James Murdoch to speak at Frames

Taylor Hackford, Hugh Jackman to attend Indian event

News Corp. Europe and Asia CEO James Murdoch will deliver the opening keynote address at Frames, India’s annual media and entertainment convention on March 23.

The growing impact that India is having on the international biz is reflected in the number of luminaries headed to the three-day confab this year.

Helmer and DGA prexy Taylor Hackford will deliver the keynote at a panel on making films with global appeal, and Hugh Jackman will be in conversation with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the event.

Other speakers include Sony Pictures Entertainment chief technology officer Mitch Singer, VFX veteran Michael L. Fink and FremantleMedia Europe and Asia Pacific CEO Simon Spalding.

Script consultant David Freeman will conduct a workshop and lead a separate session on what makes Pixar tick.

The Indian film and TV industry will be out in force with Bollywood helmers Yash Chopra and Karan Johar, and Tamil multihyphenate Kamal Haasan speaking, along with TV pioneers Raghav Bahl of Network 18 and Prannoy Roy of NDTV.

The conference will debate future developments in film, TV, gaming, the Internet and social networks in various sessions.

Frames is organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Mumbai.