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Film-makers may have to rewrite shooting script

Many Bollywood producers and studios consider 2020 a washout as the film industry has come to a standstill amid disrupted production schedules, mounting costs and continued delays in theatre exhibition, even as they formulate safety protocols to restart shooting.

Bengali OTT service Addatimes forays in Bangladesh

While in India, Addatimes has both, paid and ad-supported model, in Bangladesh, the service in under paid-subscription only, priced at 299 Bangladeshi Taka (approx. Rs 266) per annum.

Coronavirus attacks world's longest running cartoon

Even as the world grapples with the long term effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a cartoon which aired in 1969, and has been running since then, faces an uncertain future.

Audiences eager to go back to cinema halls, says Ormax survey

The report, ‘Back to the Theatre’, suggests that 82% of cinema-going audiences are missing going to the theatres a lot during the lockdown and a dominant section of audience believe that they will go back to the theatres within 2-3 weeks of them re-opening.

Film bodies seek help from Finance Minister

“It is sad the industry has been overlooked by the government. ​​We have sent numerous correspondences to the PM and I&B ministry for providing aid to hundreds of workers and technicians associated with the industry, who though are categorised as daily wage earners, have not received any help from the government,” film body wrote to FM.

ZEE creates fresh content across TV, digital, live entertainment amidst lockdown

The company said it has started using technology solutions across its key functions through remote production of content over mobile and professional cameras to support broadcast, digital and social platforms. All the content has been shot at the homes of the respective celebrities using mobile phones.

Understanding India’s streaming platforms industry in the context of lockdown

Sector experts believe that because of potential threat of contracting with the Coronavirus, people may avoid group engagement activities such as watching films in theatre for a long time. Considering this fact, producers are releasing films slated to be released in theatres on streaming platforms.

Film producers and multiplexes at loggerheads over video streaming releases

On Thursday, when it was announced that Amitabh Bachchan – Ayushmann Khurrana starrer ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ will be aired directly on Prime Video, Inox said that the company will be constrained to examine its options, and reserves all rights, including taking retributive measures, in dealing with such ‘fair-weather friends’.

Beat your lockdown blues with the horror dramedy 'Official Bhootiyagiri',  streaming exclusively and for free on MX Player

Heartthrob of web shows, the uber talented actor Sumeet Vyas is back to haunt viewers with his logical wise cracks as Dilawar Rana. He gives insights on why ...

Spotify signs content deals with aawaz.com, private FM channels

The global deal with aawaz.com will allow Spotify users access to 48 different audio originals, podcasts and audio shows from the Hindi repertoire of aawaz amounting to 700 episodes and a total of 100 hours across genres including comedy, stories, horror, spiritual, lifestyle, and entertainment.

Multiplexes’ pain is OTT’s gain

The move will allow the producers and studios to protect their investments and offset carrying losses on their ready to release films and also leverage Amazon Prime’s global reach.

More trouble for TV producers as broadcasters try to cut costs

More trouble for TV producers as broadcasters try to cut costs

Executives across broadcasting companies as well as production houses have confirmed to ET that commercial teams of TV channels have initiated informal discussions with producers, asking them to reduce the cost by 20-40%.

Online release: It’s film producers vs multiplexes

Online release: It’s film producers vs multiplexes

Multiplex players may boycott studios, actors if exclusive theatrical window not honoured

Baseline Ventures signs India’s under-19 cricket captain Priyam Garg

Baseline Ventures signs India’s under-19 cricket captain Priyam Garg

The multi-year deal will see Baseline managing all the commercial interests of Garg. Born in Meerut, UP, Garg made his first-class debut against Goa in 2018 where he went on to score an unbeaten 117. He recently led the Under-19 Indian team at the World Cup in South Africa where they finished runners-up.

JioSaavn hires former LinkedIn exec Virginia Sharma as vice-president of brand solutions

JioSaavn hires former LinkedIn exec Virginia Sharma as vice-president of brand solutions

Sharma will be based out of the Gurugam office, and will lead the company’s global digital ad monetisation efforts across platforms. She will be responsible for driving adoption of JioSaavn’s advertising solutions for brands, while overseeing agency and client relationships.

For stand-up comedians, bad days will likely continue even after lifting of lockdown

For stand-up comedians, bad days will likely continue even after lifting of lockdown

What is even more worrying is uncertainty. Even when the lockdown is lifted, social-distancing measures will remain the norm and that will mean no live events for a some more time, say comedy circuit insiders. They expect the dry spell to continue for the next 6-8 months, at least.

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