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India’s Arka Mediaworks has teamed with character entertainment company Graphic India to expand its blockbuster “Baahubali: The Beginning” across formats including comic books, novels, animation and gaming.
2015 release “Baahubali: The Beginning”, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, and produced by Arka’s Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni, grossed more than $88 million worldwide. A shorter international version cut by Vincent Tabaillon, (“Now You See Me”, “Taken 2”) is set to roll out across 30 international territories.
The transmedia expansion of “Baahubali” will begin with graphic novels. The first two are already in production, Graphic India co-founder Sharad Devarajan revealed. Also in the works is a larger, animated project, currently titled “Baahubali: The Lost Legends”.
“The market is dominated by Western and Japanese animation. We want to see if Indian animation can work across the world,” Devarajan told Variety. With the franchise’s gaming component Arka and Graphic India are also targeting India’s 900 million mobile users. »
- Naman Ramachandran
Framing the paradox of the international movie business, French film sales agents’ revenues hit a decade – and most-probably all-time – record in 2014, punching €322 million ($350 million) in sales, 17.3% up on 2013, per a Cnc French film-tv board study, which also talked, however, about a “crisis in international distribution” of French films.
The study, The Export of French Films in 2014, published in November, does not go into individual titles when it comes to revenues, but does when it comes to box office gross.
Here, 2014 was the second-best year on record, after 2012, for French films at cinema theaters abroad, driven by a €314.2 million ($342.4 million) box office gross outside France for Luc Besson’s “Lucy.”
The results can be taken multiple ways. It is dangerous to underplay both the scale and resilience of France’s export sector, backed by unflagging public-sector support which is the envy of Europe.
One case in point: France and the U. »
- John Hopewell
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