1. Deepika-Ranveer to get married in November
  2. Over 400 theatres shut to protest against MP entertainment tax
  3. ‘Harold & Kumar’ director Danny Leiner dies at 57
  4. Anu Malik takes break from ‘Indian Idol’ amid sexual harassment allegations
  5. Selma Blair reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis
  6. Harassment stories anger me: Raveena Tandon on #MeToo
  7. ‘Death on the Nile’ release date pushed to October 2020
  8. Hit Sui Dhaaga crosses 125 crore worldwide GBO!
  9. I know I’ve become a star but don’t want to believe it: Ayushmann
  10. Drishyam Films’ award-winning-short-film Rammat Gammat (My Best Friend Shoes) to have its India Premiere at the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star in the International Competition in Half Ticket
  11. First Chhota Bheem theatrical in 3d digital, trailer wows audiences on Dussera
  12. Shweta Pandit accuses Anu Malik of harassment
  13. Idris Elba in talks for ‘Cats’ movie
  14. add add ‘Orange Is the New Black’ to end with season 7
  15. We were all aware of casting couch in Hollywood: Micheal Caine
  16. Javier Bardem defends Woody Allen over sexual assault allegations
  17. ‘New Amsterdam’ an opportunity to challenge myself: Anupam Kher
  18. Making men priority was a big mistake: Neena Gupta
  19. #MeToo being used for character assassination: Anu Malik’s lawyer
  20. Raghu Rai and Manoj Bajpayee to attend 7th edition of DIFF with their respective films, Raghu Rai: An Unfinished Potrait and Bhonsle, Full line up announced today
  21. Asha Bhosle records puja song after over two decades
  22. Kit Harington will be done with Jon Snow after ‘Game of Thrones’ finale
  23. Chris Evans walk backs on his Captain America goodbye post
  24. Need closure to maintain my sanity: Grover on harassment accusation
  25. Bryan Adams makes it a night to remember in Gurgaon
  26. Tough to call sequels a safe bet: Arjun Kapoor
  27. Neha Dhupia wants to be unstoppable
  28. Russo Brothers wrap ‘Avengers 4’
  29. I don’t miss acting: Gwyneth Paltrow
  30. Atif Aslam performed and Mayurakshi won the best feature film award at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (Sg.Saiff)
  31. It is important to handle the #MeToo movement responsibly: Kriti Sanon
  32. #MeToo changed my definition of abuse: Natalie Portman
  33. Acting an emotionally draining, insecure profession: Parineeti
  34. Actor- files molestation complaint against Subhash Ghai
  35. Nushrat Bharucha defends director Luv Ranjan amid harassment claims
  36. Australian films will be screened in Indian film fests: Sidhu
  37. ‘Iron Fist’ canceled after two seasons at Netflix
  38. Film academy honors 19 student filmmakers
  39. Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh to star in thriller ‘Honest Thief’
  40. Women should be taken seriously and believed: Vicky Kaushal on #MeToo movement
  41. The Singapore South Asian Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF) launches the first edition of the South Asian Film Market (SAFM)
  42. Johnny Depp opens about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ casting row
  43. Hailee Steinfeld to host 2018 MTV EMA
  44. Ryan Coogler to write and direct ‘Black Panther 2’
  45. Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra appears in court in copyright case
  46. Pakistan Film Producers Association calls for ban on Indian films
  47. Selena Gomez seeking treatment after suffering emotional breakdown
  48. It was his general attitude towards women that would disturb me: Bipasha on Sajid Khan
  49. ‘True Detective’ season three to premiere on January 13, 2019
  50. Aditi Mittal renders unconditional apology to Kaneez Surka, says intentions were not sexual
  51. Understand, respect Aamir’s decision: Subhash Kapoor
  52. Sona Mohapatra claims Kailash Kher sexually harassed her
  53. Harassment of women not limited to cinema: Gulzar
  54. It has been nucleus of my every situation: Vinta Nanda on allegations against Alok Nath
  55. Rishi Kapoor dismisses rumours about his grey hair
  56. Anurag Kashyap steps down as MAMI’s board member
  57. Jackie Chan to voice star in ‘Once Upon a Zodiac’
  58. Vikas Bahl sends legal notices to Kashyap, Motwan
  59. Cameron Monaghan announces departure from ‘Shameless’
  60. ‘Pahuna’ film I believed in from the word go: Priyanka Chopra
  61. Jessica Biel to feature in and produce ‘Limetown’ series
  62. Netflix series ‘Selection Day’ to premiere on December 28
  63. Impossible to work with any person guilty of such grave misconduct: Hrithik Roshan on Vikas Bahl
  64. Ready to reinvestigate case if Tanushree desires: CINTAA
  65. Dilip Kumar stable
  66. Katt Williams arrested on assault charges
  67. Nana Patekar cancels press conference
  68. Lena Dunham suffering from fibromyalgia
  69. Sincere efforts to provide media entertainment will only work (By: Kavita Meer)
  70. Box Office Disasters…. When will we learn? (By Kavita Meer)
  71. Billions earned, Producer gets none…. Where is the revenue going? (By: Kavita Meer)
  72. Humaramovie’s next Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil to World Premiere in MAMI’s India Gold Competition
  73. Instead of #MeToo, it should be #YouToo for men: Shilpa
  74. Vikramaditya Motwane apologises for inaction in Vikas Bahl sexual harassment case
  75. There will never be a female 007, says Bond producer Barbara Broccoli
  76. I was ill-advised: Anurag Kashyap on allegations of sexual harassment against Vikas Behl
  77. Simon Pegg boards cast of Amazon’s ‘The Boys’
  78. Keira Knightley says she had mental breakdown and PTSD at 22
  79. Nandita and Rima Das bond at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (SGSAIFF)
  80. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature BHONSLE’s World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 received an outstanding reception from the audience
  81. Rani Mukerji to promote ‘Hichki’ in China
  82. #MeToo is about right vs wrong: Deepika Padukone
  83. Govt not biased towards Patekar, police will probe if plaint is filed: Minister
  84. One year of #MeToo: Time to break the silence, say women
  85. add add Ben Affleck thanks family after completing rehab stint
  86. Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski arrested in Kavanaugh protests
  87. Justin Simien to direct Sylvia Robinson biopic
  88. Deepika Padukone to star in, produce film on acid attack survivor
  89. Maha police files case against Tanushree for comments against MNS chief
  90. UFO Moviez to releaseUnited Nations World Food Programme & SAWA cinema campaign #FeedOurFuture in 6500 screens
  91. Krishna Raj Kapoor kept vast family of celebrated individuals together: Bachchan
  92. Sam Claflin to star in ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot
  93. Pankaj Tripathi brings everyone together on sets: Shraddha Kapoor
  94. add add John Legend to release Christmas album
  95. Gandhi’s favourite ‘bhajan’ goes global, artists from 124 nations pay musical homage
  96. Michael Jackson wanted to play James Bond
  97. Hope fame won’t be short-lived, says Radhika Apte
  98. Gusto Worldwide Media Announces Sale of Original Series to ACCION
  99. Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of Raj Kapoor, dies at 87
  100. We were really close to official ‘Friends’ reunion: Kevin S Bright
  101. Desire to make movies had withered in me, says Mahesh Bhatt
  102. Kit Harington calls out toxic masculinity
  103. Posthumous Leonard Cohen LP in the works
  104. Can relate to Saina Nehwal’s journey, says Shraddha Kapoor
  105. Bradley Cooper won’t direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’
  106. I’m a calmer person today: Anushka on 10 years in Bollywood
  107. Gal Gadot in talks for ‘Death on the Nile’
  108. Kevin Spacey sued by masseur over alleged sexual assault in 2016
  109. Salma Hayek joins comedy film ‘Limited Partners’
  110. I haven’t received any legal notice from Nana Patekar: Tanushree Dutta
  111. 7th Dharamshala International Film Festival McLeod Ganj, 1 – 4 November 2018 announces its programming highlights
  112. Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks watershed moment for #MeToo
  113. Indian-American Padma Laksmi says she was raped at 16
  114. Anupam Kher-starrer “New Amsterdam” premiers Tuesday
  115. ‘Merey Pyare Prime Minister’ to release on December 14
  116. Sonu Sood honoured with Doctorate Degree of Taekwondo
  117. Salman Khan is my real-life hero: Warina Hussain
  118. I like to live on the edge: Radhika
  119. As an actor, you can’t keep concentrating on film’s business: Varun Dhawan
  120. Queen Latifah teases ‘Girls Trip’ sequel
  121. Richard Madden eyes Bond role
  122. Tone can’t change with preference to colour: Shilpa on facing racism at Sydney airport
  123. Kalpana Lajmi passes away at 64, friends remember the filmmaker
  124. ‘Kingsman 3’ to release in 2019 with Matthew Vaughn attach to write, direct
  125. ‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019
  126. Gemma Chan happy with success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
  127. ‘Mohalla Assi’ motion poster: The Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar starrer to release on November 16
  128. add add I’m a bad cop, Ajay’s good cop: Kajol on parenting
  129. Shahid Kapoor on getting boxed as ‘chocolate boy’: There were no options
  130. Netflix orders second season of ‘Insatiable’
  131. Jon Hamm wants to play Batman if story is good
  132. Halle Berry to make directorial debut with ‘Bruised’
  133. Amitabh Bachchan sends handwritten notes to Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu
  134. Never thought Nawazuddin would become such a huge star: Rajkumar Hirani
  135. Gusto TV to Launch on Free OTT Service XUMO
  136. Toronto premiere of National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das’ BULBUL CAN SING screened to a packed house of audience
  137. French TV exports on the rise
  138. Ryan makes me feel strong and independent: Blake Lively
  139. Noel Gallagher turned down chance to feature on ‘Trainspotting’ soundtrack
  140. Dilip Kumar in ICU, doing fine
  141. Never felt I have failed: Govinda
  142. Michael Caine joins Czech historical biopic ‘Medieval’
  143. Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26
  144. Academy postpones plans for new popular film Oscar category
  145. Don’t think I’ll get married again: Kalki Koechlin
  146. Venice premiere of Ivan Ayr’s debut feature SONI gets a standing ovation at the festival
  147. ‘Loveratri’ not demeaning any culture: Salman Khan
  148. Morgan Freeman will keep SAG Life Achievement Award after investigation
  149. I thank Shah Rukh for giving me Bigg Boss: Salman Khan
  150. Casting room was my training ground, says ‘Stree’ actor Abhishek Banerjee
  151. Govinda-starrer ‘Fryday’ to release on October 12
  152. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature ‘Bhonsle’ to have its World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 in ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section
  153. I won’t retire, says Paul McCartney
  154. Kangana best to take ‘Manikarnika’ forward: Kamal Jain
  155. Nandita Das’ MANTO starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui to open the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF)
  156. Anil Kapoor and Shabana Azmi at the special screening of Once Again
  157. Film Fest Gent to close 45th edition with ‘Beautiful Boy’ by Felix van Groeningen
  158. I get scared easily, says Shraddha Kapoor
  159. Hrithik one of the most dignified people I have met: Disha Patani
  160. Alec Baldwin to play Bruce Wayne’s father in ‘Joker’
  161. Jackson Odell died of accidental drug overdose
  162. UK box office summer report: surprising success despite hot weather and football
  163. Asia Argento denies sexual assault, says Anthony Bourdain paid off accuser
Billions earned, Producer gets none…. Where is the revenue going? (By: Kavita Meer)

It is really strange that at time when the streams of revenue have become manifold and every second, every film is earning money because some people somewhere in the world are watching the film for which someone is being paid. It cannot be denied that the payment may vary according to the number of people watching the content, which in major cases run into millions of people who hit on the trailers within 24 hours of the trailer launched. The magnitude of the viewership has to be understood in view of the fact that everyone today considers smart phones a necessity and our security guards, lift operators, drivers and peons, can always be seen watching films of their choice on their smart phones at their own sweet will and desire, which was unimaginable a few years back.

This growth of technology should have acted as the backbone of the film industry because maximum viewership on the net is only film oriented and hence like a dinosaur, the net also requires better and better films to be made so that the user spend maximum time on the net and they can rake in the moolah.

However except for few producers who make star-studded blockbusters and are able to command a price for their music, none of the producers gets even a single farthing of the vast revenue generated by the film and its music. There has been news of producers complaining that even in case of super-hit songs like Baby Doll Main Sone Ki, the music company has pocketed the entire revenue which must be in multiples of corers giving the reasoning that their promotion cost has not been recovered.

If this is the case of such a song which has become the iconic item song, one can imagine how much share these companies must be giving to small producers who’s all rights, they acquire for Rs 501, with the assurance that they will do publicity of a certain minimum amount. This is with the rider that till they recover their investment, they will not give any statement of what been spent by them or recovered. The producer therefore does not get single paisa of the revenue generated by these music companies, who have their own applications and portals where they charge heavy amounts for this very music and pocket the entire amount without revealing the same to the producer who is the actual owner and beneficiary of the film.

The producer unfortunately is not aware of the tremendous revenue potential and more so how and where to exploit this potential. In view of this and with a view to popularise their film because of the association with the music companies, the producer agrees and writes over all the rights to them, without realising that he is giving them all rights over what belongs to him.

The revenue source for films and music is also public performance rights about which we read in various newspapers regarding several agencies claiming copyrights production, collecting money from restaurants and other public facilities for playing music belonging to their clients, who are the producers of films and have appointed them for collection. In the industry, everybody is of the impression that IPRS and PPL are the only two registered copyright collection agency who collect amount from all people who use the music for public performance. Nobody is aware of the fact that after the implementation of amendments in the Copyright Act in 2012, both IPRS and PPL have cased to be copyright collecting societies and without informing their own members, have converted themselves into collecting companies registered under the Companies Act in 2014.

This was not informed and made public and till date in all music related agreements entered into by the music companies, IPRS and PPL are shown as copyright collecting societies to make the producer’s have faith in their agreements. Earlier producers also could become members of IPRS and were being paid crores as their shares of revenue generated by their content but of late forget the producers, even the authors, composer’s, singers and all other entitled to royalty are not being paid the same and the same is being distributed among the music companies themselves more particularly where PPL is concerned.

Nobody can deny that whatever money is being generated in the system is only on account of the film and the music of the film and hence anyone can justify that the returns should go to everybody else except the producer, is something I fail to understand. The producer is the person who stakes how all and begs, borrows and steals to complete and release his film which from the date of starting the film till the date of release, the keeps paying everybody who cares in contact with him, including Government which levies heavy taxes on each and every thing that is used for film production. In today’s times, a producer’s job does not end with completing the film but he has to make his own investment to get his film in cinema hall or multiplex because unless it is a big starcast film, no one else is interested. The producer has to spend many crores on the publicity, promotion, digital uploading and downloading charges to release the film which is akin to digging his own grave because everyone associated with him tells him that his film will do wonders when released but in actual fact spending crores on publicity and promotion, the film doesn’t get any worthwhile number of screens, where also very few shows are given and half of the revenue is taken away by the government by taxing the tickets.

The only hope for the producer are the electronic and the digital media rights for which again there are many racketeers who go around acquiring the rights but never paying anything except the signing amount. There are many buyers who are shadow Companies for big corporate and who buy these small and medium budget films, as they also need a regular flow of content on their apps and portals. Their audience today is not willing to wait for a new release and they want something new every day. In this scenario I would have that people like music companies and other copyright holders, who are earring crores from the rights that they own, would come forward and make investments in making of films so that they can have steady supply of films which can be exploited by them for which it is very important that the creator, that is the producer, does not die and get his share of revenue out of the money raised on the basis of his content.

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