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It's early days for TRIP, France’s enormously successful tax rebate for international producers.  Film France CEO Patrick Lamassoure tells Future Vision TRIP is just getting started when it comes to luring international filmmakers to France.

Q. You see things from a unique perspective in your position. What made you decide to go for the management side of the French film industry?

A. I loved film and when I finished studying, I didn’t know what to do but I did know that I wanted to be in the film industry. I became a journalist for Le Film Francais, the French answer to Variety, and then moved over to UniFrance, the international promotional arm of National Centre of Cinematography (CNC). And in doing this, I became enthralled with the idea that I could work for the film community as a whole, rather than for just one individual company.

Q. Clearly it gives you a broader perspective?

A. Absolutely. As an example, my... read more...


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Lions, cheetahs, elephants? -- Hanging out with Africa’s most protected species are all part of a day’s work for Brin Kushner, executive producer and director for South Africa’s AFS Productions. FUTURE VISION talks with Kushner about how digital is creating an amazing new world for producers and directors who want to shoot in Africa.

Q. AFS has been in the business of production service for some 16 years. How much expansion do you see in the next few years?

A. We have expanded geographically quite a bit since we were founded in Los Angeles 16 years ago. We still have our satellite office in LA but our core business is centred around South Africa, the entire African continent and the Indian Ocean Islands, so Cape Town is our main base. 

Q. AFS is a family owned and run business, pretty much headed up by president Dale Kushner and yourself, right?... read more...


Malaysia’s Adam Ham is among a new generation of global media executives who are multilingual and trans-continental in background, education and more importantly, their visions of the future. In this Q&A, Ham talks about how Malaysia and Asia are contributing to the future of a multi-ethnic and multicultural global media society.

 Q. You are Malaysian but you have, in fact, travelled and lived abroad quite a bit. What’s that about?

 A. I must thank my parents for giving me an interesting foundation in life.... read more...


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 With the Euro in crisis, funding of content is more challenging than ever before. David Grover, the man responsible for giant ING Bank's media lending in Europe, takes a look at what’s in play when it comes to banks funding content now and in the near future. Grover’s clients include, among others, Zodiak Media, Russian World Studios/Sistema Mass Media, Digiturk, Sanoma/SBS Broadcasting, Canal Digitaal, and Zed Spain.

 Q. It’s not a pretty picture for European media companies, large and small, that want to fund content these days, is it?

 A. Well, it’s not all doom and gloom but banks are placing more scrutiny than ever before when making lending decisions and the media sector is not immune.

 Q. So what does it mean for the media sector?

 A. It means that media players that want to raise money have to come to the banks with conservative business plans. Banks have capital to lend. In fact the way out of... read more...


Hot on the heels of the most productive and successful year since its launch in 2007, India’s DQ Entertainment (DQE) has green-lit Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale The Jungle Book as the first project out the gates for its newly launched feature film division.

FUTURE VISION talks with Tapaas Chakravarti, chairman and founder of the successful Indian animation group and its subsidiary DQ Entertainment (Ireland), about his “hands on” approach to the US$45 million stereoscopic 3D animated project and India’s future as a “trend- maker" in the world of animation.

Q. The Jungle Book has some major talent on it. Billy Frolick  (Madagascar/Holy Cow), Jun Falkenstein (The Tigger Movie, The Smurfs) Kevin Johnson (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked/Harry Potter &The Sorcerer’s Stone, and James Hegedus (Shrek). Your role is usually as an executive producer but on this feature film, you are very hands on.

A. Apart from it being our flagship... read more...