Pinewood’s Malaysia facility open for business
by Naman Ramachandran
- 50-acre facility to host the shoot of The Weinstein Company’s Marco Polo
Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Sultan and Sovereign Ruler of the State and Territory of Johor Darul Ta’zim, has officially opened Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) for business. Located in Iskandar Malaysia, in the state of Johor, the €126 million facility is spread over 50 acres and offers filmmakers 100,000 square feet of film stages, 24,000 square feet of television studios, post production facilities and support services, including production office space, dressing/make-up rooms, workshop and backlot, making PIMS the largest independent integrated studio facility in South East Asia.
PIMS signed a deal in April with The Weinstein Company to shoot the upcoming television series, Marco Polo at the facility. PIMS is the result of an alliance between the Pinewood Studios Group and the Government of Malaysia’s strategic investment fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah). In February, Japan’s largest post-production company, Imagica Corp formed a joint venture with Khazanah to set up a postproduction facility, Imagica South East Asia, at the Studios.
Michael Lake, Chief Executive Officer of PIMS, said, “We have certainly hit the ground running. Attracting a production the size of Marco Polo is testament to our ability to offer world-class amenities to filmmakers looking for a one-stop shop from script to screen. We anticipate more projects to come our way as we continue to actively market the Studios internationally. Its certainly exciting times ahead for the Studios.”