Category — Media & Entertainment

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

Indian Companies are Source for Game of Thrones Costumes

The popular Game of Thrones  show has an international cast and locations from different countries around the world. India, too, plays an important role in the series.

Since 2011, the fabrics, clothes, and tents used in this production are from a store called Rangrasons in the Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi. The company also supplies the military ceremonial uniforms, braids, embroidery, furniture, trimmings, chain mail, and accessories to the show. Established in 1945, this company has supplied fabric and costumes to many popular shows and movies since 1982, when they made costumes for Gandhi, and later for Captain America, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Wrath of the Titans, and Prince of Persia among others, reports mensxp. Game of Thrones Sets

The Times of India says that the pelt Jon Snow wears is made at the Noida Special Economic Zone.  Here, the factory of RS Windlass and Sons manufactures not just official merchandise for fantasy shows, but has also provided props and costumes to some major Hollywood productions such as Rome, The Tudors, and Batman Begins. Rajiv Goil, partner at the company, says that their unit at Dehradun, Windlass Steelcrafts, manufactures swords, armor, and other metalwork for Game of Thrones. Jon Snow’s sword ‘Long Claw’, Arya Stark’s ‘Needle’ and many others have been made at this factory along with Jon’s suit of armor, Eddard Stark’s ensemble and more. Goil adds, “Now we focus mainly on licensed replicas which are all exported.”

Daenery’s dragons are made in a facility in Mumbai which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Prana Studios.

August 30, 2017   No Comments