E-Village: Malaysia goes Mollywood

By Julian Matthews

You will be forgiven if in five years’ time, you visit Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) expecting dust-free cleanrooms teeming with white-smocked scientists and engineers hunched over tiny electronic components, only to find otherwise.

Instead, if Charmaine Augustin of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) should have her way, the MSC would be filled with pony-tailed men in shades rather than bunnymen in masks.

As senior manager of the Creative Multimedia Cluster, the newest division of the MDC, Augustin is eager to transform Malaysia’s 15km by 50km digital corridor into an area more akin to Hollywood and Disneyland combined, rather than a clinical and sterile technopolis.

“There will be studios and sets for movie-makers, theme parks and resorts for the tourists, and digital animation labs and film schools for students,” she said.

The MSC will be abuzz with the stuff of stars. In it you can expect to find directors and producers, cameramen and editors, actors and actresses, gaffers and grips, special-effects crew and stuntmen, animators and digital effects artists–all involved in the creative process of churning out blockbuster movies, hit TV shows, and popular cartoons.

In short, it is hoped your future visit to the MSC will leave you both shaken, and stirred.

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Malaysia builds US$60m Hollywood-style studio for MSC

KUALA LUMPUR–Watch out Hollywood, here comes Mollywood.

Malaysia is hoping to replicate the Hollywood-Silicon Valley combination in California by building its own film studio cum movie theme park within the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) high-tech zone.

The Entertainment Village or E-Village will be situated on a 200-hectare site near Cyberjaya, the host city for information technology companies in the MSC.

Malaysian multinational Datuk Keramat Holdings (DKH), the part owners of Leavesden Studio in Britain, will initially spend US$60 million on the project.

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