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Hollywood, Bollywood Team Up for Movie Productions

Pirated CDs and DVDs of Bollywood films are displayed for sale at a roadside stall in Ahmadabad, India, 18 Mar 2010

The U.S. city of Los Angeles in the western state of California, and two Indian film industry groups have signed an agreement to boost cooperation between the U.S. and Indian moviemaking industries.

The Motion Picture Association of America announced the deal late Wednesday in Los Angeles. At the signing of the deal, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the declaration reinforces the city's commitment to attracting international production.

The U.S. and Indian film industries, known as Hollywood and Bollywood respectively, dominate the world of moviemaking. The Hindi films My Name is Khan and Kites were recently filmed in Los Angeles.

Representatives of the two industries agreed earlier this year to fight movie piracy, which is common in India.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.