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Pinewood to host American TV series

 | November 4, 2013

Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios in Johor will host a RM173 million budget American period television series next year.

By Linda Archibald

Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) in Johor will host a US$55 million (RM173 million) budget American period television (TV) series next year.

The US production company — yet unnamed — will be the first to utilise the spanking new studio and production facility that has been open since July this year.

The production team will include 30% Malaysian crew and seven interns from local institutions of higher learning — a requirement set by PIMS in a bid to grow opportunities for local talent involvement in foreign productions.

CEO Michael Peter Lake told The Malaysian Reserve, the details of the production and producers of this production will be unveiled by the end of this month.

“The good thing about working on a TV series is the duration and continuity that provides a good platform for training of the Malaysian crew and personnel to be involved in and gain expertise from a US production,” he said, adding that following closely is a US feature film production. The details of that production will be disclosed by December this year.

Lake said Malaysia is fast becoming a preferred choice for productions particularly with the film-in- Malaysia incentive (FIMI) 30% cash rebates being offered to foreign productions made-in-Malaysia.

“This makes good economics. Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, Ireland are doing the same,” he said, adding that up to 45 states in the US are offering similar incentives.

PIMS is an integrated media production studio facility developed following a strategic agreement between the Khazanah Nasional Bhd and the UK-based multinational film studio company Pinewood Shepperton (otherwise known as Pinewood Studios Group).

The facility comprises 100,000 sq ft of film stages ranging from 15,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft, 24,000 sq ft of TV studios, post-production facilities on site, workshop and production office space, backlot for outdoor filming together with 30 acres of natural forest.

The facility, together with the 30% cash incentive, is designed to attract foreign production houses to Malaysia.

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