NUSAJAYA - Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) has projected RM1.8billion (S$700million) in direct local spending and will create 1,700 freelance jobs for locals within the next eight years by placing Malaysia as a filming and television hub in the region.
Director Datuk Mohd Badlisham Ghazali said with the studios now officially opened, it would help attract regional and international filmmakers to the country.
He said PIMS had all the modern technology needed to make great movies. It has 100,000sq m of film stages, internal and external water tanks with green screen capability, 2,229sq m of TV studios, 12.14ha of backlots, 6,689sq m of production offices and workshops, and digital state-of-the-art post-production facilities and services.
"PIMS, through Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Pinewood Shepperton, will come up with many plans, such as building more studios within the next five years," he said after the official opening of PIMS at Kota Iskandar here by Johor Ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, yesterday.
PIMS, built on a 20ha land at a cost of RM550million (S$2million), was completed last year. A well-known film production company, The Weinsten Company, is currently shooting a drama series titled Marco Polo on the site.
"Weinstein Company has already invested more than RM100,00 into PIMS and the series is expected to make its television debut in the United States by the fourth quarter of this year," Mohd Badlisham said, adding that the world class integrated facilities provided by PIMS would shape the Iskandar region and Malaysia into an international production and attract media companies from around the globe into the country.