MUMBAI: The Film & Television Producers Guild of India attended a meeting convened by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry on 19 June, 2007 to discuss vital issues concerning the entertainment industry.
In 2006, the I&B minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi had constituted five Core Groups with the objective to submit their suggestions on matters of paramount significance to the industry such as Export Promotion Council, Video Piracy etc.
The meeting with the Guild and the I&B ministry was held to discuss the recommendations of the Core Groups such as setting up of Export Promotion Council (which was initially mooted by the ICE committee set up by the PMO of which Guild is a member) for the film industry, participation of film bodies in film festivals, request from the film industry for export credit to be provided on easy term subsidies, attempt to fix target for existing and new markets in order to evolve specific policy and monitoring achievements amongst others.
On behalf of the Guild, secretary general Supran Sen attended the meeting and enumerated the steps taken by the Guild to formulate the memorandum and rules of the proposed Export Promotion Council in spite of non-cooperation from certain sectors. The hazards posed by video piracy were also discussed.
The meeting was also attended by officials of various other trade bodies such as NFDC, IFEA, CII, ASSOCHAM, FICCI, Film & TV Producers Guild of South India and South Indian Film Exporters Association etc. who put forth their suggestions and opinions on the occasion.