CNN's 'Global Office' investigates technology in Tinseltown

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Sat, September 16 @1300hrs and 1900hrs

Sun, September 17 @ 1700hrs, 2300hrs

Thurs, September 21 @1900hrs, 2300hrs

Kristie Lu Stout and the GLOBAL OFFICE team visit Hollywood and Bollywood in September to investigate how the latest developments in media technology are transforming the way the film industry works.

To gain a first hand view of these changes, Kristie heads to Hollywood to meet leading figures from the world of film. Independent producer Ted Hope ('21 Grams', 'The Ice Storm'), Mandalay Entertainment CEO Peter Guber, whose production credits include 'Batman' and 'Rain Man' and MGM CEO Harry Sloan all share their insights on the latest trends affecting the film industry.

GLOBAL OFFICE's regular tech segment GO:Tech looks at CinemaNow, the world's number one legal movie download store and a company that is aiming to revolutionize the way movies are distributed. Are digital downloads the way of the future for movie watchers?

New Line Cinema is one of the most progressive film companies, successfully employing novel marketing and distribution ideas with recent projects such as the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. The company has taken one further creative step with 'Snakes on a Plane' -- asking online audiences to submit story lines. New Line's CEOs join GLOBAL OFFICE to discuss the importance of innovation in staying ahead in the movie business.

But nowhere else makes more films than Bollywood -- a US$700 million business. Over the past two years the Hindi-language film industry has received growing international acclaim. To showcase the change from what was once a business financed in part by underworld figures, GLOBAL OFFICE profiles two students trying to reach for the stars at Bollywood's brand new movie school, Whistling Woods International. Set in the sprawling grounds of Mumbai's famous film city, the school teaches the latest Hollywood technology and techniques to its Indian students.

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