Ryan Kavanaugh to Deliver Keynote at India's Frames Entertainment Industry Conference
The Relativity CEO will also participate in a panel with Indian actor Irrfan Khan.
Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh will deliver the keynote address at Frames, the annual entertainment industry conference organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
This year's conference theme is titled “Making India the Global Entertainment Superpower,” echoing the Indian government's recently launched Make In India program which aims to promote the country as a global manufacturing hub. Kavanaugh will give his thoughts on the topic in his keynote titled “Make in India: A Revolutionary New Model for Hollywood and Bollywood.”
Following his keynote, Kavanaugh will participate in a panel discussion with actor Irrfan Khan, perhaps one of the most recognized Indian faces in Hollywood given his appearances in major titles such as Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and the upcoming Jurassic World.
Last year at Cannes, Relativity announced an equal joint venture with Indian partner B4U Networks, which has earmarked a $100 million investment to create and distribute entertainment and sports content in India across various platforms.
During his earlier visit to Mumbai last October, as exclusively reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Relativity-B4U announced a Bollywood remake of romantic drama The Best of Me. The project is part of a three-picture deal with leading Indian banner Balaji Telefilms.
Also expected to speak at Frames are Star India CEO Uday Shankar, MPA-Asia Pacific president and MD Michael C. Ellis, Writers Guild of America West president Christopher Keyser, BBC Global News CEO Jim Egan, Cinepolis India MD Javier Sotomayor and Viacom18 Motion Pictures CEO Ajit Andhare, among others.
In the past, Frames has been attended by the likes of James Murdoch, Hugh Jackman, then Walt Disney International and ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney and MPA chairman Chris Dodd.
The 16th edition of Frames runs March 25-27.