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Sony Imageworks India to Shut Down (Exclusive)

Sony Imageworks India to Shut Down (Exclusive)
Continuing its recent pattern of contraction, Sony Pictures Imageworks is closing Imageworks India in Chennai.

In answer to a query from Variety, Sony issued the following statement: “Sony Pictures Imageworks will not renew its lease in Chennai, India when it expires in March. This facility made significant contributions to such productions as ‘MIB3′ and the upcoming ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ Imageworks is committed to its headquarters in Culver City and facility in Vancouver, BC.”

Imageworks India was launched when Sony acquired Indian animation studio FrameFlow in 2007. Veteran vfx producer Joe Gareri was hired as general manager of Imageworks India and Imageworks’ web site still lists him in that role. Imageworks did not disclose the number of employees who will lose their jobs but insiders say the Chennai branch had around 100 employees, very few of whom will be relocated.

The Imageworks web site boasts that “The Imageworks India satellite office is
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez Among 276 New Academy Members for 2013

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.

The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.

Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.

"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be.
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Class of 2013: 276 New Members Invited to Join the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got
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Academy adds record number of new members

Academy adds record number of new members
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.

That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.

AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.

Jason Bateman, Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Riva, and Chris Tucker are among the actors who have been invited to join, the organization announced today.

Other interesting additions: the musician Prince, Girls and Tiny Furniture writer/director/actress Lena Dunham,
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276 Receive Membership Invites From The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”

The 2013 invitees are:

Actors

Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno

Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface

Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City

Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises

Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid

Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town

Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator

Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl

Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil,
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Film Academy Invites 276 New Members

Film Academy Invites 276 New Members
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay and Paul Feig are among the 276 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.

“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”

Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.

Among the other
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Media Mandi acquires gaming company Sun Game

Mumbai based Media Mandi (parent company of Ettamina Studios) has acquired a majority stake in Los Angeles based gaming company Sun Game, for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition will mark Media Mandi's foray in the gaming space and will focus on mobile gaming to start with and later on other platforms as well. Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, Media Mandi CEO, Ashoke Aggrwal shared, "Sun Game is almost two years old company and specializes in games for a variety of platform. We are also planning to launch an Ipo in the coming two months and after that we will announce the board of directors and other strategies of the company." Media Mandi has also acquired a 20,000 square feet of area in Montreal to set-up its motion capture facility which will focus on motion capture work for Hollywood. Also in the pipeline are three animation movies done through its subsidiary Ettamina Studios based in Mumbai and Singapore.
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