Category: Asia

India’s Yash Raj Films Launches Casting App for Acting Aspirants Worldwide (EXCLUSIVE)

Bollywood aspirants the world over wanting to feature alongside top Indian stars can now cut out the middleman. Leading Indian studio Yash Raj Films (YRF), the outfit behind Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone starrer “Pathaan,” and “Tiger 3,” led by Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, has launched its YRF Casting app. Acting aspirants from across […] Go to Source

‘Shark Tank,’ ‘Dragons’ Den’ Format Sets 50th Version in Bangladesh, Plans South Asia Expansion – Global Bulletin

FORMAT The Sony Pictures Television and Nippon TV format known variously around the world as “Dragons’ Den,” “Shark Tank” and “Lions’ Den” is launching its 50th version, “Shark Tank Bangladesh,” on Bongo and Deepto TV this spring. Buoyed by its success in India, where it launched on channel SET and streamer SonyLiv in 2021 with […] Go to Source

‘Drishyam,’ Indian Thriller Set for English-Language Remake

“Drishyam,” a hit Indian thriller in which an ordinary man confounds the police in order to protect his family, is to be re-made in English. Production is by India’s Panorama Studios with U.S. companies Gulfstream Pictures and JOAT Films. The film was first made in 2013 in the Malayalam language, before being remade in Hindi […] Go to Source

‘Taiwan needs to find its own groove’: what startups want from the next president

Once Lai Ching-te is inaugurated as Taiwan’s president in May, his administration will mark an unprecedented three terms of Democratic Progressive Party rule. His victory underscored the desire of voters to maintain the status quo, even as Taiwan continues to deal with the looming specter of China. Soon after he was elected in January, Lai […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Fruit Chan to Deliver Masterclass at Asian Film Awards – Global Bulletin

AWARDS JAMBOREE The Asian Film Awards Academy has revealed several events around the annual Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. Veteran filmmakers, jury president of this year’s awards, Japan’s Kurosawa Kiyoshi and Hong Kong’s Fruit Chan, will share their filmmaking experiences and artistic concepts in a joint masterclass. Thai star Metawin Opas-Iamkajorn (“2gether” series and […] Go to Source

Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal’s Pushing Buttons Studios Unveils Slate Following Sundance Winner ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Fresh off the Sundance-winning “Girls Will Be Girls,” Indian actor-producers Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal have unveiled a further slate from their Pushing Buttons Studios. Directed by Shuchi Talati, “Girls Will Be Girls” is the debut production from Pushing Buttons Studios, in collaboration with Crawling Angels, Blink Digital and Dolce Vita Films. It bowed at […] Go to Source

Canal Plus Increases Stake in Asian Streamer Viu to 30% – Global Bulletin

UPPING THE ANTE France’s Canal+ Group said that it has increased its stake in multi-territory Asian streaming platform Viu to 30%. “This additional investment underlines the confidence that Canal+ has in Viu and its teams. It also highlights the determination of Canal+ to make Asia its next growth vector, through its strategic partnership with PCCW, […] Go to Source

Hybe Revenues and Profits Growth Is Propelled by Album Sales, Concerts

Hybe, the Korean entertainment group behind BTS, saw revenues and profits both grow by more than a fifth in 2023 as album sales doubled and post-COVID conditions allowed more concerts. The company Monday reported annual revenues of KRW2.17 trillion ($1.63 billion), up 23% compared with 2022. Net profits reached KRW187 million, more that three times […] Go to Source

China Box Office: ‘Article 20’ Goes Top After Third Weekend, as ‘Argylle’ Flops

The four strongest Chinese titles that launched over the Lunar New Year holidays continued to dominate the mainland China and global office charts for a third successive weekend, albeit with a change of order that put Zhang Yimou’s “Article 20” in top spot. Global box office tracking service ComScore showed “Article 20,” “Pegasus 2,” “YOLO” […] Go to Source

Kumar Shahani, Pioneer of India’s Parallel Cinema Movement, Dies at 83

Kumar Shahani, one of the pioneers of India’s arthouse parallel cinema movement, died at a hospital in Kolkata on Feb. 24 after a period of illness. He was 83. Shahani studied screenwriting and direction at the Film and Television of India, where he was tutored by Indian master Ritwik Ghatak. He won a French government […] Go to Source

‘The Roundup: Punishment’ Review: Beefy International Treasure Don Lee Goes Places and Punches People and What More Could We Want?

The shortest distance between two points is popularly believed to be a straight line. But if one of those points is the chin, cheekbone or torso of some sneering and/or psychotic Korean gangster, the shortest route is actually the arc described by either one of Korean megastar Don Lee’s fists, here playing the fists of […] Go to Source

Japanese Advertising Giant Hakuhodo Launches Trigger Happy Studios in India (EXCLUSIVE)

Tokyo-based global advertising giant Hakuhodo Inc. is further expanding its India footprint. A year after acquiring a majority stake in leading Indian brand and entertainment agency group, MA&TH (Marching Ants & Trigger Happy) Entertainment Network Private Limited, Hakuhodo is launching Trigger Happy Studios. The new entity will produce, market and distribute feature films, digital content and international co-productions […] Go to Source

Helicopter Rescues, Motorbike Accidents, Altitude Sickness: How Nepal’s Min Bahadur Bham Overcame the Odds to Shoot Berlin Competition Title ‘Shambhala’...

Nepali filmmaker Min Bahadur Bham’s journey to make Berlin competition title “Shambhala” was arduous but an ultimately rewarding one. Bham’s 2012 short “Bhansulli” debuted at Venice. His debut feature “Kalo Pothi” (aka “The Black Hen,” 2015) won the Fedeora best film award at Venice Critics’ Week and became Nepal’s official Oscar entry. It has been a […] Go to Source

Sony Promotes Entertainment PR Chief Robert Lawson to Head of Corporate Communications in Tokyo

Sony Pictures Entertainment communications chief Robert Lawson has been promoted to head of all corporate communications for its Tokyo-based parent Sony. The choice to move Lawson, who joined Sony amid the infamous cyber attack and email leaks at the entertainment group in 2014, into the top corp comms role is indicative of Sony’s significant focus […] Go to Source

Korean Hit Film ‘12.12: The Day’ Sets North American Digital Release – Global Bulletin

NORTH AMERICAN DIGITAL RELEASE North American digital distributor Echelon Studios has come on board “12.12: The Day,” the highest grossing film from Korea last year. The film has been on theatrical release in North America, through 815 Pictures since last year and grossed over $1 million. Echelon said that the film will have a streaming […] Go to Source

‘John Wick,’ ‘Hunger Games’ on the Menu as Lionsgate Play Partners With Grameenphone to Expand Bangladesh Presence (EXCLUSIVE)

Streamer Lionsgate Play has teamed with Grameenphone, a leading telecom services provider in Bangladesh, to expand its presence in the country. Grameenphone, part of Norway’s Telenor Group, has some 82 million subscribers, to whom it offers a bouquet of streaming services. Lionsgate Play has been available in Bangladesh since August 2021. This is the first […] Go to Source

Korea’s CJ ENM Sets Jung Jhong-hwan, Fifth Season Board Member, as President of Global Content (EXCLUSIVE)

Korean entertainment conglomerate CJ ENM has appointed Jung Jhong-hwan, as president of content, global business. He is expected to spearhead growth of global content production and distribution and continue the group’s multi-studio approach to business. Jung previously served as the head of global integration, within CJ ENM. He oversaw the establishment and growth of CJ […] Go to Source

China Box Office: Four Chinese Films Dominate Global Cinema Revenues as Lunar New Year Haul Tops $1.1 Billion

Four Chinese films dominated the mainland China and global box office charts over the latest weekend. “YOLO,” a comedy drama about weight loss and self-discovery, was crowned as the top earning film worldwide for a second weekend running. “YOLO” took $86.5 million (RMB614 million) between Friday and Sunday, giving it a 9-day cumulative total of […] Go to Source

Mukesh Ambani’s Jio Studios, Riteish Deshmukh’s Mumbai Film Company Set Young Shivaji Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)

Its raining biopics of revered 17th century Indian ruler Shivaji Bhonsle in Mumbai. Days after Sandeep Singh’s “The Pride of Bharat – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj” was announced, billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Jio Studios and actors Riteish and Genelia Deshmukh’s Mumbai Film Company have unveiled their collaboration on “Raja Shivaji.” Both films were revealed on the occasion […] Go to Source

Alia Bhatt, Richie Mehta, QC Entertainment Prime Video Series ‘Poacher’ Poised for Global Franchise Expansion (EXCLUSIVE)

“Delhi Crime” creator Richie Mehta’s India-set Prime Video series “Poacher” could become a global franchise. The Amazon original is produced by QC Entertainment, led by partners Sean McKittrick, Raymond Mansfield and Edward H. Hamm Jr., who backed Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning “Get Out” and “Us” and Spike Lee’s Oscar, BAFTA and Cannes-winning “BlacKkKlansman. It is executive […] Go to Source

Indian regulator extends Paytm Payments Bank restrictions deadline

India’s central bank has extended the deadline for some business restrictions on Paytm’s Payments Bank to March 15 in “larger public interest,” dashing hopes of any major concessions but allowing extra time to comply. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Friday that Paytm Payments Bank will be barred from accepting deposits and facilitating […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

India may block Proton Mail

Proton, the Swiss privacy-focused software maker, says it has received a notice of a “possible block” of Proton Mail in India after the service was used in sending bomb threats to schools in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. In a statement, a Proton spokesperson told Indian daily Hindustan Times that the firm condemns […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

‘The Chronicles of Libidoists,’ Modern Sex Tale, Set at Distribution Workshop — EFM (EXCLUSIVE)

Culturally pluralistic and gender-diverse Taiwan is the backdrop for “The Chronicles of Libidoists,” a new film by Gilles Yang, a director whose three previous films have also explored the erotic. The story is inspired by “The Little Mermaid,” the traditional fairy tale in which a mermaid princess falls in love with a human prince. But […] Go to Source

‘PM Narendra Modi,’ ‘Mary Kom’ Producer Sandeep Singh Sets Indian Ruler Shivaji Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)

India’s Sandeep Singh will direct “The Pride of Bharat – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” a biopic of revered 17th century Indian ruler Shivaji Bhonsle. Singh has produced several acclaimed films including Toronto title, boxing biopic “Mary Kom” (2014), Asia Pacific Screen Awards-winning gay rights drama “Aligarh” (2015) and slum soccer film “Jhund” (2022). He made his […] Go to Source

Korean Sci-fi Film ‘30 Minutes’ Picked Up by EST N8 for European Film Market Launch (EXCLUSIVE)

U.S-Asian sales company EST N8 has picked up the international rights for “30 Minutes,” a Korean sci-fi thriller film that is currently in production. The story revolves around a middle-aged man trapped in a time loop, repeatedly reliving the Christmas Eve of his murder. It stars Hong Kyeong In (long-running TV series “The Great Queen […] Go to Source

Cannes, Locarno Winners’ Projects Among Singapore Company Momo’s Berlin Co-Production Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Singapore’s Momo Film Co has unveiled a six-film slate that includes projects from recent prize-winners at Cannes and Locarno. Momo is one of five outfits selected at the 2024 Berlinale Co-Production Market’s company matching program. Fresh off two wins at Locarno 2023 for Nelson Yeo’s debut feature “Dreaming & Dying,” Momo is continuing its relationship […] Go to Source

Rani Mukerji, Hande Ercel to Headline India’s FICCI-Frames Conference

A-list Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji and Turkish star Hande Ercel will be among the luminaries speaking at the Frames conference in Mumbai. Organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the annual confab is one of the largest media and entertainment industry events in Asia. The theme of Frames 2024 is […] Go to Source

Hong Kong Launches Fund for European Film Coproductions (EXCLUSIVE)

Hong Kong will offer more than $1 million per project to film coproductions with Europe under a new grant scheme to be launched this week at the European Film Market in Berlin. The territory’s government is also sponsoring a visit to Berlin by a select group of producers and directors. The Hong Kong-Europe-Asian Film Collaboration […] Go to Source

Sony Pictures Profits Climb 56% to $281 Million, Lifting Group Income in Third Quarter

Operating income at the ‘Pictures Division’ of Sony Group Corporation climbed by 56% to hit $281 million in the October to December 2023 quarter, the Japanese company reported on Wednesday. Sales increased from $2.35 billion to $2.47 billion in the latest period. The division spans movie production and distribution, television networks and TV content production. […] Go to Source

Karan Johar, Sara Ali Khan, Emraan Hashmi Indian Freedom Fight Film ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’ Sets Prime Video Bow (EXCLUSIVE)

Prime Video has set a premiere date for its original film “Ae Watan Mere Watan,” headlined by Sara Ali Khan (“Zara Hatke Zara Bachke”). The film revolves around an underground radio station led by a courageous young woman that changed the course of India’s freedom struggle in 1942. It draws inspiration from freedom fighter Usha […] Go to Source