From the Editor (August 3-9, 2020) Pickle Edition

admin   August 6, 2020

Till now it was a dream. Now it has become closer to being real. Our students will have the flexibility to study Python and Performing Arts together. Subjects like Dance and Design which once were to be pursued as a hobby, can now be a mainstream subject from sixth grade to PhD.

We are talking about the New Education Policy unveiled by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The nine-member team lead by space scientist Dr Kasturirangan authored the New Education Policy (NEP) which has brought in a massive mind shift in mainstreaming creative and performing arts education in the country.

A casual chat with Ashish SK, an industry veteran in animation, gaming and VFX space who has been propagating this idea with a zeal of a crusader resulted in this week’s lead feature on the big picture impact of NEP for media and entertainment industry. There could not have been a better game changing moment for the Indian M&E sector.

Another big moment for India this week was Chaitanya Tamhane’ s Marathi film The Disciple being selected in the 77th Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion Competition Section. For the first time in 19 years, an Indian film found a place in the world’s leading film festival. The Disciple will also be screened in the 45th Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Saibal Chatterjee’s article explains why it is a best moment for India. Also India’s regional film spread is visible this year at Venice. Ivan Ayr’s Punjabi film Meel Patthar (Milestone) and Sushma Khandepaun’s Gujarati short film Anita have found a space to compete in the Venice Film Festival. The Heritage Online launched by Locarno Pro is one of the best innovative services that has been created in recent times. More than that, it will be remembered and etched in History as this has evolved and shaped during the pandemic. This meaningful initiative aims to bring heritage films to the audiences of online platforms.

“Our new project Heritage Online fills a gap in the audiovisual industry landscape and will foster links between rights holders, VOD platforms and world cinema distribution,” says Heritage Online Project Manager Markus Duffner.

Feel free to email your thoughts and suggestions.

n vidyasagar
pickle media,

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Pickle at MIPCOM 2019

admin   October 14, 2019

We are delighted to present the latest issue of Pickle on the special occasion of MIPCOM at Cannes. This is our 13th edition of Pickle for the REED Midem’s MIPCOM market. Undoubtedly, this is the finest in the global
media markets that empowers delegates to network with the best business minds, capture emerging trends, listen to masterminds, create business for product and services and think innovation. It is a must attend for decision makers to grasp the new ecosystems in the media business.

For the last two years, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC), set-up by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India has been putting together Indian Pavilion at MIPCOM facilitating Indian M&E companies to benefit from MIPCOM. Over 115 Indian media companies and 250 delegates are at MIPCOM with a clear objective to collaborate and co-create content with global delegates at MIPCOM. Collectively, Indian companies are at MIPCOM with over 100 IPs (completed and indevelopment). SEPC has also brought out India IP Guide. Do collect your India IP Guide at the India Pavilion (P1.B2).

We have an insightful interview with Biren Ghose, Country Head, Technicolor India. October 2019 marks a decade of Technicolor India and completion of two decades of Biren’s leadership in the Indian media and entertainment sector. Today, Technicolor India employs over 6,000 people serving the global animation, VFX, gaming and advertising sector from Bangalore. We are confident that the new decade will open up a whole gamut of digital media services out of India. And, we are optimistic that Technicolor increase their employee count to 50,000 in the new decade.

Here is the cover feature : Biren Ghose, Country Head, Technicolor India

The Indian media ecosystem is changing fast. The Over-the-Top (OTT) space is gaining attraction in the Indian market with the presence of Hotstar, Voot, ErosNow, ZEE5, Sony Liv, ALT Balaji, Sun Nxt, Amazon Prime and Netflix are expanding and growing the market in India.

Our forthcoming November issue is focused on the American Film Market. Do drop in a line to get connected in the Indian M&E business. Feel free to email your thoughts and suggestions.

n vidyasagar
pickle media ,

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Editor’s Note: 44th Toronto International Film Festival Pickle Sept 2019 Edition

admin   August 31, 2019

We are happy to present the latest issue of Pickle for the delegates at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival and sales and industry representatives. TIFF is unarguably the biggest festival and market in North America.

For India, and now increasingly to South Asia, Toronto has become a hub for discovery of talent. Toronto is a great place to be in especially for young Indian filmmakers who are visibly changing the face of Indian cinema. Being discovered at Toronto opens them a new path to their cinematic techniques and excellence. Toronto leads the global film festival outfits to bring into limelight excellence and best minds in Indian cinema.

This year four Indian films are being screened at TIFF, including The Sky is Pink directed by Shonali Bose (Galas 2019), Moothon (The Elder One) directed by Geetu Mohandas (Special Presentations 2019), Jallikattu directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery (Contemporary World Cinema) and Bombay Rose directed by Gitanjali Rao (Contemporary World Cinema).

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in collaboration with  Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has set up India Stand at the Industry Centre which will provide a platform to popularize Indian cinema in the overseas market and facilitate new business opportunities. The objective is to promote cinemas of India, film locales and services and 50th edition of International Film Festival of India in Goa (November 20-28, 2019). A breakfast session with global producers is slated for September 9.

With this edition, we have changed the masthead of Pickle. It is much leaner with alphabets following smooth lines. The idea is to give ourselves a refreshing brand new look, underscoring our moto to embrace change for the better. We look forward to your views and suggestions on the new mast created by Shruti Remalli.

The Indian media ecosystem is changing fast. The Over-the- Top (OTT) space is gaining attraction in the Indian market with the presence of Hotstar, Voot, ErosNow, ZEE5, Sony Liv, ALT Balaji, Sun Nxt, Amazon Prime and Netflix, which are expanding and growing the market in India.

Pickle’s October print issue will focus and reach out to delegates at MIP Junior and MIPCOM — the world’s biggest audiovisual market at Cannes, France. Feel free to email your thoughts and suggestions.

n vidyasagar
pickle media,