Category — Entertainment Business

India to Get its First Cartoon Network Themed Park

Turner International India, a division of New York City-based Times Warnerand the Rajgreen Group of Companies based in Gujarat, India, announced a 10-year partnership in Amaazia — India’s first Cartoon Network-branded amusement park. The Rajgreen Group invested $66 million in the venture which is located at Surat in the state of Gujarat. Amaazia is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2019. 

Spread over 657,00  square feet, the park has been conceptualized and designed by the Sanderson Group, Australia. Planned as a family entertainment destination, the park will have 33 rides and attractions featuring popular Cartoon Network characters, 20 unique water-slides, a water park, a family recreational hub, and a retail shopping area. The venture aims to tap one million footfalls in its first year of operations, reports Business Line

Sanjay Movaliya, chairman, Rajgreen Group, said, “Our audience today is well-travelled and exposed to global entertainment venues. Our aim is to create a similar experience closer home, via our association with a hugely popular global brand like Cartoon Network.” 

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According to a KPMG report, the Indian theme park industry grew at 10.25 per cent in 2016 to reach $466 million, up from $426 million in 2015.

November 10, 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

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

What’s the Favorite Destination for India’s Tourists?

Google India said that the top travel searches conducted by Indians between the months of February to April this year were on U.S.A. – the most-preferred summer destination for Indian travelers – followed by the United Arab Emirates, and Thailand.

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Other pieces of the Google search data reported by the Economic Times:
  • Interest in Nepal, Indonesia, and Bhutan witnessed high year-on-year growth.
  • Travel-related queries such as planning, transport, accommodation, vacation packages and travel documentation witnessed a 53% year-on-year growth during the same period.
  •  A 70% Y-o-Y growth in travel queries from non-metro cities over the past year, with 40.80% of all travel related queries emerging from cities and towns beyond Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad.
  • Within India, Goa continues to be the most preferred destination; hill stations such as Manali, Shimla and Ooty feature in the top 10 destinations list.
  •  Andaman and Nicobar Islands have witnessed a boom in popularity with 39.8% Y-o-Y growth.
  • Search queries for rail services were nearly twice as high as the combined searches for all other modes of travel: air, bus, taxi, and car rentals.

June 12, 2017   No Comments

India’s VEQTA Signs with Major League Baseball

New Delhi-based Veqta, India’s streaming video service, and the country’s first over-the-top service focused on sports content, inked a partnership with Major League Baseball.

Per the deal, Veqta will stream over 20 live MLB games each week during the regular season, along with full coverage of the league’s major events, including the All-Star Game, Wild Card Games, Division Series, League Championship Series and the World Series says The Hollywood Reporter.

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Co-founded by Varun Mathur and Vikram Tanwar in April 2015, Veqta raised $500,000 in seed capital in May 2016. “We are thrilled to have Major League Baseball, one of the biggest names in the world of sport, partner with us,” said director Vikram Tanwar. “Baseball has a niche audience here [in India] and we wish to grow it further,” he added.

May 3, 2017   No Comments