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Nazir Hoosein, owner of Mumbai’s iconic Liberty cinema, dies at 78

Nazir Hoosein, owner of Mumbai’s iconic Liberty cinema, one of the few surviving Art Deco single-screen theatres in the city, has died aged 78. Hoosein was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and died at Bombay Hospital late on Sunday night. Liberty cinema was founded by Nazir’s father, Habib Hoosein, in 1947 and the theatre …

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OTT platform Voot commissions over 30 originals

Voot, Viacom18’s OTT service in India, has commissioned more than 30 original shows across genres. The titles include legal drama Law and Honour, drama Naaz, romantic drama Love All, thriller The Raikar Case, drama Marzi and crime thriller Asura, reports Variety.com. Now three years old, the service claims some 40 million monthly active users, with …

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DocuBay, streaming platform for documentaries, set for launch

DocuBay, a new, global, subscription-based streaming service and video-on-demand platform featuring international documentaries, will launch this summer and will include India in its first phase. DocuBay will be available in India with a distinctive global catalogue for Indian audiences, and several titles exclusive to the country. IN10 Media showcased a first look of DocuBay at …

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Disney lets Uday Shankar lead the restructuring of Fox in Asia

Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox was one of the major power moves in Hollywood in recent times. The multimedia giant has now set forth a plan of restructuring, particularly for Asia. The change will be led by Uday Shankar, president of Star and Disney India and Disney’s Asia-Pacific president. The Hollywood Reporter magazine’s website stated …

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T-Series becomes No. 1 YouTube channel spot over PewDiePie

After a close battle with Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie’s channel, Indian film production house and music label T-Series has finally managed to become the worlds No 1 YouTube channel. T-Series is leading by more than 60,000 subscribers now as currently it has garnered over 91,774,917 subscribers while PewDiePie has subscribers with a count of 91,705,546. The …

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Former MAMI director Srinivasan Narayanan joins Singapore South Asian Film Festival

Srinivasan Narayanan, former director of the MAMI (Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image) Mumbai Film Festival, has joined the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival [SgSAIFF] as festival director. The third edition of the festival will be held from 30 August through 7 September this year. Speaking about his appointment at the SgSAIFF, Srinivasan said in …

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YouTube denies cancelling plan for dramas, comedies

YouTube has denied reports that it is exiting the space of original entertainment, especially of “high-end dramas and comedies” and had stopped pitching for “expensive” scripted shows. Variety quoted a representative of the Google-owned video service as saying: “YouTube denies the report.” YouTube cited its upcoming slate that has several scripted projects in development, which …

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Netflix is testing a mobile only subscription plan at Rs250

OTT giant Netflix has started testing a cheaper subscription plan in India for Rs250 a month. But users opting for this plan will be able to view content only on mobile phones and the picture quality will be SD only. A Netflix spokesperson confirmed this in a media statement. “We will be testing different options in select …

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Case filed against PVR and BookMyShow for charging customers ‘internet handling fees’ 

Hyderabad-based NGO, Forum Against Corruption has moved the Hyderabad court against ticketing service providers PVR and BookMyShow, as well as the department of information and technology, for charging consumers extra ‘internet handling fees’. The case is expected to be heard on 23 March.  The case is a product of an RTI filed by Vijay Gopal, …

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