After France and the UK, it’s going to be destination Japan and the US for the Indian entertainment sector. A high-level group of the Indian entertainment industry, backed by FICCI, is finalising its trip to the US and Japan. Its objective is to explore opportunities for the entertainment sector in these two countries and also to hardsell India as a leading power in the sector.
The Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, is likely to lead the delegation to the US and Japan. The trip, which is scheduled to begin on June 10, will include visits to film studios. In Japan, the delegation is expected to pay a visit to Sony Pictures. In the US, the studios that will be checked out are Universal, Columbia Tristar and Disney.
Besides the minister and some senior bureaucrats, the list is believed to contain the names of the CEO of Prasar Bharati, Mr. Anil Baijal; CEO of Sony Entertainment Television; CEO, Mr. Kunal Dasgupta; Executive Director of Nimbus Communications, Mr. Harish Thawani; Vice-Chairman of Reliance Entertainment, Mr. Amit Khanna; CEO Universal Music (India), Mr. Victor Lazarus; CEO of Broadcast Worldwide, Mr Rathikant Basu and filmmakers, Mr. Subhash Ghai and Mr. Yash Chopra.
Apart from visits to various film studios, the delegation will meet with the Indian ambassador in Japan and hold discussions with members of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In the US, the itinerary is even more packed: institutional visits to the School of Liberal Arts; visit to the American Museum of Moving Images; meeting with the Indian Caucus and AGM of US India Business Council and talks with the top honchos of ESPN and Discovery channels.