Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is joined by filmmaking legends Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas in official ceremony that marks another significant milestone in the regional digital entertainment industry
SINGAPORE – January 16, 2014 – Today, the award-winning Sandcrawler building officially opened in a ceremony with the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, and filmmaking legend George Lucas. This state-of-the-art building will be the regional headquarters for Lucasfilm Singapore, The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia), and ESPN Asia Pacific. With this world-class facility and the incredible talent housed within its gleaming glass walls, Lucasfilm Singapore will continue the groundbreaking animation and visual effects work that it is known for, including supporting the upcoming Star Wars movies.
“The opening of the Sandcrawler building signifies Lucasfilm’s ongoing commitment to Singapore,” said Kennedy. “When we first opened our Singapore studio in 2005, the local digital production landscape looked very different. It was relatively small, with a limited talent pool and virtually no visual effects work being done. Through the efforts of the Economic Development Board, the industry has grown rapidly, and Lucasfilm has done its part in helping that effort. By investing in local talent we’ve been able to significantly grow our Singapore studio into a world-class digital production facility. As a part of The Walt Disney Company, we are happy to bring our business segments together under one roof with The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) and ESPN Asia Pacific also occupying space in the Sandcrawler, furthering our commitment to Singapore and the region.”
Located in the Fusionopolis district of Singapore, the Sandcrawler takes its name from a large vehicle featured in the original Star Wars film. The structure continues Lucas’ tradition of providing signature creative and beautiful workspaces for employees of Lucasfilm, which was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2012.