Editor’s Note: 10,000 stories and still counting


With two and a half years of reporting on the film business behind us, Businessofcinema.com touched the 10,000th story mark on 19 September, 2008.

Despite hurdles provided by the virtual and real world alike a la virus attacks, server crashes and staff crunch amongst others, the founding team at Businessofcinema.com stuck to their guns and kept you abreast with the latest. In our journey thus far there have been ups as well as downs but as they say… The show must go on!

Over these couple of years, the team at Businessofcinema.com has burnt the midnight oil so that you – our readers – get your daily dose of news. Be it the squabble over revenue sharing terms between distributors and exhibitors, an in-depth look into the corporate game plan, the latest trends in the cinema space or the expansion plans of companies operating in the film industry… Businessofcinema.com has its pulse firmly on the developments.

We have been the FIRST to report on new companies planning to foray into the film business – be it the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, Mahindra & Mahindra or the newest entrant the BJN Group.

We’ve been told that we report on the latest big ticket deals before the ink has dried on the contracts!

We’ve been told that we’re so quick with the news that it’s almost addictive!

While the industry grew by leaps and bounds, we too matched pace with our understanding of the business. New trends of selling emerged, cash flow was in abundance, companies raised money on international bourses and Hollywood Studios came shopping to India. And all this in a matter of two years!

On the one hand, while everything seemed hunky dory, a worry was constantly bubbling underneath… Will the Dream Run soon end? Is it too good to be true? Rising acquisition prices of movie, music and satellite rights coupled with actors demanding a share in profits kept the industry on tenterhooks. But the film fraternity has braved it all and continues to do so as do we, at Businessofcinema.com.

So stay tuned to Businessofcinema.com as we keep the stories coming…

Thank you for reading us!

-Hetal Adesara

We’ll leave you to reminisce over these…


Reliance Entertainment sets up BIG boutique

Mahindra mulls media & entertainment foray

TV conquered; Balaji steps up on film business

US-based STV Networks to invest Rs 30 billion in film biz

Religare, Vistaar launch Rs 2 bn film fund; disclose plans

Zee Group launches two motion picture production banners

Warner files case on Mirchi Movies over Hari Puttar title

Balaji & Sanjay Dutt Productions sign Rs 5 billion film deal

NDTV Imagine firms up film production plans

Eros International maps growth strategy; to set up global film funds

Yash Raj pitches highest ever terms for Aditya Chopra’s film

BR Films picks 73% stake in animation company


Film distribution witnesses musical chairs

India unperturbed by Blu-Ray, HD DVD war

Satellite rights soar as takers of limited ‘good’ content rise

Film frat gives its verdict on next big Bollywood blockbuster

Film companies’ market cap drops on AIM despite performance


‘Many a times astute business is doing no business at all’ – Shringar Cinemas MD Shravan Shroff

‘We started with entertainment but we will also have non-Bollywood content on our site’ – Rajshri Media MD Rajjat Barjatya

‘Unlike individual producers, corporates are bringing in better understanding of exploitation’ – The Indian Film Company & Studio 18 CEO Sandeep Bhargava