Hyde Park Boss Ashok Amritraj Among Speakers at India's 'Big Picture' Summit

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Hyde Park Entertainment chairman and CEO Ashok Amritraj

The 'Ghostrider' producer -- and possibly Jean-Claude van Damme -- is expected at the second installment of the annual event organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry to be held in New Delhi in September.

NEW DELHI – Leading Hollywood producer Ashok Amritraj is among the confirmed speakers at The Big Picture summit organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry. With its central theme on “Innovation in Media – Towards a $100 Billion Indian Media and Entertainment Industry,” the second edition of the annual event will be held in New Delhi from Sept. 13-14.

Amritraj -- whose recent credits via his Hyde Park Entertainment banner include the Nicolas Cage-starrer Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance -- will address the session titled “Reaching the Global Audience – How Can India Make $100 million Films.”

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“One of the primary objectives of The Big Picture Summit is to fire the spirit of creative and business minds of the Indian media and entertainment industry along with government, regulators and civil society to chalk out a path that could guide us in scaling this vibrant sector to new heights,” said CII director general Chandrajit Banerjee. “With that premise, we will bring together the decision makers of the entire value chain of the M&E sector for the second edition of the summit and map the progress that we have made.”

Amritraj, a former tennis professional who played at major events including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, will also launch his autobiography Advantage Hollywood on Sept.13. “Hollywood actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is likely to be present on this occasion,” said CII deputy director general Amita Sarkar. The Belgian actor starred in the Amritraj-produced 1991 breakout hit Double Impact.

The summit will see the release of the annual report 'Indian Entertainment and Media Outlook 2013' by consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers India.

The summit's speaker lineup includes Fox International Productions president Sanford Panitch, Disney-UTV India CEO Ronnie Screwvala, Zee Entertainment MD/CEO Punit Goenka, Viacom18 Media group CEO Sudhanshu Vats, Star India CEO Uday Shankar, The Futures Agency CEO and author Gerd Leonhard, acclaimed screenwriter, lyricist, poet Javed Akhtar, veteran industry expert, film-maker and writer Amit Khanna, Reliance Broadcast Network CEO Tarun Katial, leading film-maker Prakash Jha and India's leading exhibition chain PVR Ltd chairman and MD Ajay Bijli, among others.