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  • SAN DIEGO — Screening Room, the home streaming movie service backed by Napster co-founder Sean Parker and former SFX Entertainment executive Prem Akkaraju, made waves earlier this year with big names like Peter Jackson and J.J. Abrams supporting the platform. With his producer Jon Landau, James Cameron was one of the first filmmakers to speak out against it, arguing for the sanctity of the theatrical experience.
  • With Ridley Scott finishing up on Alien: Covenant, another international sci-fi movie has landed in Sydney. And while Michael Fassbender? managed to keep a low-profile while shooting the Prometheus sequel, it did not take long for Jackie Chan to emerge on the set of the futuristic sci-fi thriller Bleeding Steel.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice has seized seven domain names associated with Kickass Torrents — purportedly the most-visited piracy site in the world — and charged the man they allege is its owner and operator with criminal copyright infringement and and money laundering.
  • There has long been a controversy over whether Google condones or fights piracy. Google recently published an update to the How Google Fights Piracy report, which is very useful to understand the programs, policies, and technologies the company has in place to combat online piracy of creative content. In the report, Google insists that it takes the challenge of online piracy seriously and that the company continues to invest significant resources in the development of tools to manage copyrighted content and deter piracy. But content creators, citing Google’s primacy in how people use the internet, charge that the firm could be doing much more. Who is right?
  • I’d been to Shanghai and Beijing twice in the last several months and after a hectic start to the year I was looking forward to being at home for a while. However, an invitation to speak alongside some of the biggest players in the Chinese film industry was too good
  • Australian uptake of subscription video on demand (SVOD) services has increased by almost 50 per cent in the last year and will overtake pay TV services such as Foxtel in the next three years, a new study has found.
  • At the New York Asian Film Festival, Asian film means movies mostly from the continent’s Big Three: Japan, South Korea and the Chinese-language cinemas of Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. But other parts of Asia have active, even thriving, film industries as well, and the festival’s programmers have made a special effort to seek out work from those countries.
  • The creative industries – books, magazine, theater, music, movies and TV, computer software and the like – are an essential component of Singapore’s national ambitions for future economic sustainability. Over the years, in fact going back a generation, those ambitions have sometimes fallen victim to the bad guys; people who
  • Governments often incentivize specific industries, such as agriculture, textiles, or petrochemicals, because of the jobs those industries help create and the wider impact on societal development from having created those jobs. This is particularly true for the entertainment industries, and most notably for content creation. When governments lay the groundwork
  • 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for Indonesian filmmakers.  Forward-looking policy developments over the past year are sending out all the right signals that the Government is doing all it can to ensure the continued growth and expansion of the film industry.  Positive changes, some already implemented

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