Published: Monday September 17, 2012 MYT 3:13:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday September 19, 2012 MYT 11:08:14 AM
Johor set to become Malaysia’s movie capital
JOHOR BARU: The development of Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios in Iskandar Malaysia will position Johor at the forefront of the local creative industry and transform it into Malaysia's movie capital, says it's CEO Michael Lake (pic).
He said that while Pinewood was marketing Malaysia as a destination for film-making, it was also promoting it for companies to set up their infrastructure as well.
"Johor is going to be the real beneficiary economically of what we're doing here," he said.
By the end of 2013, he said, the development of Pinewood, a studio complex located on a 20-hectare site in Nusajaya at the heart of the Iskandar Malaysia Development Region, would have created 1,500 jobs in an export-oriented industry, while financing from overseas over the next decade was estimated to be around RM1.8 bil.
It will be the largest independent integrated studio facility in Southeast Asia, offering state-of-the-art film stages, TV studios and post-production suites from early 2013. Pinewood will have two television studios, both 12,000 sq ft in area, with seating capacities of 600 and 800 people, respectively.
In addition, there will be five film stages covering a total of 100,000 sq ft, two 20,000 sq ft stages, two 15,000 sq ft stages and a 30,000 sq ft stage. The largest stage will have a water tank for productions involving work on or under water.
"This is not just about building the facilities in the hope that people will come, it's about building a big creative industry in Malaysia," said Lake, adding that providing training and opportunity were also Pinewood's key goals.- Bernama