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     FrontPage Edition: Wed 4 August 2004

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Creation of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore

Gathering at Skywalker Ranch to discuss the startup of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, are (left to right) Micheline Chau, President and Chief Operating Officer, Lucasfilm Ltd.; George Lucas; and Teo Ming Kian, Chairman, Singapore Economic Development Board. (Photographer: Dean Bentley.)

Source: www.lucasfilm.com  

Lucasfilm Ltd. today announced that it has established Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, a digital animation studio designed to produce digital animated content, including films, television and games for global audiences.

"I've been a fan of Asian animation and illustration all my life. Asian cinema has had a particularly big impact on a lot of my work. When we began thinking about developing new ways to explore the craft of animation, it seemed a natural step to combine the two," commented George Lucas. "By having a base in Singapore, we can create a new style of animation that will blend east and west -- and offer something not seen before."

"We're excited about this new venture," commented Micheline Chau, President and COO of Lucasfilm Ltd, who was in Singapore for the announcement. "Singapore was our location of choice for so many reasons -- a growing talent base, the cosmopolitan flavor, and its attractiveness as a place to live. Our long-term partnership with the Economic Development Board (EDB) gives us the resources to begin work almost immediately, working in concert with our animation unit in California."

Lucasfilm has joined with a consortium of investors in Singapore, including EDB Investments Pte Ltd and Creative Technology Ltd. The Singapore-based creative team will be led by Gail Currey, Vice President and General Manager of Lucasfilm Animation.

Teo Ming Kian, Chairman EDB said, "This is a capstone for Singapore's digital media industry. We already have an established base of 17 international cable and satellite broadcasters, a burgeoning TV production sector as well as games development. This new studio will not only provide exceptional career opportunities for local animators and people keen in the creative arts, it will also attract top talent from the world over to live and work in Singapore. It will help us further diversify our economy and provide opportunities for our people with different interests and competencies."

Source: Lucasfilm Press Release 2 Aug 2004

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