Lucas to Make Toons in Singapore

Having launched Lucasfilm Animation in California, George Lucas is expanding his digital animation operations to a country far, far away. Lucasfilm Ltd. today announced that it has established Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, a CG studio designed to produce animated content for films, television and video games.

Lucas issued a statement saying, “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. 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.”

According to Micheline Chau, president and COO of Lucasfilm Ltd., Singapore was chosen for its growing talent base, its cosmopolitan flavor and its attractiveness as a place to live. The unit will also get long-term assistance from the Economic Development Board (EDB), a government agency dedicated to developing Singapore into a global hub for the digital media industry. Additional funding is coming from a number of investors in Singapore, including EDB Investments Pte Ltd. and Creative Technology Ltd.

The Singapore-based creative team will be led by Gail Currey, VP and general manager of Lucasfilm Animation, and will work in concert with Lucasfilm Animation in California.

Photo On Homepage: 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.)