YouTube India Production Facility Set for Launch

Martin Haake

YouTube Space Mumbai follows the launch of facilities in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York, Sau Paulo, Paris and Berlin.

Indian online content creators will soon have access to YouTube Space Mumbai, which will offer professional video production facilities. The facility is in partnership with the Whistling Woods International film school and will be located on the school's campus in Mumbai's Film City complex.

“YouTube Space Mumbai is in line with our similar facilities in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York, Sau Paulo, Paris and Berlin,” said YouTube head of content operations Satya Raghavan at the sidelines of the ongoing Film Bazaar in Goa, which runs Nov. 20-24.

Backed by the government's National Film Development Corporation, the nine-year-old event is a platform to support India's independent filmmakers via various programs, from a script workshop to networking with producers and partners both from overseas and India.

Addressing a session titled “Google — YouTube: Emergence of content destinations” Raghavan gave a presentation on the relevance of online content creators while explaining the company's other verticals: YouTube 360 (which supports 360 degree videos) and YouTube Red (the $10-a-month service launched recently in the U.S.).

Elaborating further on the facility after YouTube and Whistling Woods first announced their partnership in August without giving any financial details, Raghavan said: “The space will launch next week and will be open to anyone interested in creating professional looking content.”

Content creators and WWI students will have free access to the facility offering high-end audio, visual and editing equipment, in addition to training programs, workshops and community events. He added that given there is a network of similar YouTube facilities globally, “this helps in accelerating potential creative collaborations between content creators from different countries.”

Raghavan also confirmed that the third edition of the YouTube Fan Fest will be held again in Mumbai in March 2016. About an estimated 5,000 participants attended the 2015 event, which featured a mix of well-known YouTube stars such as Canadian-Indian female comic ||Superwoman||, aka Lilly Singh, and India's The Viral Fever, and East India Comedy, among others.

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