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    1. V Shantaram’s 116th birthday celebrated with a Google Doodle

      V Shantaram’s 116th birthday celebrated with a Google Doodle

      V Shantaram's greatest films are portrayed in today's Doodle.

      Today marks the 116th birth anniversary of veteran Indian filmmaker V Shantaram. Marking this occasion is a special Google Doodle dedicated to the filmmaker illustrated by Sukanto Debnath. Today’s doodle portrays three of Shantaram’s most popular films produced, and directed by him in the 1950s. The doodle begins with Shataram shaped to depict the ‘G’ in Google, followed by a camera with two reels taking the shape of the double ‘O’.

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    2. Saregama plans to launch a movie every month, targeting online video services

      Saregama plans to launch a movie every month, targeting online video services

      Ownership of IP is turning out a big incentive for producers to switch to online streaming services, and might end up forcing a change in how TV producers work with them.

      In its earnings conference call, music and entertainment company Saregama said that they’ll be getting into film production, and the approach is in consonance with their philosophy of owning the intellectual property of the content that they create.

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      Mentions: Vikram Mehra Sun TV
    3. Jio signs original content deal with Roy Kapur Films

      Jio signs original content deal with Roy Kapur Films

      Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (Jio) and Roy Kapur Films (RKF) have signed a multi-year deal to curate, commission, develop and produce original digital video content for Jio’s streaming platform. RKF is a film and media production company founded by the former managing director of The Walt Disney Co. (India), Siddharth Roy Kapur. The deal will include “finite and continuing series, long form and short form content across genres, and over time, ‘First on Jio’ feature films.”

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    4. Reliance Jio ties up with Roy Kapur Films for original digital content

      Reliance Jio ties up with Roy Kapur Films for original digital content

      The content will be developed, commissioned and produced by Roy Kapur Films.

      Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (Jio) and Roy Kapur Films (RKF), a production company founded by Siddharth Roy Kapur, announced an association to access original digital video content for the Jio platform. The content will be developed, commissioned and produced by Roy Kapur Films. This will include finite and continuing series, long form and short form content across genres, and over time ‘First on Jio’ feature films.

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    5. Shah Rukh Khan hits 28 million followers on Twitter

      Shah Rukh Khan hits 28 million followers on Twitter

      Shah Rukh Khan joined Twitter in January 2010.

      Superstar Shah Rukh Khan now has a Twitter family of 28 million. Shah Rukh, 51, is an avid user of social media where he updates about his personal and professional life. Among Bollywood’s leading Khans, Shah Rukh has the maximum followers on Twitter, but trails behind megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has 29.3 million followers.

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    6. Amazon releases Lipstick Under My Burkha uncensored — here’s what it should do next

      Amazon releases Lipstick Under My Burkha uncensored — here’s what it should do next

      Amazon Prime Video has released Lipstick Under My Burkha fully uncensored in India, incorporating over two minutes of the film which were cut in the theatrical release.

      The film had been initially rejected by the Censor Board for being too ‘lady-oriented’, so the producers successfully obtained a certificate for theatrical release by going to the FCAT, an appeals body for the Censor Board.

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    7. Amazon’s Salman Khan deal: how it is shortening release windows in India

      Amazon’s Salman Khan deal: how it is shortening release windows in India

      For a company that makes films for its streaming service, Amazon is notorious for accommodating a whopping ninety day theatrical release window before any of its originals end up on Prime Video. This means that Amazon will not release any of its originals until three months after they start playing in theaters — regardless of whether the films’ theatrical run actually lasts that long.

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    8. Eros claims to triple Eros Now subscribers to 2.9 million in fifteen months

      Eros claims to triple Eros Now subscribers to 2.9 million in fifteen months

      Even as rumors swirl thick that Eros is considering selling its vast catalogue of films and music to Apple, Netflix or Amazon, and as it battles a class action lawsuit filed in 2015 alleging that it inflated its subscriber count in press releases, the company claimed that it tripled its paid subscriber count to 2.9 million, from one million in early 2016. It had a target of 2 million paying subscribers by end of FY17.

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    9. Netflix acquires comic book company Millarworld

      Netflix acquires comic book company Millarworld

      Millarworld is the publisher of popular series like Kick-Ass, and Kingsman among others.

      Online entertainment platform Netflix announced that it has acquired Millarworld, a comic book company. The acquisition was the first ever by Netflix. Together, the two companies will bring Millarworld’s portfolio of character franchises to life through films, series, and children’s shows available exclusively to Netflix members.

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    10. Eros in talks with Apple to sell content library and streaming service: Report

      Eros in talks with Apple to sell content library and streaming service: Report

      Eros' rich library of localized Indian content is a great proposition for Apple.

      Homegrown producer and distributor of movies, Eros, is mulling a sale of its vast content library to Apple. Reports suggest that the deal could be in the range of $1 billion and will include Eros’ own slate of 3,000 films, the digital rights of about 5,000 films, albums of Eros Music, as well as video-streaming service Eros Now, which has close to 3 million paid subscribers.

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    11. Streaming services censor themselves in India, even though they don’t need to

      Streaming services censor themselves in India, even though they don’t need to

      At 2am on March 29, film producer Gaurav Dhingra got an email and a missed call. They were from Netflix. Angry Indian Goddesses, a film Dhingra produced, was due to release on Netflix in a day. It had released in the rest of the world a couple weeks earlier. In 2015, when Netflix bought the film, Dhingra asked for assurance from them that they would release it uncensored everywhere, including India. Netflix agreed.

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    12. 7 Web Talkies web series’ will now be available on SonyLIV

      7 Web Talkies web series’ will now be available on SonyLIV

      Sony Pictures Networks India’s web streaming platform, SonyLIV has signed a content partnership with online entertainment channel Web Talkies, reports IndianTelevision. As part of the deal, seven original web series from Web Talkies, including ‘CM CM Hota Hai’, ‘Maid in India’ (Seasons 1 & 2), ‘Current 440 Volts’, ‘Gang of Big Boys’, ‘Border Border’, ‘Samadhan Ki Samasya’ and ‘Mushaira Unplugged’, will be made available on SonyLIV’s web and mobile platforms.

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    13. Google Doodle celebrates Nutan’s 81st birthday

      Google Doodle celebrates Nutan’s 81st birthday

      Nutan acted in over 70 movies during her rich career.

      In a doodle that’s visible to users in India and Pakistan, Google celebrated the 81st birthday of veteran Bollywood actress Nutan. In her career that spanned over 4 decades, Nutan acted in more than 70 movies. She won 5 Filmfare awards for Best Actress, and remains the oldest actress to win a Filmfare award.

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    14. ScoopWhoop releases its first ‘web thriller’ short film online

      ScoopWhoop releases its first ‘web thriller’ short film online

      ScoopWhoop released Sneh, a 20-minute crime thriller short, on its website on Friday. The film seems to be the entertainment site’s first foray into longer-form standalone content. Sneh was an official selection at the MAMI film festival in Mumbai this year. It joins a selection of web series commissioned by the site. ScoopWhoop’s video strategy seems to revolve mostly around web series and mobile video verticals, so this is a significant addition to their portfolio.

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      Mentions: TVF
    15. Netflix releases Angry Indian Goddesses censored in India

      Netflix releases Angry Indian Goddesses censored in India

      Netflix released the censored version of Angry Indian Goddesses in May, a month after it released the uncensored version of the film in other countries, MediaNama has found. The version uploaded in India is the same one that was cleared for theatrical release by the Censor Board, even though its jurisdiction doesn’t extend to online platforms like Netflix.

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    16. Vuclip’s streaming service Viu added on Amazon’s streaming stick

      Vuclip’s streaming service Viu added on Amazon’s streaming stick

      Amazon’s Fire TV streaming stick, which launched last month in India, has added Vuclip’s streaming service Viu as an app on its platform. This is the first streaming device Viu has been released on. Vuclip, a California-based streaming company, which launched Viu in India last year, is creating original content in Hindi and Telugu, and is also producing two shows by Vikram Bhatt.

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    17. ‘Baahubali The Game’ crosses over a million downloads in India

      ‘Baahubali The Game’ crosses over a million downloads in India

      The smartphone game has also become the 10th most downloaded app in India.

      ‘Baahubali The Game’, inspired by S.S. Rajamouli’s superhit epic, has crossed over a million downloads since the second part of the film was released on April 28. The multi-player strategy game has been developed by Bengaluru-based Moonfrog Labs in association with the movie “Baahubali” production company Arka Media Works and Graphic India.

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      Mentions: Moonfrog Labs
    18. Short film ‘The Moderators’ takes a look at the thankless job of patrolling the web

      Short film ‘The Moderators’ takes a look at the thankless job of patrolling the web

      If you have 20 minutes to spare before you begin your weekend — or after, for that matter — you might enjoy this short film about a small team of content moderators in India. Thousands of such people make sure you don’t come across gore and porn while on social or dating sites, so the least you can do is see what their job is like!

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