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SINGAPORE — Film-making giant Lucasfilm Singapore opened its new regional headquarters building at Fusionopolis View this morning (Jan 16), as its president Kathleen Kennedy noted Singapore’s rapid progress in the digital media space.

SINGAPORE — Film-making giant Lucasfilm Singapore opened its new regional headquarters building at Fusionopolis View this morning (Jan 16), as its president Kathleen Kennedy noted Singapore’s rapid progress in the digital media space.

Gracing the opening, together with filmmaking legend George Lucas, Ms Kennedy said: “When we first opened our Singapore studio in 2005, the local digital production landscape looked very different. It was relatively small, with a limited talent pool and virtually no visual effects work being done. By investing in local talent, we’ve been able to significantly grow our Singapore studio into a world-class digital production facility.”

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who was present to grace the opening ceremony, noted that the value add of the interactive and digital media industry in Singapore has grown by more than 1.5 times since 2008, said this industry is expected to continue growing.

Therefore, Singapore will strengthen its position in this field, he said.

The new facility, which will continue its animation and visual effects work to support major movies, including the upcoming Star Wars movies, will also be the regional headquarters for The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) - which owns Lucasfilm - and sports TV network ESPN Asia Pacific.

Located at Fusionopolis View, the glass façade building spans 22,500 square metres, and has seven floors of office space, with a 100-seat theatre.

Staff from its former quarters at Changi Business Park have all moved in, according to Lucasfilm.

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