and William Shatner respectively to voice the title characters in the full-length, animated feature film Batman vs. Two-Face. “Batman vs. Two-Face is a must-have for all Batman fans featuring a cavalcade of his foes, and an amazing cast including two giants of pop culture Adam West and William Shatner,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is ex

Re-mastered 4K edition of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner on Blu-Ray to be out in September

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Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year with the arrival of Denis Villeneuve’s sequel Blade Runner 2049 this Fall . But, just before the film’s theatrical release, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has made its plans clear  to release a re-mastered 4K edition of the film, specially the 2007 The Final Cu’ which both Scott and Villeneuve have deemed the definitive version of the film. “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” 4K Blu-ray hits stores on September 5th, a month before Blade Runner 2049 opens on October 6th.
John Bailey elected president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

John Bailey elected president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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John Bailey, known for films like How to Be a Latin Lover – 2017, Burn Your Maps – 2016, A Walk in the Woods – 2015, The Forger – 2014, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn – 2014 and Snake and Mongoose – 2013 among many others has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organisation’s Board of Governors. Also elected to officer positions by the Board are: Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee), Kathleen Kennedy, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee), Michael Tronick, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee), Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee), Jim Gianopulos, Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee), David Rubin, Secretary (chair, Membership and Administration Committee
Weta Digital starts VFX work of Avatar sequels

Weta Digital starts VFX work of Avatar sequels

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Visual effects studio Weta Digital has started work on the four sequels of James Cameron’s Avatar, one of the highest-grossing films ever. The Wellington, New Zealand-based Weta Digital was very recently in the limelight for its motion-capture work on War for the Planet of the Apes. “What Joe Showtime, CBS Television Studios Letteri and Weta Digital bring to these stories is impossible to quantify,” said Cameron, referring to Weta Digital’s senior visual effects supervisor. “Since we made Avatar, Weta continued to prove themselves as doing the best CG animation, the most human, the most alive, the most photo-realistic effects in the world,” he added. “The depth of talent at Weta is impressive and the culture of excellence is one that matches how we do things at Lightstorm,” observe
MEAI to lead Indian delegation to MTL in Montreal

MEAI to lead Indian delegation to MTL in Montreal

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Adding yet another feather to its hat, Media & Entertainment Association of India (MEAI) is leading a strong eight member Indian Delegation to effects MTL in Montreal (QC), Canada (The biggest international conference on the American East Coast for visual effects and Animation.) The delegation which will be led by MEAI, Joint Secretary, Sidharth Iyer will include participation from PixStone Images (Chennai), Drishyam VFX (Mumbai) and NY VFXWAALA (Mumbai), who will be rubbing shoulders with arguably the crème de la crème of the VFX and Animation world. Bringing alive the spirit of ‘Make In India’ by fuelling innovation, self-reliance and national pride, it is a major achievement for MEAI to be leading such a diverse mix of creative studios to effects MTL, which is considered to be t