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Hollywood firm to set up training centres
Monday July 2, 2007
TheStar


KUALA TERENGGANU: Hollywood is coming to Terengganu.

World famous production house Rhythm and Hues (RH) has agreed to set up training centres for digital animation in each district, including rural areas of Setiu and Kuala Berang, making the state a pioneer in making a creative change in the nation’s multimedia industry.

RH, an American production house, is responsible for delivering digital enhancement for commercial and movie projects that we see on television and in cinemas.

The company’s recent commercial projects for mega establishments includes Coca-Cola, Listerine, Budweiser, Quaker State, Nasonex, Snuggle, Activision, Microsoft X-Box, Crayola, Miller Beer, Ubisoft, Toyota and Zicam.

It was also involved in the animation aspects for ten top-grossing films of 2006, including Night at the Museum, Superman Returns and Happy Feet, Charlotte’s Web, The Fast and The Furious 3 and Tokyo Drift.

Films currently in production by RH include Evan Almighty, The Golden Compass, Kingdom, The Incredible Hulk and Alvin & The Chipmunks.

RH also produced more than 500 live-action shots for Garfield.

The work included creating computer-generated fur, and texturing and animating the main character – Garfield.

The company used state-of-art system for some key scenes in the 50 shots it created for Around the World in 80 Days, a film staring Jackie Chan and was responsible for producing more than 130 shots for The Chronicles of Riddick.

State exco member Toh Chin Yaw told The Star yesterday that the renowned production house had agreed to train locals in producing high-end animation movies.

“The vision for the state is to set up one centre in each district so that youths here can acquire the know-how in this industry,”

“We were all excited when Mentri Besar (Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh) told us that the production house was coming to town after his return from Unites States in May,” he said.

RH is the second US company to set up such facilities here.

A couple months ago, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was inked between the state government and Rocket Fish Sdn Bhd, an MSC-status company headed by renowned US animation industry figure, Terry Thoren.
 

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Terengganu To Set Up Animation Centre To Train Locals
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Source : Bernama
Date Posted : 26/3/2007


An animation centre of international standard will be built in Terengganu to train locals in the expanding industry in the country, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said a site at Jalan Kamaruddin, here had been earmarked for the RM10 million centre which would have a floor space of 60,000 sq metres and construction would begin soon.

Initially, the state government is looking for a building with a floor space of 2,000 sq metres to house the animation centre and the first batch of 200 students would be enrolled in July.

The training will be conducted by Rocket Fish Sdn Bhd, a Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status company, he said after witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the state government and Rocket Fish at Kelab Teluk Warisan, here today.

The MoU was signed by Terengganu State Secretary Datuk Mokhtar Nong and Rocket Fish Chief Executive Officer Terry Thoren.

Idris said the one-year creative course was open to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) holders and graduates and Rocket Fish would eventually train about 500 trainees a year.

He said the state government had also sought the assistance of the Science, Technology and Innovations Ministry in formulating the module for the course which would open job opportunities to locals in information and communication technology.

The Petaling Jaya based Rocket Fish is funded by MSC Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Debt Venture Bhd and Wyn Corp Advisory Sdn Bhd.

Before his appointment as Rocket Fish CEO in January, Thoren headed a United States animation production company.
 

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MDeC boosting creative content growth
By Jo Timbuong
Source : The Star Online - 28/8/2007


The Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC), which is the custodian of the MSC Malaysia Initiative, is increasing its efforts to help develop the local creative content industry.

Its efforts now include the building of the Malaysian Animation Creative Content Centre (MAC3) in Cyberjaya as well as initiating a new business matching programme to develop and promote local content.

Speaking after the National IT Council meeting last week, MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said MAC3 can help in the unearthing of new talents to help develop the local creative content industry.

"We may not have many local talents but youths have showed interest in the industry and they are also very creative," he said.

The MAC3 aims at training youths to turn their ideas into content that can be exported to the world.

Modelled after the Seoul Animation Centre in South Korea, MAC3 will be equipped with the relevant technology infrastructure for animators to create their products.

It will also house a hostel for the animators to be close to their projects. Work on building the centre in Cyberjaya is expected to commence next year.

Branching out MDeC also plans to build similar centres in other states in two phases.

Perak, Terengganu, Johor and Malacca are slated to have their own centres in the first phase and will be linked to the main centre in Cyberjaya via the KnowledgeGRID, which is under the supervision of Mimos Bhd.

This link will enable animators in those states to work on the advance stages of their projects without having to come Cyberjaya, Badlisham said.

Flying in the buyers In addition to building these centres, MDeC will also step up its efforts to export local content.

"We need to have our titles recognised internationally," Badlisham said.

To complement the MAC3 initiative, MDeC flew in 20 international buyers from the United States, China, South Korea and Belgium under the new MSC Malaysia Buyer Fly-in programme.

"This programme is an effective way of getting foreign buyers interested in local content," Badlisham said.

Compared to trade shows, the Buyer Fly-in programme is a more targeted effort as only potential foreign companies that are interested in buying local content are invited.

The inaugural programme, which was held from August 22 to 25, cost RM300,000 but managed to achieve RM385mil in creative content sales, Badlisham said.

"We hope to organise it more often," Badlisham said, adding that the Buyer Fly-in programme has the potential to be as large as international animation festivals.
 

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Malaysia Animation Creative Content Centre to Accelerate Development of the Digital Content Industry
Source : MDeC (www.msc.com.my) - 21/8/2007

Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), the custodian of the MSC Malaysia initiative and promoter and developer of ICT in Malaysia, today announced the establishment of the Malaysia Animation Creative Content Centre (MAC3) to provide Malaysian animators, visual effects artists and multimedia students centralised facilities and programmes that will enable them to bring their ideas to fruition in the digital content space.

This will include animation, games, visual effects, mobile content and computer graphics related content.

The MAC3, envisioned as a strategic facility to complement the existing infrastructure in MSC Malaysia, especially the Creative Applications & Development Centre (CADC), is expected to significantly accelerate the development, and create awareness, of the digital content industry in Malaysia.

This is in line with the objectives of the MSC Malaysia Creative Multimedia Content Initiative (M-CMCI) launched by the Prime Minister Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in April 2006.

The concept of the MAC3 was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak last April after visiting the Seoul Animation Centre last March.

MDeC chief executive officer Badlisham Ghazali said MAC3 was an exciting development under the MSC Malaysia brand. He added that as the content industry is a significant growth area for the nation, MAC3 will help boost the country's wealth creation in the long-run and increase employment opportunities for creative talents in the country.

He said MAC3 would work closely with State governments and the industry to develop state animation centres (SACs) to support local digital content development at the state level, especially in the creation of local intellectual properties that would be exportable.

"Through the SACs, we will be encouraging more individuals to participate actively - they can be part of the human capital development scheme, contribute their ideas that can become content or play a role in the talent development programme," Badlisham added.

Amongst its many functions, MAC3 will be responsible to encourage the creation of more local content through dedicated funding set up exclusively for the purpose.

MAC3 will also help to promote locally-developed IPs via market access and business development programmes through strategic partners and markets globally. This will ensure Malaysians will be exposed to global standards as well as provide opportunities for Malaysian content to reach a wider global audience and market.

"With the establishment of the MAC3, the local digital content industry will have a conduit to accelerate their businesses and penetrate the global market. Companies can take advantage of partnerships that have already been nurtured under the MSC Malaysia, to move into various markets such as China, the Middle East and Europe," Badlisham explained.

MAC3 will also implement an Industry Acceleration Training programme that will create the right jobs for the industry, to fulfill both the local as well as international demands for such skills. To achieve this, MAC3 will also work with the local industry and MNCs operating in Malaysia to ensure that digital content companies have the opportunity to participate on world-class projects.

"We hope that together with the existing infrastructure in Cyberjaya , especially the CADC - collectively these initiatives will augur well for the creation of skills and local IPs for the industry, as well as position Malaysia as the preferred location for international content creation and digitisation, including post production activities," said Badlisham.
 

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PM expected to launch animation centre by the end of the year
Monday March 26, 2007
TheStar


KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is expected to launch the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia animation centre in Cyberjaya by the end of the year.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said the ministry was also discussing with the Malacca state governmentto set up a similar centre there.

Malacca was interested to set up a similar centre.

"The setting-up of the centre by the Malaysian Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) will involve collaboration with the Multimedia Universiti while the one in Malacca will involve collaboration from the branch of the university.

"There will be a studio at the centre to be rented out to the young people at a reasonable cost.

"For those who have the potential to produce world-class animation works start-up grants can be offered to them.

"MDeC is looking at it," he said adding the studio would be ready by the end of the year.

He also said the relevant authority was negotiating with a television station in the Middle East to roll out Malaysia's animated series, Saladin, which won the Best Technology Award at the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival 2006.
 

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MDeC's CEO Datuk Badlisham Ghazali
Source: ComputerTimes 13 Sep 2007


MSC supports the Government's focus on knowledge workers to ensure adequate supplu of highl-skilled workers to meet the demands of the ICT industry. The establishment of a Knowledge Workers Development Institute in Cyberjaya will indeed be welcomed by all the MSC Malaysia companies that are mostly staffed by knowledge skilled workers.

The setting up of the MSC Malaysia Creative Centnet Centre (MAC3) will support the development of the digital animation industry as well as increase local expertise in the area.

We hope that together with the existing infrastructure in Cyberjaya, especially the Creative Applications & Development Centre (CADC) - collectively will augur well for the creation of skills and local intellectual properties for the industry, as well as position Malaysia as the preferred location for international content creation and digitisation, including pos-production activities.
 

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Malaysia home to global animation powerhouse
October 30 2007
BusinessTimes


Tripod Entertainment is a collaboration of global talent from Hollywood and emerging talent from Malaysia, says Tripod executive director
ELEMENTAL Ventures Sdn Bhd (EVSB) and Hollywood-based animation producer Epoch Ink Corp (Epoch) have announced a new joint venture, Tripod Entertainment Sdn Bhd (Tripod), a global animation company based in Malaysia.

Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), also signed on as an executive producer of Tripod.

Tripod's formation marks the first strategic partnership between award-winning Hollywood veterans and Malaysian talent to form an international animation powerhouse based in Malaysia, with the objective to create original animated titles for the global audience.

"Tripod is a true collaboration of global talent from Hollywood and emerging talent from Malaysia. We will bring these two elements together under the Tripod banner to tell great stories that reach and touch audiences everywhere," Epoch president and Tripod executive director Joe Pearson said in a statement.

In 2007, Pearson and Eastman produced the hit animated movie Highlander: Search for Vengeance, directed by acclaimed Japanese anime director Yoshiaki Kawajiri.

"Having visited Malaysia recently at the invitation of the Multimedia Development Corp, I was thrilled to see the passion and dedication of Malaysian artists, and I am looking forward to working with them on Tripod's projects," Eastman said.

Tripod's Malaysian partner, Elemental Ventures, is a digital media company which operates Imaginex Studios, the award-winning regional audio production network.

"It's not everyday that people click at a creative and commercial level; what more when we hail from opposite sides of the world. We're excited about the prospect of collaborating with Joe, Kevin and the networks they bring from the global animation industry," said Leon Tan, executive director of Tripod and managing director of EVSB.

While Tripod will develop animation talent in Malaysia on its own, it also intends to work with the government to develop a stronger skill development strategy.

Malaysian talent will be exposed to the real discipline of world-class production across the value chain from scriptwriting and storyboarding to animation, audio and video post-production, Pearson said.

"We look forward to further support from MDeC and other parties to combine our strengths and resources," he added.

Tripod also recently received seed funding from Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd.

Tripod has begun pre-production of its first slate of wholly-owned animation titles, and will publicly announce these projects and their co-production partners in the near future.
 
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