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Warner Bros Adds India To Slate

Warner Bros. will make its first animation feature in India, following a deal with director Jyotin Goel and his Goel Screencraft shingle, per VARIETY.

The deal is one of several Indian film deals announced by Time Warner units in the last year. The untitled pic is described by Goel as, "a journey into the lives of birds as they soar over dense jungles and teeming cities, giving them a point of view of the world that is hilariously different from ours."

Goel Screencraft and Goel Cine Corp. have produced 24 features, including local classics EK PHOOL DO MALI' and AADMI SADAK KA.

Goel has produced five Hindi-language films and directed three, including hits ZAHREELAY and INAAM DUS HAZAR as well as writing and directing the sci-fi TV show ANTARIKSH.

Post-production will be handled by Interactive Realities Intl., a multimedia and Internet company.

In April, Warner Bros. signed a multi-picture production deal with India's Ocher Studios to make regional-language pictures, to be released by Warners. Late last year it agreed to produce MADE IN CHINA with Ramesh Sippy Prods. and Orion Pictures.

Separately, Time Warner unit Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific announced plans to expand into feature animation production in India.